To prepare for your further studies in an English-medium institution, you need to develop your language skills for more than just achieving a good IELTS or TOEFL score. Your first priority in your English-language studies is probably to gain admission into your further studies course. However, it is just as important to improve your English so that you can start your further studies feeling confident and comfortable, and give yourself the best chance of success in your course.
The English for University courses are organised around practical assignments, doing research, giving presentations, and writing long essays and reports on various topics. The English for University courses run at 3 levels. You need to complete the higher level to manage the language requirements of tertiary study.
This chart shows how Languages International’s English for University (EU) programme can fit into your further studies (FS) pathway.
These are the language skills that we work on in the EU courses.
- Identifying the main points in texts, recognising the author’s bias and understanding key detail
- Making concise, accurate notes from academic books and journals
- Interpreting test and assignment questions correctly
- Understanding official forms and documents
- Writing well-structured, linguistically accurate texts
- Using the appropriate language and format for different kinds of essays, reports, summaries and test answers
- Quoting and reporting external sources of information
- Participating effectively in academic discussions and group projects
- Asking appropriate questions in lectures and lessons
- Making spoken presentations to an audience
- Interacting with others in official and social situations
- Understanding the main points and key details in lessons and lectures
- Making accurate notes while listening
As well as working with vocabulary related to specific topics, we focus on vocabulary that occurs frequently in academic English.
We continue to analyse and practise the main grammatical structures of English, and also focus on structures that are more common in written academic English especially.
- Critical thinking skills
- Library research skills
- Computer skills
At all three EU levels, there are regular tests and assignments that allow the class teacher to assess students’ progress. At the EU Intermediate and Higher levels, there is a formal schedule of course work and exams that contribute to an overall pass or fail result for the course. Students have to attend at least 90% of all classes to pass the course.
Here is a sample timetable for the English for University course.