The popularity of undertaking an English course in Australia has risen tremendously recently. With cheaper airfares and the opportunity of obtaining a student travel visa, many young international students have taken the plunge to study English in Australia.
These aspiring students all have the end goal of achieving fluency in the english language after the completion of their course. Some students may be beginners of the language that will just want to undertake a General English course while others may already have a solid level of English that they would like to fine-tune by completing a formal course.
There are also some students that require a particular focus on their English studies for requirements at the workplace such as Business English or Teachers training courses.
For some international students that intend to learn English in Australia, it may be quite overwhelming the number of courses on offer. Some courses specifically cater for students needing English in the Business industry, other require formal certification, and some subjects are provided for students that just want to learn or improve their verbal communication and written English. The student will start their learning with a General English course and will then undertake other specific ones such as IELTS and Cambridge preparation courses.
The English Courses price varies between one institution and another based on the nationality mix, quality and location.
Types of English Language Courses available in Australia:
Note: For this reason, there are English colleges located all throughout Australia where the students have the opportunity to study. Most colleges are private where the fees differ depending on the school, but there is also the option to undertake an English study program at certain university if you intend to be an international student there. However, it is not guaranteed that all universities will offer the course that you desire.
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English Colleges that have ‘General English’ courses are specifically formatted in a way that will develop the International student’s language skills so that they are practical in an everyday setting. This course could be ideal for travelers that would like to be able to communicate in English and also for non-native English speaking citizens that may wish to improve their verbal and written skills. There are courses offered from Beginner level to Advanced so that they cater to all needs.
EAP (English for Academic Purposes)
Many Australian English Colleges also offer the EAP (English for Academic Purposes) course. The aim of undertaking this course is to improve the student’s all-around English skills for Academic purposes. The EAP is an alternative to the IELTS for students that require bridging access towards their undergraduate, graduate or master studies. It is an intensive course that prepares the international student in obtaining fluency in the English language to be able to handle the academic pressures of higher education in Australia or an English speaking country.
Some practical components to this course include short essay writing, presentations and providing the opportunity for the students to show their researching capabilities. Even students that do not intend to go to university can do this course because then they can obtain a higher and more academically focused level of English rather than the level of the ‘General English’ courses offered. The EAP course is also divided into 3 (three) levels: Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Preparation Course
Australian English schools that offer the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) preparation course are intended for the English students who wish to obtain an internationally recognised certificate that is valid for two years. This certificate allows students of English to meet certain prerequisites to engage in higher education or professional pathways in an English speaking country. The IELTS preparation course covers the 4 (four) test bands that the student will expect to see on the exam: reading comprehension, writing, listening and speaking. The course will cover all skills that are required to obtain competency in English to acquire the highest possible mark in the exam. Most English schools offer this course, including multiple Melbourne English Schools.
Cambridge Preparation course
Another course that is frequently offered at English Schools throughout Australia is The Cambridge Preparation course. It is targeted towards students of the English language that require an internationally recognised certificate. Unlike the IELTS certificate, a Cambridge certification has unlimited validity. This course will include all the main aspects of English language proficiency: grammar, vocabulary, writing and reading. There are three levels of Cambridge courses offered: First Certificate (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE). Some prerequisites are needed to be able to do all three levels of the Cambridge preparation courses. There is a pre-entry test that is required to be passed for all the English students that want to participate in a Cambridge course. It is highly recommended that a student of English does a General English course before taking the pre-entry exam.
‘Business English’ courses, also known as ‘Professional English Courses’ are specifically formatted to prepare non-native speakers that are involved in the fields of Commerce, Tourism, Medicine, Marketing, etc. There is a heavy focus on expanding the student’s English vocabulary, reading and writing skills as well as speaking and listening. There are three categories of Business English: Preliminary, Intermediate and Higher.