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What and Why: Background

The IELTS Initiative, an important part of the ELTU Quality Assurance Project, is funded by the Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant (TDLEG) to obtain additional information about CUHK undergraduate students’ language needs and to help monitor their English language proficiency over the 3-year ELTU programme period.

Who and How: Eligibility and Selection Process

Using stratified sampling approach (by entrance English proficiency level and by faculty), the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) will identify about 10% of the total cohort (~400) and sponsor them to participate in the IELTS test upon fulfillment of University core requirement in English Language in Year 3. Eligible students will be invited via email to apply for the sponsorship, and a confirmation email will be sent to the successful applicants together with all the necessary details.

Obligations:

Students must fulfill the following conditions to enjoy the reimbursement of IELTS test fee, which is currently HK$2,200 per person.

1. to complete the IELTS online learning components, mock tests before Zoom workshops, and attend Zoom workshops (ALL FOUR sessions) assigned and conducted by ELTU staff.
[N.B. The mode of online learning is subject to change depending on the situation.]

2. to register and pay for an official IELTS test through the British Council Hong Kong or the IDP Hong Kong (please DO NOT register for any IELTS test until you receive a confirmation email from us). In view of the current situation, participants who are currently not in Hong Kong may take the test through an official IELTS test centre outside Hong Kong. The test should be the IELTS ACADEMIC version and should take place after the completion of the assigned ELTU IELTS online learning components, mock tests and Zoom workshops. The test fee of the IELTS Academic is currently HK$2,200, which is subject to change every year.

[N.B. The reimbursement will not cover other test versions such as the IELTS General Training, IELTS UKVI Academic or any other fees involved.]

3. to submit the proof of payment for the IELTS test fee and the test results to ELTU IMMEDIATELY after receiving the official test report (usually to be released two weeks after taking the test) in order to be fully refunded.

4. to complete an online survey form and/or to attend an interview for research purposes, if invited.

5. to grant consent to ELTU for using your IELTS test results, ELTU course grades and coursework for research purposes.

[N.B. All collected data will only be processed anonymously. The granting of this consent will not affect your course grades at the University, and your IELTS test results will not be shown in your transcript.]

6. to acknowledge and agree that ELTU reserves all of its rights, including but not limited to the acceptance or rejection of your registration, and the assignment of the IELTS online learning components, mock tests and Zoom workshops.

FAQs:

Q1. Do I need to apply for an official test result report from IELTS to mail to ELTU?

No. Only a hard copy of the report will be kept for our record and for research purposes.

Q2. Will the test results be recorded in my CUHK transcript?

No. This IELTS Initiative is a research project launched by the ELTU. Your test results will be kept confidential and will only be used for research purposes.

Q3. How can I get the proof of payment?

If you have registered for the test through the British Council Hong Kong, for computer-delivered test, please print out the email entitled ‘Confirmation of completion of IELTS registration and acceptance of application’ sent by the British Council; for paper-based test, please log in your BC account on their website to download the payment receipt.
If you have registered for the test through the IDP Hong Kong, please print out the email entitled ‘IELTS Essentials payment confirmation’ sent by the IDP Hong Kong.

Q4. How long will it take to be reimbursed?

Normally, it will take eight weeks for the Finance Office in the University to process and transfer the money to you through autopay or by cheque. There is no difference in processing time for both payment methods. For autopay, please check your bank account around eight weeks after submitting all the necessary documents and information for the reimbursement. If you choose to be paid by cheque, you have to collect it in person from an ELTU staff in our office after receiving our notification email.

[N.B. If there is any problem with your bank account information, the Finance Office will pay you by cheque regardless of your preference previously indicated.]

Useful Links for IELTS Test Preparation:

 

General Reading Listening
IELTS Official Website Improve Your English and Prepare for IELTS Reading (British Council) Improve your English and Prepare for IELTS Listening (British Council)
Test Format Ten English Accents You Will Hear in IELTS Listening
Scoring & Assessment Criteria Speaking TED x IELTS: The World’s English Mania
Examiner Approved Tips IELTS Speaking: Fluency & Coherence
IELTS (British Council) IELTS Speaking: Grammar Further Practice / Other Resources
Test Day Advice (British Council) IELTS Speaking: Pronunciation Net Languages IELTS Preparation Course (CUHK log-in required)
Tips and Videos (British Council) IELTS Speaking: Vocabulary Peer Tutoring Scheme (ELTU)
IELTS Expert Tips and Introduction to Papers (Cambridge University Press) Understanding the IELTS Speaking Test (Cambridge English Webminar) Independent Learning Centre (CUHK) IELTS / TOEFL
Computer-delivered Test Speaking – Sample Tests
IELTS Official Website Full Test Sample 1
British Council Full Test Sample 2
Full Test Sample 3 (Audio only)
Sample Test Questions (Paper-based Test) Part 1 (Candidate A)
IELTS Official Website Part 2 Sample 1 (Candidate C)
British Council Part 2 Sample 2
IDP Part 3 Sample 1 (Candidate I)
IDP (Reading & Writing) Part 3 Sample 2 (Candidate J)
Part 3 Sample 3
Part 3 Sample 4
Writing
IELTS Writing: Task Achievement (Task 1) & Task Response (Task 2)
IELTS Writing: Coherence & Cohesion
IELTS Writing: Vocabulary
IELTS Writing: Grammar
IELTS Writing Task 1 – Tips and Advice (British Council)
Power Writing for IELTS Task 2 Writing (British Council)
Practice Task 2: Threat of Nuclear Weapons – Essay plan

Online Teaching Arrangements and Office Opening Hours

 

The University has announced that all teaching and learning activities will be conducted in online mode from 24 January 2022 until further notice. For the arrangement of ELTU classes, please contact your class teacher for details.

The ELTU General Office is open on 24 January 2022 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and will be closed until further notice. This temporary arrangement is subject to change and will cease upon the University’s announcement of the resumption of services and operation.

For enquiries related to teaching and learning matters, please contact us at sa.eltu@cuhk.edu.hk or (852) 3943 5958. For other enquiries, please send your email to eltu-info@cuhk.edu.hk or (852) 3943 9490.