English Language Bridging (ELB)

If you are from a non-English speaking background, English Language Bridging (ELB) is an accelerated academic English program that will prepare you for study at Curtin University.

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ELB provides entry into most Curtin degree programs if you successfully complete the course and meet your required exit score. You should choose this course if you want to develop your academic English skills or if you have a conditional offer from Curtin requiring you to attend ELB and obtain a satisfactory English Language Assessment and Academic Language Report.

Depending on your current level of English, you can undertake the 17-week, 10-week or 2-week ELB program.

The 17-week English Language Bridging Program Minimum entry requirements for this course: (if you have a higher English requirement for your main course, you will need a higher score to enter ELB) IELTS 5.5 overall or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.0 in each subskill

The 17-week English Language Bridging program is designed to develop English language proficiency, academic literacy and mediation skills from level B2 up to C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

The 17-week ELB program is divided into two blocks; block 1 (9 weeks) and block 2 (8 weeks). Block 1 develops reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with equal importance with a focus on English Language proficiency. Week 1 of this course prepares students for the academic, social and welfare aspects of studying at Curtin University and how to deal with life in Australia as an international student. Week 1 combines both content and English Language development in academic, social and welfare contexts familiar to students.

On successful completion of the first 9 weeks (ELB block 1) students will meet entry into ELB block 2 which is designed to develop academic literacy, mediation skills and English language proficiency up to C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). ELB block 2 (8 weeks) develops reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with equal importance with a focus on academic literacy. Students will be introduced to field-specific content in preparation for their mainstream studies.

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The 10-week English Language Bridging Program Minimum entry requirements for this course: (if you have a higher English requirement for your main course, you will need a higher score to enter ELB) IELTS 6.0 overall or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill

The 10-week English Language Bridging program is designed to develop academic literacy, mediation skills and English language proficiency at level B2+ and up to C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The course develops reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with equal importance as well as introducing field-specific content in preparation for students’ mainstream studies. Week 1 and week 2 of this course prepares students for the academic, social and welfare aspects of studying at Curtin University and how to deal with life in Australia as an international student. Weeks 1 and 2 of this course also allow students to review and revise their knowledge of basic academic literacy skills in writing and speaking.

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The 2-week English Language Bridging Program Minimum entry requirements for this course: (if you have a higher English requirement for your main course, you will need a higher score to enter ELB) IELTS 6.0 with one subskill which under your requirement by IELTS 0.5 (or equivalent on other tests)

The 2-week English Language Bridging program is designed to support students who have met their overall English Language requirement, but are IELTS 0.5 under in one sub-skill; reading, writing, listening or speaking. The 2-week intensive ELB course develops English Language Proficiency at level B2 and B2+ on the Common European Framework of Reference.

The program is designed based on individual learner needs identified in reading, writing, listening or speaking with significant opportunities to receive feedback throughout the course on the weak skill.

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Sample ELB timetable See what a typical week studying our ELB course may look like.

Morning (AM)

    

Theme: Education
Skills: Reading, writing and critical thinking

 Lesson 1Lesson 2 Lesson 3Lesson 4Lesson 5
Course overview:
- Course outcomes and skills practised

- Understanding Assessments and rubrics
Writing: Analysing essay questions
'The similarities and differences between studying a language and studying mathematics'
Writing: Genre analysis - Identifying features of essays
- Organisation
- Layout
- Coherence

- Grammar and vocabulary
Reading: An article
Skill: synthesizing
Writing: Introductions and body paragraphs
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Getting to know your classmates:
- Speaking activity
Reading: An essay
Skill: Making inferences
 Critical thinking: Discussion on reading 1 and 2Writing: Grammar for writing

Afternoon (PM)

Theme: Education
Skills: Listening, speaking and critical thinking

 Lesson 1Lesson 2 Lesson 3Lesson 4Lesson 5
Listening: Academic interaction (a meeting)

Skill: Listen for main ideas
Listening: Listening for specific information

Skill: Taking notes whilst listening and pronunciation when listening
Language: Stating preferences 'would'Listening: A conversation between two students
Skill: Making inferences
Speaking: Taking part in a discussion to negotiate an outcome
Skills: Language and pronunciation skills
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Critical thinking: Responding to a listening source through discussion Speaking: Discussion and synthesising informationLanguage: Giving opinion and making suggestions 

*example only – timetables are subject to change.

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Our English Language Bridging course will develop English Language skills and academic literacy in reading, writing, listening and speaking for direct entry into your Curtin University courses.

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Frequently asked questions

We can help you out with any questions you have about admissions, courses and being a student. If you can’t find the answer please contact email us on study@curtin.edu.au or call us on 1300 222 888 or +61 8 9266 5888.

What do I need to apply for the ELB course?

You can find help and guidance on the application process on our ‘how to apply for Curtin English courses‘ page.

How do I get a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)?

A CoE is issued when:

  • You have signed and completed acceptance forms for the courses you will be studying,
  • Provided proof of payment (or confirm if you are sponsored by a government or an organisation).
  • Signed the terms & conditions for “Free 10 Week English Language Program” that will be attached to your Letter of Offer (if eligible).

What are the ELB entry requirements?

You need to have an IELTS of 1.0 band below your letter of offer for the 17-week course or 0.5 band below for the 10-week course. The equivalent scores on another recognised test such as the TOEFL or Pearsons will also be accepted.

If you have met your overall entry score but fall just 0.5 short in one skill, then you can take the ELB 2 week course

Find out how many weeks of English training you need: our Curtin English pathways calculator uses your IELTS scores to plan your English language journey.

How many ELB intakes are there every year?

There are a total of three intakes for the 17 week course, three intakes for the 10 week course and three intakes for the 2 week course.

See our course dates page for more information.

How many class contact hours are there in a week?

There are a total of 20 contact hours per week.

Do I need to do an IELTS test after the ELB course to meet Curtin's entry requirements?

No. You are not required to do an IELTS test after the ELB course. You need to pass the course with the grade stated on your university letter of offer.

I didn’t meet the ELB entry requirements, what should I do?

Curtin English offers General English and Gateway English that lead into the ELB course. The duration of your course will depend on your current English level. Please contact study@curtin.edu.au for more information about your study plan.

You can also use our Curtin English pathways calculator to find out how many weeks of English training you need.


 

CRICOS code: 003896G
Curtin course code: BR-ENGL