Knowledge, Education, and Attitudes of International Students to IELTS: A Case of Australia


  • Abe W Ata Deakin University, Australia



international students, IELTS test, Language and education, language attitudes


The main objective of this study is to determine the knowledge, education and attitudes of Chinese, Indian and Arab speaking students in Australia towards the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. A questionnaire was administered to 200 students at six university language centers to investigate their overall response towards the four components of the IELTS test i.e. listening, reading, writing, and speaking. It was hypothesized that having positive or negative attitudes toward a certain language can exert considerable effect on the learners’ performance on a language test. The effect of variables such as testing environment, test rubric, and broader demographic factors on attitudes of the three national groups were investigated. Significant differences were found on students’ misconceptions of language learning, motivation and the degree to which it may have hindered their progress in attaining language skills.

Author Biography

Abe W Ata, Deakin University, Australia

ABE W. ATA was born in Bethlehem. He graduated in social psychology at the American University and was soon nominated as a delegate to the United Nations’ World Youth Assembly. He gained his doctorate at the University of Melbourne in 1980 and has since been teaching and researching at several Australian, American, Jordanian, West Bank (Al-Quds) and Danish universities. He has worked at the Australian Catholic University for several years. His publications span 114 journal articles and 16 books including International education and cultural-linguistic experiences of international students in Australia (Australian Academic Press, June 2015); Education Integration Challenges: The case of Australian Muslims (Dec.2013); Us and Them (Australian Academic Press) which was nominated for the Prime Minister Book Awards in 2009; and Christian-Muslim Intermarriage in Australia (2003) Dr. Ata contributed several articles to the Encyclopedia of Australian Religions (2009); Encyclopedia of the Australian People (2001) and The Encyclopedia of Melbourne (2005). He was nominated as Australian of the Year in 2015 and 2011. Dr. Ata is currently an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University.




How to Cite

Ata, A. W. (2015). Knowledge, Education, and Attitudes of International Students to IELTS: A Case of Australia. Journal of International Students, 5(4), 488–500.



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