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Certificate II in ESL (Access)

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  • Objectives
    This course assists people from culturally diverse backgrounds to improve their knowledge of Australian society, English language, and employment and living skills. Participants consolidate basic language skills. A class for ESL youth aged 18-24, is offered at Dandenong campus - learning occurs in the context of migrant or refugee youth issues and interests. Also modules from the certificate are available in part time evening classes at Dandenong campus. This Certificate is also offered with a Youth Program, Automotive, Aged Care blended course. or Get that Job! stream. This course is currently being re-accredited.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate II in ESL (Access)
  • Course description
    Course Outline
    This course assists people from culturally diverse backgrounds to improve their knowledge of Australian society, English language, and employment and living skills. Participants consolidate basic language skills. A class for ESL youth aged 18-24, is offered at Dandenong campus - learning occurs in the context of migrant or refugee youth issues and interests. Also modules from the certificate are available in part time evening classes at Dandenong campus.

    This course is currently being re-accredited.

    Get that Job! stream offers intensive preparation in the language and skills required for the workforce, orientation towards a work environment and particularly health and safety requirements and the opportunity to engage in work experience. The Automotive and Aged Care streams (Dandenong campus only) combine both theoretical study and practical experience. Students will be taught by industry experts in a supported learning environment.

    The ESL Youth Program has specifically been developed for young migrant or refugee background students. Language learning therefore is in the context of youth issues plus provides focus towards further study (return to school or TAFE/University pathways) and work. Recreational and social activities are also integral to the program and extend the formal context of structured classroom learning. ESL Youth students are supported by specialist youth workers both generally and on an individual basis.

    Excursions are an important part of each full time and extended part time course. They complement the classroom delivery. Excursions vary from semester to semester depending on the interest and needs of the group.

    Applicants are placed into levels based on assessment of language level against the entry requirements of each certificate plus interview regarding past learning, life, work or study experience, and goals for the future. Levels are guided by the Indicators of Competence from the National Reporting System (NRS) and the International Second Language Proficiency Rating scale (ISLPR).

    An intermediate level of language is required for this course plus a clear indication of study or work interest in theindustry.

    Campus
    Dandenong, Frankston

    When Does The Course Start?
    February and July
    Automotive stream offered in July only / Aged Care & Get that Job! streams offered in February and July

    Study Modes
    FT: 20 hours per week x 18 weeks plus flexible/home study requirements (also for Get that Job!)
    FT: 4 days per week (July-March) 8.30- 4.30 plus flexible/home study requirements - Automotive
    FT: 4 days per week (Feb-Nov) 8.30-4.30 plus flexible/home study requirements - Aged Care
    PT: 3- 15 hours per week x 18/36 weeks. Some flexible home study hours may be required
    Course hours are nominal only and may vary from semester to semester.

    What Entrance Requirements Are There?
    Assessment of language skill

    How Will I Be Selected?
    Interview and test required.

    Are There Any Other Special Requirements?
    Permanent resident or TPV holder, non-English speaking background.
    Students need to exhibit a commitment to self improvement plus a willingness to accept constructive feedback and to working in a respectful, participatory environment.

    How Should I Apply?
    Apply directly to Chisholm

    Is There An Interview?
    Interview and assessment is required

    Study Area Summary
    Listening; Speaking; Reading; Writing; plus elective modules such as Computer Skills, Practical Placement, Australian Studies, Current Affairs and Local Orientation.

    The Automotive Stream offers learning modules such as Dismantle and Assemble Engine, Remove and Replace Engine Cylinder Head, Dismantle and Assemble Carburettor.

    The Aged Care Stream offers modules such as Provide Support to an Older Person, Provide Personal Care, Orientation to Aged Care Work, Apply First Aid, and Comply with Infection Control Policies.

    The Get That Job! Stream offers modules such as Follow Routine Workplace Hygiene Procedures, Provide Basic Emergency Life Support, Perform CPR, and Follow Workplace Safety Procedures.

    Assessment Methods
    Assessment is ongoing throughout each course and is designed to test against the learning outcomes of each module. Assessment may test more than one learning outcome at a time and may also combine requirements for more than one module.

    Assessment methods vary and may include written work, oral presentations, role play and discussion and teacher observation. Tasks may be completed as individual or group activities, or pair work. Training package modules may involve formal written examinations or test.

    Employability Skills obtained from this Course
    A list of Employability Skills for this course can be found at http://employabilityskills.training.com.au

    Further Education Opportunities and Articulation to Other Courses
    Further certificate courses in the Access/Further Study/Employment stream of ESL
    Mainstream VET courses

    RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
    Where applicants can show evidence of prior qualification or experience in a related field, they may apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).
    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • Skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course.

    Support Services
    Support is available to students in a range of areas including Study Skills, Personal Counselling, Careers Advice and Disability Support. Contact Student Advisory Services for more details.

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