New Era of English Language Assessment for Australian Schools [Press Release]

TOEFL Junior testing tool offers world-standard testing methodology to cope with large increase in school students learning English as a second language. 

TOEFL Junior - The World Leader in Teen English Second Language AssessmentWith students from non-English speaking backgrounds now estimated at around 30% of school enrolments in Australia, teachers are demanding a more effective means of placing new students into appropriate language programs.

 With the arrival of the new TOEFL Junior testing tool, they will now have access to an internationally renowned english language assessment system to measure english language proficiency of students at the middle-school level.

Based on the heritage of the world-renowned TOEFL brand, the TOEFL Junior tests are specifically designed for English-as-a-second-language (ESL) students aged 11-16 to assess their English communicative competence against international standards. These tests can be used both for language placements and monitoring students’ progress. » Read more

Bribery and corruption – are organisations informed and prepared?

A recently released report outlining the findings of Deloitte’s 2012 Bribery and Corruption survey reveals that organisations in Australia and New Zealand may be ill-equipped to identify and manage corruption and bribery risk.

The survey was completed by 390 organisations from Australia and New Zealand, including publicly listed companies, Australian subsidiaries of foreign companies, public sector organisations and private companies.

Some key findings are:

 

 

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SAY NO TO BULLYING

A new national campaign backed by big business, sportspeople, charities, ministers and celebrities has been unveiled in an effort to eliminate bullying in the workplace and other settings, according to Human Capital Magazine.

Involved are such organisations as Foxtel, Channel 9, and Living Social; such high profile individuals as cricketer Brad Haddin, sports commentator Phil Gould, rugby league player Sandor Earl, and former rugby league player and television personality Mario Fenech.

The campaign, which kicked off on 27 September, was created by anti-bullying advocate Christian Marchegiani of Underdogs, an Australian organisation created to help people realise their full potential through courage, self-discovery and team-work.

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Testing for Workplace Bullies

The Australian Psychological Society defines workplace bullying as the experience of aggressive and negative behaviours towards one or more employees that results in a hostile work environment. To be classified as bullying, such negative acts must be regular (usually at least weekly) and persistent (continuing for a 6 month period or longer).

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