English teaching methods in Australia aim to motivate students to study and practice the English language within the external environment through engaging in real life situations, rather than study from textbooks. Students are encouraged to use all four key skills in their daily interactions: speaking, reading, listening and writing.
Australia is an ideal country to learn English, as English is its official language, and its rich, multicultural population provides students with the opportunity to exercise and maximise their skills in an truly diverse and international environment.
English courses in Australia can be divided into 5 categories:
General English is for students who would like to improve their English skills, specifically in listening and speaking. This course aims to facilitate student’s conversational skills in everyday, general contexts.
General English is suitable for students who intend to use English for Academic Purposes later on.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
EAP is for students who would like to prepare and improve their English skills for further study in Higher Education (university level). This course focuses specifically on academic reading and writing skills necessary to succeed at university.
Students take this course in preparation for undertaking English exams, such as IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL, Pearson and Cambridge Test.
English for Specific Purpose
This course is suitable for students who would like to improve their English skills, specifically in a workplace context. Examples include: English for business, nursing, medicine, and hospitality contexts.
English for Teaching
This course is suitable for students who would like to become an English teacher. There are two types of courses:
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): This program is suitable for students who would like to be an English teacher for non-English native speakers.
- English For Teaching Children (EFTC): This program is suitable for students who would like to become an English teacher for children.