General English courses extend students knowledge of English and increase their confidence in the ability to communicate in English.
There is equal emphasis on the main skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Class texts are supplemented by authentic materials wherever possible.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes provide the language and study skills students need for tertiary study in Australia and classes include IELTS preparation.
Student-centred communicative teaching methods are used and teachers use innovative print and audio-visual resources.
Students participate in whole class, individual, pair and small group work activities to provide students with the opportunity to practise communicating in English.
Our teachers engage students with topics of interest.
Our teachers strictly enforce an English only to be spoken rule in the classroom to ensure all students maximise the opportunity to improve their language skills as quickly as possible.
Assessment and Placement
Students are tested during orientation on their first day and are placed in a class according to the English language level demonstrated.
Assessment and Class Progression
Assessment includes teacher observation, class activities, assignment work, class participation and tests.
Students generally spend 10 weeks at each level.
For example, a student who enters the program with an IELTS score of 4, they would generally require 20 weeks of ELICOS to reach the equivalent of IELTS5.
Students who complete the upper intermediate or advanced levels receive direct entry into courses at Kangan Institute or our partner institutes.
Refer to individual courses for English language entry requirements.
Class sizes may vary from 10 to 18 students.
All classes are taught by fully qualified teachers.
Classes are scheduled between 8:30am and 5:30pm and are delivered over five days per week.
Students study for 20 hours of timetabled classes each week,either in the morning or afternoon depending on their level.
In addition to their timetabled classes students can access the centres independent learning centre and the computer laboratory subject to advertised availability.
All classes are allocated time in the computer laboratory each week.
As part of the students ELICOS program we organise a range of educational excursions and activities to enable students to visit areas of interest as well as to socialise and to use their English language skills in practical situations.
The cost of these excursions is subsidised by the Institute.
There are also a number of clubs organised by our staff that are fun and enjoyable outside of class time.
Clubs include: coffee and conversation, pronunciation, reading and writing, movies and conversation and supervised self study.
Working Holiday Visa Holders and Tourists
Students who are not on student visas can study part-time and can commence any week.