Two Ielts bands in six months?
- Created: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:21
Matt Salusbury asks whether scholarship students can realistically get their English levels up to speed in the limited time available
Putting students with a low language level through a pre-sessional English course in the hope they’ll be able to pass a Ielts or Toefl test and develop enough proficiency to progress on to an English-medium degree course is a risky business.
Brazil’s Ciencia sem Fronteiras (CsF, also known as Science without Borders or SwB) scholarship scheme offers its students fully funded pre-sessional English courses for three or six months to achieve this, and the UK HE International Unit reports there are some 900 Brazilian students currently on such courses in Britain. But with some of them starting these courses with an Ielts band as low as 4.5, how realistic is the prospect of them reaching the level needed in the time available?