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Your Guide on English Language Requirements and Classes in Australia

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The purpose of these English Language Intensive Courses (ELICOS) courses is to prepare international students or visitors to adjust to the English-speaking culture in Australia.

ELICOS provides a wide range of English programs for specific purposes: English for business, general English, courses for teachers, etc.

To cater to the needs of international students planning to study in Australia, we will emphasize on English courses for academic purposes in this article, specifically IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE preparation courses, as their test scores are widely accepted English language requirements for Australian university intakes. 

Please keep in mind that a demonstration of your English proficiency is not only needed to apply for a university program, but also an Australian visa

There are many ELICOS programs available across Australia. Most institutions will have affiliations with English language schools, and they will ‘package’ English courses along with vocational and higher education courses. Even so, please note that it is not a requirement to take preparation courses before taking IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE tests unless certain circumstances. Furthermore, you can take the tests in your local country first to meet the minimum requirement.

What are the Different Types of English Language Requirements?

1. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELSTS (The International English Language Testing System) is one of the most reputable high-stakes English language tests, as it is one of the top choices for educational institutions, professional organizations and employers across Australia. As a result, all Australian colleges and universities accept IELTS as a minimum English language requirement.

There are two types of IELTS test versions available: IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. For international students enrolling into universities, the obvious choice would be taking IELTS Academic, as the test contents cater towards academic purposes and scholarly rigour. 

Taking IELTS is extremely convenient due to its accessibility:

  • 50 testing locations across Australia. There is one test centre in every state capital and most regional cities.
  • 48 times per year, on Thursdays and Saturdays up to four times per month. Plus, the test dates are available up to a year in advance.
  • A computer-delivered version of IELTS provides exam candidates the convenience of taking the test with their computers. Established in 2016, this computer-delivered version of IELTS is available in 20 countries. Exam candidates can choose the format and time to take the test, then take their Reading, Writing, Listening sections using a computer. The Speaking section will remain a face-to-face assessment.

2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Similar to IELTS, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a high quality English-language proficiency test widely accepted in the world. As a speculation, it is accepted by more than 10,000 universities worldwide, including all Australian universities.

TOEFL utilizes 4 methods to assess their exam candidates’ English proficiency as well: Reading, Writing, Listening , and Speaking. And it is widely accessible as well, it is available in 165 countries and holds around 50 test dates per year in institutions all over the world. You can retake the test as many times as you want, but you cannot take it more than once in 12 days.   

There are two types of TOEFL tests – the TOEFL PBT and the TOEFL IBT. TOEFL PBT is the paper based test, while TOEFL IBT is administered via the internet, both versions definitely have their differences.

3. Pearson Test of English (PTE)

PTE (Pearson Test of English) is a computer-based English proficiency test targeted for non-native speakers. They pride themselves for their modern A.I. testing system. In that respect, it means your test isn’t graded by a human, but rather a clear-cut algorithm that mimics how a human would score. It is unbiased, as it assesses your score based on what you say, rather than other factors such as your accent. 

As with other English proficiency tests, they test their candidates in four disciples: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Also, it is available in various streams: academic,  general and young learners.

Furthermore, PTE offers immense flexibility, test results are typically delivered in just 5 business days, and they offer global testing in more than 250 test centres in over 50 countries. You will be situated within a secured-facility in front of a computer, and all 4 sections will be tested in the duration of 3 hours. 

PTE is a worldly-renowned English-proficiency accepted for study applications by thousands of academic programs around the world. It is also approved for Australian student visas.

What are the Differences between IELTS, TOEFL and PTE?

Average Fees

IELTS – AUD$375

TOEFL – AUD$240

PTE – AUD$375

Exam Times

IELTS – 48 times per year, on Thursdays and Saturdays up to four times per month

TOEFL – 50 test dates per year in institutions all over the world. You can retake the test as many times as you want, but you cannot take it more than once in 12 days

PTE – Conducted over 360 days per year

Availability

IELTS – More than 80 countries

TOEFL – Available in 165 countries

PTE – 250 test centres in over 50 countries

Exam Duration

IELTS – Under 3 hours

TOEFL – 4 hours

PTE – Around 3 hours

Acceptability

IELTS – Australia, UK, US and more than 10, 000 institutions across 140 countries.

TOEFL – Australia, UK, US and more than 8, 500 institutions across 130 countries.

PTE –  Australia, UK, US and thousands of academic programs around the world

Test Contents

Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking

How to apply

IELTS – Register online, details at: https://malaysia.ielts.britishcouncil.org/iorpsea/html/content/how-to-register.jsp

TOEFL – Register online, details at: https://www.ets.org/toefl/contact/region6

PTE – Register online, details at: https://pearsonpte.com/malaysia/

Method 

IELTS – Paper-based and in person for Speaking test

TOEFL & PTE – 100% computer-based

Scoring System

IELTS – 1- 9

TOEFL – 0-120

 PTE – 10-90

You will find the general minimum English requirement for the Australian student visa and most Australian universities stated below:

  • IELTS — overall score of 6.0 to 6.5 (no band less than 5.5 to 6.0)
  • TOEFL — overall score of 60 to 90
  • PTE — overall score of 50 to 64

*Please note that this is just general minimum requirements for Bachelor degrees, minimum English requirement varies differently among institutions and courses. Contact us now to enquire about the institution and course of your choice.

What are the Recommended Institutions for English Courses?

Navitas English Institution

Navitas English Institution have branches all over Australia, stretching across populous locations like Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. They provide different English courses for different purposes. In the case of university entry, we recommend students to take their Academic English class.

Firstly, Navitas English has more than 60 direct entry higher education partners, opening pathways towards master’s, bachelor’s, diploma, and certificate programs.

Secondly, if you’ve successfully completed their Academic English class, you do not need to sit for the IELTS test to prove your English proficiency to their direct partners. 

Thirdly, this course teaches valuable, yet versatile skills in academic proficiency and literacy in English. 

Furthermore, Navitas prides itself for its excellent online learning portal – myStudy. It includes learning resources like fixed tutorials and extra learning materials.

Program Name

Duration

Fees (per week)

Academic English

10 weeks

AUD$300

Sacred Heart International College, Melbourne Victoria

Sacred Heart International College offers a General English class. They offer 4 levels of carefully constructed General English to sharpen all areas of macro-skills, which are: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students may find the experience fast and enjoyable, as the courses are made to be as high quality as possible.

The course will be delivered over the duration of 50 weeks, with 44 weeks of classroom delivery, and a maximum of 6 weeks for holidays, subjecting students to a 20-hour class time per week. 

Furthermore, they provide resources and materials to aid students throughout the course: student books, practical activities, MyEnglishLab online tutorials, bilingual support, computer labs with technical support, etc. 

Students will have to prove themselves through various assessments. Assessment methods will include: portfolio, reading activities, writing activities, questions, role plays, learning plans, interviews, research, computer tasks, and presentation.

Program Name

Duration

Fees (per week)

General English

50 weeks

AUD$300

Edith Cowan College, Joondalup Western Australia

Edith Cowan College campus provides 20-22 hours of English study per week in a classroom setting. They combine modern resources and materials to enhance students’ learning experience, while providing different assessment methods to track students’ learning progress. Due to their dedicated efforts, ECC’s English program is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  

Their English program is designed for students who plan to study in Australian universities. Their English program upholds students’ future by teaching them cornerstone skills such as essay writing and reading skills, academic English language, and academic discussions and presentations skills.

Program Name

Duration

Fees (per week)

Academic English

10 weeks

AUD$250

Griffith English Language Institute, Brisband or Gold Coast, Queensland

Griffith English Institution (GELI) prioritizes every student’s needs. They are able to provide a more personalised learning experience due to their smaller and focused classrooms. 

With more than 27 years of teaching experience, they provide high quality learning opportunities, high quality resources, and an excellent support system to shape students’ English proficiency in the best way possible.  

Their English Test Preparation class includes: 25 hours of study per week, 20 hours of face-to-face learning in class, and an additional 5 hours of independent learning each week using GELI’s independent learning plans. Additionally, students can gain direct entry into Griffith University programs upon completing their English program. 

This program has four sections of learning: Reading (understanding information from academic and general texts), Writing (writing essays under exam conditions), Listening (understanding information presented in academic and general settings), and Speaking (participating in academic/general discussions and presenting information).

Sunshine Coast International College, Sydney NSW

“The mission of Sacred Heart International College is to educate and develop you as a professional.”

The English for Academic Purpose with IELTS Exam Skills (EAP with IELTS) course main objective is to improve the capacity of the learner to use the English language in higher education specific contexts as well as preparing students for the IELTS exam.

The classes are held from 9.00 am – 2.45 pm every Monday to Thursday. Four skills are covered each week (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking). For the materials, students will be given copies of the Cambridge Academic English series to use in the Academic Skills class.

Their assessment includes tasks such as an essay, debate, oral presentation, and research assignment. For every five weeks, students will receive a progress report with assessment scores and teacher’s feedback.

Course Name

Duration

Fees (per week)

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

10 weeks

AUD$350

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International Students: Improving your English

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IELTS (The International English Language Testing System) alongside TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are no doubt the most well-known English language tests as they are the top picks for educational institutions, professional organisations and employers across Australia. So it’s no surprise that all Australian colleges and universities accept IELTS and TOEFL as the minimum English language requirement.

Read more: How to Score in IELTS, IELTS vs TOEFL

Mainly, you will find the general minimum English requirement for the Australian student visa and most Australian universities stated below:

  • IELTS – overall score of 6.0 to 6.5 (no band less than 5.5 to 6.0)
  • TOEFL – overall score of 60 to 90

Contact us to know the English requirement for your dream university!

Now, for students who live in a country where English is not the first language spoken, it might be difficult for them to be fluent in it and it takes time and energy to invest in order to enhance their English language skills in terms of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening.

But of course, when there’s a will, there’s always a way.

Here are the simple, fun and effective ways to practise English at home;

Simple Ways to Practise English at Home

1. Listen to English Songs

“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” – Keith Richards

I guess by now it’s safe to say that everyone loves music simply because most of the time we can connect to it emotionally. Aside from the melody and the beat, the lyrics hold the meaning of an entire song. 

It’s important for you to listen to a song and understand the message that it implies in order for you to be able to connect to the song. That’s the exact reason why listening to English songs will teach you not only how to listen better but also to pronounce better. 

You’re free to choose the song according to your preferences, so it should be a self-fulfilling task for you.

2. Listen to English Podcasts

Podcasts are the new hobby these days. Easy access and informative. 

Although listening to podcasts might not be as rhythmic as listening to songs, apart from training you to be a good listener, podcasts will give you the privilege of gaining information that you will need in order to make a good essay. It makes sense because we focus better when we’re listening without a visual. 

Start with finding a good piece of English podcast and take your time to finish one. Once you have mastered the act of listening to understand by using podcasts, you’ll notice the difference in the way you listen, and the way your mind views things.

3. Journaling

Who says writing needs to be boring and difficult? Why don’t we try journaling in English? 

It doesn’t need to be more than 300 words. It just needs a little bit of your time and a little bit of writing. You can write as many as you want, it can be two lines per day, it can also be one page per day if you have so many things to write about for the day, which is good. 

Writing needs practice and it’s an exercise for the brain. You need to get used to it to be good at it.

4. Practise with a partner

Speaking in English is so much fun when you have someone to practise with. 

Of course, it can also be good to practise speaking in front of the mirror talking to yourself, but having a partner can help boost your confidence to speak in front of other people and can help you interact smoothly in English because that’s how you learn to speak better, by making sure that you as a speaker is able to deliver your message clearly to the listener. 

So get your family or friends to learn English together with you, it’s going to help you a lot in improving your English.

5. Watch Movies/Series with Subtitles

We can’t deny how subtitles have been helping us understand the content of  movies all this while. It helps you in terms of reading, pronouncing and listening. 

And with that being said, we also don’t realise how much subtitles have been doing the job in expanding our English vocabulary and enhancing our word structures simply by enjoying an English movie or series, in our pajamas, with the comfort of being at home. 

Not everyone can stand the subtitles, but there’s a subtitle in every movie for a reason; to understand. As much as you hate subtitles, if you’re not a fluent English speaker, subtitles help you a lot in improving your English.

Read also: 15 Netflix Movies & Shows Worth Watching for Students

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Alternatively, you can attend English courses offered for international students for that matter. Professional help always comes in handy when you aim for excellence.

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students or known as ELICOS helps to prepare international students or tourists to adapt to the English-speaking culture in Australia. ELICOS provides a wide range of English programs for specific purposes: English for business, general English, courses for teachers, etc. 

They emphasize on English courses for academic purposes, specifically IELTS and TOEFL preparation courses. Take note! A demonstration of your English proficiency is required not only to apply for a university program, but also an Australian visa.

Get in touch with us now to know more!

Recommended Institutions

1. Navitas English Institution

Navitas English Institution has numerous branches all over Australia, stretching across popular locations like Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. They provide different English courses for different purposes. In the case of university entry, we recommend students to take their Academic English class. 

  • Navitas English has more than 60 direct entry higher education partners, opening pathways towards master’s, bachelor’s, diploma, and certificate programs.
  • If you’ve successfully completed their Academic English class, you do not need to sit for the IELTS test to prove your English proficiency to their direct partners
  • This course teaches valuable, yet versatile skills in academic proficiency and literacy in English. 
  • They provide excellent online learning portal – myStudy. It includes learning resources like fixed tutorials and extra learning materials.

2. Sacred Heart International College

Sacred Heart International College provides a General English class. They offer 4 levels of carefully constructed General English to enhance speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students may find the experience fast and enjoyable, as the courses are made to be as high quality as possible.

They also provide sufficient resources and materials to aid students throughout the course: student books, practical activities, MyEnglishLab online tutorials, bilingual support, computer labs with technical support, etc. 

Assessment methods will include: portfolio, reading activities, writing activities, questions, role plays, learning plans, interviews, research, computer tasks, and presentation.

3. Edith Cowan College (ECC)

Accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, ECC’s English program combines modern resources and materials to enhance student’s learning experience, while providing different assessment methods to track students’ learning progress.

The program is designed for students who plan to study in Australian universities. Their English program upholds students’ future by teaching them cornerstone skills such as essay writing and reading skills, academic English language, and academic discussions and presentations skills.

4. Griffith English Institution (GELI)

Student’s needs are GELI priority. They use smaller and focused classrooms with the intention to provide a more personalised learning experience for the students. They also provide high quality learning opportunities, high quality resources, and an excellent support system to shape students’ English proficiency in the best way possible. 

This program has four sections of learning: 

  1. Reading (understanding information from academic and general texts)
  2. Writing (writing essays under exam conditions)
  3. Listening (understanding information presented in academic and general settings)
  4. Speaking (participating in academic/general discussions and presenting information)

Additionally, students can gain direct entry into Griffith University programs upon completing their English program.

Read also: Study English in Australia for International Students

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Study Medicine in Australia (2020)

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Why study Medicine in Australia?

Australia has been a favourite destination for medical students who wish to study overseas. Australia has a long history of medical breakthroughs such as Penicillin, ultrasound, bionic ear and Cervical Cancer Vaccine and more to help improve the health of all individuals. The Department of Health in Australia has stated that their medical research is responsible for all the life changing breakthroughs by developing new treatments, medicine and devices.

Benefits of studying Medicine

1. Diverse Medical Career Opportunity

Upon Graduation, you have a wide range of career opportunities to choose from in the field of Medicine. Based on your skills and aspirations, you have over 50 specialties to choose from. You can choose to work in Hospitals, research labs, healthcare facilities or switch to other professional fields such as managing health care costs in Economics sectors, defending patients rights in the legal world and much more.

2.  Work as a Doctor anywhere in the world

There is uniformity in Medical practice around the world. Therefore, when you graduate from a Medical School in Australia, you can work in any hospital or healthcare facility across the world. This is one of the only disciplines that enable you to work anywhere in the world, based on your qualification. However, it is important to keep in mind that you need permission from the respective Medical Councils to practice in that specific country and are required to learn the national language to effectively communicate with your patients.

3. Doctors are in High Demand in Australia

Foreign doctors and medical specialists are in high demand in Australia as a result of rapidly growing ageing population. According to healthstaff.au, there are more older people in the country than ever before and it is predicted that by 2020 13.7% of the population will be between 65 – 79 and 4.3% will be over the age of 80. This has increased the pressure to hire foreign doctors and nurses. As a result, Australian migration policy is aiming to retain skilled healthcare professionals to reduce the shortage of medical professionals. 

4. High paying job/Doctor’s average salary in Australia

There is no doubt that medicine is one of the highest paying fields in Australia. Salaries usually vary between specialization, experience, and number of hours and consultations and much more. Nevertheless, a doctor is likely to earn AUD$ 100,000 – $400,000 annually. This will enable you to pay off any student loans or manage other commitments and live a comfortable life in Australia. The following are an average salary indicator for individuals in this field released by healthstaffrecruitment.com.au

  • Physician/doctor salary = AUD$ 101,0000 
  • Emergency Department = AUD$ 102,000
  • Experienced General Practitioners = AUD$ 200,000 – $300,000
  • Senior Doctors/surgeons = AUD$ 300,000 – $600,000

If you are interested to know more about the field of Medicine, Please contact Excel Education.

Medical degrees in Australia

Medicine in Australia is offered as an Undergraduate or Postgraduate course. 

The Undergraduate programme – This degree can be pursued after successful completion of Secondary/High school. It takes approximately 3 years to complete the program. The following are a few of the Undergraduate degree programs available Australia :

  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Clinical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Entry Programme – Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree, you are  eligible to proceed to a Graduate-Entry Doctor of Medicine Program which takes 4 years to complete.

Take note that some universities in Australia such as James Cook University and Flinders university allow students to complete a medical degree in 6 years as the degrees are combined.

To know more about the available Medicine Programmes, Please contact Excel Education.

Pathway to become a Doctor

Students who wish to complete an Undergraduate degree in Medicine in Australia will be assessed against three criteria :

1 – Academic Qualification – SPM/A-Levels/STPM/UEC/ SACE/ AUSMAT or Foundation in Science course.
Prerequisite subjects for Medicine

During your Pre-University program examinations, you have to study the following subjects to study a Medical Degree. 

Qualification

Prerequisite subjects

SPM/
A-Levels/STPM/UEC/ SACE/ AUSMAT

Biology,Chemistry,Mathematics or Physics

To learn more about which Pre-University program you should choose, take a look at : Which Pre-Uni should you choose? Foundation, A-Level, SAM or AUSMAT?

Entry Requirements to study Medicine in Australia
  • A-Level – Between A*A*A* and BBB for Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
  • STPMAAC, ABB, BBB in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics
  • Australian Matriculation – Minimum ATAR score of 80% including an average of 80% in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics. 
  • A Foundation Program can be completed if the above examination scores have not been met 
    Foundation in Science – Minimum CGPA of 3.00 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics. 

It is important to note that Entry Requirements to study in Medicine may vary based on the University and it is required that you successfully meet the additional university requirements.

2 – English Language requirement 

To apply for an undergraduate Medical degree in Australia, you must have a high level of competency in English.

  • IELTS Score – Minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components.
3 – Aptitude Test Score 

Universities require an Aptitude Test as part of your application to study Medicine. The test is the International Student Admission Test (ISAT) conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It is a 3 hour computer based multiple choice test to assess the student’s intellectual abilities and skills. It does not examine the student’s knowledge regarding any particular subject. In order to have some familiarity with the type of questions asked during the test, all students have access to practice tests on the ACER website.

The 2020 -2021 test cycle dates are as follows :

  • May 16- May 24 2020
  • August 15- August 23 2020
  • November 21- November 29 2020

Upon registration, you may select a preferred date, venue and time within the chosen cycle date.
Take note that you are allowed to take the ISAT test only once within a 12 month period.

4 – Interview

Provided that students have successfully met the requirements of Academic qualifications and the Aptitude test, students are invited for an interview. The format varies depending on the University. Some require students to physically attend the interview whereas, other interviews can be conducted over Skype.

If you are interested to know more about International student entry requirements and its application process, Please contact Excel Education.

Best Universities to study Medicine in Australia

 

University

Global Ranking

Australian Ranking

Duration 

Intake

University of Melbourne

17

1

3 years Bachelor + 4 Years Doctor of Medicine 

Bachelor: February and July

Doctor of Medicine : February

Monash University

32

3

3 years Bachelor + 4 Years Doctor of Medicine

February

University of Western Australia

101 – 150

8

3 years Bachelor + 4 Years Doctor of Medicine

Bachelor: February and July


Doctor of Medicine : February

Flinders University

201 – 250

11

Combined 6 year undergraduate medical course

February

Griffith University

251 – 300

12

3 years Bachelor + 4 Years Doctor of Medicine

Bachelor: February and July


Doctor of Medicine : February

University of Tasmania

351 – 400

17

3 years Bachelor + 4 Years Doctor of Medicine

February

James Cook University

251 – 300

13

Combined 6 year Bachelor + Doctor of Medicine course

February

Study in Australia is an official government website that provides a standard annual tuition fee for International students studying Medicine in Australia : 

  • Undergraduate students Degree- AU$29,235  per annum
  • Master’s degree – AU$20,000 to $37,000 per annum
  • Doctoral degree – AU$14,000 (US$11,200) to $37,000 per annum

Take Note : For students who wish to come back to practice as a doctor in Malaysia, you need to check whether the degree is recognized by the Malaysian Medical Council

If you are interested to know more about studying Medicine in Australia, Please conatct Excel Education.

Is Medicine the right choice for you?

Many people expect students who receive the highest grades to become doctors. It is true that getting good grades is definitely a prerequisite for a medical degree, however, it is not the most important factor when choosing to study medicine. If you find yourself pursuing a medical degree because of your family’s expectations or the benefits and money that comes along with the job, we encourage you to rethink your decision. 
Despite the benefits that come along with a medical career, it is extremely time consuming, demanding and expensive to pursue a degree in medicine.. 

The following are a few reasons as to why you should or should not study Medicine. 

Reasons you should study Medicine

Reasons you should not study Medicine

If you are passionate about Medical Science

If your parents and family are pressuring you

You want to help improve people’s health and lives

If you think you will earn a lot of money (Med School is quite expensive)

You have high tolerance when dealing with people around you

You prefer to work alone

You are good at critical thinking and problem solving

You cannot work under stress and have low tolerance when communicating with others

You have traits and skills such as : Self-control, attention to detail, stress tolerance, investigative and social

Because you are the top student in your class/school/state

Willing to make temporary sacrifices for the purpose of your studies and future career

To impress family and friends.

The above reasons are a few of many, if you find yourself familiar with the “reasons you should not study medicine” section of the table, rethink your decision and choose a course that is best suited to your skills and future aspirations.  

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All You Need to Know About English Major in Malaysia (2020)

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English is one of the most spoken languages in the world, rank #3 after Mandarin and Spanish, with over 370 millions native speakers and over 600 million non-native speakers worldwide. In Malaysia itself, English is their second primary language with 50% percent of Malaysians are literate in English, according to official statistics.

Being able to converse, understand, and write effectively in English will enhance any career choice you made since it is recognized worldwide. To advance your knowledge and skills in English, taking an English major is the perfect fit.

English major is a program that focuses on not only the English language itself, but also its history, structure, literature, and also the culture of the people. This major provides sufficient academic and creative opportunities that allow students to study key figures, whilst also improving as playwrights, poets, or novelists.

Why choose an English major?

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  1. Helps you write better

Becoming a good writer is never an easy job. It is considered one of the top skills that people are encouraged to have in order to compete in the job market. Companies out there are always looking for a good writer, and there’s no doubt that English major student is capable of becoming one since they relate closely to writing.

  1. Connect, communicate, and understand people

English is known as an International language, it connects people from all over the world. By the rapid usage of social media and mobile app, the nature of communications is constantly growing. As a result, many tech companies are hiring English majors that expertise in communication to understand the current trends of what’s happening now.

  1. The satisfaction

One of the personal reasons to choose an English major is the satisfaction that it gives. The feelings of reading and discussing a movie or book which such good literacy or writing a fiction novel that gives you mixed emotions of sadness, happiness, that you can finally understand it deeply. 

  1. Pathway to a rewarding career

As someone who chooses an English major, you have a variety and exciting selection of careers. English majors are prepared to organize ideas in a logical way, write well, and develop arguments. With these skills, you have chances to explore different areas of jobs. Below we provide some of the career options that you could choose in the future:

  • Advertising Copywriting
  • Editor and Content Manager
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • News Reporter
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Interpreter and Translator
  • High School Teacher
  • Writer
        5. Having the “bigger picture”

The degree courses normally will take 3 years to complete the entire program, depending on the university. Major in English is not just about learning the language, it’s also about knowing the history, culture, philosophy, even the art form of English. 

General Qualifications

 

Program 

Requirements*

Bachelor’s Degree (3 years)

  • A-Level: Minimum of 2 principal passes, or;

  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) or

equivalent:  Minimum grade of C (GPA 2.0) in any 2 subjects and credit in English at SPM or its equivalent, or;


  • Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM): Minimum grade Jayyid and credit in English at SPM or its equivalent, or;

  • Australian Matriculation: Minimum of ATAR 70, or;

  • Foundation: Minimum CGPA of 2.0, or;

  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA of 2.0

 

*requirements may vary among universities.

Subjects that will be taken in English major

Taking an English major will ease you from dealing with subjects related to mathematics, science, or anything relevant to it. So if you’re not a big fan of calculations or biological terms, then take a look at the subjects** that are usually taken by an English major that might excite you:

  • Creative Writing
  • Language and Linguistics
  • English as a Second Language
  • Composition
  • Literary theory and culture
  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Film theories
  • Poetry
  • etc

**subjects may vary among universities

Recommended Universities in Malaysia

1. University of Nottingham Malaysia

General Intake: September
Campus Location: Semenyih
Qualification(s): 

  • English BA
  • English Language and Literature BA
  • English with Creative Writing BA
  • History of Art and English BA

Indicative Fee for 3 years (2020):

  • Local: RM 82,800
  • International: RM 100,500

 

2. Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)

General Intake: March, June/July & Sept/Oc
Campus Location: Kuala Lumpur
Qualification(s): 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English for Professional Communication
  • Diploma in English for Professional Communication

Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):

     Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English for Professional Communication

  • Local: RM 47,900
  • International: RM 57,400

Diploma in English for Professional Communication

  • Local: RM 27,700
  • International: RM 34,700

3. SEGi University

General Intake: January, April, June, September
Campus Location: Damansara 
Qualification(s): Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English & Public Relations
Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):

  • General fee: RM 54,900

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7 Best Courses If You Hate Math or Science

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When talking about what are the highest demand jobs on the market, people are most likely to come up with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related jobs. Since they are highly on-demand, the pay that they’re getting is pretty high too.

But what if you hate math or science?

Does it mean I can’t get a high salary as people who had STEM-related jobs?

The answer is NO! There are certainly millions of paths to success and taking a STEM-related course/job is not the only one. Luckily, there are tons of high-paying jobs that require little math or no math at all, especially for those of you who can’t stand the idea of doing calculations all day or memorizing biological terms for a living. 

When it comes to university, there are plenty of degrees that don’t require you to be an expert in math or science. You are bound to find that suits you the most according to your desire, interest, and needs. So if you prefer to not to deal with math or science anymore in the future, here are 7 university degree that matches what you want.

1. English

If you want to advance your knowledge and skills in English, then taking an English major is perfect for you! 

When learning English, you’re not going to only learn about the language itself, but also its history, literature, bilingualism, and linguistics. It aims to get students to think creatively about the English language on a more advanced level, so it’s suitable for students who are proficient in both speaking and writing in English. When you have finished your degree in English, you are open to different kinds of jobs, such as writers, content manager, news reporter.

2. Culinary Arts

Culinary arts is the art of preparing, cooking, and presenting food in the form of meals. Taking a degree in culinary arts means you will learn how to cook like a professional that will develop your skills and knowledge in order to have a successful culinary career.

A degree in culinary arts is not only learning how to cook and present food, but also includes business and management subjects, such as accounting, marketing, and entrepreneurship. You will also learn how to work in a kitchen for it to run effectively.

Read also: Top 5 Universities to Study Diploma in Culinary Arts in Malaysia 2020

3. Music

One of the branches of performing arts that you can choose is music! Majoring in music means you’ll need to learn not only singing and playing instruments, but also the history, theory, composition, and its latest technology. This knowledge will help you prepared for your future career.

A music degree can lead not just for a career as a performer, but also to a variety of other musical professions as well, such as composer, conductor, electronic production and design, band director, and many more. 

4. Mass Communication/Public Relation

Mass communication relates to delivering information to as many people as possible at virtually the same time. It usually includes broadcasting, advertising, public relation, and many more. The benefit of pursuing a degree in mass communications is that you’ll improve your interpersonal skills that are necessary for a large number of jobs. People with this degree can fit with different career situations.

The study of mass communication includes the behavioral and psychological aspects of media messages. Due to the use and effects of mass communication, there need to be regulations, policies, and law to help control its practice.

Read also: Best College & University to Study Mass Communication In Malaysia

5. Early Childhood

If you like to interact with children and looked after them, early childhood can be your degree choice!

Early childhood educators play such an important role in a child’s development. They expose children to the joy of learning while playing and give them the foundation for lifelong success. Early childhood education involves learning how to interact and teaching children from birth up to the age of 8. A career in early childhood can be very challenging yet inspiring and satisfying at the same time since dealing with children was never an easy job.

Read also: Top 3 Universities to Study Early Childhood Education in Malaysia 2020

6. 3D Animation/Digital Film Production

One of the branches of art that you can choose is 3d animation, which combines art, design, and technology. The art of 3d animations mostly uses computer-generated graphics to produce animated imagery for movies, video games, applications, and many more. The degree will equip students with the necessary computer skills and knowledge related to animation to prepare them for their future careers.

7. Journalism

Journalism is the perfect field for someone who has an open mind and love being able to analyze different situations and events. Journalists are said to have very important roles in society as they hold the power of the information being received by the public. They also have a big influence with the news they put out, as it provides society with information on various topics that they use to make decisions about different aspects of their daily life, their communities, their society and the government.

Journalism is known as the art of delivering real-time news and events to society by gathering, assessing, creating and presenting news and information. 

As a Journalist, your key responsibilities would include investigating news and events, gathering information, writing up new pieces and delivering them to the public in an honest manner through various mediums such as newspaper, radio, magazine, websites or even social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). 

Read also: Study Journalism in Australia

That’s it for our recommended courses! If you have any inquiries related to courses above or other courses that haven’t been mentioned, feel free to talk to us! Contact us to find out more, we provide the best consultancy services for FREE!

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IELTS or TOEFL, Which English test to take?

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Why do we need to take English Proficiency tests?

English is the official language around the globe and it’s almost certain that you are required to take an English language exam if you are not a native English speaker and intend to study abroad in an English-speaking University, migrate to an English-speaking country or work at a multinational company. Different universities required different test scores and often, for example, the English proficiency requirement is higher for medicine or law degree programs.

Most english proficiency tests are broken into four important parts of linguistics which are speaking, writing, reading and listening. The two most widely accepted English language tests are the International English Language Test System (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). They are widely accepted around the world, including institutions, state agencies, professional and industrial organisations, but the two tests are different in terms of approach, structure and educational criteria.

Want to know about the English requirement for universities? Speak to Excel Education and let us assist you with that.

Read our guide below to find out which English test is the best for you to take.

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System, or more commonly known as, IELTS, was founded in 1989 as a means of providing international standardized testing of the proficiency of the English language. It is managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. IELTS is now accepted by over 3000 institutions worldwide.

What is TOEFL?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language is a standardized test, first administered in 1964, to measure language proficiency in the English language. In 2005, the earlier format of Computer-based tests and paper-based tests were largely replaced by Internet-based tests however some places still prefer paper-based testing.

Difference between IELTS AND TOEFL

Although IELTS and TOEFL are quite similar in their structure and mechanics, there are quite a few differences:

  • TOEFL questions are mainly multiple choice whereas IELTS has a mixture of short-answer, fill in the blank and short essay questions
  • IELTS is 2 hours 40 mins of a duration whereas TOEFL can take up to 4 hours
  • TOEFL has one computer based exam whereas both the IELTS exams are paper based
  • TOEFL focuses on students analytical thinking especially between options whereas IELTS requires more use of memory, comprehension and question format skills
  • In the Speaking exam, for IELTS, students have a face-to-face spoken test whereas TOEFL is recorded and then reviewed by many reviewers
  • For speaking and writing, IELTS emphasizes more on the use of logic, grammar and fluency whereas TOEFL focuses more on how the speech or written essay appears as a whole
  • IELTS scoring is on a 1-9 band system whereas TOEFL is a test graded out of 120 points
TESTIELTSTOEFL
AcceptedbyAustralia, UK, US and over by 10, 000 institutions across 140 countries.Australia, UK, US and over 8, 500 institutions across 130 countries.
StructureReading, writing, listening and speaking
Mode of ExamPaper-based and in person for Speaking test100% computer-based
Type of Questionsmixture of short-answer, fill in the blank and short essay questions.mainly multiple choice
DurationUnder 3 hours4 hours
Scoring1- 90-120
Use forUniversity enrollment, migrationUniversity enrollment, migration

Here are some free sites to prep for IELTS and TOEFL.

You can take the IELTS or TOEFL test at the British Council or authorized education consultancies in your country. The IELTS costs about AUD $270 whereas TOEFL costs about AUD $250. The examination fee varies in different countries.

Did you know you can study English and immigrate abroad?

Check out this article to know more

How can Excel Education help you?

We offer free study consultation and help you with all the practicalities such as application, accommodation, scholarships, visa processing and flight arrangement if you wish to study:

  • Pathway Programs which includes Foundation Year or Diplomas
  • Undergraduate, Postgraduate or PhD degree program
  • Study and Familiarisation Tours

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Study English in Australia for International students 2019

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General English program in Australia, from $185 per week! 

About

The General English program in Australia will help international students develop their confidence in using English during every day business and social situations. With a variety of different levels in English programs, students with different fluency levels in the English language can easily improve their conversational skills, writing, grammar and listening skills. 

Who should take this course? 

  1. If you want to learn a new language and enhance your linguistic skills for better employability 

  2. If you have been learning English in your home country and are still unable to converse fluently in English 

  3. If you want to immigrate to Australia and work while you study 

Types of English Programs 

Details 

General English Experience Program

You’ll learn all aspects of English, including practical skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding that can be applied to everyday life. 

IELTS/TOEFL Preparatory Program 

The Intensive English and IELTS TOEFL Program is for students who have limited time to achieve a desired IELTS/TOEFL Score. 

Options for the General English Program in Australia

Durations of GEP 

12 weeks

36 weeks 

Applicable Visa

Tourist 

Student 

Benefits 

Short-term crash course

Able to self-finance your course by working rights on student visa 

Fees

 AUD 180 to 350/ per week 

(depending on different schools)

The Benefits of a General English Experience Program in Australia

  • Learn the English language in an exotic tourist destination with highly qualified tutors 

  • Apply for an intensive 36-week course be able to self-finance your fees 

  • Get a higher competitive advantage by having fluency in the English language and added work experience for your future employability 

Students can earn around AUD 2500- 3500 per month by doing part-time jobs and a 12-week course would cost AUD 720/ per month. 

Find out the The best part time jobs for international student in Australia here! 

ELS College

Times Academy 

Academies Australia College

 

  Recommended Schools in Australia 

Academies

Times Academy 

ELS 

About 

Academies Australasia is a leading education provider offering English language, Senior High School, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor and Master degree courses.  

They offer their programs to over 10, 000 students across campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Dubbo. 

 

Time Academy is an English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students College in Sydney, Australia. 

Time Academy provides excellent resources and facilities to their students and is a registered training organization 

ELS Sydney is located in the centre of Sydney, and as a home to diverse number of people, it is an excellent academy to take your English course. 

ELS Universal English College offers many options for further study in Australia

Fees

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AUD 250/ per week 

Further reading: Top 10 universities in Australia 2019 

 

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Tighten English Language Requirements for International Students

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Australia is planning to tighten English requirements for international students. 

According to Austrade data, there are more than 550,000 international students in Australia, which lists the lucrative sector as the country’s third-largest GDP contributor, the international student market is estimated at AUD$28 billion.

“Now they will also have to take a new official test of their language skills before they can start such university or vocational studies to ensure they have reached the required standard,” said Education Minister Simon Birmingham. Birmingham did not believe the new measurement would hurt the international student market but would instead strengthen the integrity of the education system, making it more attractive to potential arrivals.

However, no details were provided on what the test would include. The top three nationalities enrolled in pre-studies language courses are Chinese (27 percent), Brazilian (12 percent) and Colombian (8.7 percent).

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A freelance writer, graduated from Curtin University, specialises in commercial writing, love travel and enjoy walking on the beach, Michelle also feeds on Psychology and will give away just about anything to cuddle with furry felines.
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