A sustained, institution-wide, evidence-based approach to English language development

The multi-award winning Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy (GELES) has been specifically designed to enhance the English language proficiency and academic success of students with English as an Additional Language (EAL). GELES comprises six components, which collectively support students throughout the student lifecycle: Succeeding at Griffith; English Language Enhancement Course (ELEC); Postgraduate Enhancement Language Enhancement (PELE); EnglishHELP; Griffith Mates; and English4grads.

STUDENT OUTCOMES

Through this innovative strategy, Griffith assists international students to be well prepared for their university studies by:

  • providing English language support throughout their degree studies, and
  • providing immersion experiences that encourage integration between the development of a peer support network for all students

Components of the strategy

Before

Succeeding at Griffith

compulsory

A 3-day intensive short course for international partner university students delivered prior to degree commencement. This course helps students successfully transition to university studies in English.

Succeeding at Griffith

During

English Language Enhancement Course

compulsory

A 10 credit point course taken during the first trimester of an international student's undergraduate degree.

English Language Enhancement Course

Postgraduate English Language Enhancement

optional

Additional tutorials embedded in selected courses for international postgraduate coursework students.

Postgraduate English Language Enhancement

EnglishHELP

optional

Free English language support for all students with English as an additional language via individual/small group consultations, workshops and online resources.

EnglishHELP

Griffith Mates

optional

Social activities and community events to help students practice their English and make new friends.

Griffith Mates

After

English4grads

optional

A subsidised IELTS Academic test or PTE Academic test (50% of the normal fee) available to students completing a Griffith degree.

English4grads

POLICIES

The relevant University policies that stipulate English Language Enhancement requirements include:

  1. Section 3.1 of the Bachelor Degree Policy (PDF 77k) (and its schedule below) Schedule 1: Requirement to Complete the English Language Enhancement Course (PDF 32k)
  2. Section 11.1 of the Structure and Requirements of Qualifications Awarded by Griffith University (PDF 142k)

Contact us

Contact the Office of the Vice President (Global)