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Certificate II in Basic English for Speakers of Other Languages

National Course Code: 10589NAT


The nationally recognised Certificate II in Basic English for Speakers of Other Languages will develop your English skills and grow your confidence in different community and personal circumstances from speaking professionally with colleagues to reading the newspaper at home.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Write emails and instructions in English
  • Speak casually face-to-face and over the phone
  • Listen to verbal information and instructions
  • Read news stories, short stories and general information
  • Develop relationships with your peers and teachers


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Read, write, and speak English in different scenarios
  • Communicate with service providers
  • Develop friendships with peers
  • Broaden your employment opportunities


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • A pathway to continue your studies and increase your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Further TAFE study


Take your study to the next level with:

  • Certificate III in English for Further Studies


This course is currently available at 16 campus locations across NSW and online. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this course are:

  • Keen to improve their English language skills
  • Willing to learn new things
  • Interested in engaging with the community, share experiences and meeting new people

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

Your assessments will include:

  • Participating in telephone conversations
  • Listening to different types of exchanges
  • Reading and comprehending a range of texts
  • Writing a range of texts such as emails, explanations, descriptions and instructions

The Certificate I in Fundamental English for Speakers of Other Languages is for people who would like to learn to communicate in everyday English, while gaining confidence in their reading, writing and listening skills.

This course, the Certificate II in Basic English for Speakers of Other Languages, will help you speak functional English and communicate on a basic level.

The Certificate III in English for Further Study will build your English language ability so you have the skills to study higher level qualifications in Australia.

To make sure you choose the right study level for your ability, TAFE NSW will assess your language level.

You will learn basic English skills to use in social situations in your community and workplace including:

  • Having conversations in your workplace and community
  • Reading and writing emails, instructions, directions and information texts

TAFE NSW is known for delivering up-to-date theory along with relevant, in-demand skills to ensure you are job ready. In this course you will work on real-world projects, in simulated TAFE NSW environments, such as:

  • Practising face-to-face and telephone conversations
  • Listening to news stories, directions and different dialogues
  • Writing basic emails, descriptions, reports, messages and personal information
  • Reading news stories, short stories, information texts and basic instructions

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

The Certificate II in Basic English for Speakers of Other Languages will help you to develop your English so you can communicate better with employers, confidently use community services and enjoy speaking with friends. If you would like to reach your career goals, but English is a barrier for you, then this course is for you. You will improve your English skills, which will improve your chance for every success in Australia.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • On campus, Combination, Online, Virtual classroom on campus
  • Full Time, Part Time
  • Study Online
  • Fully Subsidised Course

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  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $0.00
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Duration: 1 Year

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