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Preparing for Study at an Australian College or RTO

esl-bannerPreparing for Study at an Australian College or RTO

This course is designed to prepare you for study in vocational courses at Certificate II, III or IV level.
If you intend to study at Diploma level or above, you should complete the Reading and Writing Skills course as well.
If you intend to study at university, you should complete the Advanced Academic Skills course as well.

Unit 1 – Personal Introductions

  • Questions and Answers
  • Sentence Structure
  • Present Tenses
  • Sentence Order with Adverbs of Frequency
  • Have or Have Got?
  • Planning a Personal Profile

Unit 2 – Natural Disasters

  • Weather and Climate
  • Phonemes
  • Narrative Tenses
  • Past Perfect Tense
  • Past Time Expressions
  • Prepositions with Time
  • Writing a Narrative

Unit 3 – Healthy and Happy

  • Topic Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Making Comparisons
  • Vocabulary – Health
  • Paragraphs and Outline Summaries
  • Writing a Comparison
  • Speaking – Sympathy and Advice
  • Adjectives with -ed and -ing
  • Writing Formal Letters of Complaint

Unit 4 – Extraordinary People

  • Describing People
  • Speaking – Someone you Admire
  • Present Perfect and Past Simple
  • Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous

Unit 5 – Looking to the Future

  • Making Future Predictions
  • Future Predictions – Will or Going To?
  • Relative Clauses
  • Describing Objects, Procedures and Instructions

Unit 6 – Revision

  • Reading Revision
  • Listening Revision – Incredible, But True!
  • Grammar Revision
  • Vocabulary Revision
  • Speaking Practice
  • Writing Revision
  • Pronunciation Revision

Unit 7 – Jobs People Do

  • Speaking and Reading – Which Job Best Suits You?
  • Language – Gerunds
  • Listening and Speaking – Giving Opinions
  • Language Verb Patterns – The Infinitive
  • Vocabulary and Writing – Describing a Place
  • Writing – Describing Visual Information

Unit 8 – Going on Holidays

  • Vocabulary – Where to Go and How to Get There
  • Listening – Travel and Holidays
  • Language – Future Forms
  • Language – More Verb Patterns
  • Language Functions and Situations
  • Speaking – Looking for Somewhere Nice to Stay

Unit 9 – Crime and the Media

  • Reading – Crimes of the Century
  • Language – Passive Forms
  • Vocabulary – Crime
  • Vocabulary and Listening – The Changing Face of News
  • Reading – Fact or Opinion?
  • Speaking – Extended Topics
  • Writing – Describing a Graph
  • Explaining the Stages in a Process

Unit 10 – Opinions and Belief

  • Vocabulary Quiz
  • Listening – Is There Life on Mars?
  • Language – Modal Verbs of Probability
  • Speaking – Group Discussion
  • Writing Essays
  • Speaking and Reading – Superstitions and Beliefs
  • Language – Conditional Tenses

Unit 11 – Freedom and Rules

  • Vocabulary – Life Stages and Parenting
  • Language – Rules, Obligations and Permission
  • Giving a Presentation
  • Writing an Essay

Unit 12 – Revision

  • Listening Revision
  • Grammar Revision
  • Vocabulary Revision
  • Speaking Practice
  • Reading Revision
  • Writing Revision
  • Writing – Writing a Summary
  • Writing – Writing an Essay
  • Writing – Describing the Stages in a Process
  • Writing – Writing a Report
  • Writing – Describing a Graph
  • Pronunciation Revision
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