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Title: English language requirements in immigration Focus on IELTS


1
English language requirements in
immigration Focus on IELTS
  • UKNARIC Annual Conference 2009

2
Aims
  • To give staff working with English language
    assessment an understanding of
  • PBS English language requirements in Tiers 1
    2
  • What makes IELTS a proven, fit-for-purpose high
    quality assessment of English language ability
  • Assessing English language ability
  • IELTS format, content and scores
  • Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service

3
The importance of language skills
  • English language proficiency a necessary
    standard
  • Required by
  • Employers
  • Professional registration bodies
  • Education institutions
  • Incorporated into the Points Based System (PBS)

4
What is IELTS?
  • The International English Language Testing
    System
  • Jointly managed by 3 partners
  • Experts in language testing internationally
  • 20th anniversary!

5
What does IELTS do?
  • Designed to assess the English language ability
    of people who intend to study or work where
    English is the language of communication
  • Test of communicative proficiency in English
  • Original 4 skills test covering
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

6
The increasing popularity of IELTS
7
Candidate top destinations 2008
8
Proven track record
  • Tried, tested and proven for over 20 years
  • Over 6000 recognising organisations worldwide

9
Comprehensively researched
  • Research and Validation Unit
  • Maintaining quality
  • Continuity and innovation
  • Ongoing research programmes

10
Successful communication involves interaction
11
Face-to-face speaking test
12
Globally accessible and convenient
  • Tests administered at centres and venues
    worldwide
  • Up to 48 test dates per year (4 per month)
  • Results released 13 days after test
  • TRF can be sent directly to receiving
    organisations

13
Question Paper Production
  • 3 4 years to develop one item (question) -
    rigorous standards applied
  • Item writers in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA
    and now Canada
  • Content sourced globally
  • Topics or language context which may introduce a
    bias against any group are avoided

14
Academic or General Training IELTS?
  • Academic
  • Entry to University / College / professional
    registration
  • Assesses ability to study or train at
    undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • General Training
  • Immigration, vocational, secondary education,
    language training and work experience
  • Assess survival skills in a broad social and
    educational context

15
Test Format
16
  • PBS Tiers 1 2
  • and English language

17
PBS for workers
  • Highly skilled workers, investors, entrepreneurs
    Tier 1
  • Sponsored skilled workers Tier 2
  • Temporary workers Tier 5
  • EEA Switzerland Other

18
Tier 1 Highly Skilled
  • Designed to allow highly skilled people to
    come to / remain in the UK to look for work or
    self-employment opportunities.
  • General, entrepreneur, investor, post study
    worker
  • 75 points for attributes (age, qualifications,
    previous earnings, UK experience) 
  • 10 points for English language skills 
  • 10 points for available maintenance (funds)
  • Requirements differ for initial and extension
    applications

19
How to achieve 10 points
  • be a national of a majority English speaking
    country
  • OR
  • 2. hold a degree assessed by UK NARIC as being
    taught in English and is equivalent to a UK
    bachelor's degree or above OR
  • 3. pass an English language test on UKBA
    approved list
  • Minimum IELTS score 6.5
  • Academic or General Training

20
Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Workers
  • Designed for workers with a job offer from a
    licensed sponsor, valid certificate of
    sponsorship and who pass the points-based
    assessment
  • Categories
  • Work permits Bulgarian and Romanian nationals
  • General, Minister of Religion, Sportsperson,
    Intra-company transfer

21
Points for Tier 2
  • General, Minister of Religion, Sportsperson
  • 50 points for attributes (e.g sponsorship,
    qualifications, future expected earnings)
  • 10 points for English language
  • 10 points for maintenance (funds)
  • Intra-company transfer
  • English language only required if stay is longer
    than 3 years.

22
How to achieve 10 points
  • be a national of a majority English speaking
    country
  • OR
  • 2. hold a degree assessed by UK NARIC as being
    taught in English and is equivalent to a UK
    bachelor's degree or above OR
  • 3. pass an English language test on UKBA
    approved list
  • Minimum IELTS score 4.0 general, ICT,
    sportspeople
  • Minimum IELTS score 5.5 - Minister of Religion
  • Academic or General Training

23
Lets discuss
  • When assessing international applicants
    qualifications, how do you assess their English
    language ability?
  • How important is English ability to their success
    in your profession/organisation?
  • What would your international applicants need to
    be able to do in English / what activities or
    tasks do they need to be able to do?

24
How does English ability relate to an IELTS Score?
  • 9 band scores
  • 9 expert user
  • 8 very good user
  • 7 good user
  • 6 competent user
  • 5 modest user
  • 4 limited user
  • 3 extremely limited user
  • 2 intermittent user
  • 1 non user

25
Mini assessment!
  • We will watch three short clips of candidates at
    three different IELTS levels
  • Discuss
  • What impressed you in terms of their ability?
  • What do you think limited their ability?
  • What IELTS score do you think they are?

26
IELTS Band Score Quiz
6.5
5
4.5
Reveal
27
Your thoughts
  • Think again about what your international
    applicants need to be able to do in English /
    what activities or tasks they need to be able to
    do.
  • Discuss
  • Whats a realistic score to set?
  • How do your think these candidates would cope in
    your profession or organisation and what role
    would be most suitable for them?
  • Have the clips made you reassess your English
    language requirements?

28
Ensuring you are assessing genuine qualifications
  • IELTS Test Report Form Verification service

29
On-line TRF Verification Service
  • Log in at www.ielts.org/TRF and click on TRF
    Query

30
  • Enter the TRF number

31
  • A match is found

32
  • No match found

33
  • Test Report Form
  • (TRF)
  • What security features of a TRF are you aware of?

34
Contact us
  • Carly Moulding IELTS Stakeholder Relations
    Manager
  • Chris Chivers IELTS Client Relations Officer
  • IELTScommunications_at_britishcouncil.org

35
  • Thank you!
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