United Arab Emirates' New Standards: "English as an International Language (EIL)"

In UAE, the Ministry of Education has produced their own "National Unified K-12 Learning Standards Framework", which they will implement in all their school classrooms this year. Their ultimate goal is to produce highly educated, 'World Class' citizens. Recognizing English as an international language, the Ministry has strongly recommended that no less than one hour per day is allocated to the teaching of English at every grade level.

To ensure that these new standards reflect world-class expectations, the development process drew from the 1) existing UAE English standards, and 2) K-12 English standards from Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and the United States' Common Core State Standards. The resulting UAE Performance Standards focus on 4 Domains - Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing, and the various skills manifested in each of these domains.

Regarding assessment of these standards, the Ministry drew from specifications for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the United States National Assessments of Educational Progress in Reading and Writing, The Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR): Learning, teaching and assessment, and the British Council's EAQUALS Core Inventory for General English.

In addition, UAE students learning English are expected to meet international benchmarks according to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) levels, and the International Test of English Language System (ITELS).

EdGate is currently in the process of adding these well thought out standards to our repository at the request of clients, and they will be available fairly soon!

As always, EdGate is keeping pulse on the international standards arena. If your company is interested in these standards, please contact your project manager or one of our sales representatives.

By: Larry Johnson 
Science Project Manager