25th January 24
On Saturday 2nd December 2023, 132 students of the Academic English Department, all with varying levels of English, took their first external and official exam of the academic year, the IELTS, the English language qualification required for entry to university.
Our students demonstrated a positive work ethic and an abundance of resilience throughout the first term – and were duly rewarded for their efforts. The IELTS results, once again, have surpassed our expectations, with 46% of our students achieving at least the College target grade, well before the end of the academic year, in some cases two years in advance! A number of students impressively far exceeded the band score usually requested by universities, with scores of bands 7.5, 8.0 and 9.0, the latter score equating to native speaker level.
There has been a sea of delighted faces in the Academic English Department, and that includes the teachers! The majority of our Year 13 and 14 students have met university entry requirements, and those who have just missed them, have a second opportunity to take the IELTS exam in May, here at DLD, a British Council approved IELTS exam centre since 2018.
Christalla Mavroudis – Head of Academic English