Virtual MoU Signing Ceremony between NEAS Australia and AUN

On 18 January 2023, Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, ASEAN University Network (AUN) Executive Director and Dr. Patrick Pheasant, Chief Executive Officer of NEAS Australia (National ELT Accreditation Scheme Ltd.), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance towards effective enhancement of the process as well as the management of quality assurance (QA) of English Language Teaching (ELT).

The Signing Ceremony of the MoU between NEAS and AUN Secretariat took place through a virtual meeting. The MoU seeks to empower possible collaboration between NEAS and AUN as both parties will delve into QA activities and QA among ELT providers, as well as provide opportunities for the professional development of working staff to learn from one another and foster the exchange of best practices. The MoU is initially set to be in force for two years.

Currently, NEAS and AUN have initiated a potential project exclusively for the ASEAN University Network to explore and enhance the capabilities of English Language Teaching Units/Centers across the ASEAN region. This aims to ensure the active roles of university ELT Units/Centers that go beyond “English Teaching.” The initiatives cover more contemporary functions such as standardising English for research papers, English as a medium of instruction, English in the delivery of interdisciplinary courses, English pathways for international mobility programmes, etc. It will ultimately lead to the advancement of QA in English language learning. 

The MoU signing ceremony between NEAS and AUN was a momentous occasion as it marked the first official collaboration between AUN and Australia. This will signify the beginning of the growth of QA in English language learning and designate the direction to steer English language teaching communities forward.

02 February 2023

PEARSON Versant English Language Tests Endorsed as Quality Product / Service.

Pearson English on achieving NEAS Quality Endorsement of the Pearson Versant English Language Tests as a Quality Product / Service. NEAS Quality Products and Services benefit the ELT community by delivering aspirational standards in innovation and best practice. This endorsement covers a range of five English tests: the Versant English Test; the Versant Writing Test; the Versant English Placement Test; the Versant Business English Test; and the Versant 4 Skills Essential Test. The NEAS Endorsement Committee was impressed with the products’ use of ground-breaking AI technology and automated test scoring. The flexibility of product application enables users to achieve efficiencies in cost and administration. The products are shaped by extensive research and development and supported through ongoing collaboration with independent international experts for validation studies and updates.

Congratulations to Victorian Institute of Technology (VIT) Melbourne!

Congratulations to: Victorian Institute of Technology (VIT) Melbourne for becoming the latest Quality Endorsed Member Centre, successfully progressing from Pending status. VIT completed its Quality Review after a series of onsite meetings and focus groups, led by a NEAS Quality Assessor. VIT is an established provider of VET and Higher Education programs with a compact ELICOS Centre, located in the Melbourne CBD. It offers General English, EAP and IELTS Preparation courses; most of its current students hail from East Asia and Southeast Asia.

Benefitting from the instruction of highly qualified and experienced teachers, one student commented through an anonymised survey that: ‘VIT is a good learning environment with enthusiastic teachers’. VIT takes great pride in providing high value services to its students, and this is reflected in the structured manner in which the Centre collates and uses feedback from its leaners to drive ongoing improvements. VIT draws on the expertise of multiple governance committees in delivering excellent education and training outcomes.

Congratulations to ACU English Language Centre

Congratulations to ACU English Language Centre on the successful quality endorsement of its two new online writing courses. Offering quality English language programmes in Brisbane, Melbourne and North Sydney, ACU English Language Centre provides a dynamic and supportive learning environment for students of all beliefs and backgrounds.

The development and use of these courses serve a collaborative project between ACU and the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (PISAI), and embody the sharing of academic resources to build capacity in inter-religious dialogue. Initially purpose-designed for higher degree research students at PISAI, ACU continues to calibrate and enhance further this series of online writing courses, and develop them to serve PhD candidates at ACU and other universities.

This quality endorsement exercise was proudly supported by Trade and Investment Queensland, through a dedicated grant to NEAS.

Congratulations to English Unlimited Brisbane!

Congratulations to English Unlimited Brisbane on the successful completion of its 2021 NEAS Quality Review! In addition to it central location in Brisbane, English Unlimited also has campuses in Melbourne and Sydney. Students benefit from English Unlimited’ s modern facilities and its team of caring and passionate staff.

The centre immediately and effectively switched to online delivery via its Virtual Learning Environment platform from the onset of the pandemic, and students have since been integrated into national classes, where they engage with and learn from peers and teachers of the organisation’s three Australia-wide campuses. Even with the challenges of the ongoing border closure, English Unlimited continues to enrol new onshore students, often via word-of-mouth recommendations.

Working for an Endorsed Centre, English Unlimited teachers also benefit from access to the NEAS Quality ELT Professional Listing. To join the register of Quality ELT professionals, please visit the NEAS website here.

Congratulations to UTS College!

Congratulations to UTS College (formerly Insearch) on successful completion of its 2021 NEAS Quality Review! UTS College has been a member of NEAS since 1989 and offers exceptional pathway programs designed with UTS entry requirements in mind. UTS College, like many providers, continues to deliver its courses remotely and has done an outstanding job of moving all teaching, learning and assessment to their Canvas LMS, all while managing the implementation of a brand-new curriculum.

NEAS encourages its members to share their NEAS achievements on social media.

Working for an Endorsed Centre, UTS College teachers also benefit from access to the NEAS Quality ELT Professional Listing. To join the register of Quality ELT professionals, please visit the NEAS website here.

Hills International Education

Congratulations to Hills International Education (HIE) – the ELICOS arm of The Hills Grammar School on a successful Quality Review outcome for 2020. HIE is located in a beautiful bushland campus in Kenthurst, 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD. The school offers HSP at four levels, and ELICOS students are integrated into mainstream classes for mathematics, physical education and a well-being program.

Due to smaller class numbers, students at HIE receive high levels of attention and individual support. Flexibility and the ability to tailor content and delivery styles to individual students is a key feature of the HIE program, and students could articulate how teachers provided materials and support for them to develop in their individual areas for improvement.

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Melbourne Language Centre, Perth campus

NEAS wishes to congratulate Melbourne Language Centre, Perth campus, on achieving NEAS Quality Endorsement! Melbourne Language Centre (Perth) is part of the well-established Melbourne based conglomerate, Acknowledge Education that has been a NEAS member for more than 28 years. The Perth campus currently has both General English and EAP on scope and began delivering ELICOS in late September 2019 for mostly pathway students that were packaged with VET or HE courses.

Teachers and professional staff noted that the centre had provided excellent support for students during the COVID-19 pandemic, including surveying students in regard to the functionality of the platform, regular checking on their mental health and offering a food-bank to help support their cost of living during this time.

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Imagine Education Australia – QRV 2020

Congratulations to Imagine Education Australia for successfully completing their 2020 NEAS Quality Review. Imagine Education Australia has enjoyed a long association with NEAS, having achieved full accreditation of its Southport campus in 2007.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagine Education was delivering a full range of ELICOS courses, including General English, EAP, various test preparation courses as well as HSP. All students in the focus group agreed that the flexibility, empathy and genuine care shown by the team at Imagine Education during the COVID-19 pandemic was highly appreciated.

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Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE) / Explore English

Congratulations to Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE) / Explore English on achieving NEAS Quality Endorsement of their provision of the Certificate IV in TESOL (10695NAT).

The course involves nine core units and a requisite elective unit “Use technology to assist ESL learning” which is highly relevant and industry informed. Stakeholder feedback about the course and the study experience with MCIE was very positive, describing the course as excellent preparation for worldwide teaching of English.

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