Accredited English Language Courses Unit Outlines

Certificate I in Communicative English 

Certificate II in Routine English

Certificate III in Functional English for Study or Employment

Certificate IV in English for Higher Education Preparation

Certificate I in Communicative English (11116NAT)

The Certificate I in Communicative English is designed to provide learners with a basic level of competence in English in order to communicate in simple everyday communications. It will provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to:

  • Recognise a range of routine vocabulary, grammatical structures and common phrases to read and understand texts and respond both verbally and in writing.
  • Use a limited range of routine vocabulary and apply basic word order, spelling and punctuation conventions to write a range of basic formal and informal texts.
  • Recognise the different sounds of English, demonstrate understanding of spoken language, comprehend and answer simple questions, and participate in basic English language transactions.
  • Identify and reproduce the different sounds of English, distinguish syllables, and use intonation, rhythm and stress to participate in a range of basic formal and informal English transactions.
  • Use grammatical terms, compose basic grammatical structures and apply basic grammatical concepts in routine English transactions.
  • Produce the different sounds/phonemes, vowel and consonant blends, to pronounce words and short utterances, to assist communication in routine English language transactions.
  • Use English to express whole numbers, simple fractions, sums of money, decimals and percentages, and discuss familiar and predictable quantities using simple and routine measuring instruments and units.

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Certificate II in Routine English (11117NAT)

The Certificate II in Routine English is designed to provide learners with a more comprehensive level of competence in English in order to communicate on a higher level in routine day-to-day interactions.

It will provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to:

  • Listen for gist, general understanding, specific information and detailed information.
  • Ask for and give directions, instructions and advice and participate in everyday conversations and discussions.
  • Use reading skills to skim and scan texts for gist, general understanding, specific and detailed information.
  • Use writing skills to compose a range of more complex formal and informal English texts.
  • Develop and use strategies such as active listening, note-taking, time-management and organisation to undertake study and research activities.
  • Participate in group-based learning and assessment, and performance-based assessment.
  • Recognise a range of routine vocabulary, grammatical structures and common phrases to read and understand texts and respond both verbally and in writing.
  • Use a limited range of routine vocabulary and apply basic word order, spelling and punctuation conventions to write a range of basic formal and informal texts.
  • Recognise the different sounds of English, demonstrate understanding of spoken language, comprehend and answer simple questions, and participate in basic English language transactions.
  • Identify and reproduce the different sounds of English, distinguish syllables, and use intonation, rhythm and stress to participate in a range of basic formal and informal English transactions.
  • Use grammatical terms, compose basic grammatical structures and apply basic grammatical concepts in routine English transactions.
  • Produce the different sounds/phonemes, vowel and consonant blends, to pronounce words and short utterances, to assist communication in routine English language transactions.
  • Use English to express whole numbers, simple fractions, sums of money, decimals and percentages, and discuss familiar and predictable quantities using simple and routine measuring instruments and units.

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Certificate III in Functional English for Study or Employment (11118NAT)

The Certificate III in Functional English for Study or Employment is designed to provide learners with a more comprehensive level of competence in English in order to communicate on a higher level in routine day-to-day interactions.

It will provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to:

  • Read lecture notes, critically analyse academic articles in textbooks, journals and websites, and follow guidelines and instructions for academic purposes.
  • Take notes from lectures, presentations and academic articles, write reports and essays, and use paraphrasing and referencing in academic writings.
  • Use effective listening strategies and techniques to decipher both content and subject matter in lectures and presentations.
  • Speak clearly and confidently using correct pronunciation, academic vocabulary and useful expressions.
  • Participate successfully in conversations and small group discussions and communicate information logically to deliver effective presentations.
  • Use more complex cohesive and coherent grammatical structures, to identify and correct grammatical errors.
  • Pronounce multi-syllabic words, recognise and use connected speech, and apply stress and intonation patterns to change meaning.
  • Use the International Phonemic Alphabet to identify and produce sounds, and identify your own areas of difficulty.
  • Research employment positions, prepare resumes and participate in interviews in an English-speaking environment.
  • Use strategies for prioritisation, managing time and taking notes effectively, undertake research and revise lesson content.

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Certificate IV in English for Higher Education Preparation (11119NAT)

The Certificate IV in English for Higher Education Preparation is designed to provide learners with the ability to achieve good results in proficiency tests that are relevant to higher education studies and to be prepared for integration into international educational facilities.

It will provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to:

  • Read, comprehend and respond to different types of test questions requiring summaries, descriptions, explanations, comparisons and discussions.
  • Read for gist, main ideas and details.
  • Understand logical arguments and recognise writers’ opinion, attitudes and purpose.
  • Understand main ideas, detailed information, opinions, purposes and attitudes of speakers in both every-day and educational contexts.
  • Participate in interviews, give short talks, provide opinions, and ask and respond to questions.
  • Negotiate research topics, undertake research activities and present findings both verbally and in writing.
  • Assimilate with new styles of learning and assessment such as critical thinking skills, group-based learning and assessment, and performance-based assessment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and workings of the VET and higher education institutions in general.

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