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Embassy English 10 February 2017 - by Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, Student, Embassy English Melbourne

My Embassy Life: What English Course Should I Take?

Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest My Embassy Life student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, she knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered  Embassy Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme. As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s Embassy Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia

Embassy Melbourne Angela

I want to learn English, what course can I take?

Learning English as a second language in another country is a challenging decision. At the first moment when you decide to go this way; it involves all sorts of changes in your life.

I started to plan to study English more than two years ago. To begin with, I worked more than I used to, and I saved up a lot of money to fulfill my goal. Then I read information about “Melbournians” lifestyle and definitely, I fell in love.

So the decision was made!

Learn english and keep calm

Even though I had the clear idea I wanted to learn English at Embassy English for being a recognised educational institution, I did not know exactly what kind of English program I wanted to be enrolled.

Perhaps it sounds quite tricky, but the point is that English is like a spectrum. It has different colours and you can learn the language according to your interests and the plans you have for your future.

Having said that I want to show what courses you could take and the benefits and skills you should acquire whether you take one of this programs.

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General English

If you believe, you do not have any idea about English and you want to gain communication skills this course was designed for it. You can take General English at Embassy English for short-term, long-term, intensive or standard.

You will find a course to suit you. Actually, this was the first program I took when I arrived in Melbourne.

Remembering my days in classes, I could say I solved many doubts. For instance, I used to have many problems with past perfect, present perfect and of course pronunciation, reading and listening. I confess that in some moments I wanted to throw in the towel. However, the teacher’s method and the commitment of Embassy English to ensure that I was learning pushed up myself to achieve my goal.

The key point studying General English program is practice with your mates the new expressions after classes and at home make a double check of the subject you have learned. At the end, all is about commitment with yourself.

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

This is a perfect program for those who want to go to the University or college. Mainly English for Academic Purposes (EAP) was made to improve your skills for when ago to University. In addition, you will be capable of write essays, presentation skills, reports and acquire abilities for researching.

At Embassy English there are interesting Pathways programme when you are enrolled in this program. One of the benefits is that you will be able to entry to 40 partner universities and colleges  straight away.

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First Certificate of English (FCE)

If you are in an upper-intermediate level take Cambridge FCE is one of the best options. It has been my advice for those who want to take a next step in the English language.

This course created by Cambridge University is one of the most complete because once you are in you will put a proof all skills you have acquired in the language. FCE is challenging and the main idea is sitting on the exam day and get the certificate from the University I have named.

I took this one and what I believe is amazing is the professionalism of teachers in this program.

Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)

The Cambridge English Advanced Exam is similar to FCE but it is more challenging. It is perfect for becoming crazy! Of course, I am kidding but I cannot deny it program requires total commitment, time of studying and a complete concentration to deal with hard topics.

However, at the end, you will feel proud of yourself. In addition, if you sit in the exam you will get a certificate, which should open the door to international opportunities.

Totally rewarding!

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International English Language Test System (IELTS)

As its name says, it is a program to get tips to prepare for the IELTS test. People decide to take this course because they want to entry to universities or even be part of a company.

Once you take IELTS course you will learn effective strategies, improve your language skills and become familiar with the UK/Australian accents in the test.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Whilst EILTS not only covers academic issues TOEFL is totally focused on academic purposes.

Furthermore, this test more likely to be favoured by American institutions.


To learn more about studying English in exciting Embassy Melbourne in Australia, contact us today! 

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