Moving to a foreign country to learn a new language is an exciting but challenging experience. Even something as simple as opening a bank account may become a difficult task in a new country. Fortunately, Discover English have kind and caring support staff from a range of language backgrounds to help you with any problems you might encounter. DE support the students in many areas including day-to-day life in Australia, finding your way around in a big city, and anything at all relating to housing, medical issues, activities, your studies and counseling.
Discover English (DE) was the first school to offer an extra 10 hours per week of free optional classes to students. This includes 5 hours of study assistance and 5 hours of electives classes. Among the elective classes, you will find one hour job seminar, in which students can get help with resumes, CVs and cover letters. Discover English also organises social activities 7 days a week so students have plenty of opportunities to speak English in a fun environment with their classmates.
Students’ academic skills are evaluated regularly with weekly progress tests. They are able to try the level up test any week when they are ready and meet the requirements. Teachers give feedback on all skills areas and use a range of strategies to help students improve. Below is the general guidelines for students who are thinking about the skills emphasis of different courses in Discover English
STUDENT CENTRED APPROACH
Students are at the centre of the school. DE provide flexibility and choice to ensure that each individual student is doing the course that’s right for them. Students are free to meet with Discover English staff throughout the day to discuss their course options. The Academic Management team will help you to select a course based on your specific needs, be they academic, professional, skills-based or for communication. Besides, the school has an open-door policy which means they always have time to help you reach the next step in your educational goals. The school welcome students to trial other classes and there is an efficient procedure in place if students wish to change course. DE have two timetable options in order to provide students with the freedom to choose what best suits their lifestyle and work commitments.
The teachers at Discover English are truly remarkable people who bring their own unique style and individual flair to their classes. Amongst them you’ll find artists, musicians, writers, actors, filmmakers, academics, athletes and more who have lived and travelled all over the world. Teachers are placed in classes best suited to their experience, qualifications, strengths and personalities. They regularly take their classes on fun and educational excursions, take the time to connect with their students and can give advice on the best places to see in Melbourne. At Discover English, they aim foster a culture of openness and honesty – students are very welcome to give feedback directly to their teacher regarding anything that happens in their class.
Discover English offers a variety of courses. You can find all the course information of Discover English here. Below is a course map according to your skills level.
Besides the traditional courses offered such as General English, Business English, and EAP program, Discover English also offers ENGLISH + HOTEL INTERNSHIP, ENGLISH + DEMI PAIR, and ENGLISH + HOSPITALITY. These programs are normally longer and targets students who wants to work and study over there for 4-6 months.
Besides the courses, students in Discover English enjoy a vibrant school lives. They get to participate in the VOLUNTEERING Teaching Assistant Program. In the program, you get to experience Australian schools and culture by assisting a teacher in developing and delivering bilingual language lessons. As a native speaker of the target language you will be of great help to the teacher and the students. You will also improve your conversational skills and build confidence in a professional workplace.
The Conservation Volunteer Program
Join other students and local Australians on various environmental and wildlife conservation projects. Volunteering on these projects is a fantastic way to experience Australia, see regional Victoria and have close contact with nature. Engage with the local community and meet volunteers of different nationalities and ages!
ENGLISH ONLY Policy in school! What’s the best way to improve your English? Use it all the time! What’s the best way to make friends from other countries? Speak English with them! What’s our fantastic policy to help you do both? English only! The entire campus is a dedicated ENGLISH ONLY ZONE and Peggy the Piggybank is always listening for other languages so she can gobble up your spare change. Speaking only in English is an essential part of your educational and social experience here in Melbourne so we encourage our students to really try their hardest – even when no teacher is around to remind you!
You get to join STUDY TOURS where you will have an unforgettable educational experience for international groups, providing a unique combination of tailored English language classes and fun, exciting activities and excursions.
At Discover English students always come first. We offer counselling and advice to assist you with your academic studies. The Academic Department has an open door policy and you can talk to them about courses or future studies whenever you like.
The dedicated Student Support Services staff is here to help you if you feel homesick, have personal problems or just want to talk.
Learning a new language is very challenging – fortunately we have a special class to provide extra help to our Beginner students. Beginner Booster is provided for free to students who need personalised support.
At Discover English, learning is not just about the classroom, it is also about meeting people from other countries, social activities, Melbourne life and Australian culture. Discover English has regular fun activities and tours to suit a range of interests. Students can sign up for weekend tours including; Yarra Valley winery tours, a surf lesson, trips to the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and much more.
Discover work options with our weekly Job Club! It is a free session to assist students with finding work or looking for alternative work. Our two timetables mean students have greater opportunities to find work that fits in with their study commitments.
Come and join Discover English for an unforgettable English Learning Journey in Australia