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Teacher English language proficiency research project

The Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne is looking to recruit teacher participants for a research study into teacher language proficiency. The study is designed to investigate whether the minimum standards on the English language tests that are currently used for the registration of overseas-trained teachers or locally-trained teachers who need to take an English language test are set appropriately. The findings of this study will help in making research-informed policy-decisions about teacher registration.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to

  1. answer a short background questionnaire (5 minutes)
  2. sign a confidentiality agreement (and email it to the researchers)
  3. watch a short training video (13 minutes)
  4. evaluate 5 writing and 5 speaking performances online (30-60 minutes)
  5. complete a final questionnaire (5 minutes).

What will I receive for taking part? 

After you have completed the tasks above, you will receive a certificate for two hours of professional learning which can count towards your annual registration requirements.

Can anyone take part?

Any person currently teaching in Australia in an early childhood, primary or secondary school setting can take part. We are looking for both Australian born teachers, and teachers who were born overseas to take part in the study.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the questionnaire

Melbourne University Language Testing Research will contact you with the next steps once you have completed the questionnaire.

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