About this course
Developed for adults from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, this Certificate IV in EAL (Access) (22256VIC) course will help you gain an advanced grasp on the English language within the context of Australian history and culture.
Offered on campus by The Gordon, this TAFE course will take you through current issues, Australia’s history post 1770, the history of Indigenous Australia, combined with skills in complex conversations and transactions, reading and writing advanced creative texts, and giving oral presentations. This mixture of units will give you advanced English language skills and an understanding of how to utilise this within an Australian context.
All EAL applicants will be assessed and placed into a course based on their English language skills. This means that you will be learning in a supportive environment with students at a similar level to you.
Assessment will take the form of:
- Hands-on projects
- Written assignments
- Team projects
- Oral presentations
To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Be an adult student from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities 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:
- VU21353 – Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
- VU21482 – Research current issues
- VU21481 – Research events in Australian history post 1770
- VU21480 – Research the history of Indigenous people in Australia
- VU21476 – Read and write complex communications and transactional texts
- VU21478 – Read and write complex creative texts
- VU21474 – Analyse and participate in complex conversations
- VU21475 – Give and respond to a wide range of oral presentations and instructions
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: