Develop basic English skills including speaking and handwriting, with a Course in English as an Additional Language (EAL) at VU Polytechnic.
During this course you will develop beginner skills in English speaking, listening, reading, writing and maths.
You will develop your skills as a student, and learn how to:
- give basic personal details
- explain basic needs
- listen to and give information and instructions
- participate in conversations
- read and write short basic messages
- read and complete basic forms
- read and write short sentences
- give and follow simple directions
- read measurements and recognise information which includes numbers.
After this course you will be able to keep studying English to develop your skills.
VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
As part of Victoria University, Victoria University Polytechnic believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. Studying with us means you’ll be learning in an environment that values community empowerment.
Victoria University received the highest rating of five stars for cultural diversity by the Good Universities Guide. Our students feel fortunate to learn in a setting that has such a rich representation of cultures.
VU also works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity and social inclusion issues and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region. We are proud of our cultural diversity initiatives and projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.
To be awarded the 22483VIC Course in EAL, a student must successfully complete a total of nine (9) units of competency, comprising of:
- one (1) core unit, and;
- eight (8) elective units, of which:
- three (3) units must be selected from the Speaking and Listening electives;
- two (2) units must be selected from the Reading and Writing electives, and;
- three (3) units must be selected from the Numeracy electives.
Speaking and Listening
Reading and Writing
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
Designed for newly or recently arrived learners, this course will help you to develop basic English skills.
During this course you will develop initial skills in English speaking, listening, reading, writing, numeracy and learning.
Upon completion of this course you will learn to:
- develop learning strategies for language learning;
- communicate basic personal details and needs;
- listen to and give information and instructions;
- participate in extremely familiar spoken exchanges;
- read and write short basic messages;
- read and complete basic forms;
- read and write short sentences;
- develop numeracy skills for giving and following simple directions, understanding, and;
- measurements and recognising information which includes numbers.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to undertake further study in English and continue to develop your skills.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Entry in to 22483VIC Course in EAL must be determined according to the following criteria:
- a participant’s current English language skills. (The Listening and Speaking and Reading and Writing units in the Framework will provide the basis for initial assessment processes and placement of participants at the appropriate proficiency level);
- a participant’s prior formal education experience, both overseas and in Australia;
- any prior EAL learning, and;
- a participant’s learning and pathway needs including employability skills, literacies (digital and other literacies), and further educational and vocational training needs.
How to apply
Apply direct to VU
Apply direct to VU using our admission centre, submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered
Enquire about applications
Footscray Nicholson Campus: Josephine Farrugia, +61 3 9919 8748
Sunshine and Geelong Campuses: Luisa De Luca, +61 3 9919 7109
St Albans & City Flinders Campuses: Sarina De Luca, +61 3 9919 2924
Werribee Campuses: Alice Smilek, +61 3 9919 7521