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EC Virtual English for Academic Purposes



English for Academic Purposes (EAP) provides students with a guaranteed pathway to higher education in Australia without the need for IELTS certification. EAP prepares students to start studying for Australian college or university from their home country, prior to travel, combining intensive English language learning and academic study skills training.


Included with every course:

  • Live classes available: 03:00, London time (14:00 Sydney)

  • Lessons delivered by qualified, experienced English teachers

  • 5 days of 4hr face-to-face virtual English classes and collaboration with classmates

  • Unlimited self-study with access to materials on EC Online

  • Continuous assessment and feedback throughout the course

  • FREE access to Microsoft Office for 12 months including Word, PowerPoint, and much more!

  • Ability to upgrade and add one-to-one lessons

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This course is suitable for students who

  • who want to attend college/university in Australia
  • who want to build or improve their academic English ability
  • who want a guaranteed pathway to an EC partner college/university in Australia
  • who cannot travel but are committed to learning


What can you expect on this course?

Why Choose EC Virtual?

1. Smaller Classrooms (10 students max)

  • Allows for more intensive learning
  • Increased time for teacher-to-student interaction
  • Closer monitoring of speaking and listening
  • More personalised feedback from the teacher
2. Classroom Dynamics
  • Whole-class activities with online participation from all students 
  • Collaborative sessions for group work and assignments
  • Student presentations and peer assessment
  • Collaborating in a multi-cultural environment
3. Curriculum
  • Virtual classes will follow the same in-school EC curriculum
  • All course materials provided
  • Learning is supplemented by our learning platform, EC Online
  • Continuous assessment and feedback throughout the course
  • Final report detailing assessment outcomes

What can you expect on this programme?

1. During class (4 x 60 mins)
Small groups of 8-10 students from around the world collaborate via video call with their teacher and classmates. They outline objectives and goals, combine intensive English language learning with academic study to prepare you and train you for university study. During the EAP you will focus on developing your academic vocabulary, classroom presentation, research and note-taking skills as well as learning how to write summaries, essays and reports and listen effectively.

Students should be prepared for a much more intensive class than a normal face-to-face session!

2. After class (30-60 mins)
Students work on homework and set assessment tasks to help them further consolidate what was learnt in class. These might include IELTS test practice, reading and note taking, listening activities, research about a particular topic of interest, and more. 

Sample Timetable:

Class Time Zones
Students can choose between their school’s local time zone or the following time table (in case the student is back in-country).

Please note that the clock changes in the UK and Canada in the last week of October and last week of March. This will impact the local time of lessons.
*Times subject to change.