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General English

General English 

Start your university-level studies off strong by boosting your English language skills.

The General English program is designed for students focused on the development of foundational language skills, so that students can feel comfortable and fully prepared to commence studies in English.

As part of the course, students can look forward to social excursions and recreational activities that will help them use conversational English in a relaxed setting, so they can build up their confidence.

The course focuses on:

  • Core Communication skills, including reading, writing and listening
  • Development of vocabulary and grammar skills
  • Enhance of computer skills

Our General English course is offered at La Trobe University's Melbourne Campus.




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

View Course Information Chart for English Programs

English program dates

Course dates 2020

Terms Start date (placement test) Classes start End of 5 weeks Public holidays/ study breaks
T1 2 January 7 January 7 February 27 January (Australia Day)
T2 6 February 10 February 13 March -
T3 12 March 16 March 24 April 10 – 14 April (Easter)
8 & 9 April (Non‐Teaching days)
25 April (Anzac Day)
T4 23 April 27 April 29 May -
T5 4 June 9 June 10 July 8 June (Queen’s Birthday)
T6 9 July 13 July 14 August -
T7 20 August 24 August 25 September -
T8 1 October 5 October 6 November 3 Nov (Melbourne Cup)
T9 5 November 9 November 11 December -
Xmas Break       24 Dec 31 Dec

Course dates 2021

Terms Start date (placement test) Classes start End of 5 weeks Public holidays/ study breaks
T1 7 January 11 January 12 February 26 January (Australia Day)
T2 11 February 15 February 19 March -
T3 18 March 22 March 30 April 2 – 6 April (Easter)
7 & 8 April (Non‐Teaching days)
25 April (Anzac Day)
T4 29 April 3 May 4 June -
T5 10 June 15 June 16 July 14 June (Queen’s Birthday)
T6 15 July 19 July 20 August -
T7 26 August 30 August 1 October -
T8 7 October 11 October 12 November 2 Nov (Melbourne Cup)
T9 11 November 15 November 17 December -
Xmas Break       24 Dec 31 Dec

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