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Certificate II in Routine English for Speakers of Other Languages

  • National Course Code: 10590NAT
  • TAFE NSW code: 10590NAT-01V01-20OTE-020

Location – TAFE Digital

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

14 Hours per week


1 Year

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • Fully Subsidised Course

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate II in Routine English for Speakers of Other Languages will help you improve your English language skills. With these new skills you can access work opportunities, continue studying and speak English more confidently at work, home and socially.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Write basic English
  • Speak in informal face-to-face or telephone conversations
  • Listen to and understand news stories, instructions and directions
  • Read and understand news stories, short stories, and general information


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Understand and use basic English grammar
  • Build your English vocabulary
  • Improve your conversation skills
  • Gain confidence using English


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • Level 2 English language skills on the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ILSPR) scale
  • Strong pathways to continued studies at TAFE NSW
  • Improved work prospects (where basic English is required by the employer)
  • The ability to interact with and participate in the English speaking community


  • Certificate III in English for Further Study
  • Certificate III in Advanced English for Further Study
  • Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes


The latest Census showed that about 4.5% of people living in NSW self-assessed their level of spoken English as being not well or not at all.
Gaining skills to participate in routine exchanges in English enables greater social participation in Australian society, access to programs and support, and increases employment options by reducing language barriers.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To make sure this is the appropriate course level for you, you will need to participate in a phone interview with one of our teaching staff.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Have language ability in listening, speaking, reading and writing English at one of these levels:

    International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) Level 1 and above or
    Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 1 or
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Band 4 or
    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level A2+

  • Attend class on a regular basis or study online at your own pace

  • Practice speaking English in class and at home

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence:

We want to know your level of English so that we can enrol you in a suitable course.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an Online course. You will need to complete approximately 7 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 1 year.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study and assessment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are from a non-English speaking background
  • want to improve their spoken and written English

Through work, study and life experience, ideally you will have:

  • basic digital skills e.g. have access to a computer and the Internet
  • basic time management skills e.g. find time to study
  • basic organisational skills e.g. managing your study timetable


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is fully government-subsidised for eligible students, meaning you will not have to pay any course fees. It is part of a program to help people develop the skills they need to get a job, undertake entry level qualifications or transition to a new job.

If you are not eligible for subsidised training, you can still choose to enrol in the course but will need to pay the full (non-subsidised) fee.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
RELESL201 Develop routine English language speaking competence for everyday purposes
RELESL202 Develop routine English language listening competence for everyday purposes
RELESL203 Develop routine English language reading competence for everyday purposes
RELESL204 Develop routine English language writing competence for everyday purposes
Elective Units
Number Title
RELESL205 Develop routine English grammar skills for everyday usage
RELLRN201 Use basic e-learning tools

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

Phone 131 601

Fees information

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