Chisholm International English Language Centre

At Chisholm, we understand you may want to improve your English for a variety of reasons. Our interactive classes ensure that you quickly develop the skills and confidence necessary for communication for life and travel, professional communication and study at vocational or university levels.

The Chisholm International English Language Centre provides English language (ELICOS) courses to help you:

  • improve your English language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • develop an accurate understanding and use of grammar
  • build your independent study skills in preparation for further study or employment
  • gain knowledge of Australian culture, the education system and workplaces.

A range of course dates are available at our Dandenong campus to suit your English learning needs.

Overview of the International English Language Centre

The Chisholm International English Language Centre is quality endorsed by NEAS. The NEAS mark means you know Chisholm meets internationally recognised standards of English language teaching. Find out more about NEAS.

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English for new learners


  • General English – Elementary (065750B)
  • General English - Pre-Intermediate (051916M)
  • IGeneral English – Intermediate (051915A).

New learner English programs give students the skills to communicate with confidence in an English-speaking environment. Students have many opportunities to use their English language skills in practical and real-life situations. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are practised through the use of interesting, fun and topical resources, including:

  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • television
  • music
  • movies.

English for further study and work


  • General English - Upper Intermediate (051914B)
  • General English - Advanced (051917K)
  • General English - Pre-intermediate to Advanced (053977D) .

Our further study programs focus on essential English-language skills, including:

  • reading strategies for complex texts
  • formal and academic writing
  • listening and note-taking
  • effective research and study skills
  • advanced speaking
  • development of language skills to analyse, critically evaluate and interpret spoken and written text
  • intensive exam preparation.

ELICOS remote delivery

Commence your ELICOS course from your home country.

The course is online for four hours a day Monday to Friday, which is 20 hours a week full time.

You will attend virtual classes (via Zoom) with your teacher available throughout the four-hour session.

Similar to a face-to-face classes, the four-hour session will include some group activities, some pair work and some individual activity each day.

Classes are interactive with students expected to participate throughout the class.

View the timetable


Can I pass my course?
Yes if you enrol and participate in all timetabled sessions and complete all tasks and assessments set by your teacher by the due date.

Can I study if I don’t have a computer at home?
It would be difficult for you to complete work if you don’t have access to a computer. If this is the case we don’t recommend you enrol if this is the case.

What do I do if I don’t know how to use the technology?
At enrolment we will help you to learn how to use all the technology you will need, including Zoom, Moodle and other technology platforms. For more information or to apply, please contact:

What can I expect at the Chisholm International English Language Centre?

  • To be welcomed to Chisholm with a clear and comprehensive induction program and assistance with any specific requirements you may have.
  • For your English language level to be assessed upon arrival and the appropriate class level discussed with you.
  • An English speaking learning environment so that you practise English at every chance.
  • Students from different countries in the class, offering you a chance to share experiences and encouraging you to communicate in English.
  • Interesting teaching methodology such as the use of videos, interactive whiteboards, games, puzzles, quizzes, student presentations, guest speakers, field trips, computer-based activities, group work, plays, discussions around popular culture topics both international and Australian - all directed by highly experienced and qualified teachers.
  • Your progress to be carefully monitored through ongoing activities and assessments so that you and your teacher know how you are progressing.
  • 25 hours per week of learning through 20 hours of classroom learning plus five hours in the Independent Learning Centre.
  • Extra learning activities in various formats, including online, so you can practise your English skills.
  • An excursion so that you get the opportunity to practise your language skills in real situations and to learn English using the environment around you.

Who are my teachers?

All our teachers are fully qualified with TESOL specialist qualifications and many years of English language teaching experience.

Our teachers:

  • have overseas English-language teaching experience in countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Sri Lanka
  • have extensive experience in IELTS preparation and assessment
  • give correct and immediate feedback on your learning progress
  • undertake regular training and attend conferences
  • are committed to helping their students succeed.


Course length

Students who are intending to go on to further study will be advised of the required course duration before they arrive in Australia to ensure they meet the English level required for certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or degree admission. Students not intending to go onto further study may elect their own course duration.

All courses are delivered in blocks of 10 weeks.


Tuition fee $2,750 and material fee $370.

Total course fee payable: $3,120.


Upon successful completion of each English course, a Certificate of Completion is issued, noting the level completed and the language competencies achieved. Students who do not successfully complete a level but wish to conclude their study receive a Certificate of Attendance, noting the length of time studied.

Study program

Twenty hours per week classroom and five hours per week independent learning.

Progressing to the next level

Each course is structured as a 10-week block. Students' progress to the next level based on satisfactory completion of a block of study. Satisfactory completion is based on a range of assessments, consistent attendance and active participation in learning. Individual student progress is carefully monitored to ensure every opportunity for success. Personal learning plans are developed with students who require extra support.


Students are placed in the appropriate class level based on an approved external test score or a Chisholm placement test that is undertaken at the time of application. Initial assessments are confirmed on arrival.


Dandenong campus. CRICOS code 00881F.

Fee calculator

Students who enrol in more than 20 weeks may pay a 50 per cent deposit and the balance half way through their program.



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Students who are in Australia may start study on any Monday. Students who are applying from offshore need to follow the structured block intakes as show in the table.

2022 ELICOS dates


Enrolment Date

Intake End

 Public Holidays

Term dates


7 February

11 March

Labour Day: 8  March

Semester 1 starts : 7 February


14 March

22 April

Good Friday: 15 April
Easter Monday: 18  April

Break : 18–22 April


26  April

27 May

ANZAC Day - 25 April


30 May

1 July

Queen’s Birthday – 14 June

Break: 4–8 July


11 July

12 August


Semester 2 starts:  11 July


15 August

16 September


Break: 19–30 September


3  October

4 November

Melbourne Cup – 1 November
Grand Final Day - TBC


7 November

9 December