Before clients begin classes, they will meet with a Settlement Pathways Advisor to assess their English language skills and make sure they're in the right course level.
Central AMEP teaches the following nationally accredited levels of the Certificate in Spoken and Written English:
- Complete beginner: Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English (CPSWE) - 10361NAT
- Beginner: Certificate I in Spoken and Written English (CSWE I) - 10362NAT
- Post- beginner: Certificate II in Spoken and Written English (CSWE II) - 10363NAT
- Intermediate: Certificate III in Spoken and Written English (CSWE III) - 10364NAT
The program concentrates on improving English language and literacy skills and also assists clients with:
- Advice on continuing further education and training
- Finding and maintaining employment
- Participating and engaging in the community
Clients will learn about:
- Australian culture
- Health: doctor, dentist and hospital visits
- Water safety
- Money and finance
- Government services
- Rights and responsibilities
- The justice and legal system
- Current affairs
Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET)
SLPET is an employment focused course for clients to learn vocational English needed for the Australian workplace.
To assist AMEP clients with the transition to work in Australia, they can apply for an additional 200 hours of English tuition (including 80 hours of work experience) through the SLPET program.
Topics covered on the course include:
- Workplace English
- Australian workplace practices and culture
- Occupational health and safety
- Workplace communication skills
- Job search techniques
- Writing resumes and letters of applications
- Technology in the workplace
- Computer skills for work
- Equity and fairness at work
To be eligible for SLPET, clients have to be studying Certificate III in Spoken and Written English (CSWE III) and show commitment.
Distance and Online Learning
The Distance Learning Program provides English teaching outside of the normal classroom. Clients will need access to a telephone, computer and the internet as the program is delivered online.
A qualified teacher will be assigned for 1 hour per week to work with the client via the telephone or Skype. Class information is sent in the mail or downloaded from the internet.
The benefits to studying Distance and Online Learning:
- A teacher is assigned to one client
- The course is flexible to meet your needs
- You can choose to receive help from a volunteer tutor for up to 6 hours per week
- You can study in your own time, at home to fit around your family and work commitments
You may choose to study the distant learning component only, or combine with learning English in the classroom.
Clients on the Distance and Online Learning program will use up to 5 AMEP hours per week.