English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP)

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Course overview

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.

Start dates
January, March, May, July, September, November
4 months full time for each level
Study mode
On campus


Study Program / Learning Outcomes

Level 1

  • Describe familiar topics such as, origin, families, likes and dislikes and hobbies. Students will be able to do this with relative ease and fluency.
  • Engage in everyday situations independently and comfortably in English.
  • Understand and use a range of grammatical forms and be able to logically connect ideas to create basic cohesive texts.
  • Derive meaning from and perform simple analysis of short reading and listening passages.

Level 2

  • Speak logically and clearly on a variety of topics in an organised and confident manner.
  • Summarise and paraphrase texts using complex and compound sentences.
  • Understand and synthesise spoken and written input.
  • Produce cohesive written work on relevant topics using appropriate academic vocabulary.
  • Read extensively and critically on general and academic topics.

Level 3

  • Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken discourse.
  • Display critical thinking of academic topics through speech and writing.
  • Derive meaning of specific details from different types of discourse.
  • Produce academic essays, following Australian university conventions.
  • Read academic texts, using appropriate reading techniques.

Level 4

  • Demonstrate understanding of key issues of importance in the globalised world.
  • Demonstrate practical oral skills through presentations.
  • Locate and analyse information from a range of resources.
  • Understand, analyse and present arguments on a range of issues.
  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken academic discourse.
  • Produce academics essays and reports, using appropriate style and format.

For information on the requirements for successful completion of the program and assessment details, click here.

Eligibility & Requirements

Academic & English Entry Requirements

IELTS equivalent of 4.0 as per our placement test or an IELTS test result

Exit Requirement

  • Completion of this course with a satisfactory result is a pathway to tertiary programs
  • Successful completion of Level 2 of the ELPP – Pre University Foundation Program
  • Successful completion of Level 2 of the ELPP with a score of 75% - Diploma Programs
  • Completion of Level 3 of the ELPP with a score of 55% - Diploma Programs
  • Successful completion of Level 3 of the ELPP - Band 1 tertiary courses
  • Successful completion of Level 4 of the ELPP - Band 2 tertiary courses

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student’s Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below 90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Tuition Fees

Domestic* International
S$3,531 S$3,638

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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James Cook University is EduTrust Certified. The EduTrust certification scheme is administered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). EduTrust requires all students to be covered under a Fee Protection Scheme. In James Cook University, this is provided through an insurance protection scheme. Further, EduTrust also requires that the students must be covered under a medical insurance coverage which has provision for hospitalisation, surgery and treatment costs throughout their course duration. James Cook University will advise in the Standard Student Contract the total amount of insurance payable.

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