Learning and Teaching

Your teachers at Hawthorn-Melbourne are experienced and passionate about teaching English. All of our teachers will help you develop your English language skills in a way that suits your individual learning style.

You can also access English study support with self-study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC).


Experienced teachers

All Hawthorn-Melbourne English teachers have degrees and internationally recognised TESOL qualifications.

Courses usually have two class teachers. This is so you can experience a variety of teaching styles and differences in English language use. Your teachers are dedicated to helping you reach your goals.


Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Each day you will have 4 scheduled hours of class time. You will also do an extra hour of self-study each day in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) or the computer lab. The self-study hour is always supervised by the ILC Coordinator – a fully qualified English teacher who will help you find the resources you need.

Self-study hour is an opportunity to develop the language skills you learn in the classroom. Your teacher will discuss the skills you need to practise with you. The ILC Coordinator can help you find the right materials and guide you to direct your own learning.

There are many activities you can do in the ILC, including:

  • conversation, pronunciation and grammar workshops
  • revising course modules using grammar aids, vocabulary and spelling enhancers, pronunciation clarification, reading and writing guides, and listening practice resources
  • watching English movies with (or without) English subtitles on the ILC’s DVD players
  • online study and e-learning using English learning websites – the ILC Coordinator can help you find the best resources.



Each course has assessment tasks that will help you track your progress. You will have mid course tests and end of course tests, as well as other assessments throughout the course.

At the start of your course, your teacher will explain the assessment tasks you will need to do. Your assessment tasks will cover the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.

If you are taking General English, English for Business or the High School Preparation Program, you will receive a report on your progress every 5 weeks.

If you are taking Academic English or the IELTS Preparation course, you will receive a report of your results at the end of your course.



Each classroom at Hawthorn-Melbourne has an interactive whiteboard (SMART board). Your teachers can access course specific software on this whiteboard. Your teachers can use the whiteboard for class activities that use online learning applications (apps) such as quiz tools. Your teachers can also show your class online content and course work via the whiteboard.

The centre has three computer rooms. Some classes are held in the computer rooms and you can also use the computers for online self-study. Some courses have online learning activities to prepare for and extend your classroom learning.

Free WiFi is available in classrooms and throughout the campus.



Excursions are a great way to practise your English skills in real life situations. At Hawthorn-Melbourne, most classes will have one class excursion every 5 weeks.

Your teacher might take you to visit galleries, famous beaches, animal sanctuaries and beautiful areas of interest. Before and after each excursion you will do special activities that link your experiences with the English skills you are developing in class.

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