New IELTS center opens in Banilad-A A +A
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
TO prepare Filipino workers to work in English-speaking countries, a review center called Power IELTS recently opened a facility at the PDI Condominium in Banilad, Cebu City.
The company said they want to help address the problem of Filipinos continuing to lose employment opportunities despite being literate in English.
A company official said that although Filipinos understand and speak English, they fail to extensively use the language on a daily basis, especially in writing. This is the reason they do not do well in the required IELTS exams and lose job opportunities abroad.
“Filipinos may have a higher awareness of English than many other nationalities. However, this does not (mean) that they are fluent, cohesive and coherent speakers of the English language,” said Bob Green, head educational coordinator of Power IELTS.
Green said this is where review centers like Power IELTS come in.
He said their company helps job applicants and reviewers understand nuances in the English language and helps them get the required score for immigrants in their IELTS exams.
IELTS or International English Language Testing System is an international standardized test of English language proficiency.
IELTS exams are required for immigration in English-speaking countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
In Power IELTS, Green said students first take a pre-assessment test online, given by Oxford University in London, England, to measure their potential for getting the desired scores.
Those who need more help are given more assistance through the program’s unlimited review course. Power IELTS also coaches student in a one-on-one environment and the students have access to an English review library and online resources.
The company’s IELTS teachers also provide flexible schedules and even an optional sit-in coaching session to ensure students get the required score.
“A review center must provide the environment that allows, encourages and supports the acquisition and absorption of the English language,” Green said.
Recent language test results released by the IDP Education Pty. Ltd. Philippines, an accredited group that administers the IELTS to Filipinos seeking to work and migrate abroad, showed that the Philippines was overtaken by Malaysia as the top country in terms of English proficiency in Asia.
Malaysia got an overall score of 6.71, followed by Philippines with 6.69, Indonesia with 5.99, India with 5.79 and Thailand with 5.71.
This was taken from IELTS results in 2008, when 35,000 Filipinos took the exam.