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Enrol in person, by email or over the phone for all community development classes and activities. Concession cards accepted, commencement depends on sufficient enrolments. Full fee payment required before starting. Payment plans available for hardship cases. Contact us for more information.

Writers’ Workshop

Celebrate the power of the written word at CNLC!  

Explore creative writing, develop writing skills and confidence through practice, discussion and feedback in a relaxed and encouraging environment. Articles on writing craft, examples from published writers as well as exercises provided. 

Delivered by internationally published author and tutor Tania Chandler.

Contact us to join the class.


Literacy pathways for work and community

This is a course for people with intellectual disability. 

You will develop your literacy skills through the theme of community connection. The course includes guest speakers, excursions and a plan to suit your needs and interests. Skill development in reading, writing and speaking with confidence is developed in this learning context.

This class is followed by the Community Lunch.

  • Time: 10am – 12.30pm
  • Days: Thursdays
  • Dates: 1 February – 22 June 2023 (Semester 1) / 13 July – 14 December 2023 (Semester 2)
  • Cost: $50 for concession per semester / $70 for non-concession per semester

This course can be taken alone or with the Community Lunch and Alive and Active Program.

Community lunch

Enjoy this social gathering and healthy two-course meal providing relief to our diverse community of people with disability or facing hardship.

  • Time: 12:30pm – 1.30pm
  • Days: Thursdays
  • Date: 1 February – 22 June 2023 (Semester 1) / 13 July – 14 December 2023 (Semester 2) Thursdays, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
  • Contribution: $50 per term – Free to eligible participants

Alive and Active

Students with disability explore a variety of creative expressions such as art, physical activity, meditation, singing and excursions.

  • Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Days: Thursdays
  • Date: 1 February – 22 June 2023 (Semester 1) / 13 July – 14 December 2023 (Semester 2) Thursdays, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
  • Contribution: $50 per term – Free to eligible participants


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.

Time: 10am – 1pm
Days: Wednesday (01 Feb to 05 April)
Venue: Open Door, 480 Lygon Street, Carlton

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.

Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Days: Monday (13 Feb to 28 August)
Venue: Carlton Primary School, 150 Palmerston St, Carlton

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.

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Days: Semester 1, Tuesdays, 14 February to 20 June 2023
Semester 2, Tuesdays, 11 July to 12 December 2023
Venue: 20 Princes Street, North Carlton

Computer Basics: Word, Internet & Email

Are you just starting out with the internet and computers? This course is for you. Learn basic but important computer skills such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and how to use email.

This course will also cover how to make and save documents, manage passwords, make a resume, and use email to apply for jobs and report to MyGov.

This course is a pathway to Devices and Desktops, Digital Skills for Job Seekers and Digital Skills for the Workplace.

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Days: Wednesday (01 Feb to 21 June)
Venue: 20 Princes Street, North Carlton

Digital Skills for Jobseekers

This course will help you learn important digital skills that will increase your chances of getting a job.

Topics will include: Job Search – how to search for information on the internet, set up a professional email and online safety; how to use job search engines, register for job alerts and build a jobseeker profile on job internet sites.

Time: 1pm – 3.30pm
Days: Wednesday (01 Feb to 21 June)
Venue: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053

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.

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Days: Friday (17 Feb to 23 June)
Venue: 20 Princes Street, North Carlton

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.

Time: 10am – 12pm
Days: Thursday (16 Feb to 14 Dec)
Venue: Open Door, 480 Lygon Street, Carlton

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.

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Days: Thursday (16 Feb to 22 June)
Venue: 20 Princes Street, North Carlton

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 enrolled in vocational courses who need support in returning to study.

Time: Various
Days: Arranged depending on the participant and tutor’s availability
Venue: 20 Princes Street, North Carlton


Improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, numeracy and computer skills, while learning about the Australian workplace and culture.

You can enrol at any time throughout the year and study for up to 5 days per week. Full time or part time study is available.

Please call us to book a Pre-Training interview to assess eligibility, English language proficiency and goals for employment and further study. Students may be eligible for a free course under the AMEP or SEE programs.

CNLC offers the following courses from beginner to advanced level:

  • 22482VIC Course in Initial EAL
  • 22483VIC Course in EAL
  • 22484VIC Certificate I in EAL (Access)
  • 22485VIC Certificate II in EAL (Access)
  • 22486VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access)

Pre Training interview

A Pre Training Interview is conducted before enrolment. At the interview we assess the prospective students’ eligibility, English language proficiency and how the courses will contribute to goals for employment and further study.

To book a Pre-Training interview to access eligibility, English language proficiency and goals for employment and further study, contact CNLC.

Eligibility requirements


Victorian government-subsidised training places are available in our EAL courses according to a number of Eligibility criteria. Persons holding a qualification issued by an Australian VET or higher education provider that is at AQF level 5 (Diploma) or higher are not eligible for our EAL courses. 

Students who are enrolled in the Commonwealth Government’s “Skills for Education and Employment” program are not eligible.

Prospective students must provide the following evidence of eligibility prior to enrolment. 

  • Evidence of citizenship or permanent residency. For students under 17 years of age, granted exemption from school attendance is required.
  • Individuals who don’t meet the citizenship or residency requirements may be eligible if they hold specific humanitarian visas.
  • A signed declaration regarding education history and number of courses enrolled in one year.

To find out if you are eligible, call us on (03) 9347 2739 or follow this link.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. 

Adult Migrant English program (AMEP)

Learn about Australian society and culture, understand the Australian workplace and how to look for a job.

Free English language tuition to eligible migrants in order to reach vocational English level. Free childcare is available for eligible students. Please call to check eligibility.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)

Up to two years of free language, literacy and numeracy training for eligible jobseekers receiving Newstart, Parenting payment or Disability Support Pension. A referral is needed from Centrelink or a Job Active Provider. Students can enrol in the SEE program on a fulltime or part time basis; between 10 and 25 hours per week.

SEE clients who are on income support may also be eligible for the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement of $20.80 per fortnight. To find out if you are eligible, call us on (03) 9347 2739

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace relations.

Fee-for-service EAL

Fee-for-service places are available to community members who are not eligible for government subsidised places. Tuition fees are charged at an hourly rate, with the inclusion of a standard amenities fee.