Making sure international students have the in-depth English language skills they need for success at university remains a key priority for UK Higher Education Institutions, according to an expert from Cambridge English.
New figures from Cambridge English show that 100% of UK universities accept Cambridge English: Advanced as proof of English language ability, based on a study of all of the members of Universities UK. Petra Olsson from Cambridge English says the acceptance of this high-level English language qualification shows how seriously admissions departments are taking the challenge of finding students with the right communications skills. She said:
It’s reassuring that admissions departments around the UK are taking such a positive approach to finding students with the English language skills they need. Having the right level of English language skills can often make the difference between a positive experience or not when coming to study in a different country. We’ve designed Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) so it focusses on the right skills at the right level and people who pass the test find they can communicate effortlessly in English, which gives them a huge confidence boost.’
The figures are taken from the acceptance criteria of the members of Universities UK between April 2015 and July 2016. They show that all Higher Education Institutions, who are members of Universities UK, accept Cambridge English: Advanced for EU students and other students not requiring a visa for all or part of their courses. The figures also show that nearly 90 per cent (including all Russell Group universities) accept it for students who need a Tier 4 visa for courses at Undergraduate level and above.
IELTS, which is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English, also has 100 per cent recognition from Universities UK member institutions.
Students are advised to check English language requirements for their chosen course directly with the university before applying.
Cambridge English and the IATEFL partners are offering three ‘all expenses paid’ scholarships to attend the 2017 IATEFL Conference, the leading event in the English Language Teaching calendar, from 4-7 April 2017 in Glasgow.
The scholarships provide a rare opportunity for teachers who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference to network with other professionals from around the world.
Find out more here:
- Cambridge English: Dr Peter Hargreaves Scholarship
- Cambridge English: John Trim Scholarship
- IELTS Morgan Terry Memorial IATEFL Scholarship
All Cambridge English presentations at IATEFL 2016 are available online at iatefltalks.org
Naples state school Liceo Piero Calamandrei from Italy, and Halkida private language school ELC Anyfadis from Greece, have been both awarded prestigious 2016 Cambridge English Preparation Centre Awards, in recognition of the schools’ excellent performance in customer service and support for students, parents and teachers.
Gina Ann Rose, who is in charge of English Language Exams in Liceo Piero Calamandrei, and Christina Anyfadis, Owner of the ELC Anyfadis, received the award from David Baker, Assistant Director of Network Services, at a special ceremony held in Cambridge on 30th July.
Alberto Svelto, Head of Network Services in Southern Europe, commented:
‘This Award recognises the valuable contribution made by both schools when preparing their students for Cambridge English exams; the schools also deliver outstanding customer service, which significantly supports our commitment to put customers at the heart of everything we do.’
Entrants for the Preparation Centre Awards had to demonstrate improved service for students, parents and teachers, and show how digital technology was being used to support exam preparation. Although Liceo Piero Calamandrei is based in an underprivileged suburb of Naples, it tries to give as many students as possible the opportunity to take Cambridge English exams including Cambridge English: Preliminary and Cambridge English: First.
“Results obtained by students is probably the highest reward for anyone who has chosen to dedicate their life to teaching. However, working as a Cambridge preperation centre is for us an honour and a privilege,not only because Cambridge is the the most prestigious and highly acclaimed language examination body but also because it is truly an inspirational organisation to work with. Liceo P. Calamandrei is extremely honoured to receive this award as the only Italian state school ranking in the 16 centres chosen worldwide. Thank you Cambridge for the honour bestowed on us and for a truly magnificent experience”, states Gina Ann Rose.
“It is a great privilege and honour to be ranked by Cambridge as one of the 16 best Cambridge Exam Preparation Centres in the world and to receive this award. It is wonderful to be regarded as one of the best Preparation Centres by the most prestigious and widely respected language examination body. It is hard work to try and maintain a very high result record, which becomes disproportionately difficult when you have to prepare large numbers of candidates. Besides our clients who never fail to acknowledge this fact, now comes the appreciation of Cambridge itself in this wonderful way. We thank you very much” stated Chris & Christina Anifadis, owners of ELC Anifadis.
Cambridge English Language Assessment has now launched its first ever massive open online course (MOOC). MOOCs are free learning courses that focus on self-study and personal development. Our courses are written by experts from Cambridge English and are supported by FutureLearn.
The first course launched was ‘Exploring the world of English language teaching’ and started on 6 June.
The second course to be launched on 12 September is ‘Inside IELTS – Preparing for the test with the experts’. This is a five-week course, where you can learn how IELTS examiners assess learners’ level and what they can do to improve their perfomance.
You can find out more here.
Classroom observation is key for teacher development policy around the world, but it’s time to consider more collaborative approaches, the English language teaching community has heard. Speaking at the annual IATEFL conference which was held in Birmingham this year, Monica Poulter from Cambridge English explained that classroom observation has a huge role to play, but traditional approaches can be challenging for teachers, especially where quality control as well as development is part of the process.
Cambridge English Language Assessment and the Italian Ministry of Education are collaborating on a new pilot benchmarking project, aiming at measuring the level of English for students in the 3rd year of middle school, in Piemonte, Toscana, Campania and Secilia. The project is about a test delivered on computer that assesses Listening, Use of English and Reading skills and allows for group comparisons according to different criteria (ie skill, school type).
Participating schools will receive feedback on their students’ level, in the form of a group report, so that they develop a better understanding of their level, and will give their students the chance to sit the test in a friendly and supportive environment.
In the long term, the CB Benchmarking service will provide the Ministry with insight into school students’ current level of English and will guide them about where and how they can progress with their English Language learning.
Find out more about the project.