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The EAL Class Interview Process

Posted October 12, 2022

Meet Zoe and Nilanthi

Deciding to improve your English language skills is a big step. That’s why Zoe and Nilanthi at Prace are here to help. 

Zoe and Nilanthi are two of our EAL teachers, and part of the intake process for Prace’s EAL classes is to understand what level of English you can speak, read and write, and what class is right for you.

Prace offers EAL classes from certificate I up to certificate III. Part of the process of determining the right class for you is to come meet Zoe or Nilanthi for a pre class interview to determine the best class for you.

What is the purpose of the EAL class interview?

Zoe wanted to highlight that despite being called an interview, the process isn’t so formal, ‘It’s not unusual for prospective students to feel nervous, so we try to make them feel comfortable, safe and welcome’

‘Prospective students often arrive for their interview looking quite serious and worried, then leave excited and happy to begin classes with Prace.’

People from all different backgrounds come to Prace for EAL classes. The interview process is more of a meet and greet to understand your level of English and which certificate is right for you.

Nilanthi used the background of some of her students as an example, ‘Some of our students can actually speak several languages, but have no formal education. They need to learn how to hold a pen and learn in a classroom setting on top of learning English.’

What do you get out of going to the interview before classes?

The EAL class interview does more than just determine your level of English and which Certificate to take. Zoe remarked on one thing she noticed during all the interviews she’s done; 

‘The interview process functions as a mini tour of the campus. You get to know the layout of Prace on the way to the interview room, as well as meeting some of the admin staff and potentially some of the faculty.’

Nilanthi wanted to highlight how the interview was more for the students than the teachers, ‘The interview is more for your benefit to understand the contents of the course, the needs for attendance, and what will take place in the duration of the course.’

One of the main reasons people take EAL classes is to prepare for work. EAL classes can count towards your AMEP points.

People also use it to become more confident living independently in Australia. Some people use EAL classes as a way to build confidence and go out volunteering.

Who can take EAL classes?

Anyone who speaks a language other than English at home and wants to improve their English skills can sign up for EAL courses. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been living in Australia.

Nilanthi was surprised at the range of students she’s had in her classes, ‘I thought I’d be teaching people newly arrived to Australia, but some of my students have been living here for 25 years.’

EAL classes can count towards your points for Workforce Australia, as well as counting towards learning in other areas.

‘I had a student who was talking EAL classes as part of their Workcover requirements,’ Zoe said, ‘He was already working but had injured himself. He couldn’t return to work yet so Workcover instructed him to attend EAL classes as a form of job readiness once he was ready to go back to work.’

You can learn more about Prace’s EAL classes on the EAL course page, or you can get in touch with us now to schedule a placement interview.