Newcastle (Callaghan Campus)
10 weeks
Contact hours
20 hours per week (Monday - Friday)
The Elementary English program focuses on the development of basic communication skills for educational and social needs.
Entry requirements
To enter the Elementary Course, students must have:
  • completed the Language Centre Beginner English Course; or
  • equivalent results in the class placement test given on entry to the Language Centre; or
  • an overall test score of 4.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Expected outcomes
Course content

The course has an integrated syllabus which is predominantly skills-based, with grammar and culture components, and is organized into more than ten unit themes. Each unit theme is used to practise language skills as learners carry out tasks.

  • Predicting from headings, pictures and prior knowledge
  • Inferring
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Chunking
  • Understanding vocabulary in context
  • Understanding cohesive devices – referents
  • Developing speed in reading
  • Vocabulary extension
  • Conjunctions
  • Sentences - Simple to complex
  • Asking questions
  • Recognising a paragraph
  • Form filling
  • Simple descriptions on topic
  • Simple directions e.g. cooking
  • Short narrative
  • Listening for gist
  • Listening for detail
  • Inferring
  • Predicting
  • Listening for text structure
  • Listening for key information
  • Understanding discourse markers – intonation and stress
  • Listening for tone
  • 1 min. impromptu talk
  • 5-7 min. formal speech in a presentation
  • Discussion in small groups on personal topics
  • Questions and answers
  • Role-play
  • Using appropriate language
  • Pronunciation and stress
  • Articles
  • Nouns (Countable/uncountable)
  • Adjectives (Comparative/superlatives)
  • Prepositions
  • Adverbs of frequency
  • Tenses: Present (simple/continuous/perfect) / Past(simple/continuous) /Future
  • Question formation

Dellar, H., &  Walkey, A. Elementary Outcomes. Heinle, Cengage Learning.
ISBN 978-1-111-07129-5

Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills are assessed. Marks are weighted as follows: 50% class marks; 50% end of course assessment formal exam.

Passing the course

Students must obtain 65% or more in three of the four skills. One may be in the 60-64% range. Each of the four components is of equal weighting. Students who pass the course are eligible to commence the Intermediate Course.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.