A Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) student is a student who, at the time of commencement:
- Was born outside of Australia and is from a non-English speaking country, AND
- has lived in Australia or another English-speaking country (i.e New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom or the USA) less than ten years previously, AND
- Speaks a language other than English at home.
Students from a non-English speaking background (NESB) will receive the following variations to test and examination procedures for the duration of their course:
- extra time of ten minutes per hour of the test or examination (writing time only), and
- use of an English language dictionary*, except where the topic coordinator determines that the nature of the examination in a particular topic may make the use of a dictionary inappropriate.
* Electronic, specialised, technical, scientific and notated dictionaries (including those with diagrams or images) as well as thesauruses are NOT permitted unless specified by the topic coordinator.
NESB cards are issued automatically each year to eligible students after Semester 1 and Semester 2 Census dates and are valid for the duration of their degree. Cards are sent electronically to the student’s Flinders email and they do not require a new one sent each year.
To ensure eligible students receive their cards automatically, the following details need to be entered in the Student System, via the “My Details” tab, at the time of enrolment or before the semester census date:
- Year of entry into Australia or year of commenced study with an Australian school
- Country of Birth
- Main language spoken at permanent home residence.
If you believe you are eligible for a NESB card and do not receive your NESB card shortly after the semester census date, please submit an Ask Flinders request. If the details you have registered in the Student System are verified as correct, a card will be generated and emailed to you.
Details must be updated in the Student System by the following dates:
- Semester 1 - Sunday 14 May 2023
- Semester 2 - Sunday 1 October 2023
If you have changed degrees from the previous year, please also submit an Ask Flinders request to get a new card issued.
Whilst NESB status is automatically determined based upon eligibility criteria, there may be special circumstances impacting students who don't meet the criteria but would benefit having additional support in their assessments due to language barriers impacting their academic performance. In these circumstances students can apply for special consideration, where they will be issued with a NESB Card for the duration of their course.
Students applying for special consideration must be able to demonstrate that English language barriers exist and have the potential to impact on their academic performance. Additional information and supporting evidence must be provided for an assessment to be made.
To lodge a request for Special Consideration, submit an Ask Flinders request along with supporting evidence.
Supporting evidence should include:
- Evidence of prior educational achievement and experience, including confirmation of the language of instruction, or
- Evidence of a recent English Proficiency test including results, and
- Written support from at least one Topic Coordinator, supporting the request for NESB status based on their observation of the student’s academic performance/engagement, or
- Any other information which supports the request by demonstrating English language barriers.
All cases will be assessed, and the student will be notified of the decision. A student who is unsatisfied with the decision may request a review in accordance with the Student Review and Appeal Policy. To request a review of the decision, the online form must be completed and lodged within 20 University business days of the date of the decision.