Centre for Foundation and Language Skills

The Centre for Foundation and Language Skills is a recognised state leader in Foundation Skills development. We deliver:

  • Literacy, Numeracy and Foundation skills development to assist students to develop the skills to complete VET courses- (Learning Support Unit).
  • English as a Second Language programs including expert AMEP (new arrival) and SEE (employment pathway) programs - (Vocational English Language Unit).
  • Vocational English Language Unit- Adult Literacy and Basic Education programs -(Vocational English Language Unit).
  • Programs for students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities (Work Education Unit).

Our courses are offered at Kangan Institute's Broadmeadows and Richmond campuses, with a choice of day and evening classes.

Our training facilities include an Independent Learning Centre (ILC) and Language Laboratories.

Courses and Services

  • English as a Second Language/English as an Alternative Language programs
  • Adult Literacy and Basic Education programs
  • Customised and accredited programs for adults with an intellectual or learning disability
  • Language support for Kangan Institute students
  • Language and literacy assessments on a fee-for-service basis
  • Customised delivery in industry
  • Professional development for internal (Kangan Institute) and external staff

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

  • Do you or a friend of yours have trouble with maths or reading or writing? We can help - we provide training in Certificates of Spoken and Written English. Click here to find out more.
  • Do you or a friend of yours have trouble with maths or reading or writing? We have the course for you. Click here to find out more.
  • Full range of ESL programs ranging from beginner to advanced levels
  • Beginner-level courses cater for recently arrived migrants including those eligible for the Adult Migrant English Program (510 hours)
  • The curriculum for ESL courses is Certificate in Spoken and Written English (CSWE) levels I, II, III and IV

Adult Literacy and Basic Education (ALBE) programs

  • ALBE programs are for adult students who have not completed secondary education and plan to return to study. The focus is on reading, writing, oral communication and spelling skills. The curriculum for ALBE courses is the Certificates I ( Introductory), Certificates I, II and III in General Education for Adults (CGEA)
  • Workplace Language and Literacy (WELL) programs for employees of enterprises in the north-west of Melbourne Learning Support Services

Work Education - Programs for Adults With a Disability

The Certificates I in Transition and Work Education are entry-level courses for people with intellectual or learning disabilities. Course numbers are kept deliberately low to enable students to be effectively supported. The courses are designed to improve:

•             living skills and consolidate literacy, numeracy and computer skills. who want

•             work readiness and learn specific skills to work in retail, horticulture, hospitality, cabinet making, health care assistant or administration.

Students must have evidence of a learning disability. 

Course Structure

  • Certificate I courses for post-school leavers, including vocational and non-vocational programs
  • Two-year Certificate in Work Education offered at the Broadmeadows campus (including practical experience streams in: food handling, kitchen attending, retail, horticulture and furniture studies)
  • One-year Certificate in Transition Education offered at the Broadmeadows campus. This program is aimed at school leavers and includes: travel orientation, immobility, driver education, introduction to First Aid, basic numeracy and literacy and computers for learning
  • Three year part-time non-vocational basic education program including literacy and numeracy

Learning Support Services

Are you finding the maths and writing requirements of your course a bit difficult? Maybe you’ve been out of school for a while or just didn’t get the help you needed at school?

You’re not alone!

The Centre for Foundation and Language Skills can provide you with the assistance you need to successfully complete course work.

How do you get assistance? All eligible students are assessed to see what help they need as part of the Student Engagement System and then recommend enrolment as required.

For a customised course, contact us for more information at learningsupport@kangan.edu.au or call 9098 5999.

We have some excellent examples of previous student utilising our Learning Support service. You can also access additional Study Support (counselling, and workshops) to help develop strategies to cope with the demands of study. Click here to find out more.

Our Staff

  • All Centre for Foundation and Language Skills staff are fully qualified at degree and/or post-graduate level.
  • Staff have extensive experience in teaching in a range of English language and literacy programs, including programs delivered in the workplace for industry and international delivery in Indonesia, China and Korea.
  • Our staff also have extensive experience working with adults with mild disabilities and special learning needs.

Corporate Experience

The Centre for Foundation and Language Skills department has provided training or consultancy services for the following organisations:

  • NCI Packaging Pty Ltd
  • Caterpillar of Australia Ltd
  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Ministry of Religious Affairs (Indonesia)
  • Dalian Maritime University (China)
  • Nantong Vocational Textiles College (China)
  • Beijing Furen Foreign Studies University (China)
  • Sejong Technical College (Korea)
  • Department of Human Services