GENERAL ENGLISH (Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate CRICOS Code 0100054)
The General English course is designed to prepare students for conversation, everyday situations and daily interactions that take place when travelling or living in an English-speaking country. Students learn and practice the four macro-skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in an interactive environment. Levels of difficulty increase over the duration of the course to assist students to develop their skills and to be more confident and fluent in English.
The General English course focuses on everyday functional English and facilitates learner understanding of the language, communication and conventions used in an English-speaking country. The course aims to provide students with a learning environment that is as close as possible to common everyday situations in Australia and is also designed around common student-based requirements.
The course is structured into two levels, Intermediate and Upper Intermediate as described below. Students will be placed at the appropriate level and may complete one or more levels according to their needs.
Completion of the Intermediate level will enable students to understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics. Students will be able to interact with some fluency and spontaneity, making regular interaction with native speakers relatively easy. They will also be able to produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a current issue, outlining the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Completion of the Upper Intermediate level will enable students to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, as well as recognise implicit meaning. Students will also be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously, use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. In addition, students will be able to produce clear, well-structured and detailed text on complex subjects and demonstrate controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Modes and Methods of Delivery
The General English course is made up of 20 units of study, each of which is delivered over a week. Face to face classroom only. Teaching methods include teacher directed and student-centred learning. Delivery will be flexible taking into account the different learning styles, cultures and needs of students. Macro-skills will be developed using communicative and Integrated techniques.
A combination of the following delivery methods will be used: presentations, discussions, role-plays, oral presentations, individual and group instruction, audio-visual materials, web-based research, online activities and independent research.
The students will use authentic materials, together with materials prepared specifically for language learning within the classroom.
Course Entry Requirements
|Education level requirements||
There are no specific educational pre-requisites for entry into this course, as entry into this level is based on assessment of English language proficiency. However, it is anticipated that a majority of students will have completed Year 10 or equivalent.
|English language requirements||
Students will be assessed by EEVI at orientation using the Oxford Placement Test and an interview. They will then be placed in the appropriate class level as follows: Students who are assessed as having English that matches the descriptors for B1 on the CEFR level will be placed in the Intermediate class level.
|Age requirements||18 and Above|