Academic planning

Conduct seminars using appropriate peer language

Lectures and note-taking

Intensive Academic Preparation (IAP) Program

Do you want to maximise your chances of success at an Australian university? If you have received an unconditional offer for a university course, Hawthorn-Melbourne’s Intensive Academic Preparation Program (IAP) course can help you further improve your English skills.

Academic English can be very different to the English you use in conversation, even if you are an advanced English speaker. IAP is an intensive program that will prepare you for university study in English and introduce you to the academic requirements of Australian universities.

In this course, you will complete activities and assessment tasks that use the same standards of English required at university level. Some of your classes will be taught at the University of Melbourne main campus.

You will develop English language and study skills that you will use throughout your university course, including skills in these four main areas:

Listening

  • gathering important information through listening and note taking exercises based on lectures, seminars, videos, tapes and tutorial style presentations
  • identifying and analysing issues that arise in this information

Speaking

  • seminar presentation skills
  • confidently expressing, explaining and supporting a point of view related to a given topic

Writing

  • summarising and paraphrasing
  • organising and self-editing material
  • correctly acknowledging reference information obtained from a range of sources

Reading

  • reading and analysing a range of authentic reading materials
  • predicting, skimming and scanning
  • identifying key words and key topics.

Your learning outcomes

In this Intensive Academic Preparation course, you will familiarise yourself with the requirements of Australian universities and develop English language skills to help you succeed.

You will also develop critical thinking techniques and be ready to meet the work requirements of tertiary study.

Reading

Develop comprehension and note-taking skills for academic texts.

Writing

Plan, write and edit academic projects and correctly acknowledge sources.

Listening

Understand and take notes during lectures and seminars, including online.

Speaking

Participate confidently in discussions, presentations, seminars and debates.

IELTS 6.0 (writing 6.0, no band under 5.5)
or
TOEFL 60 (writing 21, reading 8, listening 7, speaking 16)
or
Advanced level in the official Hawthorn-Melbourne Placement Test

Lesson plan

Morning Classes

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Afternoon Classes

Speaking
In groups report on the progress of your current research

Listening
Take notes from an extended text

Writing activity
Practise paraphrasing with exercises

Reading and writing
Read a journal article and begin writing a critical analysis


Homework
Complete the critical analysis of the journal article

Morning Classes

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Afternoon Classes

Vocabulary
Fill in the blanks with linking expressions using academic vocabulary

Listening
Identify the main points from a spoken text and summarise

Speaking
In groups brainstorm ideas for the upcoming research assessment task

CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)
Teacher-guided presentation of major essay outline and draft


Homework
Complete the outline of your major essay for submission

Classes will be held at the University of Melbourne main campus.

You will participate in activities including:

  • locating and borrowing texts in the library
  • group speaking activity
  • individual consultations with your teacher

Morning Classes

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Afternoon Classes

Listening
Take notes from a recorded text

Reading
Read a text on a topic related to the listening activity, identify similarities and differences

Writing activity
Practise summarising with exercises

Reading and writing
Read a journal article and write a critical analysis


Homework
Research and prepare notes for class debate

Morning Classes

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Afternoon Classes

Grammar
Explanation and exercises on transformational grammar

Writing
Practise paraphrasing extracts you will be able to use in the assessment task

Reading and listening
Review the format and strategies used in a formal debate

Speaking
Class debate


Homework
Research and prepare for the upcoming assessment task

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