Griffith English Language Institute awarded for innovation in ELICOS

Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) was presented the 2012 English Australia/ETS TOEFL® Award for Innovation in ELICOS at the recent English Australia Conference Gala Dinner. The prestigious award showcases organisations within the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) industry that demonstrate original and creative problem-solving initiatives in response to the challenges faced within the ELICOS sector. The award is designed to celebrate new ideas and innovative approaches to any aspect of ELICOS delivery.

The award, presented by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world's largest nonprofit educational research and assessment organisation, recognises both individuals and groups that develop initiatives to address identified challenges in ELICOS and execute meaningful solutions.

GELI was nominated for their online Independent Learning Centre (ILC). They developed a vertically-integrated, comprehensive and adaptive blended learning program, tailored specifically to each student's course, level and needs and enabling students to develop independent learning skills through the ILC. Use of the ILC is embedded into course assessment and student engagement is tracked and evaluated. Evidence of improved student outcomes was provided through the ELT Barometer (national student satisfaction survey).

"We are very pleased to play such an important role in this award, as we firmly believe in the importance of continued innovation and creativity in the delivery of international education," commented Helen Cook, Associate Director of Client Relations, Australasia, at Educational Testing Service, the developer of the TOEFL test. "Griffith English Language Institute clearly demonstrated outstanding originality, creative problem solving and collaboration at both the individual and organisational level. We are pleased to be able to acknowledge their contribution to the industry and to present them with this award."

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