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At the ELTC we have been delivering university preparation courses since 2004. We also run the Cardiff Metropolitan University International Foundation Course as well as having a broad portfolio of professional and vocational English language courses.

This course is intended to provide a vehicle for international students who wish to improve their English language proficiency and become familiar with the conventions of Higher Education in the UK. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded with 120 transferrable academic credits and will be assisted in applying for their chosen progression courses either within Cardiff Metropolitan University or at other UK universities.

Course Aims
Knowledge & Understanding
  • Use the main English verb tenses for a variety of purposes including giving narratives, reporting, expressing possibility and probability.
  • Use passive constructions to express mood and write accounts and instructive texts.
  • Use relative clauses to define subjects and provide additional information.
  • Use conditionals to express likelihood and cause and effect relationships.
  • Use different styles of English including formal and informal register and academic English.
  • Understand the rigours of UK university studies in preparing for and accurately recording lectures, conferences and seminars.
  • Understand the format of writing reports, essays and other texts and using quotation, paraphrase and summary to strengthen their arguments while using the Harvard Referencing System in order to avoid plagiarism.
  • Understand academic and topic-specific vocabulary while avoiding jargon where possible.
  • Discuss aspects of UK life and how they apply to international students.
  • Meaningfully reflect on their experiences of studying in a UK university.

Skills & Other Attributes

  • Improve their literacy skills in order to cope with their chosen progression programme.
  • Identify and organise information they have encountered in a variety of contexts through the receptive skills of listening and reading.
  • Construct simple, compound and complex sentences in order to produce appropriate texts.
  • Take part in meaningful interactions with native speakers in a number of contexts from informal to academic.
  • Give coherent oral presentations on their chosen topic of study.
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding in real-life situations using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Analyse texts to infer a writer's opinions or biases and identify facts.

Course Content:
English Language Proficiency
English for Academic Purposes
Academic Development (including business, humanities, medicine etc.)
Critical Thinking
Context Analysis

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 17 and have an IELTS level of 4.5 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: 29th September 2014 - 19th June 2015
Up to 21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.

Cost: £6500.

Date: 12th January 2015 - 28th August 2015
Up to 21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.

Cost: £6500.

Certification

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a level 3 foundation certificate and be awarded 120 transferrable academic credits from the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff. All students will receive an attendance certificate.
A full range of modern teaching and learning equipment is available on this course.
All students have full access to the internet and computer facilities.

This course is designed to improve your English to a level which students are able to undertake study at a UK university. General English is reviewed and developed in order to give a strong foundation for your learning. Training in English for Academic Purposes is delivered across the four skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening, alongside Study Skills, so that the challenges of university studies may be met.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • Recognise and use the International Phonetic Alphabet for greater spoken accuracy.
  • Pronounce unfamiliar words accurately.
  • Identify parts of speech and use them correctly.
  • Construct a range of sentences using a range of styles.
  • Manage themselves as students in a UK university.
  • Prepare for listening to lectures, conferences and seminars in a variety of styles.
  • Take notes and write them up accurately.
  • Analyse texts to infer a writer's point of view or bias.
  • Plan, research and write an academic body of work.
  • Use quotations, paraphrase and summary.
  • Correctly use the Harvard Referencing System.
  • Explain the meaning and ramifications of plagiarism.
  • Actively take part in debates.
  • Orally present an academic body of work of their own writing.
  • Produce work that meets IELTS standards to a level of 6 or above.
  • Reflect upon their experience as learners.

    Entry Requirements:
    Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 4.5 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

    Dates:

    22nd September 2014 - 23rd January 2015
    21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
    Cost: £3200.

    2nd February 2015 - 29th May 2015
    21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
    Cost: £3200.

All students will receive an attendance certificate.
A full range of modern teaching and learning equipment is available on this course.
All students have full access to the internet and computer facilities

Taking place before the September intake at universities, the six-week Pre-Sessional Programme prepares students for the challenges of studying at a UK university. The main focus of the course is on Study Skills covering research skills, text analysis referencing and presentation skills. This is taught together with English for Academic Purposes subjects. Maximum size 20.
Course Objectives

By the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Manage themselves as students in a UK university.
  • Prepare for listening to lectures, conferences and seminars in a variety of styles.
  • Take notes and write them up accurately.
  • Analyse texts to infer a writer's point of view or bias.
  • Plan, research and write an academic body of work.
  • Use quotations, paraphrase and summary.
  • Correctly use the Harvard Referencing System.
  • Explain the meaning and ramifications of plagiarism.
  • Orally present an academic body of work of their own writing.
  • Reflect upon their experience as learners.

Full 12 week English and Academic Skills course:
Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 4.5 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: 16th June - 5th September 2014
25 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £3150

10 week Advanced English and Academic Skills course:
Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 5.0 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

30th June - 5th September 2014
25 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £2650

6 week Academic Skills course:
Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 5.5 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: 28th July - 5th September 2014
25 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £1600

All students will receive an attendance certificate.
A full range of modern teaching and learning equipment is available on this course.
All students have full access to the internet and computer facilities

During the summer our six-week General English and Examination Summer School is held. This course is specifically designed to improve students' confidence in their use of General English for further studies or personal and professional development. The Examination element prepares students for entry examinations for university courses. This course is recommended in conjunction with our Pre Sessional Course to give students the optimum training for their chosen university course. Maximum size 20.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • Recognise and use the International Phonetic Alphabet for greater spoken accuracy.
  • Pronounce unfamiliar words accurately.
  • Identify parts of speech and use them correctly.
  • Construct a range of sentences using a range of styles.
  • Actively take part in debates.
  • Orally present work of their own writing.
  • Produce work that meets standards equivalent to an IELTS level of 6 or above.
  • Reflect upon their experience as learner

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 4.5 or above or an equivalent grade.A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: 16th June - 25th July 2014
25 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £1600

All students will receive an attendance certificate.
A full range of modern teaching and learning equipment is available on this course.
All students have full access to the internet and computer facilities

Students may select which classes from our existing courses that they wish to attend and build their own study plan to suit their needs. Maximum size 20.

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 4.5 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Cost: £12.50 per hour

Tailor made courses to suit a student's individual needs whether they are for General English at any level, Business English or English for a Specific Purpose. Maximum size 1.

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18. Students must already have a UK visa.

Cost: £40 per hour

We offer flexible study programmes and can design one specifically to order.

  • Specialist language programmes for businesses.
  • Small groups.
  • Specific courses to suit your needs.

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18. Students must already have a UK visa.

Dates: Dates are set to requirement.
Cost: Cost can be calculated according to requirement