English language

Course overview

 

You are considering coming to Australia as an international student. English courses for overseas students holding student visas are called ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) courses.

 

So why do you want to study English? The English language is general recognised as the lingua franca – a language used to communicate between people not sharing the same mother tongue – of international business, science, technology and aviation. Being able to communicate in English effectively can open doors for you.  

 

There are a number of reasons why you as an international student may choose to study English;

  • Out of your own personal interest and to help you to communicate better, perhaps while travelling or socialising;
  • To help improve your employment or career prospects either here in Australia or in your native country when you return home;
  • To may need to reach a standard of English needed to enter further study pathways here in Australia either in the vocational education or higher education sectors

When you start studying English at Scots English College, you will be required to complete a placement test to help us assess your ‘starting’ English level. It is important for you that you join a class that is at your current English level, otherwise it would be either too easy or too difficult for you. There are a number of different ways to give a name to your English level when you start studying English. You may have heard of some of these terms before. 

 

The CEFR

 

CEFR means the ‘Central European Framework of Reference for Languages’ and it is a set of guidelines used to describe the knowledge and language skills that learners of foreign languages should be able to show at different levels. There is a range of levels from A1 to C2.

 

Teachers at Scots English College use the CEFR to Measure your English language level. So your teacher could say to you that your starting English level is B1 for Speaking but only A1 for writing.

 

For more information about the CEFR, please visit http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/cefr/

 

The words, ‘Beginner’, ‘Elementary’, ‘Pre-Intermediate’, ‘Intermediate’, ‘Upper Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’ are also often used by teachers or other academic people who are testing your English skills levels.

 

The table below gives you more information about the words we use to measure your English level at Scots English College.

 

Level group

Level group name

Level

Level name

A

Basic user

Pre-A1

Beginner

A1

Breakthrough or Elementary

A2

Way stage or Pre-Intermediate

B

Independent user

B1

Threshold or intermediate

B2

Vantage or upper intermediate

C

Proficient user

C1

Effective operational proficiency or advanced

C2

Mastery or proficiency

Adapted from Introductory Guide to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for English Language Teachers, Cambridge University Press 2013

 

Regardless of your motivation for studying English, Scots English College has an English program to

meet your needs. The table below shows a summary of our current ELICOS programs:

 

ELICOS Program

CEFR

Exit level

Levels

Entry level

Duration 

General English

(GE)

 

 

 

 

Pre-A1

Beginner

None

10 weeks

A1

Elementary

Completion of Beginner GE

10 weeks

A2

Pre- Intermediate

Completion of Elementary GE

10 weeks

B1

Intermediate

Completion of Pre-Int. GE

10 weeks

B2

Upper Intermediate

Completion of Intermediate GE

10 weeks

C1

Advanced

Completion of Upper-Int. GE

10 weeks

English for Academic Purposes

(EAP)

 

B1

EAP 1 - Pre-Intermediate

Completion of Pre-Int. GE

12 weeks

B2

EAP 2 - Intermediate

Completion of EAP 1

12 weeks

C1

EAP 3 -Upper Intermediate 

Completion of EAP 2

12 weeks

IELTS Preparation

 

 

B2

 

IELTS 1 - Intermediate

Completion of Intermediate GE
Completion of EAP 1

12 weeks

C1

IELTS 2 - Upper Intermediate

Completion of IELTS 1

12 weeks

Cambridge Examination Preparation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B1

PET Preparation

Completion of Intermediate GE
Completion of EAP 1

12 weeks

 

 

B2

FCE Preparation

 

 

Completion of Upper-Int. GE
Completion of EAP 2
Completion of PET Prep.

12 weeks

 

C1

CAE Preparation

 

 

 

Completion of Advanced GE
Completion of EAP 3
Completion of FCE Prep. 

12 weeks 

 

 

 

 Finally, the last table below shows how you can move from one course to another.

 

General English

EAP

IELTS Preparation

Preparation

Cambridge Examination Preparation

Advanced

  

CAE Preparation

Upper -Intermediate

EAP 3

IELTS 2

FCE Preparation

Intermediate

EAP 2

IELTS 1

PET Preparation

Pre-Intermediate

EAP 1

 

 

Elementary

  

 

Beginner