About this course

Advanced English Communication Skills (AECS) is designed to challenge students with advanced language skills to strengthen their speaking and listening abilities. This course is the most advanced General English course.  

You will learn using a wide variety of study materials including advanced English course books, real-life television, radio shows and movies, magazines, journals, books and the internet. The course will include a class project which can involve writing and performing a live play, directing and filming a documentary or producing individual video diaries (digital stories).

Course level

Completion of ICTE-UQ GE Level 6 with strong speaking and listening skills or one of the following sets of test scores:

  • IELTS: 5.5 (Speaking & Listening: 6; Reading & Writing: 5)
  • TOEFL iBT: 70 (Speaking: 19; Listening: 17; Reading: 12; Writing: 15)
  • TOEFL PBT: 530 (Listening: 54; Reading: 46; Writing: 55/4)
  • PTE: 49 (Speaking & Listening: 60; Reading & Writing: 42)

Why choose this course

This course will enable you to:

  • Improve your ability to understand native speakers
  • Improve the accuracy and fluency of your pronunciation
  • Increase your vocabulary and knowledge of common English phrases
  • Refine your ability to use English grammar accurately
  • Expand your general knowledge of world issues and current events
  • Understand a range of real-world listening and reading materials
  • Write extensively and creatively on topics of interest.  

Course Content

Course modules include:

  • Integrated skills - development of speaking, listening and grammar skills.
  • Advanced reading - improved reading speed, increased reading fluency and increased vocabulary.
  • Advanced writing - planning and writing complex tasks
  • News and world affairs - newspapers, magazines, the Internet, TV and radio are used to develop listening, reading and discussion skills.
  • Project work - the class works together to write and produce a group project.This class is particularly useful for building confidence in using English and improving pronunciation. 
  • Film appreciation - by watching short film segments or one film over the course, students develop their listening skills and their ability to discuss films in depth.

Course details


5 - 10 weeks. 


Around $400 per week for tuition. View all fees.


Full-time: 20 hours per week in class, 5 hours per week on tasks outside of class.

You will be placed in a morning or afternoon class.

Morning: 8.15am-12:45pm
Afternoon: 1pm - 5.30pm

Class size

Maximum 18 students


Start dates throughout the year.  


We recommend that you bring your own laptop.

Tests every 5 weeks.  Read more

How to apply

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