English Courses

Learn English in Australia at an Australian University or College, and you will be receiving the highest quality education at the best value for money available. Australian University and College English courses have been developed to meet the needs of English language learners of all levels. This includes programs for:

English for academic purposes (EAP) entails training students, usually in a higher education setting, to use language appropriately for study. It is one of the most common forms of English for specific purposes (ESP). An EAP program focuses instruction on skills required to perform in an English-speaking academic context across core subject areas generally encountered in a university setting. In common with most language teaching, EAP instruction teaches vocabulary, grammar and the four skills (reading, writing, speaking – including pronunciation – and listening), but usually tries to tie these to the specific study needs of students.

General English is an ideal way to learn to use English effectively in an everyday environment. Holmes Institute offers 6 levels of general English with all levels carefully designed to cover the macro-skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and pronunciation practice. General English focuses on developing communication skills to live and work in Australia and abroad. It is mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and is offered at all levels – A1 to C2. General English is recommended to be taken in 11 week blocks and its classes are usually 20 hours per week. General English classes may be held in the morning, afternoon or evening.

International travel is difficult without English. Even when you are not visiting an English-speaking country, you will find yourself needing English to speak to hotel staff, immigration officials at the airport, taxi drivers, and people on the street. Trips are a wonderful opportunity to practice your English in real-life situations. So before you’ve packed your bags, have a look at our website and contact us for further information about how to enrol in an English course. A Travel English Course will enable you to have a great balance between study and travel. This will give you an opportunity to practice learned English straight away; to have more time to explore Australia; to have an easier VISA application process and to save money for trips and activities you want to do.

English for Employment is for skilled migrants who need to improve their English to enter the Australian labour market in their field of experience. It will prepare you for daily communication and provide greater understanding of the Australian workplace culture and jobseeking strategies. English for Employment is free for eligible migrants. It is funded by the NSW Government. Entry is at IELTS 5.5 – 6 or equivalent English level. Classes are delivered both part-time and full-time.


English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) English courses in Australia provide an excellent introduction to English studies for academic studies, business, or recreation. English language centres in Australia which offer courses to overseas students vary enormously. There are many ELICOS Australian English schools to choose from, ranging from small privately run colleges with small group tuition; secondary schools preparing students for high school studies; to large university or vocational education centres which will offer English in its own right or as a transition to any number of other tertiary or further training programs.

International English Language Testing System is an international standardised test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations; the British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd. There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version and the General Training Version. The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enrol in universities and other institutions of higher education. It is also used for professional recognition in fields such as medicine. The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience. For studying, working and living in Australia, there are different IELTS requirements. You need to find out what the specific requirement you need to meet.

By studying IELTS in Australia, you will gain a huge range of life skills you cannot get at home. Invaluable skills like problem solving, leading diverse teams of people, and applying your English to real-world situations – these are abilities you will draw on for the rest of your life. With a multicultural mix of students in our educational facilities, you will learn the world’s language in a truly international environment.