Part time English Courses

Job readiness:

In addition to the Make it Work program, CNLC offers practical courses to develop skills, experience and accessing assistance to gain work. The Make it Work team will be consulting residents about the short courses and the support needed to improve employability skills.

Margaret Alaa

Sewing Pathways

This course will help you learn to sew while developing workplace language skills with guest speakers and excursions to local markets and Social Studio.

The course introduces the industry of textile and clothing production. You will cover machine sewing, using an overlocker, patternmaking and learning how to make pockets, waistbands and zips all while developing workplace language skills.

Work health and safety will also be included.

  • Location: Open Door, 480 Lyugon St, Carlton
  • Dates: 1 February - 5 April 2023
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Times: 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Cost: $25 for concession / $35 for non-concession. Free for eligible students

This course is currently fully booked.


Food Pathways

Do you have an interest in food handling and hospitality? This course is for you!

You will develop knowledge and skills to do food handling, kitchen operations and community events. This course will draw on existing skills and knowledge, and cultural heritage, to build language skills for working in kitchen operations, a small business, catering, and hospitality.

Learners share their own recipes to learn about nutrition, food preparation and cooking.

This course is for learners with post beginner language skills.

  • Location: Carlton Primary School, 150 Palmerston St, Carlton
  • Dates: 13 February - 28 August 2023
  • Days: Mondays
  • Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Cost: $25 for concession per Term / $35 for non-concession per Term. Free for eligible students


Language of Health Services

This course is specifically for people interested in working in healthcare.

You will develop skills in learning, reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy while learning about working in areas of Health.

Topics include an introduction to the health sector and entry level jobs and responsibilities, hygiene and infection control in a health services setting, customer service and communication, workplace health and safety and duty of care and confidentiality requirements in health care.

  • Dates: 16 February - 22 June 2023
  • Days: Thursdays
  • Times: 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • COST: $50 for concession / $70 for non-concession. Free for eligible students


Language of Children's Services

This course will focus on the literacy and numeracy needed to work in and Early Childhood Centre with an introduction to the Early Years Learning Framework, routines in the workplace, Duty of Care, understanding policy and procedures.

In this course you will also cover safety in a Childcare setting, health and wellbeing, cultural awareness, relationships and communication and administrative tasks.

This course is scheduled in Semester 2 2023.


Urban Farming Workshop

Are you interested in urban farming, and wanting a better understanding of employment opportunities and education pathways?

This is a hands-on introductory workshop where you will gain knowledge and skills to understand the principles of urban agriculture.

Learn how to design, build and maintain a productive farm in a limited space and gain employability skills in managing microfarms, residential edible gardens and community gardens.

This workshop will help you understand production systems (ground growing, wicking beds, mushroom growing and hydroponics), crop planning, water/soil/pest management, plant propagation and various hands-on skills.

More details to be confirmed in 2023.


Community Leadership

This course is focused on training students to find a voice through communication and confidence in a community context.

This course will engage culturally and linguistically diverse people to assist their own communities. This includes areas such as understanding training and employment pathways, finding ways to be involved in school parent groups and residents’ groups, and understand community services structures.

Topics covered will include the concept and actions of volunteering, basic event management skills, managing conflict and understanding basic governance and committee processes.

More details to be confirmed in 2023.


Language and Literacy

Our EAL courses enable a broad range of learners to improve their spoken and written English in order to access further training and employment, and also manage the demands of family and daily life in Australia.

Basic Literacy for Work and Study (Tutoring)

Delivered by trained volunteer tutors who are supervised by a coordinator, this course is for learners who face barriers to further study or employment due to low levels of literacy.

Content is tailored to suit the learner and focus on areas of need.

This course is for all levels of learners as a pathway to employment or further study, or to support learners enroled in vocational courses who need support in returning to study.

  • Dates: 13 February - 15 December 2023
  • Days & Time: Various
  • Cost: $25 for concession per Term / $35 for non-concession per Term. Free for eligible students


Speak with Confidence

This is the perfect course for beginners and people wanting to become more confident in spoken English.

You’ll learn practical communication skills with a focus on speaking and listening while learning about the local community and community services. You’ll also meet new people and develop skills to ask and answer questions, give and follow directions and talk to people.

  • LOCATION: Open Door, 480 Lygon St, Carlton
  • Dates: 16 February - 14 December 2023
  • Days: Thursdays
  • Time: 10am - 12pm
  • COST: $25 for concession per Term / $35 for non-concession per Term. Free for eligible students

Language Skills Workshop

This course will help you develop the confidence and skills to support your learning.

You will focus on the basics of English sounds, spelling and grammar while learning about Community Services and developing digital skills found in the workplace.

This course is for beginner learners of English wanting to improve their spelling and grammar.

  • Dates: 17 February - 23 June 2023
  • Days: Fridays
  • Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • COST: $50 for concession / $75 for non-concession. Free for eligible studetns


Literacy Through Project Based Learning

This is a great course for those wanting to develop literacy skills through projects. Learners will identify an issue, research and investigate, then report findings while developing literacy in each session.

You will improve spelling, reading and writing while learning about sustainability and recycling across CNLC, understanding the place of First Nations people and how we exist together on Wurundjeri land.

The Carlton Harmony Day event will be a focus for the class where learners will talk to the local community about the purpose of the event and take part in the program on the day.

This course compliments other EAL courses while building confidence and pleasure in learning and skill development at the same time.

  • Dates: 14 February - 20 June 2023 (Semester 1) / 11 July - 12 December 2023 (Semester 2)
  • Days: Tuesdays
  • Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Cost: $50 concession per Semester/ $70 non-concession per Semester, Free for eligible students


An informal literacy assessment Interview is conducted before enrolment. At the interview we determine the literacy needs of the student before finding a suitable tutor.

Contact CNLC for more information on how to schedule an assessment interview.

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