Academia is a provider of English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). Our General English courses are between 2-60 weeks long and start every week, running from Monday to Thursday (20 hours). On Fridays there are optional, extra lessons and social activities at no extra cost. Academia has 6 levels of General English, from Beginner to Advanced, which allows students to be placed in an appropriate class.
A communicative approach is taken in the General English program, focusing on things an international student living in Australia might be expected to do (e.g. talking about likes and dislikes, listening to lectures, filling in forms, applying for a job, reading classified ads etc.). This allows students to immediately use the language they learn in class. All students are provided with a course book and supplementary materials will also be provided by the teacher. Academia has a fully equipped computer learning lab, which students use to supplement their learning experience.
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This level is for students with no or little ability to communicate in English. Focus is on high frequency, useful vocabulary that students can actually use in their daily lives. Students learn to communicate with native speakers in a variety of common situations.
This level is for students who have a basic level of English and are able to communicate in some common situations. Clearly structured tasks encourage fluency and build confidence.
Students at this level are able to communicate in a variety of situations, and can write basic texts. In this course, students will build on these abilities in order to improve their overall fluency. Some possible tasks include writing reports and application forms, making short presentations and reading newspaper articles.
Intermediate level students are able to communicate in most situations. In this course students continue improving their overall fluency, while at the same time extending their writing skills. Students learn how to write CVs and covering letters, perform in debates and learn how to interpret texts.
Students in this level are able to communicate in a variety of situations using a variety of tenses and structures. Students will take part in discussions and interviews. Written work will focus on more formal texts, such as letters of complaint.
This Advanced course is appropriate for students wishing to communicate spontaneously and flexibly in sophisticated situations. Students at this level can understand complex texts, drawing meaning from key text features. These students produce clear, well-structured complex writing pieces, showing control of text layout, formal language and a wide range of specific vocabulary.