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. Also modules from the certificate are available in part time evening classes at Dandenong campus. This course may be offered in an integrated fashion with modules from Certificate IV in ESL Employment. This course is currently being reaccredited.
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).
When Does The Course Start?
February and July
FT: 20 hours per week x 18 weeks plus flexible / home study requirements
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.
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.
Further Education Opportunities and Articulation to Other Courses
Additional modules in the Access stream of ESL at level IV if study is undertaken part time.
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
• Skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course.
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.