ELICOS - Academic English Program (AEP)

ECC’s Academic English Program (AEP) is specifically designed for students planning to study at an Australian university.

Course overview


The Academic English Program at Edith Cowan College is designed for students who plan to study a degree at Edith Cowan University. Students can improve their academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills during this Program.

The length of your Academic English Program is subject to admissions’ assessment, based on your English level and the course you are going to study.

Course content

  • Essay writing and reading skills
  • Academic English language
  • Academic discussion and presentation skills

Course benefits

  • Taught in 10-week terms, with possible start dates every five weeks
  • Focuses on a mixture of communication skills and academic study skills
  • With a minimum of 65%, you will be able to graduate to the next AEP level or to your designated course
  • No further English testing is required (except for Nursing and other higher English course requirements)
  • Leads into Diploma, Foundation and PQP programs at ECC and various degree programs at ECU

Full-time ECC English courses provide 20-22 hours of English study per week in a classroom setting. Active learning is encouraged through a wide range of teaching methods, which are combined with modern materials and resources. A variety of assessment methods are used to monitor progress.

ECC's English language courses are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). 

Key Information


10-40 weeks

Intake dates

Dependent on package

Campus location

ECU Mt Lawley Campus


2024: A$475/week

Courses that AEP can lead into

Leads toScholarships

ECC Diploma Courses

ECC Foundation Program

10 Week English Scholarship – A$4,750
ECC Pre-Masters Courses (PQP)N/A

ECU Bachelor Courses

ECU Post-Graduate and Masters Courses

ECU PhD courses


ELICOS Sample Timetable

08:30 - 10:30

Vocabulary: Natural Disasters

  • Predicting a Volcanic Eruption
  • Tsunami

(Labelling a diagram, Note Completion, Multiple Choice

Grammar: The Passive
Why use the passive? Tense Forms Practice Exercises
Speaking: Share news articles in small groups
Reading: "Eating Up The Titanic"
True/False/Not Given Table Completion Multiple Choice
Real Lecture Series: Lecture 2 "Bushfires in Australia"
Listen to a real lecture and take notes.
Writing: Describing diagrams showing natural processes. Example: El Nino
Focus on linking ideas and organizing your description.
10:30 - 10:55Break 1Break 1Break 1Break 1Break 1
10:55 - 12:30Speaking: Language for structuring your presentations / signpost language
Preparation for oral presentations in small groups
Writing: Describing a Process
Focus on describing stages.
Example: The Water Cycle: Write the process for water purification using the flow diagram.
Speaking:Oral Presentations
On "An Innovative Invention"
Students present in small groups
Real Lecture Series:
"Bushfires in Australia"
Follow-up discussion and Writing Task
Library Visit:
Mini -tour of the library and time to change your books.
End of week Vocabulary and Grammar Quiz
12:30 - 13:15Break 2Break 2Break 2Break 2Break 2
13:15 - 14:15Study Skills:
Learning and recording vocabulary.
Computer Lab News Activity
Find a relevant article Complete task Prepare to share your article in small groups
Study Skills:
Taking notes on key information. Taking detailed notes on explanations and examples.
Reading: Bees and their effect on the environment.
Grammar in context: Noun phrases