IELTS score not exactly what you need for your diploma or degree? There are options!
ACU has courses that can help students improve their English language proficiency in order to meet the English language requirements needed for their chosen diploma or degree.
With ACU English Language Centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, students can choose which capital city they want to learn English in!
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) can help students gain entry into their chosen course and learn the academic skills needed for their university program.
Studying General English before EAP is also an option for students to develop fluency and the confidence to use English for general communication in social life, travel or work.
Students begin their university experience when they start studying English as the courses are held on campus and the small class sizes ensure students receive a personalised learning experience.
ACU International spoke to EAP student Clarissa Galman who says the course has improved her English skills as well as her confidence to communicate, write essays and more.
Clarissa studied EAP and is now doing the Tertiary Preparation Program so she can begin a Bachelor of Nursing.
“At first I was so nervous and lacked self-confidence because speaking English is not my native language,” she says.
“However, when I started to study the course it offered different ways and strategies to improve my speaking, listening as well as writing skills.”
Clarissa says the EAP course has helped her improve her use of English in everyday life as well as academically.
“Because of EAP I am more now confident to participate in class discussion, study independently as well as with groups and the most important thing is cultural sensitivity and awareness on how to have a harmonious relationship with my colleagues.”
“This way of teaching really improves our way of thinking and to make sure that all the activities and assessments we do are important to prepare us for when we do our bachelor degree.”
Clarissa is from the Philippines and says she loves being a part of such a multicultural university and admires how the teachers educate people from different parts of the world.
To improve her English, Clarissa would visit the websites given to her by teachers in her free time to work on her vocabulary and writing skills.
“In class, activities and discussion also play an important role by attending the class regularly as a student you will learn more about English and the way of living here and much more.”
For students looking at studying EAP, Clarissa says “just always think that nothing is impossible to achieve your goals, just know your priorities and be wise”.
“Also, the teachers and staffs of ACU are always there to help and guide us!”
ACU offers a number of English courses – read more about them here.