After an extensive consultation process with key industry stakeholders, including NEAS, the Department of Education and Training released the ELICOS Standards 2018 on 11 October 2017.
NEAS welcomes and endorses the ELICOS Standards 2018 and congratulates the Department of Education and Training, TEQSA, ASQA, English Australia, ACPET and UECA on such a thorough and wide consultative process with the sector
There are several key changes which NEAS would like to draw attention to.
The definition of ELICOS courses has expanded to include all courses “solely or predominantly of English language instruction”. This will mean that from 2018, the ELICOS Standards will apply to providers who are delivering award English language courses, such as the Certificates in Spoken Written English (CSWE), to international students. NEAS will support new and existing ELT centres in aligning their courses to Standard C1, drawing on its extensive experience with the CSWE framework through its monitoring of the AMEP and management of the Assessment Task Bank.
Standard P4.1 requires that ELICOS courses “provided under a direct entry arrangement to a tertiary education course” ensure that the assessment outcomes are comparable to the entry criteria used for admission to the tertiary course or similar courses. Most NEAS Endorsed Centres are already conducting benchmarking activities with their EAP and Direct Entry courses and we look forward to assisting our members in continuing to ensure that their pathway programs are relevant, current, valid and reliable.
Standard P2 which covers the needs of younger learners has been expanded, particularly in the areas of support services and learning needs. NEAS Quality Assurance Framework Area F (and accompanying notes) provides centres with the guidance and support needed by staff who work closely with younger learners.
NEAS continues to work closely with the Department of Education and Training, the regulatory authorities and peak bodies to ensure that providers receive timely information and support in delivering high quality education services to international students.
NEAS will be shortly releasing a set of guidance documents to support providers in ensuring that their courses and support services exceed minimum standards.