At the Singapore campus of James Cook University, we offer an English Language preparation program to students who need help with their English. This program has been specifically designed to enable students to develop their language skills for university study, and also their critical and independent learning abilities.
In terms of language skills, the core texts have an academic skills focus, and these are supplemented by a number of additional activities focused on particular skills. For example, in all levels students must carry out presentations on a regular basis, ending up with an independent academic presentation on Level 3.
The students’ ability to learn independently is developed over the English language program, with students being asked to complete larger pieces of coursework as they move through the program. For example, Level 3 students will spend 12 weeks honing their academic skills through classwork, individual tutorials and self-directed study, culminating in a 1500 word essay and rigorously evaluated academic presentation on the topic. Critical thinking is also encouraged, with students being required to form opinions on a range of subjects and express these arguments in both written and spoken form.
Students intending to do a master's degree will have a chance to hone their academic language skills in level 4, which is designed to enable students to develop their advanced communication skills up to an equivalent of IELTS 6.5. In class, students will engage with real world topics of importance to the globalised world, attending lectures, reading and carrying out tasks in relation to these topics. Students who successfully complete all their Level 4 assignments, will also be able to apply for 3 credits exemption from their tertiary course.
This program helps students in the following ways:
- Prepares students for full degree programs at the Singapore campus of James Cook University
- Enhances students’ abilities in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English
- Equips students to present information, concepts and ideas on a variety of topics
- Enables students to express feelings and emotions, exchange opinions and make observations in English
- Improves students’ writing and research skills
The Singapore campus of James Cook University is quality assured by the National English Accreditation Scheme (NEAS), a global leader in quality assurance of English language teaching. NEAS endorses English language programs, making certain that they adhere to a broad set of standards covering both teaching and the overall student experience.
James Cook University is the only institution in Singapore to have achieved this quality mark.
January, March, May, July, September, November
4 months full time for each level