'Like cars or breakfast cereal': IELTS and the trade in education and immigration

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Author: Ahern, Sarah


IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the test used to assess the English language skills of international students, and an integral component of the trade in education services in Australia. Originally designed to assess language skills appropriate for tertiary study, IELTS has since acquired other functions. Primarily, as a result of government policy decisions, it has become a dual-purpose test: both a test of English language abilities and a means of controlling immigration. In this paper, I argue that these purposes are mutually incompatible and that this link has...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Language; Migration; Skills and knowledge; Assessment

Keywords: International students; Migrants; Competency based assessment; Generic skills; Adult basic education; Skill analysis; Policy analysis; Immigration; Case study

Geographic subjects: New South Wales; Australia; Oceania

Published: [Hindmarsh, South Australia]: Australian Council of TESOL Associations, 2009

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Also called: 'Like cars or breakfast cereal': International English Language Testing System and the trade in education and immigration

Journal title: TESOL in context

Journal volume: 19

Journal number: 1

Journal date: May 2009

Pages: pp. 39-51

ISSN: 1030-8385

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 139.639

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