English FAQ

FAQ

Location

Where is the college located?

SGSCC English operates out of the Hurstville campus in the St George region. Hurstville is the central business district for the southern suburbs of Sydney. The campus is located in the centre of the CBD. SGSCC English classes also run at our Jannali Centre. View all Locations

How easily can each site be reached by transportation?

Hurstville

SGSCC Hurstville Campus is a 1 minute walk from the Hurstville railway station and close to all major bus stops.

Hurstville railway station is a major station on the Illawarra line of the Sydney Trains network. All Suburban and Intercity trains stop at Hurstville.

Hurstville is a major bus interchange with bus services departing from Forest Road and Ormonde Parade. Hurstville is also serviced by St George Community Transport, a HACC funded transport service for people with disability and their carers.

Parking is limited and timed at Hurstville.

Jannali

SGSCC Jannali Campus is a 5 minute walk from Jannali railway station which is a station on the Illawarra line of the Sydney Trains network.

Off street parking is available at Jannali.

Kogarah

Classes at Kogarah are held in Kogarah Hugh School. The school is a 2 minute walk from Kogarah railway station and close to bus stops. Kogarah railway station is a station on the Illawarra line of the Sydney Trains network.

Off street parking is available at Kogarah.

Miranda

Classes at Miranda are held in Port Hacking High School. The school is a 5 minute walk from Miranda railway station and close to bus stops. Miranda railway station is a station on the Illawarra line of the Sydney Trains network.

Parking is available in the school grounds, off street as well as in Westfield Miranda.

Course Information

What courses do you offer?

Our English courses are divided into two categories - Fee For Service and Government Subsidised.

Fee For Service

  • Held at night 7.00pm-9.00pm
  • Held at Jannali , Kogarah or Miranda
  • Duration - 8 weeks
  • Focus on one speciality area eg Grammar, Writing Skills for the Workplace, Accent Reduction

Government Subsidised

  • Accredited courses **This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and is part of the Smart and Skilled training reform.
  • Delivered at Hurstville Centre
  • 9.30am-2.00pm
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Focus on all areas - Reading, writing, speaking , listening, numeracy and computer skills
  • For eligible clients - to give the necessary skills and knowledge to move into further study and/or gain employment.

For further information see The ACE Program or contact us.

How do I know if I am eligible for subsidised courses?

To be eligible for funding under the CSO program you must be:

  • an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder and
  • aged 15 years or older
  • not at school* and
  • living or working in NSW.

*special conditions apply to ACE CSO programs for young people still at school. Contact us for further information.

What if I am not an Australian or NZ citizen or a permanent resident and would like to study during the day?

You can still study during the day; however the fee is $10 per hour.

If I am paying $10/hour do I have to pay the whole term up front?

You do not have to pay the whole term before you start. You can pay as you study. You may choose to pay daily or weekly. The whole fee must be paid before you finish the course.

How many levels do you have?

We cater for all levels from Beginners to Advanced.

Do I have to attend day classes on all three days - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday?

You may choose to attend 1 or 2 days depending on your personal circumstances.

Do I need to sit an exam or assessment before I start?

In your first lesson the teacher will give you a number of informal assessments and activities in order to determine your level of English or literacy. This will help the teacher design a program to meet your individual needs. These tasks are not challenging and we do not expect 100% accuracy. However if the thought of an assessment is too stressful please tell your teacher and we can organise an alternate activity.

What is the nationality mix?

We have a wonderful mix of nationalities from all over the world.

Is there an age limit on learning English?

You are never too old to learn English.

What are the ages of the students?

Our students range in age from 18 to 60+.

What teaching methods do you use? What books and other materials are used?

Our teachers are all specialist English Language teachers who use a variety of teaching methods in order to cater for individual needs. The course covers all four basic macro skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. We also cover grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and computer skills.

What do I need to bring to class?

All teaching resources are provided.

Can I trial a class before committing to the course?

SGSCC English is happy for you to trial the class before committing to the whole course. You need to be sure that the course is going to help you in your educational journey.

How much homework do students have to do?

Homework is not compulsory. We are fully aware that students have many other commitments and may have little time outside their class time for further study. If you wish to have homework please see your teacher.

Enrol

How do I enrol?

If enroling in a fee for service (night) class you may enrol online, over the phone or in person at our Jannali or Hurstville campus.

For all other courses please contact us directly on 02 9580 7885.

Services

Can you translate documents for me?

SGSCC is not authorised to translate documents. We recommend you contact professional translation services.

Still have questions?

If our FAQ’s did not answer your questions and you require additional information please Contact Us to talk to one of our educational specialists Monday to Thursdays from 10am to 2pm.