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22482VIC Course in Initial EAL


Skills First Funding: No

JobTrainer Initiative: No


6 months


Melbourne CBD 3000 – Mon Tue


In class






Term 1 – Wed 27 Jan
Term 2 – Mon 19 Apr
Term 3 – Mon 12 Jul
Term 4 – Mon 4 Oct

22482VIC Course in Initial EAL

General: The Course in Initial EAL is a new course for pre-literate students arriving from conflict zones and refugee camps who have experienced different levels of trauma. While this is a diverse group, many arrive in Australia with severely interrupted education and little or no previous education or learning experiences. These pre arrival experiences 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. They need to develop basic decoding and encoding skills and handwriting skills such as copying and hand-eye coordination.

Entry: 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 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

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 or educational 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 DescriptorNominal Hrs
VU22578Recognise letters of the alphabet and their sounds100
VU22579Use strategies to participate in learning70
VU22580Recognise and copy extremely familiar words80
VU22581Participate in extremely familiar spoken exchanges90
VU22582Recognise and copy numbers from 1 to 10080
VU22383Identify common digital media10

How to Apply

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.