English Courses in Gold Coast, Australia

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Australian International College of Language, Gold Coast:
The Australian International College of Language (AICOL) is a government-accredited English school located in Southport, a suburb of the city of Gold Coast in Queensland, north-east Australia. Established in 1993, we are the oldest English language school in Gold Coast, Australia’s sixth largest city located an hour’s flight north of Sydney. We offer accredited English language courses year-round, as well as summer and winter study tour camps for international students from around the world of all ages and abilities. Our wide range of English courses include CRICOS registered courses for student visas (including IELTS and TOEIC test preparation courses) and Australian government-recognised Certificates in Spoken and Written English (Certificates 1, 2, 3 & 4).

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About AICOL - Quality English Language Education:

Photo of English Courses in Gold Coast, AustraliaAICOL occupies its own premises in Southport on the Gold Coast, facing the Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean. Our maximum number of students per class is 15, with an average of 12. All rooms have natural lighting and are air-conditioned. 

With a total of 12 classrooms, 3 student kitchens, 3 common areas, and an open feel with natural lighting and air-conditioning, AICOL provides an excellent and comfortable learning environment.

Our teachers are all qualified ESL teachers, with many years of experience. Our staff come from many different ethnic backgrounds including Finland, Italy, Iraq, Syria and New Zealand.

Our Director of Studies, Ms Viviana Browne, has been with us since 1993, and Jan and Garth Keppie (Principals) have been owners since establishment.

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and on identifying and addressing the particular needs and ambitions of every student.  All students are made to feel that AICOL is home-away- from-home.

Our rules are strict, and we expect every student to follow them. Most of our students are here to prepare for exams or entry to other institutions, and expect and deserve a good learning environment.

Those students who do not acknowledge and observe the rules designed to preserve this environment will not be welcome. We do care for all our students, and offer them the ideal environment in which to achieve their goals.


Image of English Courses in Gold Coast, AustraliaAustralian International College of Language is a fully accredited English language college, providing approved courses for students from 6 years of age through to adults.

Indeed, on some occasions we have had whole generations (grandparents, parents, and children all from the one family) studying with us at the same time.

Year-Round & Summer English Language Courses:
- General English language courses (Accredited courses for Elementary to Upper Intermediate level) 
- IELTS, TOEFL & TOEIC test preparation courses
- Cambridge FCE (First Certificate in English) and CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced) exam preparation courses
- Academic English for university & other third-level studies (accredited course)
- Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE Certificates 1, 2, 3 & 4. Part of the Australian government-recognised national curriculum for English language learning for migrants ages 14+) 
- English language courses for high school preparation (accredited course)
- English study tour programmes
- English summer camp / winter camps for individual children, teenagers and adults
- Homestay programme with local Australian host families
- English language & professional sport programmes (accredited course)
- Farmstay programme (Group study)
- English language courses for parent and child
- English language courses for young learners (accredited courses)
- AICOL VIP GOLD for Young Learners study program

Many students come to AICOL to:
- Prepare for IELTS tests (our test results are excellent)
- Prepare for entry to local high schools or primary schools
- Improve their general English levels for further study
- Improve their general English for travel or other personal reasons

We look forward to welcoming you to AICOL, and to our beautiful part of the world.

Homestay with Australian Host Families:

Photos of Australian International College of Language, Gold CoastAs a vital component of the learning process, we strongly recommend homestay with an Australian family. Homestay provides the best environment within which to:

- Reinforce the English lessons learned at AICOL through practice
- Provide a safe and welcoming place from which to learn about Australia
- Provide a good introduction to Australian customs and way of life 

AICOL has its own homestay placement service, whereby students are placed with a family most suited to their particular needs:

- Students first complete a Homestay Application Form
- This form is then matched through our exclusive computer program with one of our homestay families
- The chosen homestay family details are then forwarded to the student
- The student may even commence communicating with the family before they arrive

All homestay families are chosen for their caring and welcoming attitude to international students, and must provide appropriate accommodation for both living and study.  They must also hold police clearance cards.

Student Activities:

Picture of English Courses in Gold Coast, Australia- Australian International College of Language provides an extensive range of activity options for all students. During January / February and June / July / August, we have structured activities each afternoon after school, plus full day activities on the weekend. AICOL can also provide specialised activities for serious students, such as professional golf, tennis, or swimming tuition.

- Our computerised Homestay Placement Service also enables AICOL to place students in families which enjoy the same kind of activities. For example, a family living beside a golf course which enjoys golf, or a family which lives by the ocean and loves surfing.

Student Testimonials:

"Hi Garth,
I have finished three weeks of English study in your school. My experience has been very good. My daughters have been four weeks and will be for another week.

I studied English in six different countries and I must say that your school is the best I've ever been. I am a high school teacher in my country and I value your work.

My daughters have learned a lot. The teachers are very good. Laura is in the class of Brendan. A great teacher. Laura has managed to speak English and work hard every day.

Jamice professor Paula is a very energetic person and a great professional. And John my teacher always has a kind word for each of their students and a great knowledge of the different cultures of their students.

Thank you very much to all. I have to thank you also that in recent weeks we find a new apartment where we have been very good." 

–  Nuria Diaz - Spain

"Thank you for teaching me for 5 weeks. Your classes were so fun, and in fact I was always looking forward to joining in your classes. I've learned a lot from your teaching such as student-center classes and giving students a lot of opportunities to speak English. I also thought that a schedule in your classes was so nice too. Your classes improve every skill, not only listening,  speaking, reading, writing but also thlnking about some issues deeply. I want to be a teacher like you...I had a great time during my stay in Australia."
–  Nori, Japan

"Dear Jan, Thank you for teaching me these three weeks.  I've been learning a lot from you and also enjoying all the lessons we've been through.  You're such a great teacher, all of the comments that you made on politic, economy, culture were so amazing that I will always keep them in my mind.  It's my pleasure to join your class, and worked with these lovely and kindly classmates. 

I love your style in teaching better than my teacher in Taiwan.  You divided us into small groups everyday, so I had good opportunities to practice speaking English with different countries and personalities of people, we shared our ideas together and I always got great responses to any of the questions and problems;  especially the business English impressed me the most, we argued on each other's point of view; meanwhile I developed my critical thinking skills as well. 

Every Thursday, when finishing IELTS, I always felt frustrated, but the advantage is it made me realise which English levels I am, and what parts I have to study harder and improve more.  It's really a shame to stay in Australia for such a short period, but it's definitely the best memory that I've ever experienced.  Hope you won't forget me!"

–  Jessica, Taiwan

"Dear Janice, I am very grateful for your assistance with my IELTS test. The test results has been sent to me yesterday when I arrived home. I’ve got a overall 7.5 in the IELTS, which includes Listening(8.5), Reading(7.5), Writing(6.5), Speaking(7.0).It is a pretty good mark of a two-week preparation.

I really appreciate your taking the time to give me so much idividual attention, and your honesty, care and passion has left an impact on me that I will never wear out. The time that I stayed in your class was short but I experienced a completely different teaching method which will always be a good memory for me.

Now I am preparing the new semister coming in the following week. I am sure there will chances for me to continue my study in Australia.  Thank you."

–  Lynette, Academic English course 2016

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