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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Explore English on successfully completing their 2020 Quality Review. Explore English is an established ELICOS provider in downtown Melbourne offering General English, EAP, Test Preparation and Business English courses.
During this current pandemic the centre has become more than a place of study for language development. The centre has also become the welfare centre for both students and staff, and students were highly vocal during the focus group about their praise and support for all the staff at Explore English.