(Frequently Asked Questions)

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1. I am a migrant and would like to improve my English. Can you help me?
Yes. If you are a new migrant or were born overseas and would like to improve your English, we have classes at various levels for you to attend. Generally classes are 2-3 hours once or twice a week.
New arrivals in Australia may be eligible to receive the free 510 hours of English training and OELP is registered with AMES to deliver this training on their behalf. Eligible students are not required to pay for tuition until their free hours run out.

2. Where are the classes held?
All classes are run in Boronia – either at the Boronia Library, Park Crescent or the Uniting Church on the corner of Boronia Rd and Zeising Court.

3. What is the cost of the training for students?
OELP has kept costs at a minimum to make sure that the programs are accessible to everyone in the community.
Tuition for 2-hour classes is $30 per term and concession rates are $40 per year.
3-hour classes are $42.50 per term and concession is $50 per year. These rates include an amentities fee to cover the cost of administration, photocopying and other costs associated with the training.
Terms are the same as school terms and are generally 10 weeks in duration.
The student tuitiion fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student services and amentities fees.
4. Do you run classes/programs for people with disabilities?
Yes. We have two classes for those with mild intellectual disabilities - Certificate of General Education for Adults I (CGEA) Initial and Introductory These classes are accredited courses and students will achieve a Statement of Attainment on the successful completion of the program.

5. I have trouble with spelling and writing – can you help me?
Yes. We run a one-to-one tutoring program that caters for anyone who has specific problems eg spelling, reading, writing, grammar. We match you to a tutor and you will meet for 2 hours each week.
This 1:1 program allows the training to be customised to your specific needs.

6. I would like to volunteer to help people with literacy problems – how can I do this?
OELP runs Volunteer Tutor Training Programs for people who wish to be tutors and help people in the community with their literacy issues.
The program runs for about 20 hours and covers issues such as Learning to learn, Spelling and Phonics, Reading, Writing, ESL students, Editing, and Lesson Planning.
The Tutor Training Programs are run twice a year – once in February/March and again in July/August.
If you are interested in enrolling for this program, please contact us on 9762 4211 or email on oelp@bigpond.net.au - we would love to hear from you as we always have students waiting for tutors.

7. What hours do you open?
OELP is open each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 4pm and on Tuesday 1pm to 7pm.
Outside of these hours you can contact us by phone (9762 4211) and leave a message or email us. We will respond to your message as soon as we are back in the office.

8. What sort of an organisation is OELP?
OELP is a not-for-profit community organisation that has been providing literacy services to adults in the outer eastern Melbourne region for over 35 years.
Although we charge minimal fees, we do not exclude anyone on the basis of their inability to pay – we believe that our programs should be accessible to everyone in the community.

9. Where can I find OELP?
OELP is located at the Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia (next to the basketball stadium).
Our phone is 9762 4211 and email is oelp@bigpond.net.au.

10. What is your website address?
Our website is http://learningforadults.wikispaces.com/

11. Do you tutor children?
No. OELP is a program for adults. If you need tutoring for your child, please contact your school and enquire whether they can refer you to tutoring services that are designed specifically for children.