Academic English class ESL Sydney

Academic English Preparation

Studying Academic English at ELS Sydney will provide you with the skills and experience you need for academic success in Australian tertiary institutions.

The three courses, which build upon each other, are designed for students seeking direct entry into an Australian university, TAFE, or vocational college without sitting an IELTS™ or TOEFL®.

Over 90% of our Academic English students successfully achieve the grades they need to enter their chosen area of study.

What Will I Study in my Academic English Classes?

You will develop all the skills you need to achieve success in an Australian university or college environment.

The AEP program includes:

  • essay and report writing
  • academic listening and reading
  • note-taking
  • presentation development and delivery
  • academic reading and critical analysis
  • leading and participating in discussions
  • research and referencing

The program is offered at 3 levels. 

Academic English Preparation 1 (AEP1)

AEP1 provides an introduction to Academic English skills. This 10-week course has been structured to assist Lower Intermediate level students in preparing for our direct-entry course, AEP2.

Academic English Preparation 2 (AEP2)

AEP2 prepares students for the demands of studying at TAFE or a vocational college. Over 10 weeks, the course develops language and study skills needed to succeed in a tertiary environment. Successful completion of AEP2 provides direct-entry to various Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses, as well as entry into AEP3.

Academic English Preparation 3 (AEP3)

AEP3 is designed to prepare students for studying at university. The focus is on essay writing, research skills, critical thinking, as well as academic speaking, reading and listening. Successful completion of AEP3 provides students with direct-entry into their chosen undergraduate or postgraduate courses at our various partner universities.

Why Study Academic English at ELS Sydney?

Our Academic English Preparation program helps students build skills that will assist them throughout their tertiary study. ELS Sydney is the preferred English language pathway provider in Sydney for University of Wollongong Sydney Business School, Southern Cross University, Le Cordon Bleu Sydney and TAFE NSW.

Your successful completion of AEP2 or AEP3 excuses you from the IELTS or TOEFL requirements at over 30 Australian partner institutions.
You can package your enrolment at ELS Sydney with many of our direct-entry pathway partners under normal visa processing arrangements.  See more details on our Pathway institutions  

Sample Timetable

Sample Weekly Timetable – AEP 1
Day Program: 22.5 hours per week (20 contact teaching hours + 2.5 hours of teacher consultation)

  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday   Friday 
Lesson 1
8:45 – 10:15
 Reading & Speaking: Weekly articles
Paragraph Structure-Topic Sentences
Supporting Sentences

 Writing: Sentence

 Grammar & Vocabulary Test

 10:15-10:30  Morning Break      
Lesson 2 10:30-12:00  Presentations: 
Presentation Skills
Developing Topic Sentences
Logical Division of Ideas
First Presentation Task
 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch      
 Lesson 3
12:45 – 13:45
Academic Reading Academic Reading Academic Listening  Computers: 
Word Processing Task
Dictionary Work
Lesson 4
14:00 – 14:50 
  Student-teacher Consultation    Student-teacher Consultation

Academic English Preparation Entry Requirements

AEP1: IELTS 4.5 (no band lower than 4.0) or Completion of 5 weeks of GE Lower Intermediate with 60% pass mark
AEP2: IELTS 5.0 (no band lower than 4.5) or Completion of 5 weeks of GE Intermediate with 75% pass mark
AEP3: IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0) or Completion of 5 weeks of GE Upper-Intermediate with 75% pass mark
or successful completion of an ELS Sydney entry test. 

Session Start Dates 2019

January 21, February 25, April 01, May 6, June 11*, July 15, August 19, September 23, October 28, December 2
* Tuesday is a start date because Monday is a public holiday.