English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
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What is ELICOS?
ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) is the Australian equivalent of an English language course that is meant for international students looking to improve and develop their English language skills in Australia and other English-speaking countries in the world.
With flexible course durations, ELICOS offers students good flexibility in developing their English skills for higher education and for work.
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Types of ELICOS programs
There is a variety of ELICOS programs you can apply for depending on your needs and end goals. These programs include:
English for Academic Purposes (EAP):
This program focuses on spoken and written English that students require for further study in an Australian university. The course duration can range from 5 weeks to 52 weeks.
General English (GE):
This program focuses on teaching students English for everyday situations as well as how to communicate with people in real situations in class and for cross-cultural communication. Students will learn how to speak accurately and clearly as well as develop their vocabulary. This course will typically last 5 weeks to 20 weeks.
English For Special Purposes (ESP):
This course instructs students on learning English for business in different contexts. This can be for professions and disciplines in hospitality, health professionals and other businesses. The course duration can last from 5 weeks to 20 weeks.
Exam Preparation Course:
This course focuses on general English skills and instructs students on how to prepare for language exams such as the TOEFL. The course duration can last from 5 weeks to 10 weeks.
The ELICOS courses are meant for international students, hence depending on the course duration, either a student or tourist visa is required.
ELICOS is also meant for international students who are looking to study at a vocational college or university as well as for those that require a higher standard of English in order to work.