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Language and communication

Do you speak more than one language? Do you want to help others communicate better? Then studies in language and communication, is the perfect place for you to begin.

In the global world there is a growing need for people to communicate socially and in business.  A career as a translator or interpreter is a great way to help others do just that. You could find yourself working in courts, business meetings, schools or government departments.

You'll start a career that could take you around the world to live among new people and cultures. Wherever you are, you'll be helping individuals and groups to communicate across boundaries.

Sometimes those boundaries exist here at home. As a teacher of English as a second language (ESL) you can work with people starting a new life in Australia. You may teach in classrooms or one to one environments. TAFE NSW courses can also help if you yourself need to improve your English . Our courses can help you learn how to apply for a job, better use technology and get involved in your community.

If you know you've got those skills but need a qualification to prove you've studied to Year 12 or to get into university or the armed forces, TAFE NSW also has a variety of HSC (Higher School Certificate) and TPC (Tertiary Preparation Certificate) courses to help you do just that.

Interpreters and translators on average earn $1353 a week, teachers of English as a second language earn $1150.


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Language literacy numeracy skills

Judy Markey

Hunter TAFE
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Foundation studies and TAFE NSW Online

Christine Maunder

New England Institute

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