Academic English. SELC’s story.
SELC has been teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) since the college opened in 1985. Academic English Program (AEP) is SELC’s EAP course. We practice the core skills of Academic English required to improve efficient Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing in an academic setting. We also teach skills for the IELTS test (academic module). Students take the IELTS test to see if they are ready to study in an English speaking country. Here are a few things you should know about this course.
What will I study in Academic English ?
A wide range of colleges and universities in NSW will accept students who successfully complete a course in AEP. Direct entry into their degree and diploma courses means you don’t have to do the IELTS test. During classes, students will research, write assignments, and prepare presentations. Teachers will give you feedback to assist your progress. Grammar is taught in a different way to General English courses. Students wanting to study AEP, will need to have a basic knowledge of all tenses and how to use them so that you can focus on clauses (breakdown of sentences) and coherence (words being in the correct order so you are understood) in Writing and Speaking. For Reading and Listening, AEP focuses on language cues, or signals, as well as developing the student’s vocabulary range.
What about the IELTS test?
For students who wish to sit the IELTS test (Academic Module) either to study at a university which insists on the IELTS test or for a different reason, SELC AEP will also prepare them for the test. There are two full practice tests done each 4-week term, as well as other IELTS skills taught throughout the course. The core material is taught during the morning classes, and after lunch students may be divided into groups to work on different areas – IELTS test practice or research assignments.
All students must sit an IELTS practice test at the end of each 4-week term.
How often do I need to come to college?
Many students studying AEP want to move on to higher education. Our partner institutions require our students to study English for a minimum of 10 weeks, and often 12 weeks, with 90% attendance. Students who need to sit the IELTS test can expect to advance by approximately half an overall band score each 10 weeks studied. This is an average for anyone studying for an IELTS test anywhere; however, the outcome is dependent upon your level when you start the course. Check the SELC website for more information on study timetables.
If you would like to study Academic English in Sydney, at a college with experienced teachers and other students from around the world, then SELC is the college for you. For more information on all of our English and vocational courses contact SELC now.