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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (CRICOS 093104M)

Are you planning on further studies at a college or university? Then English for Academic Purposes courses are perfect for you. Our EAP courses are designed to prepare you for further studies at a vocational or university level. Knowledge of the English language is only one element that will make your studies worthwhile.
To be successful in an Australian college or university, you will need to be able to understand lectures, tutorials, and academic texts, write academic texts, such as essays and reports, learn how to use library facilities, have the ability to use technology services, and to be able to research independently while learning how to cite and reference all material.
Whatever level you begin with, and at whatever level you qualify, you will find that here at AAC, our goal of helping you to reach your full potential has been realized.

The EAP course provides you with English language skills in 2 different levels, and helps prepare you for all the possible language challenges you will experience in a university or college. We thoroughly train you in the challenging skills of writing essays in English, giving presentations in English and understanding the expectations of an English-speaking college or university.

  • Developing academic study skills needed for further studies.
  • 2 level courses to suit students from upper-intermediate to advanced levels.
  • Intensive interaction between students and their teachers in small classes (no more than 18 students).
  • Interactive and thematic lessons to help students reach their full potential.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers who understand your needs and provide the support and advice that you need.
  • Up to date classroom technology that engages and motivates learning.

EAP Upper intermediate

The EAP Upper Intermediate course gives students the special skills needed to be successful at university or college. The primary focus is on how to study. This means reading for gist, how to write essays, how to listen to lectures, how to take notes, taking part in seminars and class discussions, and how to give presentations on a variety of subjects, including graphs and reports. In addition to this, an emphasis is placed on how to think critically on any subject. The IELTS equivalent at exit is 5.5.

  • Understand lectures
  • Listen for key points
  • Participate in tutorials easily
  • Understand and write essays and reports
  • Learn independent research skills, both in the library and online
  • Give presentations
  • Cite references

EAP Advanced

Many students find attending university in a foreign country to be a difficult experience. However, our EAP Advanced course not only focuses on academic language skills, but also on the cultural differences students may experience, both socially and academically. These areas may include interacting with groups, understanding the expectations of lecturers, and how to develop autonomous learning skills. Our aim is to enable you to gain confidence and independence. The IELTS equivalent at exit is 6.0-6.5.

  • Critically consider texts and discourses through analysis
  • Develop writing, reading and speaking skills to be suitable for academic environments
  • Improve research skills and become an independent learner
  • Cite references
  • Recognize and appreciate cultural differences
  • Make a smooth transition from studying in your own language and environment, to a foreign one

Successful completion of either our EAP Upper-Intermediate or EAP Advanced programme can help you apply directly to any one of our articulation partner colleges to be accepted into certificate courses, diplomas, advanced diplomas, bachelor or master courses without having to take an IELTS entry test.


An English Placement Test is required for the EAP courses, unless your IELTS score or equivalent is provided on application.

EAP CoursesEntry RequirementIELTS Equivalent at EntryIELTS Equivalent at Exit
Upper-IntermediateGE Intermediate55.5
AdvancedGE Upper-Intermediate5.5-6.06.0-6.5

You can contact info@aac.nsw.edu.au for a copy of AAC English Placement Test to find out your level of English and decide your study plan prior to departure. The recommended study plan is a guide only as it is based on the result of the written component of the Placement Test and does not include a speaking or listening component. An interview will be organized when you arrive at AAC. The result of the interview will be used together with the results of the written test to decide the best level for you. If your speaking or listening is lower than your written level, you will be placed in a lower level class, which means the recommended study time will be affected. You can always request an interview by Skype, QQ or Wechat before departure.

Classes may be scheduled from Monday to Thursday in the morning or the afternoon at our Kogarah Campus

  • Morning class: 9.00 am - 2.45 pm
  • Afternoon class: 3.00 pm - 8.45 pm

Sample timetable for an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper-Intermediate class

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday
09.00-11.00Lesson 1: Theme Introduction. Multiculturalism-Customs, and culture. Reading: World Festivals - Reading to predict + critical readingLesson 1: Grammar Analysis. Correcting mistakes. Sentence and clause structure. Listening. Listening for main ideas A Lecture on Wedding Customs and discussionLesson 1: Speaking Skills. Language of possibility and speculation. Guided speaking practice (CAE skills)Lesson 1: Grammar. Overview of verb tenses. (perfect aspect) + Open cloze practice The Power of file sharing
11.00-11.15BreakBreakBreakBreak
11.15-13.15Lesson 2: Writing skills. Following a genre Text structure and purposeLesson 2: Writing skills. Writing a Resume Organisation (do’s and don’ts)Lesson 2: Video listening. "Love and Money" Comprehension and discussionLesson 2: Language laboratory. Note taking skills and pronunciation Linking sounds
13.15-13.45Lunch BreakLunch BreakLunch BreakLunch Break
13.45-14.45 Lesson 3: Presentation skills. Practice & feedback Lesson 3: Media study. Current video news. Followed by discussionLesson 3: Student presentation. Should We Save Languages from Becoming Extinct? Followed by Q&ALesson 3: Weekly Grammar and vocabulary review and short test. Australian English Idiomatic language

There are regular assessments and progress checks during each level of the course:

  • Progress tests and exit tests based on material covered during the period of study.
  • Participation in class activities such as pair work, group work and special projects.
  • Homework tasks and special assignments based on researching topics and spoken presentations.

At the end of each level, you will be awarded a ‘Statement of Achievement’, which indicate your completion of that level of English.

Course length varies from 2 weeks to 60 weeks in 2017, dependent on your current English level, your progress within the course and the English level you wish to achieve.

  • Start  dates: Any Monday
  • Finish dates: Varies
  • No of weeks: 2-60 weeks
  • Hours per week: 20 hours
  • Materials: $100

* Extra fees will apply whenever an applicant wishes to amend enrollment details, which requires the creation of a new eCoE. The updated eCoE will attract a $40 administration charge.