Certificates in Spoken and Written English

Course Code
10361NAT, 10362NAT, 10363NAT,10364NAT
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Course Location
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
Study Modes
Part Time (Day)
Starting Date
Part Time:
  • February 2014
Daytime classes

Leonnie Hughes
Phone: (03) 5120 4552
Monday to Thursday 9am - 2.45pm
Fax:  1300 094 661
Email: leonnieh@gippstafe.edu.au
Post:  PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Course Overview

The Certificate in EAL is offered at four levels: Preliminary; Certificate I; Certificate II & Certificate III.

The course is suitable for adults who are migrants or refugees who want to develop their English language skills. The preliminary level will equip participants with foundation literacy, numeracy and communication skills.

Certificate I focuses on the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening with the goal of developing literacy skills. Certificate II covers post-beginner skills such as listening and speaking skills for casual conversations, telephone exchanges, giving instructions and interviews. This certificate also assists students to develop independent learning skills. Certificate III covers intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening with the goal of attaining functional English skills.

A numeracy module is also offered in Certificates I , II & III.

Participants in all certificate levels are also provided with opportunities to participate in cultural excursions to complement their study of English language in Australia.

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a Certificate of Attainment from GippsTAFE.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many GippsTAFE courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

Having better English skills may improve your work opportunities

Entry Requirements

Prospective participants need to make an appointment. Migrants and refugees will need to bring along their passport and visa to check if they are eligible to enrol in EAL classes as an AMES student. Continuous enrolment of new students into all certificate levels occurs throughout the academic year.

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


Assessment of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills occurs at all certificate levels and involves completing various learning tasks practised in class prior to assessment. The aim is to develop communication skills and participants are well-supported in their attempts to learn English.

Opportunities For Further Study

Upon successful completion of Certificate III, students may be eligible to enrol in the Certificate in General Education (CGEA). Students may also be eligible to enrol in other vocational courses such as childcare, aged care, horticulture & hospitality, once functional English is attained.

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Structure

The EAL course taught at GippsTAFE is based on the Certificate in Spoken & Written English (CSWE) framework. Each certificate level within the framework has core modules and elective modules. Students are eligible for an award once all core modules plus the required number of elective modules have been successfully completed.