"A fair go for all?' Australia's language-in-migration policy

Hoang, Ngoc T. H. and Hamid, M. Obaidul (2016) "A fair go for all?' Australia's language-in-migration policy. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 38 6: 836-850. doi:10.1080/01596306.2016.1199527

Author Hoang, Ngoc T. H.
Hamid, M. Obaidul
Title "A fair go for all?' Australia's language-in-migration policy
Journal name Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
Publication date 2016-06-16
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2016.1199527
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 38
Issue 6
Start page 836
End page 850
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract As the power of tests lies in their uses, language tests that are used to assess immigration eligibility exercise enormous power. Critical Language Testing calls for exposing the power of tests by examining the intentions of introducing tests and their effects on individuals and society, especially from the perspective of test-takers. This case study investigates the rationale for and impact of a particular language-in-migration policy in Australia, drawing on the experiences and perceptions of two skilled migration applicants. One of them was successful and the other unsuccessful, essentially on the ground of their language test results. Insights from the study challenge prevalent discourses about language tests and social integration, employability, economic efficiency, and national security. The article makes some policy recommendations for making the use of language tests more beneficial for immigrants and immigrant-receiving societies in a globalised world that has witnessed unprecedented flows of immigrants.
Keyword Australia
Skilled migration
Language-in-migration policy
Critical Language Testing
Policy impact
Immigrant voices
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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