Certificate IV in ESL (Further Study)
This course is also offered with a 'English for Business Professionals' or 'Health & Community Services' stream 21502VIC
This course is for people from culturally diverse backgrounds wanting to improve English language and literacy skills and build knowledge to make the transition into mainstream study at an Australian educational institution. This course is currently being re-accredited.
The 'English for Business Professionals' stream is an advanced level course aimed at those wanting to study in broad business services areas including Accounting, Office Administration, Bookkeeping, Marketing, Retail, Financial Services and Small Business (Dandenong campus). The 'Health & Community Services' stream is aimed at those wanting to study in the health, family and community services field (Dandenong campus).
Excursions are an important part of each course and complement the classroom delivery. They vary from semester to semester depending on the interest and needs of the group. Students at times audit mainstream classes plus visit universities or other TAFE campuses to orient to different educational environments, listen to lectures and explore further study options. Student may also visit workplaces to familiarise with industry requirements. There is also opportunity to participate in practical placement.
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 advanced level of language is required for this course plus a clear indication of study pathway such as for the health and community services stream or in the business field.
An Upper Intermediate to Advanced level of language is required for this course plus a clear indication of study pathway.
When Does The Course Start?
February and July
NB This course is offered at Frankston in Semester 1 only; Dandenong campus offers both semesters.
FT: 20 hours per week x 18 weeks plus flexible / home study requirements
Electives may require night class attendance.
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; Writing; Reading; plus elective modules such as Computer Skills, Online Language Learning, Education In Australia, Current Affairs and Emergency First Aid Level 1. Electives offered for 'Health & Community Services' stream include choices from the Aged Care, Community Welfare, Youth Work or Human Services orientated fields. Electives choices offered for the 'English for Business' stream include from the Financial Services, Accounting, Business Administration, Information Technology, Marketing or Retail Fields.
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. Mainstream modules may involve formal written examinations.
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 TAFE or university 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
• 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.