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Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
Personalised for INTERNATIONAL students.
International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.


Course Of

Foundation Studies Code: 22483VIC



Preston, Epping, Greensborough, Prahran, Collingwood


available full time / available part time


available full time / available part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, January, April, Midyear

Next Intake


Learn English in Australia

The Course in EAL teaches basic English to adults from non-English speaking backgrounds.. You will learn the basic English skills you need for everyday activities and your life in Australia. You can start the course at any time. If you are new to speaking English, this course is for you.

Friendly, experienced teachers

Melbourne Polytechnic teachers are experienced and friendly. They will talk to you and make a personal learning plan to help you learn. This will improve your reading, writing and spoken English. You will also learn more about life in Australia. At the end of the course, you will have the skills to use English while shopping, banking and dealing with government departments and doctors. As a Melbourne Polytechnic student, you can use our libraries, computer labs, and other student services. This course is funded by the Australian Government through the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Education and Employment (SEE), as well as the Victorian Government for eligible learners.

Be part of the community

Completing this course will give you the English skills you need for life in Australia. Once you have finished this course, you can move into a Certificate I in EAL (Access) to continue to improve your English.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

If you go on to achieve a Certificate I, you can continue your English language and study skills training to assist towards a goal of work or mainstream study


Following course completion, students may progress to the next level of EAL study. At the conclusion of Certificate III, student may apply for entry into a vocational course of study.

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

Mon - AM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
Sat - AM

Assessment Methods

Observation, Written task, Oral task, Group work

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
VU22585 Use beginning language learning strategies with support Core 55
VU22584 Develop language learning objectives with support Core 30
VU22356 Recognise and locate simple numerical information in short, simple highly familiar texts Core 25
VU22355 Recognise shape and design in simple, highly familiar situations Core 25
VU22352 Recognise numbers and money in simple, highly familiar situations Core 25
VU22586 Communicate basic personal details and needs Core 70
VU22589 Read and write short, basic factual texts Core 70
VU22587 Give and respond to basic information and instructions Core 70
VU22588 Read and write short basic messages and forms Core 70

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$700.00 - $3400.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

You will need to bring your own pen and writing materials and we will provide you with worksheets during class. You will also have access to a range of facilities and services to assist with their learning and wellbeing while at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.


Each student is assessed by interview to determine the most appropriate class to enrol into.

Next Steps

Work Education students are required to complete and return an application form and attend an informal interview to find the best suited class and discuss any additional requirements that may be needed to support studies. All future students who have submitted an application will be contacted via email to schedule the interview between August and December.

Students will need to also organise a Unique Student Identifier (USI) if they don't have one which can be done online. Please bring this along to the interview session with any other documents and identification required which will be outlined to you in the email.