Workshop 2

Understanding English Language Levels

Participant Group: All Staff

When: Wednesday, 09 November at 3pm

Facilitator: Kerry Platts, UCC Language Centre


UCC has over 3,000 international students and all non-EU students are required to prove their proficiency in the English language. There are a number of exams that applicants can use as evidence of English and all of these can be aligned to the CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The majority of students at UCC take the IELTS exam and each year the IELTS exam is taken by more than 5 million people in 140 countries. It is, therefore, very important that we understand what this exam entails and how it can help us to understand our students better.

This workshop gives an understanding of the admission requirement levels and the IELTS exam. It will be useful to all those in UCC who work with international students; in both admissions and in teaching settings.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the workshop, you will:  
  • Understand what is meant by "English language level" with reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and how this is reflected in UCC students’ use of English
  • Receive an overview of the content and context of the IELTS exam
  • Understand how the scoring system in IELTS specifically relates to students’ writing and speaking ability
  • Increase your awareness of the challenges that students face when taking this exam
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions regarding English language qualifications for students

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Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

Main Office, G36, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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