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Shafston International College - Gold Coast - Queensland

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13 Nerang Street, Southport , Gold Coast (view map)

About Shafston International College - Gold Coast - Queensland

Shafston’s Gold Coast campus is located in the centre of Southport, just minutes from Surfers Paradise and some of the best beaches in the world. Shafston Gold Coast offers the same excellent service and high standards of education that have been offered in Brisbane since 1996.

There are multiple classrooms, all newly refurbished with modern, comfortable tables and chairs. Each classroom is equipped with a large flat-screen monitor and/or data projector giving our teachers the opportunity to use the latest ESL teaching techniques and materials. Free WiFi internet is offered throughout the College. To access this, students can use either the computer lab, or alternatively, use a lap-top computer provided by the College at no charge. Also at this campus is the Shafston Cafe which gives students a place to relax between classes.

An education hub has developed in Southport alongside the Gold Coast’s central business precinct. Within walking distance there is a major shopping centre, cafes, restaurants, Central Bus Station, the Broadwater Parklands, swimming pools, the beach, sporting facilities, library, dozens of share house apartments and many other community services.


General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

The Shafston College – General English course prepares students for the kind of English they will need in everyday situations.

Class programs at Shafston College are designed to effectively develop communication skills and fluency in speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar (core skills). Our teaching styles encourage interactive language use so you will have many opportunities to practise the skills you are learning.

In the morning at Shafston College, classes intensively focus on core skills.

In the afternoon classes at Beginner to Pre-Intermediate levels focus on Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation. Shafston College students at these levels are given extra help to improve their spoken English and comprehension quickly and effectively. Afternoon classes for Intermediate to Advanced level students consist of a range of afternoon electives which allow students to concentrate on a particular area of need. Shafston College offers only focused intensive electives, not unproductive ‘activities’, ‘self access’ or ‘videos’. We include activities such as these for free, after class in Shafston College Clubs program.

Afternoon electives are only available at the Shafston College – Brisbane Campus.

Sample Homework

Are you a risk-taker? (from text book)
Language summary in text book
Project: Prepare interviews for Friday
Prepare writing exercise from text book for next Tuesday
Language summary in text book; Grammar check up

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge FCE, Cambridge BEC, Cambridge CPE, Cambridge YLE, Cambridge PET, Cambridge CAE, Cambridge KET


The Academic English program is a full-time IELTS test preparation course for students at intermediate level or above.

This program thoroughly prepares the student for all aspects of the IELTS examination – reading, writing, listening and speaking.

A specific IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is now required by many Australian and British universities and colleges as a qualification for entry into a formal program. It is a comprehensive test of English language proficiency designed to assess the ability of non-native speakers. It is highly recommended for those who need to use English in an Academic or Professional context.

The College has IELTS preparation classes ranging from a foundation IELTS course, at Intermediate level, through to and including Advanced level IELTS examination classes.

The program consists of sixteen modules of work, each with a particular functional grammar and topic area focus. The purpose of this is to expose students to a wide range of language, which is logically and cohesively organised. Within this format the following skills are taught and practised:

Academic speaking skills (social and transactional conversation, discussion, giving oral reports, interview skills);
Academic listening skills (understanding lectures, social and transactional conversations, news broadcasts, TV and movies; note-taking);
Academic reading skills (e.g. scanning and skimming; identifying main ideas and details; summarising; identifying writer’s opinions); and
Academic writing skills (e.g. constructing cohesive paragraphs; writing essays; writing summaries; describing tables and graphs; using academic writing functions such as explaining causes and effects, describing processes, comparing and contrasting).
Skills covered include:

Listening and Note Taking;
Academic Reading and Writing;
Vocabulary Extension;
Study Skills;
Report and Essay Writing;
Library and Research Skills.
IELTS exams are held every four weeks in Brisbane, and Shafston can assist you to register for the exam. Each module of the exam is graded separately as a ‘Band Score’. The module scores are added together to provide an overall Band Score. Band scores range from 1 (non user) to 9 (expert user). Most universities and institutions of higher education will ask for an overall Band Score (generally between 5.5 for undergraduate programs to 6.5 for post-graduate programs).

Students have regular exam practice sessions using past IELTS papers. They learn IELTS exam techniques and strategies for achieving the best possible result. Students can join this program on any Monday. All students are tested before joining this program.


Shafston is one of Australia’s largest providers of preparation programs for the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

Cambridge exams are highly valued by employers in many countries, especially Europe. Shafston offers a very wide range of Cambridge preparation programs including all levels of the main suite exam preparation programs (PET, FCE, CAE and CPE) as well as the Cambridge Business Certificate (BEC Vantage) exam preparation program.

We guarantee to offer every Cambridge program that we advertise, and pride ourselves on delivering a first-class exam preparation program delivered by well-respected Cambridge specialists.

Available Courses

Preparation Course for the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency Exam - CRICOS Course Code: 038097F
Preparation for Cambridge Business English Certificate - CRICOS Course Code: 070044G
Preparation for Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - CRICOS Course Code: 070045G
Preparation for Cambridge First Certificate - CRICOS Course Code: 070043J
Preparation for Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET) - CRICOS Course Code: 046000J
Exam Success

Shafston students consistently score highly on Cambridge examinations. Preparation is rigorous. Included in every program is a full day of mock practice exams once every month for all papers.

There are three classes of passing grade available for the main-suite exams: A, B and C. If a candidate scores below a C but achieves good marks they may receive a certificate indicating language level. All candidates are provided with a Statement of Results which includes a graphical display of the candidate’s performance in each paper. These are shown against the scale Exceptional – Good – Borderline – Weak and indicate the candidate’s relative performance in each paper. Passing candidates are awarded a certificate.

Computer-Based Cambridge Exams

Shafston students studying in a Cambridge exam course will sit the cutting-edge, computer-based exam at Shafston Cambridge Exam Centre right here on the premises.

Course books and learning materials

All students are supplied with the latest exam preparation course books and other supplementary materials for the course. Students are also encouraged to purchase an Advanced Learners Dictionary.


Shafston provides full-time 6-week TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) preparation for studentsat Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced levels of English.

The TOEIC test score shows how well people communicate in English with others in the workplace. This full time course prepares students in TOEIC test-taking skills and English for workplace purposes.

The course focuses on the main thematic areas covered in the TOEIC test – General Business themes such as: Marketing, Shipping, Finance, Management, Product Development, Travel, Technology, Corporate Development, Personnel, Entertainment, Health, Offices, Technical areas.

Included in the course are regular practice tests. A thorough understanding of the curriculum will allow students to:

Understand the test structure;
have confidence in taking the test;
develop test strategies;
improve student test outcome;
improve students’ Business English and General English proficiency;
reach the TOEIC score they are aiming for.
The TOEIC test is a two-part, seven-section multiple-choice test which consists of 200 questions. The results are available within one week of the exam. There is no pass or fail. Students receive a TOEIC score that is the sum of the Listening and Reading scores. The TOEIC Score Report shows the overall score, reading score and listening score. The maximum score is 990.

Shafston is a TOEIC Testing Centre and students can sit for the TOEIC exam at Shafston.



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