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April 2006 issue

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Australian foundation

Foundation programmes that prepare students for tertiary education in Australia are becoming more sophisticated and both international students and Australians lacking the right academic qualifications are keen to enrol.

Foundation courses are a step ahead of English for academic purposes (EAP) programmes. Available to both local and international students, they are designed for those candidates who don't have the adequate academic qualifications to enrol directly into a university and are considered to provide the equivalent tuition level of the final year of high school.

There will typically be an English language requirement (Toefl or Ielts score) for entry onto a foundation course, although further English language tuition - often targeted towards academic needs - will be offered.

Talking of the advantages of their foundation programme, Michael Wallace, Vice Principal of Royal Brisbane International College in Brisbane, QLD, relates, "The [English] tuition is focused specifically on communication in an academic and business environment, including the skills required to get the best results at university."

Typical foundation programmes incorporate critical reading in various different academic areas (for example, science, engineering or technology) combined with study skills and targeted English study. Jessica O'Neill at QUT International in Brisbane, QLD, explains, "Students study units such as mathematics, science, etc, depending on their desired bachelor programme, and they also study communication units, which are English language units that support the academic units the student is taking." In general, students will focus on research and analytical skills, presentations, groupwork and in some cases, IT literacy. Sample lectures may also be included in the course programme.

Undertaking such foundation programmes at a university can also give students an introduction to life on campus, helping students settle into university life and meet new people. Robyn Donnelly at the South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT), at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, SA, says, "Australian students comprise 30 per cent of the SAIBT student population thus allowing international students to meet, make study groups and network with Australian students in a more supportive university environment."

She adds, "The classes are smaller than at university and introduce students over the two semesters into the university lecture and tutorial system."

Another benefit of such programmes is that successful completion of the course will lead to automatic entry into a university or college programme, or in some specialised cases, into the second year of a degree programme. This can be the case at SAIBT. Students with an Ielts score of at least 5.0 study English in the first four-month semester with two certificate or diploma-level subjects, and then complete the remaining certificate or diploma-level subjects in the following two semesters. Upon completion of the course, students benefit from direct entry into some first-year or second-year bachelor degrees at the University of South Australia.

To ensure they match the requirements of both the universities and international students, foundation programmes are constantly being tweaked. At ANU College in Canberra, ACT, James Kelly says, "The range of subjects on offer has grown and the course itself has become more flexible to students' needs." Similarly, Helmer Lich, Director of Studies at Queensland International Business Academy in Gold Coast, QLD, states that their foundation course now "contains more business management theory and university-level case studies and assignments". This, according to Lich, has resulted in a high success rate for foundation course students. He sums up, "Students gradually become research-based learners and confident users of English for academic study."

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The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

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ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Asociacion Gallega
      de Escuelas de
      Espanol - AGAES
Eaquals
English Australia
English in the North

SERVICES
GSM International

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority
AUSTRALIA
English Australia

CANADA
Bow Valley College
Richmond School
      District #38

ENGLAND
Aspect (Australia,
      Canada, England,
      France, Germany,
      Ireland, Malta,
      New Zealand,
      Scotland, South
      Africa, Spain, USA)
Bell International
Eaquals
English in the North
GSM International
LAL Language and
      Leisure (England,
      Malta, South Africa,
      USA)
Langbourne College
Leeds English
      Language School
Malvern House
Millfield Enterprises
Oxford House
      College
Queen Ethelburga's
      College
Regency College
Sheffield Hallam
      University
St Giles Colleges
      (UK, USA)
Study Group
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa,
      Spain, USA)
Taunton
      International
      Study Centre
Wayfarer School of
      English (Oxford)
West London
      Business College

FRANCE
Le Génie des
      Langues

GERMANY
Die Neue Schule
GLS
      Sprachenzentrum
Inlingua Berlin
Lichtenberg Kolleg
      E.V.
Prolog- International
      House Berlin
Teikyo University
      Berlin Campus

GREECE
Themethlon
      Educational &
      Cultural Services

IRELAND
Alpha College of
      English
High Schools
      International (HSI)
      (England, Australia,
      Canada, Ireland,
      USA)
Language Centre of
      Ireland

MALTA
EC - English
      Language Centres
      (England, Malta)
Malta Tourism
      Authority

ROMANIA
Quest Romania

RUSSIA
Liden & Denz
      Language Centre

SPAIN
Asociacion Gallega
      de Escuelas de
      Espanol - AGAES
Eugenia International
      School
Hispalengua
International House
      Sevilla - CLIC
Kings College
      International
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispanico SL
Pamplona Learning
      Spanish Institute

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Ecuador,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta, New
      Zealand, Russia,
      Scotland, Spain,
      USA)
Eurocentres
      International
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Italy,
      Japan, New
      Zealand, Russia,
      Spain, Switzerland,
      USA)

UKRAINE
Odessa Language
      Study Centre

USA
American Language
      Communication
      Center
Bridge - Linguatec
California School of
      English
Global Language
      Institute
Kaplan Educational
      Centers (Canada,
      England, USA)
University of Illinois
      at Urbana-
      Champaign
University of
      Nebraska at Lincoln
Zoni Language
      Centers


WORK WISE SUPPLEMENT

CANADA
Global Lifestyles

ENGLAND
ETCI
LAF
Trident
Twin Group
Work Experience UK

FRANCE
Contact Europe
French in Normandy

IRELAND
Alpha College of
      English

SPAIN
Academia Iria Flavia
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispanico SL