Stricter English for international students

Planning to study Australia to heighten your career and international exposure? Now you need to improve your soft skills along with your academics. The Australian government has now focused more on language skill for international students planning to join Australian education providers. International students with low communicative and language skills found more vulnerable and suffering from mental as well as physical problems. After the election, the Scott Morrison government is looking to strengthen rules for English language standard to those who want to study in Australia. As per the media reports, the Australian government also focused to improve and ensure international students care properly regarding health and wellbeing.

The regulator for Australian universities Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) recommended the education Minister Dan Tehan to apply stricter English requirements for foundation courses that allow international students to join Australian university education in March this year. In 2018 Australian government made requirements tight for intensive English courses which allow international students to enter university education straight. Now the regulator wants similar strict language provision on foundation courses. The TEQSA has suggested education minister enact such English language competency provision as a standard for the foundation courses for international students, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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Couples of week ago renowned demographer and the Australian Population Research Institute president Bob Birrell demanded government, to make a professional level of English as a requirement for overseas students want to study in Australia. The professional level English is a score of 7 out of 9 in each band in reading, writing, listening and speaking of the IELTS test.

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Apart from English requirements, the Australian government also concerned about the wellbeing of students in Australia. After a couple of violent incidents and research findings government now working on strategies to make the stay of students in Australia safe as 95 percent international students rate personal safety and security as one of the reasons to choose Australia for study.

Earlier this year, the education Minister Dan Tehan instructed the Education Department develop strategies to address mental health issues of international students and look for the ways to better ensure the physical safety of overseas students in Australia.

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