General English Course

General English

CRICOS Course Code - 069912A

Want to improve your English but not necessarily progress to a university degree? Then these courses are for you. General English is your opportunity to study at one of Australia’s leading University English language colleges, UOW College.

This flexible General English course allows you to combine learning English, skills, travel & unique experiences.

Includes:

  • Essential English skills and pronunciation workshops
  • Conversation groups and classes with focus on English for the global workplace & real life English

Participate in a range of activities including

  • Volunteering & Conservation
  • Adventure and Sport - surfing, sky diving, rock climbing
  • Cultural Activities & Sight Seeing

Wollongong City is located just 90 minutes south of Sydney – close enough to be in daily reach of the Sydney CBD without the rush and expense of a big city.

The campus lies among the foothills of Mount Keira, minutes from the beach.

UOW College offers five levels of General English from elementary to upper intermediate English language students.

The courses provide students from all cultural backgrounds with the opportunity to learn English within the context of both Australian and international culture and prepares interested students for more formal academic study. Students are provided with opportunities to acquire and practice their language skills in a communicative and interactive language environment including excursion activities.

English Studies 1, 2, and 3 provides students with the language they need in the real world including language for work, study, travel and international communication. Grammar and vocabulary are set within real life situations and reading and writing tasks are designed to practise new language.

In English Studies 4 and 5 the course focuses on speaking fluency and improving listening and comprehension skills in a wide range of social, professional and academic situations. Language skills are developed within a wide range of high-interest topics with an international and business perspective.

Course Entry Level Skills Developed Assessments Minimum Course Duration

English Studies 1
(Elementary)

IELTS 3.0 or lower

Reading and writing short sentences
Exchanging simple greetings and personal information
Understanding instructions

Continuous assessment of:
listening, speaking, writing, reading and grammar skills

6 weeks

English Studies 2
(Pre-intermediate)

IELTS 3.5

Writing short letters and recounts
Participating in short social interactions
Reading menus and timetables

Continuous assessment of:
listening, speaking, writing, reading and grammar skills

6 weeks

English Studies 3
(Intermediate)

IELTS 4.0

Writing factual information
Participating in casual conversation
Giving a short oral presentation

Continuous assessment of:
listening, speaking, writing, reading and grammar skills

6 weeks

English Studies 4
(Intermediate/ Upper  Intermediate)

IELTS 4.5

Participating in discussions and role-plays
Understanding TV programs and current affairs
Reading newspapers and magazines
Writing about opinions

Continuous assessment of:
listening, speaking, writing, reading and grammar skills

2 weeks

English Studies 5
(Upper  Intermediate)

IELTS 5.0 or higher

Improving fluency, pronunciation and participating in casual conversation
Understanding films and TV
Giving opinions and presenting factual information

Continuous assessment of:
listening, speaking, writing, reading and grammar skills

2 weeks

Length of Study and Hours per Week

This course is 20 hours per week in class tuition.

Students may enrol in English Studies 4 and 5 for a minimum of 2 weeks and may commence any Monday.

Where does it lead?

General English is normally a standalone course. However, you may proceed to the English for Academic Purposes course, or a specialised course such as IELTS preparation or English plus Uni.

Key Dates

Session Dates & Intakes

Last reviewed: 28 July, 2015