ELICOSEnglish Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students
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Settings like Community Houses, AMES and ELICOS centres which have their structures, culture and demands allow practice teachers to develop insights into teaching culturally diverse groups of students and reflecting on the challenges of those centres.
Between 2009 and 2013 the increase was large and in the last two years dramatic, with very strong growth in HE and Intensive English (ELICOS) students (ref.
The reflective practice method in action: Task-based autonomy in a university ELICOS centre.
This is reflected in the increase in the number of Indian students doing English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) courses in Australia before they undertake vocational courses.
In aggregate terms there were 370,238 overseas students enrolled in 2007 (across the university, VET, ELICOS and school sectors).
Such students may take secondary-level courses at Australian schools, or remedial English language courses in ELICOS (18) colleges or pre-university foundation programs, tailored to prepare the students for entry into undergraduate programs (mainly in accounting).
This could be a primary or secondary school visa (IELTS 5 required for direct entry or IELTS 4 if a preceding English language course was included in the package), a non-award course (5.5 required or 5 if the student was contracted to take a preceding English language course), a VET course where the standard required was 5.5 or an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) (where the visa allows students to enter at band 5, or in some circumstances 4).