English Courses

The English courses fit into our Literacy programs as a beginner, intermediate or advanced classes that focus on improving the your everyday English skills and create pathways to further study and employment opportunities.

Our English courses will help you improve your employability skills in general and develop and strengthen literacy skills in particular spelling, speaking, reading and writing. The English courses at Banksia Gardens are tailored to:

  • engage and reconnect in personally relevant education;
  • increase the literacy skills and knowledge of every participant through the theme of Australian daily life, culture and workplace;
  • increase the self-esteem and self-worth of each participants;
  • broaden the participants interpretation on education and life-long learning possibilities; and
  • create pathways for participants into further education such as intermediate/advanced pre-accredited, accredited courses or employment opportunities.

No pre-requisities to enrol in these courses, students who have no or low literacy skills will be supported by the trainer and other students.

Introduction to EAL Advanced English English for Work English for Citizenship Conversational English

Introduction to English as Additional Language

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) course will teach you the skills needed to live productively in the Australian community, enter employment or continue into further study. Our EAL classes will give you, as an English learner, the opportunity to study and practice English language communication skills including listening, speaking, reading, writing and critical thinking. You will also gain hands-on experience using computers, the Internet and email.

Dates:             9 October-18 December 2017                12 October-21 December 2017

When:             Monday 9:30am-11:30am or Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm

Cost:               $85 or $50 concession

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Advanced English

This course is structured to assist students who want to expand and improve their conversational skills, as well as, functional and workplace skills. This course integrates all languages skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar.

Dates:             11 October-20 December 2017

When:             Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm

Cost:               $85 or $50 concession

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English for Work

This course really is about the English you will need and use – practical every day English for work. Develop your employability skills to get a job or enrol in further study.

Dates:            12 October-21 December 2017

When:             Thursday 11:00am-1:00pm

Cost:               $85 or $50 concession

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English for Citizenship

This course is designed in plain English to prepare you for the Australian Citizenship exam, it is important to learn about the Australian government and culture as well as day-to-day living. The course will cover all the test subjects about Australia and its people, the history of indigenous Australians, the modern history of Australian migrants and the English colonisation, and Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties.

Learn the values of Australian society from participation on government to the rights and freedoms protected by  government and the law in Australia. It is conducted by a teacher in a classroom situation and is mainly audio-visual with a number of support resources to assist you in understanding important citizenship concepts.

Dates:            13 October-22 December 2017

When:            Friday 9:30am-11:30am (This course will be run offsite)

Cost:               $85 or $50 concession

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Conversational English

Develop your English communication skills in this speaking and listening course. It is increasingly important to practice your English to gain greater levels of fluency. Studying grammer is pointless without having sufficient opportunity to use it is spoken language. Conversation is a central aspect of language acquisition and the activities of this course will help you to sustain an intelligible flow of language as well as encourage listening comprehension.

Dates:             11 October-20 December 2017

When:             Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm

Cost:               $85 or $50 concession

Download enrolment form