University Entry Preparation

ELC Pathway into MQELC offers 10-week University Entry English Preparation Programs (Direct Entry) for international students who will study undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees within the Faculties of Business and Economics, Human Sciences, Arts and Science at Macquarie University. Students graduating from these programs will be able to enter directly into their chosen degree at Macquarie University without taking the IELTS test.

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The content of the following programs has been based on the academic requirements and topics set by the professors and lecturers of the faculties:

  • University Entry Preparation Program for Business, Accounting and Economics (BAE)
  • University Entry Preparation Program for Human Sciences, Arts and Science (HAS)
  • University Entry Preparation Program for Education and Translating and Interpreting (ED/TIPP)

  • *This chart is a guide only to the pathways available for English language preparation.
    Students will enter the pathway at the appropriate level based on their IELTS, TOEFL (or equivalent) score.
    *You do not need to do the IELTS test if you study at Macqurie University English Language Centre. CRICOS Code :0738884K

Skills covered in Macquarie University Entry English Preparation Programs
  • Write short and long answers in examinations
  • Write and business report
Research & Reading
  • Research using library catalogues and databases
  • Find relevant sources for assignments
  • Summarise and critically analyse academic journal articles and other sources
  • Identify the writer's purpose
  • Understand university lectures and take notes
  • Follow academic and tutorial discussions actively
  • Participate in academic discussions
  • Give an oral presentation
  • Speak confidently with clear pronunciation
Vocabulary & Grammar
  • Use a range of discipline-specific vocabulary accurately
  • Use a range of sentence types to produce meaning
  • Use an academic style appropriate to university assignments
  • Participate actively in all class and homework activities
  • Work collaboratively in groups
  • Work effectively and independently outside the classroom
Online Literacy Skills
  • Become confident and competent in using the ELC e-learning system
  • Participate in discussions and forums
  • Research online
  • Learn online communication (email and posts) protocols.


Sample Weekly Timetable for a University Entry English Preparation Program
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading skills

Exam skills: short answer questions

Academic writing: focus on sentence structure

Listening and vocabulary development

Discussion skills
Exam skills: multiple choice questions

Listening and vocabulary development

Academic writing: focus on paragraph structure

Plagiarism quiz

Online activities based on core readings
Research skills

Class/group discussion

Critical thinking
and analysis of academic concepts

Critical reading

Academic writing - response to the
reading text
Vocabulary development

Modelling and language input

Essay writing workshop - focus on structure and language

Oral presentation skills
Feedback on writing and error correction

Listening skills:
from lectures

Pronunciation focus

Academic language and style: input
and practice

Reading and vocabulary