English skills support
All Monash applicants must satisfy our minimum English language requirements.
The Monash Library offers programs to develop your learning skills, including your writing, academic English and thesis management skills.
Conversational English Programs
The Campus Community Division also helps international graduate researchers develop ability and confidence with English through a range of Conversational English Programs including 'Let's Chat' conversational sessions and Peer Support, a drop in service where students can utilise 20 minute sessions to get help with written or spoken academic work.
You can find details and register for these programs at the Conversational English Programs website.
Some of these initiatives are developed or facilitated by other PhD students such as Sara Maher who says that those who participate in 'Let's Chat', which develops conversational English skills in a social environment, are keen to understand Australian conventions and connect with others.
"Students who participate in the program want to understand how things work in Australia. They also want to meet other students and socialise with them. By the end of a session you can tell from the questions being asked that students have become more relaxed, confident and curious", she said.
Graduate researcher Lillian Saw is based in the Faculty of Education and has played a role in developing 'Let's Chat'.
"My involvement has included the development of the 'Let's Chat' program content, administration of the program and analysis of feedback using Qualtrics and SPSS. The program acts as a support system for those who are unsure of their conversational English abilities, helping to aid their transition as a student at Monash."
PhD student, Ros McFarlane, has also observed the positive effects of the Peer Support program.
"After a session of Peer Support many students appear visibly relieved and much more cheerful when they leave. They like that we give them external websites to look at as well as referring them on to other services, and a lot of them say they will come back soon. I have had several students who have used the service multiple times and I have seen some great improvement, even in such a short time period. When students come back multiple times they can get help with lots of different areas of grammar, but it also allows them to ask longer and more detailed questions", she said.
She also notes the way the program acts as an encouragement for those still developing their language skills.
"Some students want to talk a lot about specific grammar problems while others simply want to know that they are doing okay, and to have someone tell them that their work is understandable and give them a few tips, but also a lot of encouragement. Students also seem to like coming because they feel their situation and their problems are being heard here, they get 20 minutes of one-on-one contact with someone who listens to them."