#IATEFL 2014 Talk: Chalk and Cheese – Equivalency Issues with IELTS and TOEFL

A number of our secondary school students who wish to study in an English-speaking country will ask “Which is better: IELTS or the TOEFL?” David Petrie gave a presentation on this just yesterday at the IATEFL Harrogate conference. He’s posted his slides and even the text of his talk. Most helpful 😀

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So this is the talk that I gave today – thanks to everyone who attended – I hope you enjoyed it!

For anyone who wasn’t there, here’s the blurb for this talk:

IELTS and TOEFL are widely used as equivalent determinants of English language ability by higher education institutions.  This talk reviews equivalency research and draws on a contrastive analysis of the two exams to suggest that the disparities between them mean we should avoid viewing them through the same lens, and questions using them for the same purpose.

And here are the slides from my presentation.  They should be available to download via slideshare if you can’t see them clearly:  some of the slides have quite a lot of data on them.  And I’ve just noticed that slideshare clearly doesn’t support the font I used and has replaced it with something quite different…

And here, in the second slideshare…

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