In the last newsletters we discussed the following:
What is ELICOS and what it stands for
Who ELICOS applies to?
What is the definition of ELICOS?
What is included in the ELICOS?
What are the benefits of having ELICOS programs on scope
Guidelines for regulatory authorities
What are ELICOS providers and their types?
The status of English Language Teaching in Australia
Can ELICOS and VET Co-exist?
English language requirements to enrol in the course and length of the course
What resources usually ELICOS students require?
In this article, we will discuss the following:
ELICOS Standards in a nutshell
New standards for English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) have been developed by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET).
The ELICOS Standards 2018 came into effect from 1 January 2018, for existing and new providers (and comes into effect from 1 March 2018 for transitioning providers – i.e. providers to which the ELICOS Standards did not apply prior to 1 January 2018 but are assessed by a ESOS Agency, such as ASQA, to be delivering an ELICOS course).
The ELICOS Standards seek to enhance Australia’s reputation as a source of quality education to international education markets and assist in attracting high-quality international students to Australia.
The National Standards for ELICOS providers and courses (ELICOS Standards) are guidelines for regulatory authorities to make recommendations for acceptance of providers to be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) under the ESOS legislative framework.
Standard C1: Mandatory requirements for course applications
This standard talks about the mandatory requirements on ELICOS applications. All course applications must be fit for purpose and must include the following information:
Course duration (expressed in weeks)
Relationship with other course(s)
Details of any articulation arrangements
Profile of target learner group, including arrangements to meet the learning needs of students of different age groups and learning capabilities
Course outcomes expressed in learner-oriented terms
Course entry requirements
Strategy for monitoring student learning progress
Strategy for assessing achievement of learning outcomes including policies and procedures, materials and resources
Samples of certification of completion and partial completion that set out the CRICOS course name, levels of achievement or proficiency, course duration, date of completion, name and contact details of the registered ELICOS provider, and name and title of the signatory
Modes and methods of course delivery
Course structure demonstrating that it meets the minimum requirement of 20 hours face-to-face scheduled course contact per week, as well as any other study requirements and any scheduled breaks
Course syllabus that provides a statement of the purpose and objectives of the course, expected learning outcomes, subjects, structure and assessment of learning and progress
Strategy for ongoing course evaluation and review
Experience and qualifications of course teachers
Key and supplementary teaching resources
Maximum course fee
Standard P1: Scheduled course contact hours
Written agreements between registered ELICOS providers and students must provide accurate information to students on scheduled course contact hours (minimum of 20 hours of face-to-face contact per week plus any other scheduled course contact hours as a requirement of the course) for the ELICOS course.
Standard P2: Needs of younger ELICOS students
This standard is applicable if you enrol students under the age of 18. The operations of the provider should be appropriate for the age, maturity and English language proficiency of the students. The facilities, operations, equipment, course materials and tutoring must meet the needs of students of different ages, maturity and levels of English language proficiency.
Standard P3: Teaching ELICOS and Standard P4: Assessment of ELICOS students
Your training organisation must have appropriate policies and procedures to provide students with optimal opportunities for achieving successful outcomes. The policies and procedures required under this standard are:
English language testing and class placement
Special needs and requirements
Teacher to student ratio
Learning outcomes - access and documentation
Resources and equipment available
Research course content and developments in English language
Retention and accessibility of records
Review, revision and delivery of course outcomes
Formative and summative assessments
Regular reporting on course outcomes
Course completion (partial and full)
Standard P5: ELICOS Educational Resources
This standard discusses the requirements to have sufficient educational facilities, equipment and support resources. This can include a range of multimedia tools, using varied learning activities and teaching methodologies, addressing the needs of learners