English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

Students whose first language is not English will need extra support, and will be enrolled onto the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Programme timetable. 

An assessment at the start of the course is used to determine the needs of each individual student. The fee for this support programme is built in to the international tuition fees. The Assessment will determine the amount and type of tuition necessary and the way this will be conducted – whether in small classes or by one to one tuition.

UK and EEA students whose first language is not English will also be assessed. In these cases, where additional English support is deemed necessary, an additional fee will be charged. Fees will be determined by the nature of the course and support prescribed.

All students on the English Support Programme will sit an IELTS test at the start of the academic year and will be reassessed at least once later in the year to ensure the right progress is being made. 

IELTS Preparation Course

In order to gain access to top universities in the UK, international students will need to acquire an advanced level of English in accordance to an IELTS test. Exam preparation support for this is provided at the College. More details on the course is listed below. 

Course Summary

The course is designed for students who wish to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); a requirement for students whose English is not their first language if they want to pursue a university course in the UK. The IELTS test result is also used by the College to monitor the progress of students who are enrolled on the English Support Programme.

Students are taught the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills they will need for the exam, as well as the key grammar and lexis.

The topics include: communication, health, education, history, leisure time, the world of work, the environment, travel and tourism, money, relationships, language, etc.


Each candidate takes 4 (four) IELTS test modules, one in each of the four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Listening (30’ approx.): The test is divided in four sections; there are 40 questions in total and the recording is heard once only. Students are expected to listen for specific information, main ideas and opinions. Task types include note completion, matching, labeling and multiple choice.

Reading (60’): There are 3 reading passages with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words. The texts are taken from magazines, journals, books and newspapers, which have been written for a non-specialist audience. There are 40 questions in total. Students are expected to read for/understand specific information, main ideas, gist and opinions. Task types include note completion, matching, paragraph heading, True/ False/Not given and multiple choice.

Writing (60’): There are two compulsory tasks:
1)    Task 1 (20’): a 150-word description of a graph/diagram
2)    Task 2 (40’): a 250-word essay presenting an argument on a given topic.

Speaking (11-14’): The speaking section consists of an oral interview between a student and an examiner. The test is divided into 3 parts and students are expected to be able to respond to questions on familiar and unfamiliar topics and to speak at length.
All students receive an overall band score of 1 to 9, which is an average of the four scores for each module of the test.

Students at EIC should sit the exam at the end of May/ beginning of June. Results are available 13 days after the test.

Exam Board

University of Cambridge ESOL examinations, IELTS Australia and the British Council




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