General English

General English 

For everyday use at all levels. Gain competence in:

  • Core Communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Grammar and vocabulary development
  • Enhance Computer skills
  • Courses include excursions, as well as social and recreational activities

Our General English course is taught at La Trobe University's Melbourne Campus and can be packaged with other academic courses into one offer letter. 

Study English in Melbourne

If you're intersted in studying in Sydney, we can also package your academic program with Navitas English's Academic English courses. Simply indicate that you would like to enrol in an ELICOS program in Sydney on our applicaiton form.

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English courses

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (known as ELICOS) includes General English and English for further studies (English for Academic Purposes).

Students studying English have access to the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), student advisory and support services, computer and language laboratories, field trips and excursions, cultural studies, and language and social activities which allows them to experience and live the Australian University life. English language students also have access to all of La Trobe University's campus facilities.

There are two shifts for English language programs:

Shift 1 9.00 to 11.00am 1.00 to 3.00pm
Shift 2 11.00am to 1.00pm 3.00 to 5.00pm

Note: You must be available for either shift.

Students can participate in the free Learner Support Sessions to enhance their skills. These sessions may include:

  • Academic Writing
  • Conversion with La Trobe University Students
  • English through drama
  • IELTS preparation
  • Listening through song
  • Paraphrasing and summary writing
  • Reading Skills
  • Ready for work
  • Speaking Skills
  • Using the Media to learn English
  • Vocabulary for academic writing


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Levels and Outcomes

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English program dates

Course dates 2019

Terms Start date (placement test) Classes start End of 5 weeks Public holidays/ study breaks
T1 3 January 7 January 8 February 28 January (Australia Day)
T2 7 February 11 February 15 March -
T3 14 March 18 March 18 April 19 – 23 April (Easter)
24&26 April (Non‐Teaching days)
25 April (Anzac Day)
T4 24 April 29 April 31 May -
T5 6 June 11 June 12 July 10 June (Queen’s Birthday)
T6 11 July 15 July 16 August -
T7 22 August 26 August 27 September -
T8 3 October 7 October 8 November 5 Nov (Melbourne Cup)
T9 7 November 11 November 13 December -

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