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English Conversation Program

English language classes supporting refugees to settle well

Our English Conversation Program provides weekly group classes to recently-arrived migrants.

This program helps build confidence and independence for refugees and asylum seekers by learning basic English conversation skills.

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Building capacity for independence

Learning how to ask for a bus ticket, where to find a local store, or how to access health and employment services are basic yet essential skills for refugees to settle well.

By participating in the English Conversation program, refugees learn basic English phrases and use them in conversation with other people in the group.

Participants learn in a relaxed environment with other beginners like themselves.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Ability to navigate day-to-day systems and services
  • English skills for accessing health and employment services 
  • Reduced social isolation
  • Enhanced social and life skills to integrate and settle into the Australian community
  • English language skills to support social interaction within the local community, including with schools and other organisations / service providers.
Reducing social isolation with opportunities for connection

The Job Readiness Program enables participants to form connections with others in the class and develop a sense of community as they learn English conversation, helping them to integrate into and communicate with others in their local community.

How do refugees and asylum seekers access this service?

People from a multicultural background who have arrived in Australia in the last five years can access the English Conversation Program by contacting one of our offices below.

Community service organisations can also make referrals into the English Conversation Program by contacting us.


There is no charge to access this service.

More information

Childcare is not offered as part of the Job readiness Program.

Read more about the English Conversation program:

English Conversation Program Flyer - Epping & Eltham Client Rights and Responsibilities

Contact us

The English Conversation Program Program is offered at the following locations, along with outreach to Eltham from our Epping office.
To join or enquire about this program, please select your nearest office:

Dandenong Epping Pakenham


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