1.2.1. Quality assurance and benchmarking in ELT

Date: Wednesday 7 October
Time: 10:45AM - 12:00PM
Location: P1

Session Type: Thematic session

Chair: Mr Brian Smith, Stakeholder Manager, IDP Education (Australia)

QALEN (Quality Assurance in Language Education Network): a global accreditation framework (1023)

NEAS is enjoying its 25th anniversary of providing quality assurance and accreditation services to the English language teaching sector in Australia and throughout South-East Asia. As an innovation, 2015 also marks the year that NEAS initialised the foundation of a new global quality assurance network, after hosting a Quality Assurance Summit in Sydney in late 2014. Since then, five globally renowned agencies with a focus on quality assurance in language teaching have joined the newly formed body known as QALEN, and another four are in the process of securing the support of their boards and membership. Central to the membership criteria is the requirement that QALEN affiliates have undertaken a mapping process that ensures alignment of processes and principles. The measurement of quality assurance between participants ensures that the achievement of a quality determination by one agency would be similar should a colleague agency have undertaken the process.

Key interest area (KIA): P&RE
Sector(s): ELT

Mr Mark Raven, Chief Executive Officer, NEAS, Australia