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10079NAT – Foundation English Language Skills Certificate II

TAFE NSW Course Number: 10749
National Course Code: 10079NAT

Course description

Our Certificate II in Foundation English Language Skills is for you if you are an adult from a non-English-speaking background who speaks very limited English. You will learn how to listen, speak, read and write in English which will help you participate in the Australian community, progress in your job or do further study. Before you enrol in this course you need to have an interview which will help to make sure this is the right course for you, in terms of your current English language skills and your future goals. Please contact your campus about this before you enrol.

We highly recommend you complete a personalised career and study profile to confirm this course is right for you, you will find the Career Voyage link under Need Help Deciding below.

Other information

The Speaking exercises will be conducted in your phone lesson. You will also need a good learner's dictionary. Students enrolling in this course for the first time must complete the attached Assessment of Skills for Placement in course 10749.

Course related resources

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...
If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

What are the entry requirements? (including Recognition of Prior Learning)

There are no formal educational requirements for this course. It is designed for people who have minimum English language proficiency of 1 on the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) scale, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 3 or equivalent.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. For more information on Credit for this course please refer to 'If you have the skills, get credit for a unit or this course' below.

Please note: Some industries have their own legislative or licensing requirements. TAFE NSW recognition does not apply to these.

Under 17 and wanting to leave school?

If you are under 17 and want to leave school, your options have been affected by a recent change in NSW law. From January 2010 you must complete Year 10 and then continue in either full-time education, training, paid employment or a combination of these options until you’re at least 17 years of age. More information about options for school students under 17 is available from the NSW Department of Education and Communities - The new school leaving age.

What kind of work could I do?

This course will help you proceed to further training, employment, and/or greater participation in the English-speaking community.

What further study is available once I finish this course?

After you have completed this course, you can apply for Certificate II in Routine English Language Skills.

Pathway to university or higher education

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What are the units I am required to complete?

  • NSWTESL201A – Use English to participate in simple spoken exchanges
  • NSWTESL202A – Listen and respond to simple English texts
  • NSWTESL203A – Read and respond to simple English texts
  • NSWTESL204A – Use English to write simple texts
  • BSBWOR203B – Work effectively with others
  • NSWTETH201B – Operate in a diverse study environment
  • NSWTHMN105A – Identify key aspects of government in Australia
  • NSWTLRN201B – Develop and implement plan for education and employment
  • NSWTRDG104B – Apply basic critical literacy skills
  • NSWTSFM206B – Devise strategies for living in Australia

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN and that are required to complete this qualification. Other TAFE NSW colleges may offer different elective options. If licensing in another State other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant State.

If you have the skills, get credit for a unit or this course!

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units. The Recognition e-Kit for Students contains information to help you with your application.

Recognition Kit for OTEN Students (PDF, 423KB)

For Recognition of Prior Learning, look through the relevant unit of competency forms below. Attach your evidence to a completed yellow Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit to OTEN for assessment. Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

Recognition for Unit of Competency forms

Do I need additional resources to study this course?

• You will need access to a CD player or computer for the Listening exercises.
• The Speaking exercises will be conducted in your phone lesson. You will also need a good learner's dictionary

Your learning materials will be provided in:

• Books; printed notes and
• CDs and/or DVDs

This qualification is completed by:

• studying at home at your own pace and
• completing assignments, which you send in for comment and assessment

How much is the course?

$267 per semester

Plus the $50.00 OTEN Student Materials and Handling charge.

Important information for 2015
From 2014 there will be a staged implementation of Smart and Skilled, including the introduction of an entitlement to government subsidised training from 1 January 2015. For more information on Smart and Skilled and how it may affect the fees you pay in 2015, please visit

For full details on TAFE NSW fees please visit our Fees and Financial Assistance page.

I would like to talk to someone before I enrol

The English Language Teaching section: (02) 9715 8199 or 1300 360 176

We are committed to enhancing all students' prospects to reach their potential and achieve a positive future. We recognise that for some students additional support services are fundamental to ensure success. We have the following expert support services available at each College which you may access by calling (02) 9715 8446 or 1300 655 993 to make an appointment: Counselling and Career Development, Disability, Aboriginal, Multicultural, Outreach, Adult Basic Education and Open Learning Centre Support Services.

Need help deciding?

Our free online career and study planning tool can help.

You will receive a personalised career and study profile based on your responses. If you would like to discuss your results in person, please contact our Counselling and Career Development Unit by calling 1300 655 993 or 02 9715 8446. To get started click the link below:

Not sure what to study? Complete your FREE personal Career Profile

Further study options

How do I enrol?

To enrol in this course please click on the Enrol Now button below.

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To enrol by phone please call 1300 881 114 (8.30am – 5.00pm AEST).