The fourth of four major English language courses to be offered at four Australian universities is set to start in October and will be taught by the university’s Head of Teaching, Professor Alan Wilson.
Professor Wilson said while most courses would be free of charge, students would still be able to make payments through their university’s student discount scheme.
“The only charge is for a student discount, which is $25.00, so if you want to do a course like this, you’ll have to pay a little more,” he said.
Professor Alan Wilson said students would be able pay by credit card or PayPal but would be charged for course materials.
“[Students] will be able [to] make payments from their bank accounts and their PayPal accounts,” he told 3AW.
In his first public comments on the issue, Mr Wilson told 3News: “The students will be charged a little bit more, but they will be paying for the material.
Students will be paid for the materials, but students will have to make up the difference.”
Mr Wilson said the students would also be expected to pay fees for their courses, but the money would not be taken from their own bank accounts.
He said students at other universities would be required to complete the course and pay their fees on their own.
It was the first time Professor Wilson had spoken about the issue publicly.
Australian English has seen a dramatic rise in demand since it began in 2019, with students now being offered classes in more than 100 languages, including German, French, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.
Mr Wang said students had told him they were keen to take up the course, and hoped the university would take advantage of that demand.
The course will be offered in four languages: English, French and Mandarin, as well as the Indigenous languages of the Torres Strait Islands.
This will include the languages spoken in the Northern Territory, the Northern Mariana Islands and some of the Southern Territories.
What is an English class, and how long is it?
An English class is a class in English with an emphasis on communication.
Teachers will teach students the language of the day, using both spoken and written material.
The class is also offered in a “soft” format, allowing students to practice writing.
When will the class begin?
The first class will start on the first of October.
How much does it cost?
A single course at four universities costs $25 per term.
If you can’t afford to take the course but still want to take it, you can pay a $25 fee and the rest of the money will be taken by the student.
I don’t think it’s too expensive, will I get good results?
It depends on the language, the students’ level of interest and their ability to learn.