English as a Second Language (ESL)

Established in 1992, our program was one of the first in Australia to offer a range of credit-bearing ESL subjects.

Welcome to the University of Melbourne

These subjects, at undergraduate and graduate levels, are taught by leading experts in second language learning.

Our approach to teaching is innovative and research-based, with meaningful content and authentic tasks, and frequent and individually tailored feedback.

Across our range of subjects, we provide a supportive and collaborative environment for students to develop the academic and/or professional English skills needed to succeed in their university studies, and the confidence and ability to gain employment

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Introductory Academic Program

Introductory Academic Program

Our Introductory Academic Program is a full-time, 5-week compulsory program for international recipients of the prestigious Australian Awards Scholarship (AAS).

Funded by the Australian Government, the AAS offers the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development with us.

We have 500-600 AAS students at any one time, the vast majority studying a Masters with a small number doing their PhD. Our program helps prepare these international students for academic, cultural and social life at the University of Melbourne.

Meet our English as a Second Language staff

Our teaching staff possess significant research expertise in English language learning and assessment, across areas including second language writing and speaking for tertiary study and employment, collaborative writing, second language pronunciation, integrated skills development, interpreting, language and migration, world Englishes, and language policy.

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Dr Giuseppe D'Orazzi

Lecturer in Esl and Applied Linguistics
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Dr Maria Karidakis

Lecturer in Introductory Academic Program and ESL; Convenor, IAP
m.karidakis@unimelb.edu.au +61383447789
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Dr Lu Yu

Lecturer in Esl and Applied Linguistics