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Edith Cowan College

Academic English

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 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). ECC is also a member of the Western Australian Private Education and Training Industry Association (WAPETIA).

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Academic English 2022

Tuition fee
Leads to Scholarships
071799A $450/week

ECC Diploma Courses

10 Week English Scholarship Available – A$4,500

ECC Pre-Masters Courses (PQP)


ECU PhD courses

ECU Post-Graduate and Masters Courses

ECU Bachelor Courses


AEP commencement dates 2022:


  • 31 January 2022
  • 08 March 2022
  • 26 April 2022
  • 30 May 2022
  • 11 July 2022
  • 15 August 2022
  • 27 September 2022
  • 31 October 2022
  • 05 December 2022

Study breaks 2022:

  • 27 December 2021 – 07 January 2022

  • 24 January 2022 – 28 January 2022

  • 11 April 2022 – 25 April 2022

  • 04 July 2022 – 08 July 2022

  • 19 September 2022 – 23 September 2022

  • 26 December 2022 – 06 January 2023

Academic English Program Orientation

Orientation is the beginning of your studies at Edith Cowan College (ECC), and a fun way to enrol in your new course, meet new students from all over the world, and get the information and assistance you need to help in your studies at ECC.

Please note: English packaged students will commence their studies on the ECU Mount Lawley campus. This will be stated in the Letter of Offer.


What will happen at Orientation?

ECC arranges a range of activities which will guide you on your way to successful studies.

Where should I go?

ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 10

2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley

Edith Cowan College Welcome Centre


What do I need to bring on my first day?

  • A copy of your ECC Offer Letter
  • Passport (international students only)
  • Student visa details (international students only)
  • Details of Australian address and phone contacts

At Orientation, you will:

  • Meet with our friendly ECC staff, student leaders and new friends.
  • Engage in a range of fun activities, quizzes and ice-breakers with prizes to be won.
  • Learn about the services and facilities that are available to you as a student.

ELICOS Sample Timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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 - 10:55 Break 1 Break 1 Break 1 Break 1 Break 1
10:55 - 12:30 Speaking: 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 - 13:15 Break 2 Break 2 Break 2 Break 2 Finish
13:15 - 14:15 Study 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

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