Established in 1992, our program was one of the first in Australia to offer a range of credit-bearing ESL subjects.
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
Academic English 1
This subject helps students structure an academic paper, focusing on sentence structure, linking devices, paragraph development and effective citation.
Academic English 2
This subject focuses on developing critical thinking, summarising and synthesising long academic texts, and building an academic argument for formal oral presentation and research papers.
Academic English: Economics and Business
This subject helps develop students' academic writing and speaking abilities through the study of topics in economics.
Graduate Certificate in English for the Global Workplace subjects
For more information on this Certificate please see the Study Graduate Certificate in English for the Global Workplace web pages.
Professional Speaking Communication
This subject is aimed at graduate students who would like to improve their spoken English skills for professional contexts.
This subject helps improve students’ ability to edit their written texts, so they can write grammatically accurate and stylistically appropriate texts for professional purposes.
This subject aims to develop effective written communication skills for the professional workplace.
Intercultural Professional Communication
This subject helps students communicate effectively and strategically in English-speaking professional settings, and develop practical skills in advanced spoken and email-based workplace interactions.
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.
Associate Professor in ESL; Convenor of ESL
Lecturer in ESL
Lecturer in ESL
Lecturer in Introductory Academic Program and ESL; Convenor, IAP
Senior Lecturer in ESL; Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics