General English

National Course Code
Study Area(s)
English Language
Course Length
5-40 weeks
Course Fees
$230 per week

Course structure

Our General English courses run in 10 week blocks .

Each week students will complete a unit of the core textbook, Speakout, in addition to supplementary activities including presentations, discussions and formal writing (paragraphs, essays and reports).

Classes integrate the macro skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in addition to introducing key vocabulary and grammatical structures and encourage active participation through the use of communicative activities, games, the latest online resources and use of Smartboards, Smart phones and iPads.

$230 per week.

Materials Fee

$60 per level.

There are six class levels:

  • Beginner
  • Elementary
  • Pre-intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper Intermediate
  • Advanced

    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is offered at upper intermediate and advanced levels.

    Students generally require 10 weeks at each level.

    Course LevelEntry LevelWeeks RequiredPathway
    Advanced (EAP)5.5 IELTS or equivalent or Kangan Institute placement test10 weeksTAFE, degree programs
    Upper Intermediate (EAP)5.0 IELTS or equivalent or Kangan Institute placement test10 weeksAdvanced or TAFE
    Intermediate4.5 IELTS or equivalent or Kangan Institute placement test10 weeksUpper Intermediate, travel, work
    Pre-intermediate4.0 IELTS or equivalent or Kangan Institute placement test10 weeksIntermediate, travel, work
    Elementary3.5 IELTS or equivalent or Kangan Institute placement test10 weeksPre-intermediate, travel, work

    In addition to the overall IELTS score, individual macro skill scores will be taken into consideration in determining the placement of a student.

February and July intake.

Term 1 28 January – 27 March
Holidays 28 March – 13 April
Term 2 14 April – 26 June
Holidays 27 June – 12 July
Term 3 13 July – 18 September
Holidays 19 September – 4 October
Term 4 5 October – 18 December

Study pathways

Students can apply for further studies in vocational courses offered to international students at Kangan Institute and Bendigo TAFE upon achieving the minimum level.

Career pathways

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.

English-only Rule
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
Class sizes may vary from 10 to 18 students.

All classes are taught by fully qualified teachers.

Class times
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.

Additional activities
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.


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