The best way to learn any new language is to immerse yourself into a country which speaks it, which is why many international students are choosing to study English in Australia.
There are over 240 institutions offering the chance to study English in Australia for international students, and many of them offer a wide range of courses for both beginners and experts.
If you have decided to study English in Australia it is important you choose the right qualification. IEC Abroad has links with many different language courses which are designed to meet the needs of second language speakers (ESL). Whether you would like to achieve a formal qualification in English for university purposes, or you would simply like to learn English for your own enjoyment, we can help you every step of the way.
A general English course offers students the chance to improve their proficiency for everyday use. This is helpful if you are a beginner to the language, or if you need an intensive refresh of your skills.
Most Australian universities offer some kind of language course for foreign students, and if not they often have a partnership with a local language school instead. These courses aim to improve your writing, listening, and speaking abilities in English, and can take as long as a year or as little as six weeks for an intensive course.
Some universities have strict entry requirements regarding the proficiency of their ESL students, and as such may require you to take a course in academic English to prove your fluency further. These courses prepare international students for study at higher education institutions, and may include tasks such as essay writing or presentations.
Some casual English language courses are available as short-term vacation programs, where an international student can learn the English language whilst participating in a tour of the country.
These courses are often organised by separate companies rather than a university, but their accreditations are just as well-respected. This is a fantastic idea if you wish to take a holiday of several months in Australia, as it allows you to combine sightseeing with fluency lessons.
IELTS, TOEIC and TOEFL are the internationally recognised English language tests which most English-speaking universities ask for as part of their entry requirements. Both of these qualifications are effective ways to demonstrate your English proficiency to both academic institutions and businesses, and can be taken at various levels of difficulty in Australia. These courses can often be taken at any point throughout the year, and your studies can be tailored to help meet specific criteria if required.
ESP courses are tailored programs designed to help international students settle in to a specific job, industry, placement or area of training. For example a student wishing to pursue an aviation course may take up an ESP course which specifically covers the language and technical jargon used in a typical lesson. Someone looking to work in Australia may also use an ESP to add cultural business context to their current knowledge. These courses are available at both individual schools and universities.
The Cambridge English courses help learners of various levels with general English through to professional English and teaching qualifications. Additionally there are TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and EfTC (English for Teaching Children) courses specifically designed for those who wish to teach English to others.
These are all internationally recognised qualifications which demonstrate your mastery of the English language, and are highly sought by universities, employers, and governments around the world.
The length of an English language course in Australia can range from one week to a year, depending on your specific requirements. For more information on English language courses in Australia contact IEC Abroad today.