The International English Language Teaching System (IELTS) developed by Cambridge, British Council and IDP is the global standard for assessing English language proficiency. Owing to high test security and strict adherence to procedures, it is recognized by governments and educational institutions in the world as the paradigm for demonstrating English language proficiency.
In accordance with the upcoming 2017 UAE-wide teacher licensing scheme and the 2012 declaration requiring UAE teachers to improve English proficiency: “maths teachers need to achieve a minimum academic IELTS band of 5.5, whereas English language teachers need to place at the 6.5 band or above” (Rashid Al Abdouli, professional development specialist at the Abu Dhabi Education Council), further training and test preparation services for schools and teachers is needed. Furthermore, Ednastics has recently learned from a contacts at a UAE national school in Dubai that the requirements have recently increased to 6.5 for science/math teachers and 7.5 for English language teachers.
Undoubtedly there is a currently gap between the current English language level of non-native English speaking teachers in the UAE and the goal set by the ministry; however, Ednastics endeavors to reduce this gap through specialized, intensive, effective training and test preparation for teachers.
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