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TAFE can assist you in overcoming the language or numeracy
difficulties standing in the way of you achieving your goals
Part of TAFE's mission is to make sure those who might otherwise fall
through the cracks – people who left school early, migrants from
non-English-speaking backgrounds, refugees – can access the kind of
educational opportunities others take for granted.
The most common problem facing those who'd like to gain a
qualification is not having sufficient English language skills to cope
in a classroom situation where information is often presented rapidly
and in a way that involves the use of a lot of technical words or jargon.
TAFE NSW offers English
language courses ranging from beginner to advanced on a
part-time and full-time basis, in which students learn how to listen
to, speak and write in English. And for those who want to do a course
that focuses on more than just language skills, many TAFE Colleges
offer a Language,
Literacy and Numeracy Program, which covers computer skills,
reading, spelling, writing and maths. This kind of program provides a
solid foundation for those wanting to undertake a trade or vocational course.
TAFE Colleges often have a Multicultural Access Centre – a specialist
library for people from language backgrounds other than English. These
libraries have resources devoted to adult literacy and numeracy
dealing with cross-cultural communication.
TAFE NSW also has Multicultural Education Coordinators who can help
you with a range of support services and provide an interpreter to
help you communicate in your language. They can also offer advice on
recognition of your overseas skills and qualifications, and tutorial
support for English, maths, science and other subjects.
If you'd like more information on how TAFE can assist you in
overcoming the language or numeracy difficulties standing in the way
of you achieving your goals, visit TAFE NSW. If you require an
interpreter you can call the free Translating
and Interpreting Service on 131 450.