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 speaking English in front of an audience? Did you complete high school in Australia but would like to improve your ability to make seminar presentations before starting tertiary study? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these questions, this course is for you.
In the course you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to plan and deliver a spoken presentation and to evaluate your own effectiveness. You’ll learn how to maximise the use of your voice and body language to communicate with people and also to lead them in a group discussion. You will develop interview and negotiation skills suited to academic and other situations.
This course is a nationally accredited unit from the Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes.
How will it help my career?
You’ll gain the necessary English language skills and knowledge to successfully undertake study at post‑Year 12 level, and you’ll also be able to apply these English speaking skills in an academic, workplace or community environment with minimal support.
The competencies in this unit will enable you to partially meet the Australian Skills Framework (ACSF) at Oral Communication 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 practise and successfully complete assessment on:
- 10–20 minute interview in an academic context
- one-to one negotiation
- spoken presentation of 10 minutes or more
- leading a discussion and question and answer session after your presentation.
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.