General English III – Intermediate

General Information:

  • CRICOS Code: 03490G
  • Total Course Duration: 12 Weeks (Start every Monday)
  • Study Period: 10 Weeks (20 hours of scheduled classes every week)
  • Holidays: 2 Weeks
  • Tuition Fees: AUD $2880.00
  • Material Fee: AUD $180
  • Application Fee: AUD $ 250

Profile Target:

This course is designed for candidates over 18 years old who hold a valid Australian Visa (onshore and offshore). It is designed for a formal classroom setting; the methodology and content are directed to adults from different backgrounds who are willing to improve their English as a second language knowledge and proficiency for General purposes. This includes the notion that language learning is a conscious process, and that learning and acquisition of language can arise from interaction both with others and with materials.

Entry requirements:

We accept English Language proficiency scores from a variety of tests:

  • CEFR B1
  • IELTS 4
  • TOEFL IBT 31

Course Structure & Delivery Methods:

GE III will comprehend 12 weeks duration of which the students will have 250 hours class per level divided into 10 weeks, 20 hours are classroom based (face to face) and there is a 5-hour self-paced space for students to study during the week (from week 1-10, week 11 and 12 are break time or time for students to catch up with pending summative assessments). The weekly 25 hours will be allocated within 4 days per week. However, students may consult or express special needs for further considerations to the trainer or ELICOS Director of Studies/Academic Manager.

Purpose and Objectives:

The purpose of the General English (GE) program is to meet the basic communication needs of the learners. It aims at developing basic English language skills, in order for the learners to gain social skills that are necessary to meet communication and cultural needs while travelling and participating in community contexts in Australia and other English-speaking countries.

It can be assumed that all students entering the GE course have the common objective of giving the first steps to learn English start communicating in this one. During the course they will focus on the four key skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Also, to gain accuracy and pronunciation by daily practices integrated with class practices. It is a great opportunity to develop the communication skills by taking part in classroom activities with other students and focus on vocabulary building.

At the end of the course, students should be able to hold and understand simple conversations, write basic texts and reading them. This knowledge will facilitate the learning process for those who want to continue with the EAP, taking international English exams or display skills to access higher education.

Course Learning Outcome:

– Listening
  • Can use discriminatory listening strategies to identify main ideas and specific details and supporting information on both concrete (familiar) and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization
  • Can understand simple technical information and follow detailed directions
  • Can understand the main idea or point of radio or TV programmers on current affairs when speech is relatively slow and clear
  • Can understand main point of topics of personal or professional interest on TV programmers when the delivery is relatively slow and clear
  • Can comprehend straightforward information about familiar every day or academic topics,identify general messages and specific details, given that the speech is clearly articulated ina generally familiar accent.
  • Can connect a series of short and discrete simple elements to linear sequence of points
– Reading
  • Can interpret texts including high frequency every day or academic/job related language
  • Can read straightforward factual texts on topics relating to his/her interest with asatisfactory level of comprehension
  • Can understand and interpret description of various events, tone, wishes and feelings inpersonal letters or emails well enough to correspond n a regular basis.
  • Can understand contemporary literary prose to a certain degree.
  • Can scan relatively longer texts and locate required information, gather information fromdifferent parts of a text, or even from different texts to fulfil a specific task.
  • Can locate and understand significant relevant information in letters, short office documents,brochures and newspapers
  • Can identify main conclusion in a clearly defined argumentative text
  • Can understand clear instructions for equipment use
– Writing
  • Can write notes and personal letters that includes simple information of immediate relevance such as giving news and expressing thoughts or opinions
  • Can write accounts of experiences, describing feelings and reactions in simple connectedtext.
  • Can describe an event or narrate a story
  • Can write short, simple essays on topics of interest.
  • Can write fairly clear and detailed texts on a range of familiar subjects within his field of interest, by linking a series of shorter discrete elements into a linear sequence
  • Can convey information and ideas on abstract as well as concrete topics, check information and ask about or explain problems with reasonable precision
  • Can explain own viewpoint on a topical issue
  • Can plan and write an argumentative text
  • Can write notes to convey simple information
  • Can take messages to communicate enquiries, and to explain problems
– Speaking
  • Can speak comprehensively, pausing for lexical or grammatical planning if required
  • Can enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics, supported with sufficientvocabulary to express own self with a certain degree of hesitation and circumlocutions
  • Can initiate, maintain and close simple face to face conversation on familiar topics with acertain degree of fluency and spontaneity
  • Can have regular interaction with native speakers possible without a barrier for either party
  • Can take part in discussions actively in familiar contexts and express and sustain own views
  • Can have unprepared conversations on familiar and abstract topics
  • Can give brief explanations on own opinions
  • Can describe experiences, dreams, plans, ambitions in a simple and appropriate way
  • Can express opinion, belief, agreement and disagreement in a polite manner
  • Can enter into formal discussion on familiar topics which uses clear and articulated speechand standard dialect
  • Can involve in exchange of factual information, receive instructions and discuss solutions topractical problems
– Study Skills
  • Work independently and in a group to complete an academic task
  • With guidance, develop research skills