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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 43 AustrAliAn cAPitAl territory english language colleges Canberra’s institutions are experienced in meeting the needs of students who arrive with limited English language skills. Most of the tertiary institutions offer English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) courses. The courses include General and Academic English classes, as well as specialised IELTS training. Primary and secondary schools For a small city, Canberra has a large number of schools – 93 government schools and 46 independent (private) schools. Each has its own particular advantages to offer international students. The ACT Department of Education and Training provides a range of support services for school students including pre-arrival information, intensive English language courses, interpretation services, and monitoring of academic progress. The Department employs officers responsible for international students in each government school, and multilingual officers can be contacted by students and parents 24 hours a day. School students at government schools can live with a host family registered by the Department. Independent schools, such as Canberra Grammar School, have boarding houses for their students. Canberra has high quality secondary schools to educate students and prepare them for university entry. In the ACT secondary system, students attend high school from Year 7 to Year 10 and then move on to a different college for Years 11 and 12 (matriculation exams). Independent schools provide classes from Year 7 to Year 12. A number of schools, including Canberra Girls Grammar School, now offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Canberra schools offer broad opportunities, helping their students strive for excellence in their academic studies and encourage participation in co-curricular activities from debating to science competitions to dragon boat racing. International students are warmly embraced into the school communities and cared for throughout their education. A home away from home Students in Canberra can choose from a range of accommodation options. School students may live in a homestay or in a school boarding house. Homestay is available for other students as well. It provides the security of living with a family and also helps you practise your English. For tertiary students, on-campus accommodation is available at most of the universities and at the Canberra Institute of Technology. If student dormitory life doesn’t suit, another option is to rent a share-house with a group of friends or classmates. Each tertiary institution provides accommodation services to help students find a suitable place to live. » interActiVe teAching methods Kenn Lim visited a number of Australian universities before making his choice to study at the Australian National University (AnU) in Canberra. He was particularly impressed with the infrastructure and facilities offered at the university. Kenn says that ‘the hospitality shown by the AnU recruitment officer during a tour of the campus further enhanced my positive impressions’. Kenn, from Singapore, is studying a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Commerce combined degree. ‘Embarking on a law degree may seem hard at first, but this is all part of a learning curve,’ he explains. ‘I believe that the study of law empowers me with the knowledge to make various important decisions in life.’ Kenn says he enjoys the interactive teaching methods used at the AnU Law School because it allows for great participation and stimulates interest in the subject. ‘Canberrans enjoy the outdoor leisure activities available in their city. There are lots of sporting facilities, as well as national parks and outdoor areas for activities such as bushwalking, bike-riding and rock climbing.’
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