5 weeks IELTS preparatory course

English Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Huong Nguyen
Sharon Gilbert
VET Team Leader
English Language, Literacy and Numeracy


NEW – 5 Week IELTS Preparatory Course

The IELTS Preparation course will familiarise you with the test format and develop effective test taking strategies as well as language learning strategies. The focus of the course is on developing your reading skills and constructing effective writing tasks. In addition, you will get the opportunity to receive individual feedback from your qualified and experienced teacher, a timed practice test, useful and relevant vocabulary that is useful for both the reading and writing parts of the test. Please see Course Flyer for more information and contact us to obtain the course structure and to arrange your enrolment in the course.

What we do

The English Language, Literacy and Numeracy (ELLAN) team provide training and education for those with English as a Second Language (ESL).

The team also provides work readiness programs for ESL students, literacy and numeracy programs using the Certificates in General Education for Adults and learner support across the VET sector.

VET prep course

This course is designed to help students who need extra English language and mathematical skills to meet the standard of Language, Literacy and Numeracy levels required by VET courses they are enrolled in or about to enrol in. Topics include: Reading, Writing and Mathematics skills for VET.



"I am Patrick Mossongo a qualified engineer, from Congo. I came to Australia last year with a little of English writing experience.

From my own experience, the advantages of studying Certificate IV are many. First, you will improve your grammar. Secondly, you will probably learn how to write an academic report. You will learn and become able to listen and take notes. Then you will learn how to organise notes for presentations. Finally, you will learn how to write an essay supported with references.

I recommend those who are willing to further their education and those who want to maintain a good English language writing style to join the Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English at Charles Darwin University."

~ Patrick Mossongo

"In Ethiopia, I studied Midwifery and worked in a hospital for eight years. But after I moved to Australia it was hard to continue working as a Midwife because my qualification was not recognised in Australia and my English language skills was also not good.

After I arrived in Darwin I have enrolled for English classes which have helped me well to improve my speaking, listening and writing skills. Especially certificate IV in spoken and written English has helped me very well because I have learned many things during this course. For example, I have learned how to write an academic essay, reports and how to prepare and provide presentations.

I have also improved my grammar and have learned how to do referencing as well. So, I suggest people to do this course because it will help them much for future university courses." 

~  Tadelech Leta

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CDU Course Catalogue

Contact us

Team Leader: Sharon Gilbert
T: 08 8946 7149
E: sharon.gilbert@cdu.edu.au

Customer Service Officer
T: 08 8946 6578
E: ellan@cdu.edu.au

ESL teaching locations at Charles Darwin University:

Alice Springs Campus
Grevillea Drive
Building 12, Level 1, Room 5
Alice Springs NT 0870
T: 08 8946 6578
Casuarina Campus
Ellengowan Drive
Orange 4, Level 1
Casuarina NT 0909
T: 08 8946 6578
Palmerston Campus
University Avenue
Building C, Level 2
Palmerston NT 0830
T: 08 8946 7951