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Centre for English Teaching

Take advantage of our English language courses and resources

If English is not your first language, consider enrolling in a pathways program with the Centre for English Teaching. The centre's courses will equip you with the language and learning skills you need to succeed. 

The Centre for English Teaching offers several types of course to help you brush up on your language and academic skills in preparation for starting university.

Direct Entry Courses

Our Direct Entry Course (DEC) is an English language program that prepares you for direct entry to your chosen course at Sydney University.

To be eligible to apply, you need to have obtained a conditional offer of admission to the University and an IELTS result (or equivalent).

As a Direct Entry Course student, you’ll gain key learning skills required for university life, such as participating in tutorials and seminars, essay writing, researching and preparing assignments.

You will study alongside students enrolled in similar courses, completing group work and additional independent study outside of class hours.

Courses run for up to 36 weeks, depending on your current level of English language skills and the level required for your degree.

Graduate programs

Our graduate programs are designed to improve your academic and professional skills through a short period of intensive study.

These courses are open to all prospective international students with a firm offer from the university, and a minimum IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent.

  • Graduate Academic Skills (GAS)
    A high-level intensive academic preparation course, GAS helps you with a smooth transition to university study in Australia.
  • Advanced Skills for Academic Success (ASAS)
    An intensive academic skills program offered to high-potential students intending to study at an Australian university.
  • Teaching English Internationally
    Introduces key concepts in the field of teaching English and covers such topics as innovative teaching methods, flipped classroom strategies, approaches to integrated skills teaching and lesson planning, and then builds on these concepts and integrates additional practical teaching into the course

1:1 Coaching

One-to-one language coaching is open to anyone looking to enhance their English skills.

After an initial consultation, we pair you with an experienced ESL teacher. To help you reach your academic goals, we carefully analyse your needs and customise your learning plan.

One-to-one programs are available in blocks of 5 or 10 sessions.

Prepare for a language test

If you have not yet completed an English language test, we offer an Intensive Test Preparation course that can be tailored to help you prepare for a specific language exam, such as IELTS.

Intensive Test Preparation gives you confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing. We provide extra support for the areas you may find difficult.

The course runs for up to 50 weeks, and is open to anyone. However, if your IELTS is currently below 4.5, we will place you in a General English course first.

Preparing for your career

Business English will improve your ability to communicate in English in a range of business and workplace situations. 

OET Test Preparation is a preparation course for students intending to undertake the Occupational English Test (OET), an English language test for healthcare professionals.

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Centre for English Teaching

+61 2 9036 7900

Level 5, Wentworth Building, Corner of Butlin Avenue and City Road, Darlington Campus

Opening hours

8.30am to 4.30pm