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For students and parents who are considering going to Australia for high school courses, there are three core issues to make decisions, namely:

1Do you want to go to Australia to study high school courses?

2When should I go to Australia for high school courses?

3How to choose a high school correctly?

Option One:After finishing the first year of high school, I went to Australia to study for half a year of English courses plus two years of high school courses (grade 11 + 12), and then enter an Australian university to study undergraduate courses.

Option II:After completing at least the second year of high school and obtaining a qualified IELTS score, go to Australia for a one-year preparatory course, and then enter an Australian university for undergraduate courses.

third solution:After graduating from high school and obtaining qualified IELTS scores, he enters an Australian university to study undergraduate courses.

Obviously, the total time and total cost of studying in Australia for Option XNUMX exceed those for Option XNUMX and Option XNUMX. Then, on the premise that the applicant's family funds are sufficient, what is the core value of Option XNUMX compared to Option XNUMX and Option XNUMX. ?

Value XNUMX: Comprehensive improvement of English ability

English learning is closely related to age factors and language environment. In the teaching environment of Australian high schools, all international students' listening to lectures, taking notes, discussing questions, writing homework and exams are all done in English; in addition, most of the life scenes (shopping, banking, post office, transportation, travel, parties, etc.) It is also done in English. Therefore, students' English learning potential and ability will be fully manifested in a pure English environment. After two years of Australian high school courses, students' English ability can generally reach the level of domestic English majors. In addition, domestic English learning has a strong test-oriented education, and the actual use of English is difficult to improve in the domestic environment. In Australia, as long as you are willing to have full contact with local teachers, students and society With communication, your English ability is relatively easy to be comprehensively improved.

Value XNUMX: Humanized curriculum and course selection system

Like China, secondary schools in Australia are composed of six years. The difference is that Australia’s junior high school lasts for 4 years (grades 7-10) and high school lasts for 2 years (grades 11-12). During the two years of high school, students generally need to take 6-8 academic courses. The curriculum has the following characteristics:

1. A wide range of courses are available.Larger high schools can offer 50-60 courses for students to choose from, and smaller high schools can also offer at least 30 courses; while high schools in China range from city key high schools to ordinary high schools, from large high schools to Very small high schools offer almost the same courses.

2. Few required courses.For Australian high school students, only English is a compulsory course, and other subjects can be regarded as elective courses. For high school students in China, the courses in the first and second year of high school are compulsory subjects; although liberal arts and science subjects can be selected for the college entrance examination, Chinese, mathematics and foreign languages ​​are all compulsory subjects. Suppose a student who is studying in a high school in Shanghai has good Chinese scores, very good English scores, and often fails in mathematics. We can hardly expect him or her to pass the college entrance examination to enter Fudan University or Shanghai International Studies University for undergraduate English majors for further studies; But if this student chooses to go to Australia for high school courses, since he or she can skip math courses, he or she is very likely to enter Australia's top universities for undergraduate language majors.

3. Many elective courses.For Australian high school students, in addition to English courses, other courses are optional. There are generally three points to consider when choosing courses. The first is the interest of the students, the second is the learning ability of the students, and the third is to combine the majors the students want to study in the university. For example, if a student wants to apply for a university major in finance, he must have studied mathematics in high school; if he wants to apply for a medical major, he must have read chemistry and biology in high school; if he wants to apply for a major in translation, there is no option for high school electives. Prerequisite restrictions.

Value XNUMX: Humanized evaluation and advancement system

High school graduates in China need to go through the college entrance examination for two days to enter a domestic university. The performance of the college entrance examination in these two days is decisive for the candidates' ability to enter the university. I call this kind of evaluation and advancement system. It is the "two-day evaluation system." The "two-day evaluation system" is worthy of recognition of fairness and science, but it also has a lot of contingency inherently. In Australia, high school assessment students use a continuous assessment system, which I call the "two-year assessment system". During the two years of high school, students' usual homework, attendance rate, usual exams, final exams and final exam results will affect the scores of students who graduate from high school to college to varying degrees.

According to the relationship between usual results and examination results, the "continuous evaluation system" of high schools in various states and regions in Australia is divided into two categories. The first type is that the usual grades (grades 11 and 12) account for 100% of the total grades. The examination results are only used to adjust the grading differences between schools, such as the Capital Region (Canberra), Queensland (Brisbane), Tasmania (Hobart). If students take high school courses in these areas, they can grasp the fate of their studies two years later as long as they earnestly grasp and devote themselves to each day of study. On the contrary, if you don’t study hard in normal times, there is no life-saving straw. The second type is that the usual grades (only the 12th grade) account for 50% of the total scores, and the final examination results account for 50% of the total scores, such as New South Wales (Sydney), Victoria (Melbourne), South Australia (A Dred).

The humanization of the assessment and advancement system in Australian high schools is not only reflected in the "two-year evaluation system", but also in the scoring process that fully considers students' superior courses and avoids students' inferior courses. Take the high school in the Capital Region (Canberra) as an example. During the two years, students will generally choose 4 main courses and 4 auxiliary courses; when the final high school enters the university, the best 3 main courses and 1 auxiliary course are calculated. For the final grade, if the grades of 4 sub-courses are lower than the 4 main courses, the main course can be used as the sub-course to calculate the grade.

Value XNUMX: Improvement of independent living ability

Students studying in Australia will help them develop their ability to live independently, which will greatly help them adapt to society in the future. Parents may be worried that my child will not do anything at home. Can he take care of himself after he goes out? To be honest, children nowadays rarely have strong self-care ability in high school. The nearly XNUMX children sent by our consultants are definitely not much better than their peers in self-care ability when they are in China, but they are impressive after a period of time abroad. When students come back from the winter and summer vacations, they sometimes come to our office to sit and sit. It gives everyone the feeling that people have become more polite and respect the opinions and feelings of others. Some of the shy children are also willing to take the initiative to deal with others. It is gratifying to see these changes. Students' self-care ability is exercised, and the experience of studying abroad is undoubtedly of great value to the development of students' own personality.

Chinese students who want to enter the undergraduate courses of Australian universities can enter through Australian high school courses, or through Australian preparatory courses, or directly after graduating from Chinese high schools, or transfer credits after finishing college in China .

With sufficient funds, for most students, studying in Australian high school courses is the best knowledge preparation, study skills preparation, psychological preparation and life ability preparation for entering Australian undergraduate courses.

Judging from the students we have sent out for so many years, students who enter undergraduate courses through Australian high school courses can often adapt to the learning environment, learning pace and learning requirements of Australian universities more quickly, and are more able to withstand the liberalization of Australian universities. "Strictly out" challenge.

For students who choose to go to Australia to study high school courses, they have chosen a new opportunity and a new challenge.

Before going to Australia to study a high school course, you must be well prepared for English ability, learning ability and psychological preparation, so that after you arrive in Australia, you can better meet new opportunities, accept new challenges, and gain the core of studying in Australian high school courses. value.

The article is reproduced from "Australia Pericom Study and Immigration"


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