Recent changes to Australian citizenship rules, means that people wanting to apply for Australian citizenship now need to increase their level of English language proficiency. Following the Prime Minister's recent announcement, it is now more important than ever to ensure English skills meet the minimum requirement of at least an IELTS level 6 standard.
Questions we often get asked about the IELTS test include "can I improve my IELTS score?" and "if so how can I improve my IELTS test score?" There are a few points to note in answer to these questions.
The following hints will help you to increase your score in the IELTS Writing test.
The following hints will help you to make the most of your time in the IELTS Reading test. Pay attention to these, as failing to do so, could mean the loss of valuable marks.
Do you live in Australia and work with Australian colleagues or clients? Sometimes it can be frustrating when you have to repeat what you say, because others don’t understand your accent. You may have fantastic technical skills and be brilliant at your job, but find it difficult communicating clearly in English. Learning to speak like an Australian can make your life a little easier.
How can I do that you ask. Well that is a very good question. Firstly, let’s look at what it means to speak like an Australian.
So you have the skills and qualifications required to do the job, you know English very well, but you speak with an accent. You get an interview, but fail to secure the job.
Can it be that your accent is hurting your career? Do accents really make a difference when it comes to the employer deciding who the successful applicant will be?
It's almost the end of the financial year again and as we all prepare to submit our return for this financial year, a question we often get asked is "Can I claim the course as a tax deduction?".
If you are eligible to claim the cost of the course as a tax deduction, it can reduce the overall cost of the course to you.
A UWS Marcs Institute study found that Australian infants have difficulty understanding the Australian accent. Interestingly they found that while Australian English is a more relaxed style of the English language, it can also make it hard for babies to learn new words.
What does this research mean for adult learners?
With the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that unemployment rates are slowly rising in Australia, largely due to today's difficult economy, the job market is becoming more competitive. Now more than ever, we need to think about making ourselves more valuable at work.
But how do we become an indispensable employee?
The following 5 tips will help you become a more valuable in the workplace:-
Consider this question - Can having a foreign accent influence a person’s credibility?
Indeed both the speaker AND the listener may not be aware of this, but research has revealed that the answer is...
Having an accent does not necessarily mean that there will be less job opportunities available to you or that you may miss out on a promotion at work. Your ability to respond to the interviewers questions, and convey your knowledge and abilities clearly, is more important than the existence of an accent. However, if you have a strong accent and the interviewer has difficulty understanding your responses, it may be time to explore your options.
In today’s work environment many of us are finding ourselves working with different people from different cultures. While this can enrich the working environment, intercultural communication can sometimes create a challenge for those who are unable to interpret and understand other people correctly.
Read these 10 tips to help you to improve your English speaking skills and help you feel more confident when you talk.
Today, global corporate expansion is increasing and to be successful in an international market, a certain level of English language proficiency is essential for most management or senior positions. Corporate language training can benefit employees who are transitioning into a new work and language environment. Corporate language training
is a strategic business imperative toward achieving success in the global workplace.
Communication issues and misunderstandings can often occur in the clinical medical situation and this was revealed in a recent patient survey conducted of general medical practices in Western Australia. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Western Australia, revealed that 76% of patients felt that there were communication barriers between themselves and their overseas trained doctor.