Victorian institute of technology (VIT)
Victorian institute of technology (VIT)

English Language Courses (ELICOS)

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VIT provides international students with the English language foundation and skills they need to undertake further vocational courses or tertiary level courses, and /or gain a high level of competency in all language skill areas. VIT endeavours learning opportunities for all its students, focusing on student needs. The English Courses (ELICOS) provide an introduction to the language system and socio-cultural dynamics of language use in Australia and in the English-speaking world. VIT further endeavours to contribute to the highest quality of English education through continual appraisal and evaluation of all courses.

The focus for course content is provided by weekly themes and topics, which are used to contextualize the teaching of target language and skills. These themes/topics are determined with reference to students’ vocational and study goals and interests; these provide a framework around which the language work, particularly the skills of, Writing, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Grammar and Vocabulary building is structured.

All courses employ many forms of student engagement of tasks, such as group work, problem-solving, presentations, pair work, etc. Although these sorts of learning styles may be quite different from their home country, they provide a variety of learner strategies that enhance attention and concentration that lead to successful language learning.

Emphasis is placed on the use of authentic materials. This is reflected in:

  • Extensive use of authentic materials drawn from text-types covered in the course
  • Regular field trips to consolidate and extend work done in class and linked to the programs by pre-teaching and follow-up work
  • Talks by outside speakers on topics relevant to the programs

Ongoing assessments are carried out regularly in all ELICOS courses and are intended to provide feedback to improve students’ understanding and performance. The end-of-course assessments measure how well the students have achieved the objectives of their course.

Intakes: Weekly, starting from 11 Feb 2019

English Courses (ELICOS) VIT Australia

General English Information

CRICOS Code 098301K
Course Fees $2,800
Duration 10 Weeks (20 hours per week)
Subject to meeting criteria and availability
Age Requirements Over 18 Years
Eligibility Criteria Refer to Entry Requirements
How To Apply Apply Here
Locations Melbourne Campus: Level 14, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne

The General English Courses (ELICOS) are intended to provide international students with the English language foundation and skills they need to function in social contexts in Australian society and to undertake further vocational courses. The programs focus on language used in everyday situations and provide a solid foundation in grammar, and the four main skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The courses integrate the modes of language – that is, listening, speaking, reading and writing to improve students’ understanding of the forms, features, and functions of language. Students will enhance their skills in analysing, responding to and composing a range of texts characteristic of those they will encounter in their social language interaction in Australia.
The courses will also assist students in their development and understanding of various strategies and styles of learning.


The General English Courses (ELICOS) range over four levels: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper Intermediate. All students will be assessed and placed into the appropriate level.
Each level of the General English course is studied over a 10 week period. Lessons are from Monday to Friday of 20 hours face-to-face classes.


The General English Courses (ELICOS) has assessment tasks built into the course that is on-going and cumulative during the program. The exams will be based on the content of the course and will test the four skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.


Successful completion of the General English course at Upper-Intermediate level enables entry into the English for Academic Purposes (EAP).


English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP) Information


CRICOS Code 098300M
Course Fees $3,200
Duration 10 Weeks (20 hours per week)
Subject to meeting criteria and availability
Age Requirements Over 18 Years
Eligibility Criteria Refer to Entry Requirements
How To Apply Apply Here 
Locations Melbourne Campus: Level 14, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne
Sydney Campus: Level 5, 333 Kent Street, Sydney

The English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP) is structured for students intending to enter diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate degree programs.

The EAP program is conducted over 10 weeks, comprising of 20 hours per week. Lessons are from Monday to Friday of 4 hours each day and a total of 20 hours face-to-face per week.

The focus of the EAP course is on the language skills students will need to undertake academic studies at vocational and tertiary level in Australia. The course will also prepare students for the cultural differences they may encounter both socially and academically on campus. Such areas would include expectations of professors, developing autonomous learning skills, working in groups, adjusting to study and campus life. The EAP course seeks to create an environment whereby the student becomes self-determined and is able to learn using strategies most suitable to him/her. Using this learner-centered method, the student becomes confident in approaching the demands and stresses associated with academic life.

Briefly, the aims of the EAP course are:

  • To enable students to become familiar with, and to practice applying, English medium academic conventions
  • To teach students to critically consider texts, discourses and issues by analysing the purposes behind the texts
  • To provide Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking skills particularly suitable for academic environments
  • To enhance students’ abilities to be independent learners and to utilize the World Wide Web for academic research
  • To facilitate a process for students so that they recognize and appreciate cultural viewpoints that may be different than their own
  • To make a smooth as possible transition from studying in the students’ own countries and languages to studying in English Language Courses (ELICOS)


Passing the EAP course at VIT will articulate to undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at VIT or any university that has articulation arrangements with VIT.



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