This program has been specifically designed to enable students to develop their language skills for study at James Cook University. It also aims to develop the critical individual learning capabilities required for successful university study.
In terms of language skills, the core texts have a focus on macro-skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and these are supplemented by academic literacy skills. For example, in all levels students must carry out presentations on a regular basis, ending up with an academic presentation on Level 3.
The students’ ability to learn independently is developed over the program, with students being asked to complete greater amounts of coursework on an autonomous basis as they move through the program. For example, Level 3 students will spend 12 weeks honing their academic and language skills through classwork, individual tutorials and selfdirected study, culminating in a 1500 word essay and academic presentation on the topic.
Critical thinking is also strongly 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 develop their academic language skills in level 4, which is designed to enable students to advanced their level of English language proficiency to an equivalent of IELTS 6.5.
In class, students will engage with contemporary topics of importance to the globalised world, attend lectures, and read and carry 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 for their university 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
The academic requirement differ from country to country but in general applicants must have satisfactorily completed 11 years of schoolings or equivalent.
English Entry Requirements
IELTS equivalent of 4.0 as per our placement test or an IELTS test result
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
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.
Note: International students in Singapore on a Student Pass are not permitted to work. For more information please visit http://www.ica.gov.sg.
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.
For more details please visit the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) website: www.cpe.gov.sg
Although James Cook University endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.