II. Scan the text and decide whether the following statements are true (T) or false (F):
1. The academic year in Australia varies between states and institutions, but generally runs from late January/early February until mid-December for primary and secondary schools.
2. School education in Australia is compulsory between certain ages as specified by state or territory legislation.
3. Depending on the state or territory, and date of birth of the child, school is compulsory from the age of six to seven to the age of sixteen to eighteen.
4. Government schools (also known as public schools) are free to attend for Australian citizens and permanent residents, and Catholic and independent schools usually donít charge attendance fees.
5. Regardless of whether a school is part of the Government, Catholic or independent systems, they are required to adhere to the same curriculum frameworks of their state or territory.
6. Most Catholic schools are either run by their municipal council, local diocese and their state's Catholic education department.
7. Some Catholic and independent schools charge rather low fees, and because of this Government funding for these schools is often criticized by the Australian Education Union and the Greens.
8. A higher education provider is the body that is established or recognized by or under the law of the Australian Government, a State, the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory.
9. Tertiary education (or higher education) in Australia is primarily study at university or a technical institute in order to receive a qualification or further skills and training.
10. The non-self-accrediting higher education providers form a diverse group of specialized, mainly public, providers that range in size and include theological colleges and other providers that offer courses in business, information technology, natural therapies, hospitality, health, law and accounting.
11. English is the official language of Australia but not the main language of instruction in the education system.
12. Many schools offer bilingual programs or programs in other languages.
13. Tertiary education has become more widely available and is undertaken by an increasingly larger proportion of the population. Universities also attract substantial numbers of local students.
14. Higher education is considered to offer the best employment opportunities.
15. The government is responsible for funding most universities and institutions, with increasing contributions being made to the students in the form of grants and post graduation tax payments.
III. Read the text about the English language teaching. Choose the phrase from A to K to fill in the gaps. There is one phrase that you wonít need to use:
The language of instruction in Australia is, of course, English. Students wishing to study 1 _____ in Australia will need to demonstrate proficiency in English as prescribed by 2 _____ for the chosen course. Most Registered Training Organizations will accept students with an IELTS score of 5 or 5.5. Direct entry to university normally requires an IELTS score of 6, sometimes higher.
Virtually all English colleges offer programs in General English, some with specializations such as "Business English' or 'English for Tourism'. Most colleges also offer 3 _____ - courses designed especially to prepare students for further study. Many English colleges also offer preparation for one or more of the international 4 _____ such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System), FCE (First Certificate in English), CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). IELTS is by far the most widely recognized English test in Australia and 5 _____ will only accept an IELTS test score. Some English colleges are also IELTS testing centres.
There are a large number of English language colleges throughout Australia, although the capital cities 6 _____ . Most universities have their own English language centre, but by far the majority of English colleges are private, or 7 _____ . English language teaching in Australia is closely regulated by government for the 8 _____ , facilities available to students, and business soundness.
English language teaching in Australia is 9 _____ and students can often find "'good deals". Because most colleges offer essentially the same courses, they differentiate themselves by 10 _____ they provide. These might include day trips to places of interest in and around the local region such as museums and galleries, or even overnight excursions to more distant destinations for things such as skiing trips or surfing weekends; perhaps visiting a national park, learning to scuba dive or just lazing on the beach. Language learning should be fun, and Australian English colleges make sure of it!