Academic English Program (AEP)

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

Key Information


10-40 weeks

Intake dates

Dependent on package

Campus location

ECU Mt Lawley Campus

2023 Fees


ELICOS Academic English

Build confidence in your English skills

The Academic English program is designed for students who plan to study at an Australian university or who are interested in developing their academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. This program is taught on the Mt Lawley campus of Edith Cowan University.

Course content

  • Essay writing and reading skill
  • 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). ECC is also a member of the Western Australian Private Education and Training Industry Association (WAPETIA).

Academic English 2022

Tuition fee
Leads toScholarships1
071799A $450/weekECC Diploma Courses10 Week English Scholarship Available – A$4,500
ECC Pre-Masters Courses (PQP)N/A

ECU PhD courses

ECU Post-Graduate and Masters Courses

ECU Bachelor Courses


ECC ELICOS start dates

CRICOS Code 071799A

The course is taught in 10 week terms, with start dates approximately every five weeks.

  • 05 December 2022
  • 30 January 2023
  • 07 March 2023
  • 17 April 2023
  • 22 May 2023
  • 10 July 2023
  • 14 August 2023
  • 26 September 2023
  • 30 October 2023
  • 04 December 2023

  • 26 December 2022 – 06 January 2023
  • 23 January 2023 – 27 January 2023
  • 11 April 2023 – 14 April 2023
  • 26 June 2023 – 07 July 2023
  • 18 September 2023 – 22 September 2023
  • 27 December 2023 – 05 January 2024

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