English Language Programs

English Language programs

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is a highly regarded and NEAS accredited provider of English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). 

Our English Language classes provide the resources for you to improve your employment prospects in your home country, go on to further study in Australia or to use English in work and social settings.

NEAS logoOn average we have 12 students in each class, so you will get the individual expert teaching attention you need to develop your language quickly and on all levels – from conversational to writing and reading skills.

Whatever your English language goal, we can help you reach at The Gordon.

Find out why international students choose to study English at The Gordon in Geelong by watching our latest video!

Courses:


General English

The General English Course is designed to improve your English fluency and language skills for daily life, social and work communication, and for vocational courses at The Gordon. As well as developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, each week you will have the opportunity to study areas that interest you. 

In your Independent Learning session, you can choose to develop your conversation skills, practise your listening or pronunciation, review your grammar, or build your vocabulary for your next TAFE course. Your teacher will help you choose a study focus that meets your needs and your interests.

In your Project-Based Learning class, you will develop 21st Century skills you need for the future workplace, and for vocational study at The Gordon. You will work with your classmates to choose a topic, then discuss, plan, research and present your research and ideas.

 

SAVE PTE Academic Preparation

$150 off the PTE Preparation Course for March intake only. You can learn and practise techniques for the PTE Academic exam at The Gordon, Geelong’s only Pearson Test Centre, for 5 weeks for the price of $1325, (usually $1475). The program starts on Monday 23 March and finishes on Friday 24 April. Attendance is Monday - Thursday from 9:00am to 3:10pm.  Enrol early to secure your offer!

The PTE Academic Preparation Course is designed to boost your English language ability and your understanding of what is required in the PTE Academic test. You will study the key components of the PTE Academic test, including speaking, listening, reading and writing and will be provided with detailed feedback and practice tests to measure your English language level. This invaluable feedback will get you closer to achieving your desired PTE Academic test score. 
 

Course

Level

Entry level

Duration

Tuition Fee (AUD)

Materials
Fee (AUD)

General English 1 CRICOS Code:
099453G

Elementary to pre-intermediate 

IELTS 3.5 or equivalent or The Gordon placement test

20 weeks
(with optional 10 week exit point)

$2,650 for 10 weeks

 
$5,300 for 20 weeks

$132

General English 2 CRICOS Code:099454G

Intermediate to upper intermediate level

IELTS 4.5 or equivalent or The Gordon

20 weeks
(with optional 10 week exit point)

$2,650 for 10 weeks
 
$5,300 for 20 weeks

$132

General English 3
CRICOS Code:099455F

Advanced
 

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent or The Gordon

10 weeks

$2,650

$66

PTE Academic Preparation CRICOS Code: 0100032

Advanced

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent or The Gordon placement test 5 weeks
(100 hours)
$1,475 $60
 

2020 General English (GE) Intake Dates

Intake 1: 6 January – 7 February
Intake 2: 10 February – 14 March
Intake 3: 23 March – 24 April
Intake 4: 27 Apr – 29 May
Intake 5: 8 June – 10 July
Intake 6: 13 July  – 15 August
Intake 7: 24 August – 25 September
Intake 8: 28 September – 30 October
Intake 9: 9 November – 11 December

 

Example ELICOS timetable*:

All our ELICOS courses are delivered 4 days per week, 5 hours per day, from Monday to Thursday.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:00 – 10.55 Language skills
Writing:
Introduction to essay writing
Language skills Writing:
Essay planning
Main idea & supporting ideas
Language skills Writing:
Essay practice
Project-based learning
Pair or group work:
Discussion
Planning
Research
Presentation
11:00 – 11:15 Break Break Break Break
11:15 – 1:00 Language skills
Reading:
Main idea & supporting information
 
Language skills Reading:
Vocabulary
Guessing unfamiliar words
Language skills
Reading:
Vocabulary revision
Project-based learning
Pair or group work:
Discussion
Planning
Research
Presentation
1:00 – 1:45 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:45 – 3:05 Language skills Speaking:
Personal introductions
 
 
Language skills Listening:
Context, topic and gist
Independent learning
Students can choose areas of interest:
Conversation
Grammar
Test preparation
Project-based learning
Pair or group work:
Discussion
Planning
Research
Presentation
























 
* Please note that this timetable is only an example timetable and is subject to change.


How to apply

Step 1: Download a hard-copy application form here and complete both sides by typing directly onto the form.

Step 2: Gather your supporting documents.

Onshore applicants currently living in Australia must provide:

  • a colour photocopy of your current passport
  • a copy of your current visa
  • certified copies of English language test results (students who have not taken a recent English test may be asked to complete a free Gordon placement test as part of the application process)

Offshore applicants currently living outside of Australia must provide:

  • a colour photocopy of your current passport
  • certified copies of English language test results (students who have not taken a recent English test may be asked to complete a free Gordon placement test as part of the application process)
  • a completed Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Step 3: Email the completed application and supporting documents to: international@gordontafe.edu.au


Student Testimonial

Alejandra Rios“I chose to study General English at the Gordon Institute of TAFE because the classes are so small and personalised, which ensures a better communication between teachers and students. My first day in class was very exciting because I met people from Japan, the Philippines, Iran and many other countries and I talked to them about their different cultures. I loved walking around the campus and feeling like a new student on the first day.

Australia is a highly technological and culturally advanced country, which facilitates international students to engage and achieve their goals, and boost their abilities. I chose The Gordon in Geelong, because it is a smaller city than Melbourne and has an English speaking majority, thus ensuring a better practice of the language. I would definitely recommend The Gordon for the quality of the education here!"


Maria Alejandra Rios
General English Student from Colombia  
 

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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