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Advanced English Communication Skills (AECS) is designed to challenge students with advanced language skills to strengthen their speaking and listening abilities. Students must meet course entry requirements to apply.

The AECS course uses a wide variety of study materials including advanced English course books, real-life television, radio shows and movies, magazines, journals, books and the internet. Students also undertake 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 Outcomes
AECS enables students to:
  • Improve their ability to understand native speakers
  • Improve the accuracy and fluency of their pronunciation
  • Increase their vocabulary and knowledge of common English phrases
  • Refine their ability to use English grammar accurately
  • Expand their 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 Skills
    Outcomes include improved reading speed, increased reading fluency and increased vocabulary.
  • Advanced Writing Skills
    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.
Assessment & Certification
Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing tests are held at the end of each 5 week session. For more information about assessment and certification click here.
Students are also required to adhere to the ICTE-UQ Attendance Policy.
Students who want to learn more about how many weeks they will need to study English to achieve a target IELTS test score can click here.

Course Information

Course Level
Advanced (CEFR C1)
Entry Requirements*

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)
or completion of ICTE-UQ GE Level 6 with strong speaking and listening skills*

*or equivalent as determined by ICTE-UQ. All students are tested on their first day at ICTE-UQ to determine their course and class level.
Duration 5 or 10 weeks
Tuition 20 hours face-to-face classes and five hours of SKILL-UP directed self-access learning each week

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