Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply


Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply


22636VIC Course in Initial EAL - Enhance Your English Skills in Melbourne


General: The 22636VIC Course in Initial EAL is designed for pre-literate students many of whom arrive in Australia with severely interrupted education and little or no previous education or learning experiences. These pre arrival experiences may influence their ability to settle in

Australia and apply the skills required to learn a new language. These learners need to develop an identity as a learner and establish learning routines. The course is intended to provide participants with the following educational outcomes:

  • basic decoding and encoding skills
  • handwriting skills such as copying and hand-eye coordination
  • recognition of common high frequency function words and nouns to convey familiar personal information
  • conventions of an Australian classroom such as punctuality and attendance.

Entry requirements:  Entry to this EAL Course is 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 may 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
  • a participant’s learning and pathway needs including employability skills, literacies (digital and other literacies), and further educational and vocational training needs.

Every student will be required to complete the English Proficiency Assessment test and a Pre-Training Interview. Students must also be at least 18 years of age.

Vocational outcomes: There are no formal articulation arrangements for pathways into VET or higher education courses on completion of this course. Students can go onto further study options, including Course in EAL.

Delivery and assessment:

This course is delivered in a classroom setting. Strategies include a variety of assessment methods and evidence gathering techniques, which offer an integrated approach to assessment.

Assessment methods and tools may include: verbal presentations, multi-media presentations, portfolios, student self-assessments,

on-going teacher assessment, direct observation, simulated role plays, third party feedback e.g. from (teachers, community members or peers), verbal questioning to confirm linguistic, sociolinguistic and cultural knowledge

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNom Hrs
Core Units
VU23489Recognise letters of the alphabet and their sounds in extremely familiar words100
VU23490Use extremely familiar strategies to participate in learning70
VU23491 Recognise and copy extremely familiar words80
VU23492Participate in extremely familiar spoken exchanges90
VU23493Recognise, copy and use numbers and money from 1 to 5080
VU23575Recognise and use extremely familiar digital devices25

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.


1. You must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).

2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.


  • Skills First Funding


  • Non Apprentice/Trainee


6 months


Melbourne CBD 3000 – Mon Tue


In class




If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.