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Academic English

If you want to improve your English skills for further study in Australia, our Academic English courses can help you.

Navitas English has more than 70 direct entry higher education partners. They include universities, colleges, Technical & Further Education (TAFE), Vocational Education & Training (VET) and Registered Training Organisations (RTO). Our courses have pathways to master’s, bachelor’s, diploma and certificate programs.

If you successfully complete Academic English, you do NOT need to sit the IELTS test to prove your English language proficiency to our direct entry partners (provided you meet all the other course requirements).

Academic English can be very different to the English you use every day. Even if you speak English well in conversation, it might be difficult to understand the new words and structures used in university or another academic setting.

In this course, you will develop skills in academic proficiency and literacy in English. You will find it easier to understand and participate in your university course. If you complete the Academic English course successfully, you will be able to use English in a variety of academic contexts and take responsibility for your progress with little support from teachers.

Why study Academic English at Navitas English?

  • You will have scheduled myStudy tutorial time to get help with your assignments from your teacher outside of lessons.
  • You can use our online learning portal (myStudy space) to find extra learning materials and share your ideas with your classmates.
  • You can get support through academic counselling. 
  • We will give you useful information about our higher education partners.
  • We use current, internationalised curriculum so you are completely prepared for university study in Australia.

You will learn skills in four main areas:

  • Reading and listening
    • note-taking strategies for lectures and tutorials
    • analysis of reading text structures
    • techniques for speed reading, skimming and scanning
  • Speaking and writing
    • planning, drafting and editing reports and essays 
    • effective communication in tutorials 
    • pronunciation and voice training for presentations and seminars
    • active participation in group projects
    • bibliographic and in-text referencing 
  • Critical thinking
    • analysis of tertiary assessment tasks 
    • research skills
    • learner independence
    • intercultural communication
  • Employability skills
    • computer literacy and numeracy
    • negotiating tactfully and persuading effectively
    • Australian workplace culture 
    • digital and face-to-face networking.

You will also learn about the culture of higher education in Australia, including:

  • expectations of Australian lecturers and tutors
  • time management skills
  • using technology in learning and production 
  • how to avoid plagiarism.

Your learning outcomes

Our course content is high quality and relevant, and we work with you to make sure you reach a level of English ready for further study. The pass rate for our Academic English students is 95 percent.

If you complete the course successfully, you do not need to sit the IELTS or TOEFL tests to study one of our partner programs.


Know how to analyse reading texts and interpret assessment tasks 


Structure your reports and essays effectively


Confident note-taking for lectures and tutorials


Participate in group projects and present confidently

Intermediate to advanced

Lesson plan

Focus: note taking, research, oral presentation

Morning lessons

Check homework
Listening – note taking: ‘The Jaguar’

Afternoon lessons

Grammar – comparative adjectives
Identify the animal worksheet
Pair research and note taking on an animal
Spoken presentation 

Focus: planning writing, internal referencing

Morning lessons

Listening – plan your writing: ‘The Jaguar’
Running dictation
Task – Grouping the main ideas: ‘The sea otter’
Vocabulary revision

Afternoon lessons

Language focus: internal referencing
Nouns and pronouns consistency
Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate p. 37
Writing – paragraph writing activity; practise writing from topic sentences: ‘Orangutans’

Focus: checking and editing, plagiarism/paraphrasing

Morning lessons

Editing in pairs – edit homework
Checking your writing
Language – check homework

Afternoon lessons

Reading – plagiarism
How to avoid plagiarism; citing your source
Paraphrasing, summarising and plagiarism; comparing three examples

Focus: note taking, relative clauses, reading

Morning lessons

Check homework
Listening – note taking: ‘The Yellow-Bellied Glider’
Reading – ‘The Sea Bear of the North’

Afternoon lessons

Grammar – relative clauses
Give me a clue

Focus: note taking, comparing animals, guided writing

Morning lessons

Note taking from a factual text: ‘Koalas’
Focus on structure: ‘Koalas’

Afternoon lessons

Guided writing – The Green Sea Turtle (in class or in the computer lab)
The Countries Game

Choice of study locations

We have small schools and bigger schools, schools in the city and schools by the beach. The schools on the map below offer Academic English courses.

See more information on the Brisbane schoolSee more information on the Manly Beach schoolSee more information on the Sydney Hyde Park schoolSee more information on the Hawthorn Melbourne schoolSee mor einformaiton on the Perth North Metro TAFE schoolSee more information on the Darwin school

Navitas English Map of Schools in Australia



Academic English 1: 111367A
Academic English 2: 111368M
Academic English 3: 109382J
Academic English 4: 109383H

Courses are delivered by Navitas English Services Pty Ltd (ACN 002 069 730), CRICOS Provider 00289M.