English-Speaking Abilities of Immigrants

I came across this article here yesterday while I was browsing the internet, and the first thing I thought about was to post it here. This article talks about the English-speaking abilities of immigrants in the United States. It gave me a lot of things to think about such as the former students I had who were trying to speak English and gain access to America. Those students were never confident about their ability to speak English. However, after weeks of hard work and practice, they were able to gain confidence and trust in themselves. They were able to eliminate the feeling of nervousness every time they speak the English language. Today, they are already in Colorado and are sending me some message through Facebook. I am very happy for the success they achieved after all their perseverance and hard work. Many immigrants in the United States have English-speaking abilities and this is because they are required to become English proficient before they can get inside the country. IELTS is typically used to measure the English proficiency skills of immigrants. Anyway, check this article out:

English-Speaking Abilities of Immigrants: A Snapshot From the U.S. Census Bureau – Learning the Language – Education Week

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2014/06/forty-four_percent_of_immigran.htmlBy contrast, 63 percent of immigrants who came prior to 1980 reported that they have “high” English-speaking abilities, while 6 percent of those immigrants who’ve been in the U.S. for at least that period of time don’t speak any English. Overall, about half of foreign-born residents who are 5 and older either speak English exclusively, or “very well,” the report found.

This snapshot of English-speaking skills among the U.S. foreign-born population comes from data collected in 2012 in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Among the nearly 41 million immigrants who are 5 and older, 15 percent reported that they spoke only English at home.  Via blogs.edweek.org

This article actually made me feel good knowing that the U.S. Census Bureau have recognized the English-speaking abilities of their immigrants. If you happen to be looking for an English tutor, I recommend you consider looking at what Teacher Jon can offer you. I have many more posts and reading materials to feature here, I hope you continue to visit my website and keep yourself updated.

Current Updates About Canada Immigration

I’ve had many students before who prepared for IELTS for the purpose of obtaining legal rights to live in an English-speaking country such as in Canada. EILTS is also required for university admission in the country. When I saw this article, it reminded me of my students who now are successful and working in Canada. Check this article out:

Canada Immigration News – Canadian Immigration Questions and Answers with Attorney David Cohen

http://www.cicnews.com/2014/10/canadian-immigration-questions-answers-attorney-david-cohen-24-103949.html1. I am a permanent resident and I have been living in Canada for the past two years. I have not made any trips outside of Canada during this period. Does this mean I get any reduction in the mandatory process of completing four years of residency before applying for Citizenship? If so, after how many more days is it possible for me to do so?

At this time, you can apply for citizenship if you have resided in Canada as a permanent resident for at least three years (1,095 days) in the past four years before you apply. You do not get any reduction of this requirement for having stayed in Canada for two years continuously.

However, the residency requirement for citizenship will soon change. Once this change is implemented, you will only be eligible to apply for citizenship if you have resided in Canada as a permanent resident for at least four years (1,460 days) in the past six years before you apply. Via cicnews.com

Here is another article, or shall I say a newsletter that may be useful to IELTS test takers who are pursuing to live in Canada.  It is about the federal Skilled Worker Program or FSWP that applicants can apply to.

Canada Immigration News – First Federal Skilled Worker Occupation Caps Out, But 49 Remain Open For Those Who Act Quickly


We can now additionally report that the first of the eligible occupations for the current FSWP has reached its cap of 1,000 applications accepted for assessment by the government of Canada. Applications made by computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) will no longer be accepted under the current FSWP. Other occupation caps, including Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112), are close to becoming capped out. It is therefore important that people who are eligible under the FSWP and have work experience in one of the remaining 49 eligible occupations either prepare and submit an application before his or her occupation becomes capped out, or investigate their other options. Via cicnews.com

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