Recently there has been considerable discussion about the ability of students, including those of non-English speaking background, to cope with the linguistic demands of their study and on entering the workforce in Australia (AUQA, 2008a; AUQA, 2008b; Birrell & Healy, 2008). The purpose of the mainstream course-related 'Workplace Communication Skills for International Students' program was to develop, teach and evaluate students' oral and written skills as required to communicate effectively in the workplace. Also the program aimed at assisting students to better cope with the linguistic and academic demands of their TAFE courses. Consultations were conducted with departmental management and staff during the development of the program in order to determine the needs of the international students. The following short courses have been developed and delivered: 'Workplace Communication Skills for the Hospitality Industry'; 'The Development of Communication Skills for Community Welfare and Community Development'; 'Effective Commercial Presentation Skills'; 'Oral Communication Skills for Accounting' and 'Effective Technical Presentations'. The program highlights will be presented at ALTAR symposium.
Paper presented at 'Language in the disciplines: disciplinary discourses and the embedding of academic literacy skills within programs', an Academic Literacy Teaching and Research Network (ALTAR) Symposium, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, 24 November 2010