About this course
For non-English speaking people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, this English as an Additional Language (EAL) course, offered by The Gordon, is a great way to further develop your English language skills and learn more about Australian culture.
This on-campus Certificate III in EAL (Access) (22253VIC) TAFE course will look to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and help you apply your learning in real world situations.
Over the course of 20 weeks, you will learn how to engage in casual conversations and transactions, be able to give and respond to information and instructions, and read and write narrative texts using descriptive language. You will also cover Australian art and culture, the Australian education system and investigate issues in the Australian environment, giving you a broad understanding of Australian culture and society.
Each prospective EAL student will be assessed on their English language proficiency and placed in a course to match their skill level. This means that you will be surrounded by students of similar experience, and taught content that corresponds with your ability.
Assessment will take the form of:
- Hands-on projects
- Written assignments
- Team projects
- Oral presentations
Find out what it’s like to study at The Gordon!
To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Be an adult student from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community, and a permanent resident of Australia
- Be interviewed and assessed by a trained ESL teacher to determine your language level.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.
In this EAL course, the units of competency you may study include:
- VU21323 – Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio
- VU21465 – Engage in casual conversations and straightforward transactions
- VU21466 – Give and respond to a range of straightforward information and instructions
- VU21473 – Investigate Australian art and culture
- VU21472 – Investigate features of the education system in Australia
- VU21470 – Investigate issues in the Australian environment
- VU21467 – Read and write straightforward communications and transactional texts
- VU21469 – Read and write straightforward descriptive and narrative texts
Why The Gordon?
The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to three purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City, East Geelong, and in Werribee – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.
East Geelong – 2 Fenwick St, Geelong VIC 3220
Geelong City – Boundary Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219
Werribee Learning Centre – 9 Bridge St, Werribee VIC 3030
The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.
The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: