Central Australian College has a wide range of English courses available in Melbourne and Hobart. We have classes for international students and domestic students. If you want to improve your English language skills, we can help!

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Central Australian College offers ELICOS courses suited to students at any level, from beginner to advanced. Each course will improve the student’s speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

These courses suit international students who want to improve their language skills in an English-speaking country. They are also suited to students who wish to enrol on another course in Australia but don’t have the required language skills. At CAC, our English for Academic Purpose courses will raise students’ language skills to the levels required by academic courses.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

CAC also offers EAL courses designed to help domestic students improve their English. If you have moved to Australia from overseas, we can help you improve your language skills so that you can get a job, study, or get involved in your community.

What are the requirements?

Each course will have its own requirements as stated on the Central Australian College website. In general, students require no formal education to study an English course. However, you will need to take a test to determine your current aptitude.

There are two methods for testing your English language level:

  1. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – This is a standardised test of English proficiency for non-native English speakers. Students can apply to take this test by visiting the IELTS website. They also have resources to help you, such as mock tests and learning materials.
  2. The Pearson Test of English (PTE) – This is another English proficiency test for non-native English speakers. The function of PTE is the same as IELTS but their methods are slightly different.

IELTS and PTE – what’s the difference?

The aim of both English tests is the same. The main difference is that the PTE only uses a computer algorithm to asses tests whereas IELTS has a human assessor for some sections.

So, which do you choose? The best way to decide is to take a mock test in each and see how you score. Because the IELTS has a human assessor, this could mean that you score better in the speaking section of the test. This is because the PTE may score you down if you have a strong accent. However, the PTE may score you better in other areas.

Rest assured that all Australian educational institutions accept both testing methods. Therefore, you can work out which test works better for you.