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Studying General English at Bond University

General English programs are available at six levels graded from beginner to advanced with each level lasting 10 weeks. Students that are unable to commence at the beginning of a 10-week cycle may commence halfway through at the 6-week point.

General English is a program that helps students achieve their English language proficiency goals in everyday communication. A wide range of contemporary topics and video materials are used, helping students discover English in the context of the modern world and making the learning process more memorable and engaging.

Students share their General English experience

Satoshi Ito, Japan

GE > EAP > Bachelor of Communication

"I was studying English education at a university in Japan aiming to be an English teacher when I heard about a study tour to Australia. I thought it was a good opportunity to test out studying abroad so I came over and spent three weeks studying General English at Bond University College. I loved it so much that I decided to come back to study English for a year. After my English programs I wanted to keep studying at Bond so I cancelled my enrolment in Japan and studied a Bachelor of Communication here. I am now an Associate of Client Experience for Weber Shandwick in Tokyo. Bond was more than just the foundation of my career development, Bond was the best choice I’ve made in my life".

Satoshi Ito, Japan

GE > EAP > Bachelor of Communication

"I was studying English education at a university in Japan aiming to be an English teacher when I heard about a study tour to Australia. I thought it was a good opportunity to test out studying abroad so I came over and spent three weeks studying General English at Bond University College. I loved it so much that I decided to come back to study English for a year. After my English programs I wanted to keep studying at Bond so I cancelled my enrolment in Japan and studied a Bachelor of Communication here. I am now an Associate of Client Experience for Weber Shandwick in Tokyo. Bond was more than just the foundation of my career development, Bond was the best choice I’ve made in my life".

About the program

Students can enter at any level of English, starting with communicative and functional General English and progressing to academic English Programs. The General English programs are 10 weeks long while the Academic Program (English for Academic Purposes) are 14 weeks long. Both the General English program and Academic English Programs include 20 hours of face to face classroom time and 5 hours of self-directed study and the General English Program also includes 5 hours of self-directed study. Show more

Students can enter at any level of English, starting with communicative and functional General English and progressing to academic English Programs. The General English programs are 10 weeks long while the Academic Program (English for Academic Purposes) are 14 weeks long. Both the General English program and Academic English Programs include 20 hours of face to face classroom time and 5 hours of self-directed study and the General English Program also includes 5 hours of self-directed study.

All programs at Bond University College are taught by highly experienced and qualified teachers using the latest technologies and educational resources and are designed to ensure students reach their academic and linguistic goals. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration10 weeks
Starting semestersSee Structure and Subjects section.
Program typeBond University College Program
Study areaEnglish Language Program
Program codeCO-00019
CRICOS code065668G
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

Content

  • The discussion of contemporary global issues, providing authenticity and an international perspective.
  • Writing lessons for real life use - emails, letters, reports, etc.
  • Study, Practice, Remember sections which provide integrated language summaries and practice exercises.
  • Clear language aims and objectives linked to CEFR, the global scale for English.
  • Directed self-study sessions and English Lab with feedback functionality and exercises, allowing students greater control of their learning.
  • The Student DVD with audio and video plus transcripts which allows learners to review lessons and catch up if they miss a class.
  • Textbook Series: Cutting Edge (Published by Pearson Education)

Assessment

Our General English programs are self-paced, with students assessed on weekly tasks, as well as a final test in week 10 in the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and your grammar knowledge. Once a student has demonstrated the required competency, they will move up to the next level.

Study schedule
Full-time study involves 25 hours per week.
20 hours of face-to-face tuition and 5 hours of directed self-study and teacher supervised activities.

Program commencement dates for 2019 and 2020

WeeksStartEnd
BREAKMonday, 23 December 2019Friday, 3 January 2020
Weeks 1-5Monday, 6 January 2020Friday, 7 February 2020
Weeks 6-10Monday, 10 February 2020Friday, 13 March 2020
Weeks 1-5Monday, 16 March 2020Friday, 17 April 2020
Weeks 6-10Monday, 20 April 2020Friday, 22 May 2020
Weeks 1-5Monday, 25 May 2020Friday, 26 June 2020
Weeks 6-10Monday, 29 June 2020Friday, 31 July 2020
Weeks 1-5Monday, 3 August 2020Friday, 4 September 2020
Weeks 6-10Monday, 7 September 2020Friday, 9 October 2020
Weeks 1-5Monday,12 October 2020Friday, 13 November 2020
Weeks 6-10Monday, 16 November 2020Friday, 18 December 2020
BREAKMonday, 21 December 2020Friday, 1 January 2021

Sample Timetable: GE

Monday to Friday (excluding Wednesday)Wednesday (free BBQ lunch for all students)
Session 1: 8.30am - 10.30amSession 1: 8.30am - 10am
Session 2: 11am - 1pmSession 2: 10.30am - 12pm
Session 3: 2pm - 3pm (Self study)

Session 3: 1.30 - 2.30pm (Electives) 2.30 - 3.30pm (Self study)

The below fees are based on an average per week cost:

  • 2019 fees: $410
  • 2020 fees: $440

Program related costs

Text booksAllow AUD$50-$60 per semester

Processing fees

Processing fees are payable by all individual students and are non-refundable. No processing fee will apply for students returning to Bond University College within 12 months of leaving
AUD$200

Student activities fee 
The student activities fee is payable by all students and covers access to all Bond University facilities including computers, library, gymnasium, swimming pool and sporting equipment, as well as a BBQ lunch for Bond University College students every Wednesday.

AUD$5/w

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Students are tested on their English level on the first day of their program and placed in an appropriate class level on the same day.