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To provide a specifically designed course to improve the language skills and academic capabilities of students intending to undertake further studies in Australia in either the CET or higher education sectors.

The course helps to orient students to the demands of studying and living in Australia. The supportive environment offered aims to build the students confidence as they become accustomed to the different expectations and assessment tasks they are likely to encounter here in the future.

The main aims of the EAP course are to develop the language skills, the academic skills and cultural awareness needed for successful living in Australia and studying in Australian universities. There are: Study Skills, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. These areas of study include preparation for the following situations or study activities:

1. Lectures/talks - listening and understanding, note-taking, asking questions
2. Seminars/tutorials - listening and note taking, asking and answering questions, agreeing, disagreeing, expressing and supporting opinions, interpreting data
3. Private Study - reading efficiently, skimming and scanning analysing data, note taking, summarising
4. Research skills - library skills, internet search engines, summary writing and critical reviews
5. Essay/reports and presentations - planning, writing drafts, revising, organizing information, using quotations, footnotes, referencing, using data, proofreading, oral summaries and presentations

Students are encouraged to use the language to make meaning rather than simply learn about the language. The emphasis is on contextualizing the content which assists learners being able to discern when it is appropriate to use what language. To complement this, the focus on pronunciation also enables students grasp the importance of how things are said, and the probable consequent interpretations, as much as what is said.

Vocabulary is another key to assisting comprehension and production. Current affairs will be a strong component of the course to provide extensive reading and discussion opportunities. Reading broadly and independently is encouraged throughout the course.