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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 145 engliSH language couRSeS 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. Generally, tuition fees are between $300 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. cultural and social support English language colleges provide cultural and social support to their students. They can assist with accommodation and homestay arrangements. Some colleges have their own accommodation on campus. On arrival, you will receive an orientation to help you adjust to your time studying in Australia. Students gain so much more than improved language skills through their college. They make friends from Australia and around the world and enjoy sightseeing excursions and social activities organised by their colleges. These may include anything from barbeques and movie nights to scuba diving and skiing to Australian cultural events. ■ ‘Australia is a great place to learn English for any purpose – academic study, career goals or for travel.’ Left to right: You can start an English language course at almost any time of the year; Australia’s professional English teachers use practical, innovative teaching methods. Image: ACPET; English language colleges organise sightseeing excursions and social activities for their students. Images: Perth Education City and SA Tourism Commission. 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 ‘The small classes and practical approach mean that you develop English skills for everyday use.’
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