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

Initial EAL

Course Of

Code: 22482VIC



Preston, Epping, Greensborough, Prahran, Collingwood


6 months full time / 12 months part time


6 months full time / 12 months part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, January, April, September

Next Intake


The first step in learning English

The Course in EAL teaches basic English to adults arriving from conflict zones and refugee camps who have experienced an interrupted education and little to no previous education experiences. Students can start the course at any time. They will learn English, as well as basic literacy and communication skills.

Learn how to learn

Friendly Melbourne Polytechnic teachers will show students the basics of the English alphabet and how to identify sounds of letters and words. Students will participate in familiar spoken exchanges. For greater ability to settle in Australia, students need to establish learning routines and develop basic comprehension and handwriting skills. This course will provide the foundations of English as Another Language that can be applied to further learning. Melbourne Polytechnic students 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.

The start of your learning journey

Following successful completion of Course in Initial EAL, students can progress into the Course in EAL to continue to improve their English.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This is the beginning of learning and education for a smoother and more productive life in Australia.


Following course completion, students may progress to the next level of EAL study. At the conclusion of Certificate III in EAL (Access), students may apply for entry into a vocational course of study or the Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) to prepare for entry into Higher Education courses.

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

2 days per week, 4 hours per day

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
VU22579 Use strategies to participate in learning Core 70
VU22578 Recognise letters of the alphabet and their sounds Core 100
VU22580 Recognise and copy extremely familiar words Core 80
VU22581 Participate in extremely familiar spoken exchanges Core 90
VU22383 Identify common digital media Core 10
VU22582 Recognise and copy numbers from 1 to 100 Core 80

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
$0.00 - $3400.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

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.