Q. What is the minimum enrolment period?
A. The minimum enrolment period is 10 weeks. Please speak to our Student Administration Officer if you have a special request for the amount of weeks you want to study.
Q. How many students are there in a class?
A. The average number is 15 students.
Q. What is the minimum age for study at Advance English?
A. Student Visa Holders must be 18 years of age or older.
Q. I don't know my level of English, how can I find out?
A. You will take a placement test when you arrive at Advance English on your first day. This test will evaluate your reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities. The results will determine what level you will be placed in.
Q. What happens on my first day at Advance English?
A. On your first day at school we will introduce you to our friendly staff and students, provide you with all the information you need about your course and give you an orientation of the college and surrounding area.
Q. How many levels are there?
A. We have four levels of English at Advance English, Pre Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced.
Q. How many weeks of English study do I need?
The number of weeks you need depends on your current level of English, the level you wish to reach and how quickly you progress. You may wish to learn English for further study, for an exam, for professional development, for a higher course or for work or travel.
Q. How is my progress assessed?
We believe that students gain most from their English studies through a system of continuous assessment and monitoring. You will be expected to do homework each night, and you will sit a revision test each week to check your progress is on track. Your teacher will also have regular one-to-one consultations with you to discuss your progress and agree on strategies for further improvement.
Q. What happens when my English level improves and I need to go up a class or change my course?
A. We test students on an ongoing basis. If you have performed well and reached the appropriate level of English required, your teacher will inform you that you are ready to move up a class or level. Each level at Advance English is based on 10 or 12 weeks' full-time study.
Q. Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?
A. Yes. All students who satisfactorily complete their course will receive an Advance English certificate. It states your name, course studied, dates and length of study, listening, speaking, reading and writing grades, overall performance and attendance.
Q. What kind of qualifications will my teacher have?
A. All of our teachers are experienced and professional and hold specialist TESOL qualifications. They receive ongoing teacher development training to keep up to date with the latest teaching methodology and materials.
Q. What are the teaching methods?
A. Advance English programs have been carefully designed to be wide-ranging, comprehensive and very practical. We cover the core language learning skills and give you extra time in the afternoons to focus on specific areas such as grammar, speaking, vocabulary expansion, listening and pronunciation, as well as covering English for your daily life to help you manage in a variety of social situations.
Q. What materials do you use?
A. We carefully select the best textbooks available to complement our high-quality curriculum. We also use other materials, including audio and video, to cater for the needs of learners. Classes include task-based activities, work in pair or small groups, use of video and internet resources, stories, songs, debates, discussions and writing activities. Our lessons are based on real-life tasks, which aim to increase interest and therefore maximize your potential!
Q. Do I get a Course textbook?
A. Yes! Students enrolled in a General English course receive a "Cutting Edge" course book (as part of the $100 material fees they pay), for each level they study. For example, if a student starts their General English course at Pre Intermediate Level and finishes at Upper Intermediate Level and studies for 30 weeks, they will receive a total of 3 “Cutting Edge” course books. The Cutting Edge course book is for students to write in, take home and keep. Condition: Student must be enrolled for a minimum of 10 weeks.
Students enrolled in an EAP Course receive an "EAP Now" course book. The course book is for students to write in, take home and keep after they graduate!
Students enrolled in an IELTS Preparation Course receive a "Focus on IELTS" course book or "High Impact IELTS" course book. Condition: Student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 weeks.
Q. I want to take the IELTS exam, what should I do?
A. Our Advance English IELTS Preparation Course will help prepare you for the IELTS exam. You can sit the IELTS exam at a University IELTS Testing Centre.
Q. I am interested in further study in Australia but I don't know where to study. Is there someone who can help me choose a course/university? Which Universities, Colleges and TAFE institutions is Advance English affiliated with?
A. At Advance English our Academic Counsellor can help you with your further study options. They can advise you on what is the best course for you; how to enrol at a university and can also write you a letter of recommendation once you have reached the required level of English.