The INTO Get Ready for English preparation course
INTO launches new preparation courses

INTO University Partnerships has launched two new enhanced online programmes to assist international students in preparing for pathway and university study in the UK.  

Academic English (AE) is a blended learning course designed to help students prior to joining an INTO pre-university programme by increasing their IELTS score by at least one band in the equivalent of a semester.


The course has been enhanced to include 30 learning hours, consisting of 25 face-to-face contact hours plus five hours of teacher-supported online language development, and features two electives: IELTS preparation or Topics for University Study.


Student progress is tracked and attainment is assessed through IELA, INTO's bespoke exam.


Dr Richard Samuels, UK Director of Teaching and Learning at INTO, said, "The AE programme is multifaceted to help students become fully rounded English users - ones who can contribute in lectures and tutorials in their chosen subject area; carry out research; and collaborate, converse and socialise with their peers."


He added, "Our aim, ultimately, is to make sure they have everything they need to both enjoy studying and progress on to university, either following a subsequent pathway programme or straight after completing the AE programme."


Meanwhile, the INTO Get Ready for English is a free online course available pre-arrival to all students that receive an offer to study at a UK INTO centre, and allows participants to work through reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension activities at their own pace.


Students are supported by receiving direct feedback on tasks from teachers within 48 hours.


"We know students have concerns about their English, and can feel nervous about coming to study in the UK, "said Grainne O'Neil, Senior Product Manager, Learning Solution. "Our animated 'avatar' and real-life tutors who mark students' speaking and writing assignments provide much-needed support and students welcome their personalised feedback."


INTO University Partnerships has agreements with 10 universities in the UK, and also provides pathways in the USA and China.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor