If you don’t meet the English language requirements for a course there are a number of options you can take to get there!
But which path is the one that will suit you?
We spoke with ACU’s English Language Centre‘s Assistant Academic Manager Svetlana Lukovic to help determine which option is best for which kind of student!
What are the advantages of EAP?
EAP focuses on developing English language proficiency and approaches to academic study in order to help students successfully complete university level courses. At the same time, it allows students to become familiar with campus life and the resources and services available.
The assessment tasks in the EAP course are similar to those undertaken in university courses at ACU.
Some of the skills to develop include listening and reading comprehension; critical thinking and note-taking skills; academic speaking and writing skills, including referencing skills; further knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary.
What are the advantages of an IELTS preparation course?
IELTS preparation courses equip students with the skills they need to sit the academic module of IELTS test with increased confidence.
These courses develop their general English language proficiency, but also test taking strategies, and students can practise test taking skills and the increase their confidence to write about and discuss a wide range of topics.
The course is designed to balance all the needs of the test taker in a dynamic, professional classroom environment.
It is skills-based, and organised around specific weekly objectives that cover the four skills tested: listening, speaking reading and writing. At ACU, students can take a free IELTS Test when you enrol for 10 weeks in IELTS Preparation course.
Why should I do EAP instead of IELTS?
- You will experience academic studies and learn academic skills in highly structured and scaffolded EAP programs and friendly environment.
- You have continuous assessment and you can play to your strengths
- Gain entry into ACU degree and diploma programs
- Study on campus and take part in university social activities
- Small class sizes mean you will get the extra attention you need
- High student success rate.
Why should I do IELTS instead of EAP?
If you are more exam oriented, and want to measure your level of English using an internationally recognized test, IELTS preparation course would suit you better. You are free to sit for the test or not. If you want to study at ACU, you might need to know that some faculties and courses do not accept Direct Entry EAP programs.
- Learn key skills and strategies to maximise your IELTS result
- Improve your proficiency in all four macro skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
- Expand your academic vocabulary and increase your grammatical accuracy
The IELTS requirement for the course I want to do is more than 1.5 points (or more) higher than my score, should I do IELTS or EAP?
ACU’s Direct Entry Courses / programs are 10 or 20 weeks long and students should be 0.5 or 1 point respectively below the overall band they need for their potential course.
IELTS courses are offered for 5 and 10 weeks, and it is generally accepted that a candidate on average needs at least 10 weeks to move 0.5 on the band. Thus, if your score is lower, that is more than 1.5 points on the band, the suggestion would be to do some General English courses to improve overall fluency and accuracy, then do some pretesting to see what level you have achieved and then continue with the course you believe will suit you best: either Direct Entry EAP program courses or IELTS preparation courses.
Do you have any more questions? Put them in the comments below!