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English Language Bridging (ELB)

If you are from a non-English speaking background, English Language Bridging (ELB) is an accelerated academic English program that will prepare you for study at Curtin University.

ELB provides entry into most Curtin degree programs if you successfully complete the course and meet your required exit score. You should choose this course if you want to develop your academic English skills or if you have a conditional offer from Curtin requiring you to attend ELB and obtain a satisfactory English Language Assessment and Academic Language Report.

What the course involves

Depending on your current level of English, you can undertake the 17-week or 10-week ELB program.

You will learn strategies to improve your personal study skills and general academic language, to organise academic essays effectively, and to communicate effectively in discussions, seminars and presentations. You will also develop your academic reading and listening strategies and learn to use complex grammatical constructions with greater accuracy.


You will be assessed with the following: a research essay, a critical response task, a seminar discussion, a group presentation, a listening and note-taking test, and a grammar and vocabulary test.

Course essentials

Entry into ELB is dependent on the language requirements for your mainstream program.  The minimum English level required for entry are:

  • 17-week ELB – Advanced (IELTS 5.5 overall or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.0 in each subskill)
  • 10-week ELB – Advanced (IELTS 6.0 overall or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill)

Successful completion of the Curtin Gateway English program at the appropriate level will also meet the ELB entry requirements

Sample ELB timetable

   Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday

(120 mins)

Unit 3 - identifying main ideas Sentence structures and linkers
Using databases to research academic papers Unit 3 - discourse markers and lexis

Handbook of spoken grammar activities

Vocabulary review

Learner journal activity

(120 mins)

Stages in discussions


Research project outlines

NOW note taking technique

Study techniques - 'Recitation' MP4

Short answer Ws

Summary writing

In-class assessment - summary from NOW notes

Teacher feedback and student feed forward

Grammar workshop

 Homework  Vocabulary - prefixes

Grammar - punctuation

Take NOW notes from source texts

Project outline and NOW source text notes

Complete text book tasks

Online activity - avoiding and identifying plagiarism

Grammar - articles

Preview and annotate Week 4 reading texts