The University of Newcastle's main campus at Callaghan is only 12 kilometres from beaches and the heart of Newcastle - a city rated in the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2011.

Our campus is a wonderful mix of award winning, architecturally designed buildings and world-class infrastructure scattered over 140 hectares of natural bushland. We have a reputation for having one of the most naturally beautiful campuses in Australia and we work hard to protect it.

We are equipping our campus with infrastructure that will meet the needs of our students, staff and researchers well into the future. Our ongoing investment in state-of-the-art buildings and facilities will attract the best and brightest students, researchers, academic and professional staff. A campus-wide, fibre optic network provides excellent access to specialist and public online services.

LIFE ON CAMPUS

Campus life is full and a broad range of services are on offer.

Our fantastic sporting facilities include a 50m indoor heated pool, an 18m climbing wall (the second highest in Australia), a fully equipped gymnasium, martial arts/aerobic studios and two competition indoor courts.

We have a wide selection of food, beverage and retail outlets - including our famous Bar on the Hill - and throughout the year, various social and cultural events on campus bring students, staff and the broader Newcastle community together.

Callaghan is a great place to work, study, relax and enjoy all that university life has to offer.

  • Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Music

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
The course has an integrated syllabus which is predominantly skills-based, with grammar and culture components, and is organized into ten weeks with themes and grammar points. There is a greater emphasis on grammar skills in the Beginner course than the other levels.

ELEMENTARY

To enter the Elementary Course, students must have:
completed the Language Centre Beginner English Course; or
equivalent results in the class placement test given on entry to the Language Centre; or
an overall test score of 4.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


INTERMEDIATE

To enter the Intermediate Course, students must have:
a pass in the Language Centre Elementary English Course, or
equivalent results in the class placement test given on entry to the Language Centre; or
an overall test score of 5.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
The Language Centre at the University of Newcastle (Callaghan campus) is an official IELTS test centre. IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, assesses the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.

WHY CHOOSE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE IELTS?

Streamlined online application process
Easy access to the campus from public transport
Only IELTS test centre in Newcastle.

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world's most popular high stakes English language test, accepted for study, work and migration.

The IELTS Academic Module is recommended for candidates who need to meet the English language requirements for academic purposes.

The IELTS General Training Module is suitable for candidates who need the IELTS test for non-academic purposes.

The University of Newcastle Language Centre offers IELTS Preparation Classes.

* become familiar with IELTS examination format

* improve listening, reading, writing and speaking skills

* learn strategies for dealing effectively with the tasks in the examination

* practise IELTS tasks under timed conditions.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
ADVANCED (EAP)

The Advanced English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program develops all language skills with an emphasis on skills relevant to tertiary study. Essay and report writing, note-taking, preparation for tutorials, strategies for listening to and understanding lectures, undertaking research, discussion and oral presentations are included.

To enter the English for Academic Purposes Course students must have:
a pass in the Language Centre Upper Intermediate English for Academic Purposes Course, or
equivalent results in the class placement test given on entry to the Language Centre; or
an overall test score of 6.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Students with an offer for Undergraduate programs may enter this course with an IELTS score of 5.5.

Students must be at least 16 years of age and have completed Year 10 or its equivalent.

Reading
Read and comprehend articles of both academic and general interest
Demonstrate the ability to skim, scan and read for detail.
Extract main and supporting information from the written text to demonstrate knowledge of the structure of texts.
Use context to determine meaning of unknown vocabulary.

Writing
Write a range of complex sentences with grammatical accuracy.
Communicate effectively by making appropriate lexical choices
Write paragraphs and essays containing appropriate coherence and cohesion devices.
Paraphrase either a brief piece of text (1 -2 sentences) or from a set of notes.
Summarize written texts from a set of notes.
Plan and write formal essays of different styles
Plan, research and write Research Reports.
Correctly use reference material from other authors, following appropriate academic conventions.

Listening
Understand formal and informal conversations or commentary on topics related to the student's academic, vocational and personal interest and experience.
Extract main and supporting information from a formal lecture presentation and be able to access required responses from the notes.

Speaking
Communicate information of an informal nature about personal and professional life and cultural aspects.
Present ideas and arguments on topics of current or academic interest in both a formal and informal context.
Discuss matters pertaining to particular themes.
Prepare and deliver oral presentations to the class on familiar topics. Discuss matters pertaining to particular themes.

Each week the skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking are taught over 5 days in 25 hours (5 hrs /day). These skills are broken down into microskills which are sequentially taught, often linked to a particular theme, over the nine weeks of teaching/learning.

Writing
The sentence - Complex sentences
The paragraph - structure, unity, cohesion (using referents and linking words), using concrete supporting information
Writing formats - Academic essay – structure, critical writing, using multiple texts as resources, expressing opinion supported by fact
Various structures - description, discussion, outline, problem & solution, cause and effect
Research Report - understanding structure and Academic conventions research skills - using NEWCAT and the Internet as a research tool, assessing the validity of sources, referencing skills, summarizing, paraphrasing, appropriate computer skills, working cooperatively in a group
Summary - extracting main idea from text, understanding point of view, selecting and condensing suitable supporting information, paraphrasing
Graphs and charts -interpreting graphs, analyzing and selecting key facts, the language of graphs

Listening
Listening for gist, listening for detail, inferring, predicting
Listening for text structure - main idea and supporting information
Extracting key information
Extracting for key information
Understanding discourse markers - verbal - linking words and patterns
Vocal - intonation and stress, listening for unstressed syllables, listening for attitude and tone in the speaker's voice

Speaking
Using appropriate language with correct pronunciation and stress
Impromptu presentations
Oral presentation- academic structure, discourse markers, using visual aids, summarizing
Discussion in small groups- giving opinion, challenging others, interrupting politely
Interviewing

Textbook
Reading Text book:

Pakenham, K. J., McEntire, J., & Williams, J. Making Connections 3 (3rd ed.)
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 978-1-107-67301-4

Writing Text book:

McDonald, E., Askie, H., & Sellers, K. English for Academic Purposes Writing Skills
The Language Centre, The University of Newcastle
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