General English Stream - Dueli


Gain the skills and confidence to communicate effectively in English for your own personal development. Choose from 10 levels of General English.

This course is only available for international students.

Key facts


5 weeks – 50 weeks

Current Deakin Students

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Course overview

If you want to improve your English language skills for your personal development, our General English programs are just right for you. At DUELI, we have 10 levels of General English (Beginner to Advanced)

In General English, you will:

  • learn English for everyday situations
  • communicate with people in the classroom and in real situations on class excursion projects
  • learn to speak accurately and clearly
  • improve pronunciation and fluency
  • extend your vocabulary
  • continue to develop cross-cultural communication skills
  • use English to help you enjoy living in Melbourne and Australia.

Level: Beginner– Advanced

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Course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
028769J Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)

Course structure

In General English you will study for 20 hours per week plus 5 hours of self-study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) with a teacher available to guide and support you.

To move from one General English level to the next, you need to pass the main assessment tasks of your current level with an overall score of 55 per cent.


General English Pathways

A General English student is eligible to transfer to the EAP pathway if they pass their General English class at the GE 5 level and attain an appropriate result on the DUELI EAP writing test.


Assessment in each course takes a variety of forms, including written research assignments, debates, class projects, class tests and oral presentations.

Intakes by location

The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.


1 4 January 8 January 9 February
2 8 February 12 February 15 March
3 14 March 18 March 19 April
4 18 April 22 April 24 May
5 23 May 27 May 28 June
6 4 July 8 July 9 August
7 8 August 12 August 13 September
8 19 September 23 September 25 October
9 31 October 4 November 6 December


1 3 January 6 January 7 February
2 6 February 10 February 14 March
3 13 March 17 March 17 April
4 24 April 28 April 30 May
5 29 May 2 June 4 July
6 10 July 14 July 15 August
7 14 August 18 August 19 September
8 25 September 29 September 31 October
9 6 November 10 November 12 December


Entry requirements

There is no academic entry requirement for General English courses. Placement into all DUELI classes is based on the results of the DUELI Placement Test or other approved test.

Academic requirements

There are eight General English (GE) levels offered at DUELI.
General English Elementary (GE 1) is a 10-week program. However, you can exit after five weeks with an overall score of 55% and the required score in the written exam.
GE 2 and above are 5-week programs.
To progress to the next GE level, you need to achieve an overall score of 55%.

English language proficiency requirements

To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you must be able to demonstrate the following to enter each level:
IELTS Score* Level
2.5-3.0 GE 1 Elementary 1-2
3.5 GE 2 Pre-Intermediate 1
4.0 GE 3 Pre-Intermediate 2
4.5 GE 4 Intermediate 1
5.0 GE 5 Intermediate 2
5.5 GE 6 Upper-Intermediate 1
6.0 GE 7 Upper-Intermediate 2
6.5 GE 8 Advanced
* Please note: Entry level IELTS score based on your lowest IELTS band score.

Admissions information

Learn more about Deakin University's English Language Institute (hyperlink - and the wide range of programs available to develop your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

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Apply through Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.