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Canada Allows CELPIP Results For Skilled Worker and Professional CategorP

Canada Allows Results  From New CELPIP  Test As  Proof English Language  Skills for the skilled worker  and professional  category. Note that the CELPIP is  not acceptable for all catefories!

You may remember  an old television ad for  Tetly Tea:  “Only in Canada You Say!”

Canada requires  proof of English Language  proficiency to immigrate to Canada. For many years the IELTS has been the only game in town when it comes to establishing proof of English language proficiency for purposes of Canada immigration. That has changed.

The IELTS must now compete with the newly released CELPIP Test. The acronym stands for:

“Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program”

Like  the IELTS there  is both an Academic (used to  study in Canada) and a General Version (used for immigration to Canada). The CELPIP originates  from the University of British Columbia, uses Canadian English (whatever that is), is computer based, and is administered by a an organization called  “Paragon Testing”.

There is presently an opportunity to take a free sample test. Preparation materials  are low cost.

I am intrigued by the fact that the CELPIP tests “Canadian English”. Sounds interesting. This may NOT turn out to be a sound marketing strategy. IELTS and TOEFL are used internationally. Therefore, those who are undergoing English Language testing for academic purposes may be better off taking the IELTS or TOEFL.

The CELPIP is an interesting innovation. It will be interesting to see how it develops.

To learn about the CELPIP visit:

http://www.celpiptest.ca

 

English profs not amused by Canada’s immigration pop quiz

Sara Landreth and her husband, James Brooke-Smith, teach English literature at the University of Ottawa. Both have doctorates in English literature, but Canada's immigration rules require each of them to take a $280 test proving they are fluent in the language.

Sara Landreth and her husband, James Brooke-Smith, teach English literature at the University of Ottawa. Both have doctorates in English literature, but Canada’s immigration rules require each of them to take a $280 test proving they are fluent in the language. Brigitte Bouvier for The Globe and Mail

New rules require a $280 language test, even if you hold a PhD in literature

Joe Friesen

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/english-profs-not-amused-by-canadas-immigration-pop-quiz/article1655367/

From Thursday’s Globe and Mail Published on Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010 10:30PM EDT Last updated on Thursday, Jul. 29, 2010 12:24AM EDT

Sara Landreth can only marvel at the absurdity of her situation.

She has a PhD in English literature. She has been hired to teach English literature to Canada’s budding scholars. Yet her application for immigration will not be processed unless she submits to a $280 English language test, thanks to a ministerial instruction signed by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney last month. Continue reading

All immigrants face mandatory language test

July 20, 2010
Nicholas Keung

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/838085–all-immigrants-face-mandatory-language-test

Dodi Robbins, a Harvard-educated corporate lawyer whose first language is English, says she is insulted at having to take Immigration Canada’s language test in order to prove she speaks English well enough to settle here. She has been working as a lawyer in Toronto on a work permit since 2006.

RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR

Born and raised in New York, Dodi Robbins graduated from Harvard University and has been practising law for 13 years. Continue reading