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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
74 | australia the education destination english language study Choice of colleges Australia has a diverse number of English language colleges – large and small, private and publicly funded, some part of universities and TAFEs and others independent but linked to educational institutions. All of the colleges have modern facilities including video equipment, libraries and computer-assisted learning. In addition, there are language laboratories where you can listen to different speakers on a range of topics. You can start an English language course at almost any time of the year. There are flexible commencement dates with full-time courses ranging from four weeks to 48 weeks. Students spend about 25 hours a week studying. The cost of courses varies according to the type of course, location and college. Tuition fees are between $250 to $350 per week for a regular ELICOS course of 25 hours a week. Assured of quality courses As with all of Australia’s education system, the ELICOS sector has rigorous standards. Colleges must be CRICOS- registered and comply with the Education Services for Overseas Students Act. Colleges are accredited by the National ELT (English Language Teaching) Accreditation Scheme (NEAS). NEAS sets standards for class sizes, the professional qualifications of teachers, curriculum, teaching methods and materials, orientation, accommodation services, social activities and welfare counselling. The organisation is renowned for initiating world's best practice in the regulation and quality assurance of English language training. Both private and publicly funded institutions must meet the same high standards. English colleges may be members of English Australia or the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET ). English Australia is the national peak body and professional association for the ELICOS sector. All private colleges must subscribe to a Tuition Assurance Scheme guaranteeing that students will be provided with the tuition for which they have enrolled. These arrangements give you a quality system and high levels of support and assurance. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES Australian schools, vocational institutes and universities teach their studies in English. When you apply for a study course in Australia, you will need to meet the English language requirement for that course. Education institutions set their own specific English language requirements dependent on each course. For example, a course such as media studies, which has a lot of reading and writing, will require a higher level of English than a course like mathematics. The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship only accepts IELTS scores for its visas. You may need to sit an IELTS test to demonstrate your English language skills. Your IELTS test must be taken within two years of your application. Generally, for a vocational course, you will need a minimum overall IELTS band score of 5.5 and for a university course, you will need a minimum overall IELTS band score of 6.0 . However, as each course has different requirements, please check with your institution. If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be able to study English in Australia before starting your course. For example, to enter a vocational course, you could have a minimum overall band score of 5.0 and then undertake 20 weeks of ELICOS in Australia beforehand. The ELICOS course may be taken on the same campus as Australian universities and vocational institutes either have English language centres on campus or links with English language colleges nearby. Useful websites NEAS Australia – www.neas.org.au English Australia – www.englishaustralia.com.au ACPET – www.acpet.edu.au IELTS – www.ielts.org Study in Australia – www.studyinaustralia.gov.au Department of Immigration and Citizenship – www.immi.gov.au/students Photo credits: L to R, ACPET, Sunset Coast International English School, ACPET, Sydney Adventist College.
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011