We offer both General English (GE) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. Our GE programs will help improve students' everyday English. Our EAP programs aim to improve students' English language and academic skills and are designed to prepare students for direct entry to Swinburne University of Technology. New courses start every five weeks and range in duration from five to 50 weeks.
e-Learning and the Independent Learning Centre
Independent learning and research skills are an important part of university study. As part of your English language course, you will spend a minimum of five hours each week developing independent e-learning skills.
You can complete the e-learning component of your course on our online learning management system - from home or anywhere with a reliable internet connection.
Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm. You may be assigned a mix of morning and afternoon classes.
25 hours per week (including 5 hours e-learning)
EAP students are eligible to transfer to a Foundation, UniLink, vocational education, undergraduate or postgraduate program at Swinburne, provided they meet the specific entry requirements:
- Swinburne Foundation Year: from EAP 4, 65% overall with no skill less than 65%
- Vocational Education certificates: from EAP 4, 65% overall with no skill less than 65%
- Vocational Education Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas: from EAP 4, 70% overall with no skill less than 65%
- UniLink diplomas: from EAP 4, 70% overall with no skill less than 65%
- Undergraduate: from EAP 5, 65% overall with no skill less than 65%
- Postgraduate: from EAP 5, 70% overall with no skill less than 65%
- Research (or courses requiring IELTS 7.0): from EAP 5, 75% overall with no skill less than 70%
General English, Levels 1–5 (Elementary to Advanced)
General English (GE) prepares you to join our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs or can be taken as a way of improving your language skills for use in everyday situations. The broad aim of GE is to improve your overall English language skills in an Australian context. Through a range of activities, we will help you improve your writing, reading, listening, speaking and pronunciation and grammar knowledge.
English for Academic Purposes, Levels 3–5 (Intermediate to Advanced)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) prepares you for direct entry to Swinburne University of Technology. The courses focus on academic language, critical thinking and academic literacy skills and aim to enhance your success in your higher education course. Students develop skills in:
At the advanced levels, classes are separated into undergraduate and postgraduate and may be streamed according to your chosen discipline.
- Assignment preparation
- Academic reading, writing and note-making
- Communication and interaction in the academic environment
- Oral presentations and seminar discussions
- Academic vocabulary development
- Referencing sources
- Research techniques
- Communicating confidently in English
- Independent study skills