Prepare for English

It is challenging to move away from home for your studies. Don't worry, we are here to help, and we have some useful information to help you get started.

Meet your teachers

The teachers at Monash College are some of Australia's best. They are passionate, experienced and committed to helping you achieve your study and career goals. You can count on their support while you adjust to living and studying in Australia.

Jennifer Coster

Associate Director of Learning and Teaching

Jennifer Coster - Masters of Education (TESOL), Graduate Certificate (TESOL), Trinity Certificate (TESOL), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology)

Jennifer Coster is responsible for the strategic direction of the Learning and Teaching team. Jennifer has been working with Monash College since 2001 and prior to that she taught English in South Korea and Hungary. Jennifer is an active member of the Victorian branch of English Australia and has presented papers at several English Australia Conferences.

Rosaline Tiong

Director of Studies Clayton Campus

Rosaline Tiong - BA Hons, MA in History and MA in TESOL
Rosaline took a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and History at the University of New South Wales, followed by a Masters in History and later a Masters in TESOL. She has taught at various ELICOS Centres in Sydney. She joined Monash College in 2006 when she was Leading Teacher at the MUELC Centre in Prato, Italy. During her time with MUELC, she has taught various Monash English levels, IELTS and the Bridging programs.

Vanessa Fortyn

Director of Studies City Campus

Vanessa Fortyn - BA (Hons); MAppLing (TESOL), CELTA; CELTYL
Vanessa began teaching English as a second language in 1998. Straight away she knew she had found her perfect career as she could combine her love of language and helping people with her love of travel and different cultures. She has lived around the world and has taught in different countries including China, Japan, Singapore and Australia. Vanessa became Director of Studies of City Campus in 2013, and her goal nowadays is to support and inspire the current and new generation of teachers to be the best they can be.

Tips for success

We asked our English language teachers for their best advice. Here are their top tips:

  • Speak in English as much as you can. We believe the best way to learn English is to use it. Sometimes it is easy for students to start speaking in their own language because they don't know a word in English, but remember that "paraphrasing" is important, so if you don't know a word, try to explain    it with other words, do an action or draw a picture.
  • Don't be afraid of making mistakes. All students who come to MUELC want to improve their English, and making mistakes is a natural part of language learning. Nobody will laugh at you if you make a mistake, so "don't be shy.. just try!"
  • Plan your time. You have class and you have homework, but you also need some time for yourself to do things you enjoy doing AND you need to make sure you get enough sleep (7-8 hours every night) Use a daily planner to set your class times and your bed times. These should always be the same. Plan how    much time you will spend studying and make sure that you give yourself some time to get to know Melbourne and enjoy yourself.
  • Add variety outside of class. Think about other things you can do to practice English - make time in your planner to speak with people in your class from other countries (maybe go for a coffee every Wednesday after class); try some of the great programs we have on our online Learning System, Moodle,    (I like Clarity Pronunciation Plus or Active Reading); watch an English movie with the subtitles in English and a notebook in your hand. Write down any words or expressions that are unfamiliar but look interesting.
  • Come to class every day on time. There is a strong connection between bad grades and bad attendance. Coming to class is fun, interesting and will help you improve all your English skills as well as connect you to other people who are doing the same things as you.

What your timetable might look like

Our Monash English and Monash English Bridging students study 20 hours per week. Your timetable will probably look like this:

TimeMonday to Friday

Morning shift (Clayton and City)

8.30-10.30 (class)
10.30-10.45 (break
10.45-12.45 (class)

Afternoon shift (Clayton)

12.45-2.45 (class)
2.45-3.00 (break)
3.00-5.00 (class)

Afternoon shift (City)

1.00-3.00 (class)
3.00-3.15 (break)
3.15-5.15 (class)

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to get the IELTS score to enter Monash University?

You need to produce IELTS result (or other official test results) as proof of English proficiency to enter Monash University. The English requirements may be different depending on the programs. It is advised that you check the entry requirements for your course on the University’s website.

Do I need to get the IELTS score to enter Monash English Bridging (MEB)?

You need an IELTS score to enter MEB. Please refer to the entry requirements on this page: www.monashcollege.edu.au/english-language-services/english-language-courses/monash-english-bridging/bridging-entry-requirements

I've met the requirements for Foundation Year/MEB Diploma what should I do now?

If you are a current Monash English (ME) student and have met the requirements to commence your destination program, you need to apply to Central Admissions to join the destination program at the next available intake. Once you have received the full offer from Central Admissions, you must contact Student Admin to discontinue your current program (if you are still enrolled) before you can accept the new offer.If you are a new/prospective student, you can contact Monash (study@monash.edu) to apply for your destination program.

I've got the IELTS score for University/MEB what should I do now?

Please refer to the answer for question 3.

I want to change from Foundation Year to Monash College Diploma or vice versa, how can I do this?

You need to contact Central Admissions (scenquiries@monash.edu) to apply for the new program. After you have received the full offer, you must contact Student Admin to discontinue your current program (if you are still enrolled) before you can accept the new offer.

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