Australia’s new English language test for citizenship is unsuitable says Global language expert

The proposed stringent English language test for applicants of Australian citizenship has been termed to be unsuitable by a leading global expert on language tests. International Language Testing Association President and a global leading expert at Melbourne University Catherine Elder has rejected the claims of Peter Dutton the Immigration Minster that the Labor party was incorrectly inflating the proposed test of English language for applicants of Australian citizenship.

Ms. Elder also added that it was incorrect to presume that the two tests in IELTS had varying degrees of difficulty. Though the IELTS –General test is an alternative to IELTS –Academic test, the scale for both is the same added the international language testing expert.

The Associate Professor also explained that both the tests in IELTS were inappropriate for the applicants of Australian citizenship, as quoted by the SMH. The six level score for both the IELTS –General test and IELTS –Academic test requires the candidate to possess high levels of English literacy and other abilities such as writing an essay said, Ms. Elder. This is really time-consuming and beyond the language proficiency of several overseas immigrants who arrive in Australia, explained the Associate Professor.

These views of the international language testing expert were in coherence with the remarks of Tony Burke the Citizenship Spokesperson of the Labor party that both the tests of the IELTS were of similar standards.

The difference is that the tests reach a level of English language that is used but not to the level of language that is necessary, added Tony Burke.

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