Primary English Preparation Program


Learn To Speak English

The Primary English Preparation Program specifically targets young learners who are seeking to learn English and continue their schooling in Australia. The learners typically have only learnt some basic English at primary school and occasionally speak English with native speakers.


It is anticipated that Primary English Preparation Program students will exit the PEP Program and pathway to a mainstream primary school. The alternate pathway is for students to continue into the High School Preparation Program at Shafston, then exit to a mainstream high school.


The age range for students is between 8 and 12 years old.

PEP course students must reside with a “nominated guardian” approved by the Department of Home Affairs.


The Shafston program offers a variety of classroom activities - participating in group work tasks as well as other activities to become successful autonomous learners.

Course Information

Course Name Primary English Preparation (PEP)
CRICOS Code 107819A
Locations Brisbane Campus
Mode of Study 25 hours per week Face-to-face classroom delivery
Key Dates Set Start Date
Entry Requirements Pre-test required (optional Online Pre-test; compulsory Orientation Placement Test)
Entry level – Beginner (Pre A1 - A2)
Duration 10 - 40 weeks, 4 levels (Each level is 10 weeks in duration)
Course Content Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking skills development
Includes preparation for official Cambridge exam A2 Key for Schools and B1 Preliminary for Schools
Key Points
    • Cambridge Exam fee (optional extra) Weekly review tests
    • Regular ‘mock’ exams / Progress Reports issued
    • After class support (During the time with Shafston)

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The aim of the Shafston for Schools program is to prepare students with the necessary English language skills and confidence to pathway and complete their secondary schooling in an Australian high school, or in another English speaking country.

Students will:

  • study with other students seeking to study in an Australian schools
  • follow a specially designed and tailored intensive integrated English course covering Grammar, Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
  • study English for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • study CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning) Intensive Reading Program
  • participate in mini class debates, discussions and oral presentations
  • develop essential academic skills to successfully study in a high school learning environment such as essay writing skills, research skills and note taking.
  • study towards an internationally recognised Cambridge Examination (Cambridge for Schools)
  • learn social language that will help them to transition to schools and make new friends in Australia
  • participate in regular sporting and art/craft activities to ensure they stay fit and creative at the same time!
  • study in a dedicated Shafston Junior Zone for under 18 students!
  • receive regular progress monitoring, weekly assessments and feedback
  • receive support from teachers and Shafston staff – and students can record progress in their Shafston COMPASS learner’s diary