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Professional Certificate in Language Assessment

In today’s classroom, language teachers need a firm understanding of the roles that assessment and evaluation have on the learning outcomes of their students. To drive positive results, language teachers need to be able to design effective and reliable assessments.

The Professional Certificate in Language Assessment will give you the confidence to deliver high quality tests and the ability to evaluate the value of your existing assessments. Developed by the Language Testing Research Centre and drawing on the centre's 30 years of experience in the field, this is one of the few online courses that specialises in language assessment.

This practical course will enhance your language and ESL testing expertise with a specific set of practical skills in test development and evaluation. You’ll grow an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in this field, which will extend your capacity as a well-rounded language educator and help you deliver more robust results for students.

Offered 100% online, this accessible, affordable and flexibly-delivered course will give you access to internationally renowned researchers in language and testing and assessment. Learning from the best, you’ll quickly gain the specialist knowledge you need, at a time and place that suits you.

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for qualified language teachers as well as professionals who deliver language assessment such as:

  • Teachers of second languages
  • Teachers of ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programs
  • Teachers of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs
  • Teachers of EAL (English as an Additional Language) programs
  • Staff in organisations that conduct language testing.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

This course has been designed to improve the standard of language assessment literacy and ESL testing around the world across a broad range of contexts. You’ll become proficient in developing and evaluating language tests, which will enhance the day-to-day running of your language program. This will also determine how your students’ progress and excel.

The Professional Certificate in Language Assessment offers a real-world focus on language assessment in educational contexts. In just six months you’ll gain the expertise you need to progress your language and ESL testing skills and improve student outcomes.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 60

Application Process

After Offer Acceptance, student receives ECOE ( Electronic Confirmation of Enrollment) and therafter visa is lodged.
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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The University of Melbourne runs a twice-annual mentoring programme that brings students together with alumni mentors who guide them through the career decision-making process.

Faculty-specific resources assist students in finding the most relevant careers advice for them. Students are also able to take self-assessment tests to help them determine which occupation is most suited to them.

We run workshops, one-on-one sessions, and student mentoring programs to give you the advice you need, when you need it.

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Attend a workshop or session

We run a range of workshops, seminars and events to help support your skill development and employability.

About Careers and Employability

We provide you with the resources, support, and tools you need to achieve your career goals. Learn about our approach to employability and careers.

When you start university you may already know which career path you’d like to pursue. Or, you might be exploring your unique interests, passions, and opportunities.

No matter which category you’re in, career development starts from your first day at university. Career development doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to develop a greater awareness of who you are and what you want to achieve.

At the University of Melbourne, career development is a journey that involves:

  • Understanding and reflecting on your motivations and preferences, current skills and knowledge gaps
  • Researching potential opportunities that help you develop meaningful, industry-relevant experiences
  • Goal setting and deciding on what career success means to you
  • Seeking and applying for roles that align with this vision.
  • During this process, your ability to understand and apply your knowledge will be critical in making successful career decisions. We have dedicated career advisers who can guide you through this career development journey.

What are employability skills?

Employability skills are more than just your ability to land a job. They cover your attitude, personal qualities, and transferable skills (e.g. teamwork and communication).

These skills are valued regardless of the role or industry you’re interested in—and understanding their importance can help you succeed in your career and beyond.

Our aim is to help you develop these skills so you can progress professionally in the workforce and community.

How we can help you

We provide online and in-person services: from one-on-one guidance, to learning modules, on campus workshops, and more.

We support you to:

  • Understand the possibilities open to you during and after your time at university
  • Design your career by understanding where your degree can take you, and guide you on what experiences will help you gain future employment
  • Identify your skills and how they apply to actual jobs in the industry you’re interested in
  • Find opportunities via our online jobs board and our employability programs
  • Connect with employers and professionals through our mentoring programs and industry networks
  • Navigate the job application process so your cover letter, resume, and interview style sets you up for success.
  • Our services are available to all current undergraduate and graduate University of Melbourne students.

PSW Opportunity

Graduate Diploma packaged with Masters degree would allow 2 years PSW. Packaging of offers depends on the sole discretion of Faculty.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • You need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree, either from the University of Melbourne, another Australian institution, or a university overseas. You also need to meet English language requirements and be eligible to be offered an international graduate place.
  • If you've achieved high marks in your Melbourne undergraduate studies you can even be made an early offer. Depending on your previous studies and experience you could also be eligible for credit towards your studies at the University.

TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.

IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

  • Course Type: Online
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 06 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 6952 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: 100 AUD
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