The University of Newcastle, Australia

English Language Centre ranked one of the top in the world

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Students from the University of Newcastle English Language Centre have ranked the institution in the top three in Australia in the recent English Language Teaching (ELT) Barometer. The survey also places the centre in the top six in the world, a remarkable increase of over 53 places since 2016.

English language students

Run bi-annually, the survey measures student satisfaction and experience and is administered independently by i-graduate. This year over 19,000 students responded to the English Barometer from 160 English Language centres across the world.

Through the survey, students are asked to rank the institution on their arrival, learning, living, support and post-study experiences of English language students studying in Australia. The survey has been endorsed by the Department of Education and Training as part of the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation Program.

Director of the Language Centre, Associate Professor Seamus Fagan said the Centre’s performance in the survey was a remarkable achievement and it demonstrates the considerable focus placed on improving the overall living and learning experiences of our International Students.

“As a result of the feedback received from students in the 2010 survey, our teaching and professional staff have worked hard to engineer opportunities for international students to engage meaningfully with Australian students and the wider community. ” Associate Professor Fagan said.

Associate Professor Fagan said the Student Experience Program and ‘Passport’ initiative was sector leading and had been designed to cohesively align extra-curricular activities to areas of impact and incentivise student participation.

The survey results also revealed that students were not only satisfied with their experience out of the classroom, they also understood the role the it plays in improving their ability to learn to English.

The quality of the teaching staff and course content was also recognised in the survey with students rating Newcastle's course content, organisation and learning support considerably higher than competitors worldwide. The technology and virtual learning facilities were also rated as the highest in the world.

“We are fortunate to have experienced and widely travelled teachers who ensure our English language students have a great classroom experience. Our leadership team are also regularly enhancing our curriculum through ongoing renewal.”

“This survey has confirmed that students see the University of Newcastle as a great choice for their English language training, providing an ultimate package of quality education, meaningful student experience program and an affordable lifestyle in a world-class city.”  Associate Professor Fagan said.

For full results and more information on the survey, visit the i-graduate English Language Training (ELT) Barometer website.

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