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Gateway English course

The Gateway English course develops your English language and academic study skills.

If you wish to study English at a higher level to meet entry requirements for Curtin College or the English Language Bridging program (ELB). The successful completion of the ELB program can enable direct entry to Curtin University.

This course will help you build your confidence and help you prepare for study, work and life.

What the course involves

The course includes interesting themes such as lifestyle, media, travel, study and technology. You will practice reading and listening skills, writing and speaking skills and you will improve your grammar and vocabulary for general and academic situations. The Gateway English course includes useful study management strategies to prepare you for academic studies. The course also includes electives. Electives are lessons to suit your needs.


There are two assessments in the Gateway English course; a portfolio of course work and a final assessment. The portfolio of course work will assess your speaking and writing skills. The final assessment will test your reading, listening and use of English language skills.

Course essentials

CRICOS code: 090222G
English level required for entry: Upper intermediate (IELTS 5.0 or 5.5 overall or equivalent)
Weekly contact hours: 20

Sample weekly timetable

   Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday


Writing 1: Informal letters

Skill: Genre analysis and related language


Language 1: Habitual behavior (Used to and would)

Writing 2: Informal letters

Skill: Language analysis and linking words

Strategy building: Multiple matching

Skill: Reading

In-class writing: Informal letters

Skill: Plan, write and edit own work


Global: SM strategies

  • Set learning goals

Vocabulary: Lifestyle collocations

Listening and speaking: Sleeping Beauty

Speaking 1: Comparing different lifestyles

Language: Relevant to the task

Language 2: Used to, be used to, get used to

In-class speaking: Comparing different lifestyles

Skill: Plan, speak and reflect


*SM=study management