English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The qualifications are designed for the diverse range of adult learners of English as an additional language needing to develop their English language proficiency skills in order to access a wide range of further education, training, employment and community participation contexts. The language proficiency and cultural knowledge and skills levels at the different levels reflect the developmental nature of language learning and acknowledge that learners may need to access one or more courses in the Framework to develop and consolidate English language skills, cultural knowledge and prepare for entry to education or employment.

‘It takes a long time to learn and become proficient in a new language, usually from five to 10 years, and those learning English as an additional language, depending on their age and starting point, require targeted assistance in their educational settings for most or all of that time.’ (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development 2013:3)

The Access and Further Study streams focus on specific skills and knowledge required by participants who wish to pathway to further education, training or employment. They enable participants from a range of cultural and educational backgrounds to develop English language skills, including:

those who have immigrated to Australia who are recent arrivals
those who have immigrated to Australia and are longer term residents returning to study, to improve their English skills after having previously worked in low skilled jobs or having been out of the workforce
Indigenous Australians who are learning English as an additional language or dialect
Participants may also present with a mixed language skill profile, for example, with strong speaking and listening skills but no or limited literacy skills. The streams and levels include flexibility through the packaging rules to focus on specific areas of need.

National Code Title Description Government Funded
22259VIC Course in EAL The Course in EAL is designed for EAL participants who have little or no prior educational experience or whose circumstances have resulted in disrupted education and who need to develop initial level basic English speaking, listening, reading and writing, numeracy and learning skills prior to accessing further English language education and possible employment. Yes
22250VIC Certificate I in EAL (Access) Certificate I (Access) outcomes focus on the development of English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills directly related to immediate personal and social needs together with electives selected to develop relevant social, settlement and numeracy skills and knowledge. The purpose of this qualification is preparation for participation in further English language study or vocational training which may include English language support or employment. Yes
22251VIC Certificate II in EAL (Access) Certificate II (Access) outcomes focus on the development of English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills together with electives selected to develop relevant knowledge and skills for simple everyday communication and community participation and to enable participants to move into further English language education or vocational training or a combination of both, or employment. Yes
22253VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access) Certificate III (Access) outcomes focus on the consolidation of English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills so that participants can access a range of further and vocational education options which may require some specialisation. Participants include those who have been out of the workforce for a period and wish to further develop English language skills and research pathway options or seek employment. Yes
22255VIC Certificate III in EAL (Further Study) Certificate III (Further Study) outcomes focus on the consolidation of English speaking and listening, reading, writing and study skills to participate in a range of Australian further study contexts. Outcomes include literacy skills including digital literacy skills and cultural and critical knowledge and skills together with knowledge and skills to access further education pathways. Participants may pathway to vocational or other education or to further English language courses. Yes
22258VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) Certificate IV (Further Study) outcomes are designed for those who require consolidation of advanced level English speaking and listening, reading, writing, literacy skills including digital literacy skills, and study skills in English prior to accessing a range of further study pathways including higher education. Participants include those who have already completed or partially completed further or higher education, those who wish to upgrade their qualifications and those wishing to enter higher level qualifications for the first time. The purpose of this course is to develop communication and research skills and knowledge at a complex level together with knowledge of the Australian education system. Outcomes are designed to support those who will use their existing skills and knowledge in their language in the workplace, for example as interpreters and providing bilingual support, to gain access to further training to support employment. Yes
22257VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Employment/Professional) Certificate IV in EAL (Employment / Professional) outcomes are designed for those who need to develop English language skills to participate in specialised or technical and complex verbal and written interactions and transactions in the Australian workplace.
The purpose of this course is to provide a clear pathway for students who want to develop English language and literacy skills and knowledge to make the transition into employment in a professional area.
Yes

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