Duration: 
18 weeks
Start dates:
1 August 2019
1 September 2019
1 October 2019
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 1 August 2019 for our next intake which starts on 1 August 2019.

Overview

Start learning the basics of English, with VU Polytechnic’s Course in Initial EAL.

During this course you will learn to sound and read words, and to recognise and write letters. You will also begin to develop handwriting skills.

You will develop the skills in the following:

  • recognising letters of the alphabet and their sounds
  • beginning learning strategies
  • recognising and copying extremely familiar words
  • participating in extremely familiar spoken exchanges
  • recognising and copying numbers from 1 to 100
  • beginning to identify digital media.

When you finish this course you will be able to study at the next level in English.

This certificate is part of the Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP).

The program offers a range of services, including counselling, and housing and financial advice.

Find out about the WMEP program and support services offered.

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:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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 varied cultural and community engagement projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.

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Course contents

To be awarded the 22482VIC Course in Initial EAL, a student must successfully complete a total of six (6) core units of competency.

CORE UNITS

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 pre-literate learners, VU Polytechnic’s Course in Initial EAL will help to develop and establish learning routines.

During this course you will learn to sound and read words, and to recognise and write letters. You will also begin to develop hand writing skills.

You will develop the skills in the following:

  • recognising letters of the alphabet and their sounds;
  • beginning learning strategies;
  • recognising and copying extremely familiar words;
  • participating in extremely familiar spoken exchanges;
  • recognising and copying numbers from 1 to 100, and;
  • beginning to identify digital media.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to undertake further study in English and continue to develop your skills.

Admission requirements

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 22482VIC Course in Initial 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. Apply direct to VU

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

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