Are you from a Language Background Other Than English (LBOTE) and need English language skills and knowledge to successfully undertake study at post‑Year 12 level? Do you struggle with reading English? Did you complete high school in Australia but would like to improve your reading skills before starting tertiary study? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these questions, the Academic Reading Skills online course is for you.
In the course you’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to read English texts written for academic purposes. You’ll learn how to prepare yourself for reading a variety of texts such as journal articles and reports; and how to develop and practise reading skills of skimming and scanning to identify key points and specific details. You’ll be able to make notes and summaries to use in your study or wherever you need.
How will it help my career?
The course provides adults from a non-English speaking background with the English language skills and knowledge needed to successfully undertake study at post-Year 12 level. The competencies will enable a person from a Language Background Other Than English (LBOTE) to apply their knowledge of English to reading within academic, workplace and community contexts with minimal support.
The competencies in this course will enable students to partially meet the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) of Reading Level 4.
What are the essential entry requirements for this course?
Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent. The course is designed for students with minimum English language proficiency of International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) 3, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 to 6.
Can I continue my studies after this course?
The course is designed to be undertaken prior to or in conjunction with chosen academic study.
Can I get credit for my existing skills or qualifications?
If you already have skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. By applying for credit you can reduce the amount of time you need to study and get your qualification faster. You can apply to your TAFE NSW Institute when you enrol or as soon as your classes start.
What level of English language do I need?
You need to have a minimum English language proficiency of Level 3 on the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) scale or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 to 6 to enrol in this course.
All TAFE NSW Online courses require you to meet minimum English language levels before you enrol. Detailed information about meeting these English language levels is available at the TAFE NSW Australia website. To get the most from your course, you should be able to read online material and textbooks, complete written assignments and conduct research independently. Your online study will include webinars (online seminars or meetings), text-based discussions and collaboration.
What will I need to do to complete the course?
During the course you’ll be encouraged to be actively involved in discussion forums to share your thoughts and to ask questions. You will also undertake a range of readings, practice activities and assessment tasks.
Before you can enrol in nationally-recognised training in Australia, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier Number (USI). This includes students completing an apprenticeship or skill-set certificate or diploma course.