Second Language Proficiency
As a global business, the international hospitality industry values language proficiency. Students require fluency in English and a second language to be awarded the SHA Diploma and SHA Bachelor Degree. ICHM does not offer language study on campus, but is able to assist students in arranging language tuition. International students or students whose first language is other than English, should refer to the Entry Requirements
page for the English (e.g. IELTS) requirement.
Note: Students will still be able to receive the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) without evidence of a second language.
Choice of Language
The second language is the student’s own choice. ICHM graduates pursue careers all over the world, requiring interaction with guests and staff from many countries. Depending on which region they expect to work in, ICHM graduates find some languages more useful than others.
Second Language Recognition
Ways that a student might illustrate a second language proficiency include; providing an academic statement showing evidence that the final two years of high school was completed in that language; completing language as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) - Language B (SL) with a grade of 5 or 6, or Language B (HL) with a grade of 4 or higher. Or, students may be assessed at an ICHM approved language centre provider such as the Vocational Language Learning Centre (VLLC). As a general idea for students within Australia, the level of language ability required would be just above Year 12. Second language proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking is set at a minimum level of B2 in the Common European Framework for Referencing for Languages (CEFRL), level 3 in the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) and 6.0 in the Eurocentre Assessment Criteria or their equivalents. For languages employing scripts other than roman, the minimum standard is reduced for reading and writing only.
Students from non-English speaking countries
Students with a first language other than English may request for this language to be recognised by ICHM by providing suitable evidence of completion of the final two years of high/secondary school in that language.
Testing of Languages
Students not able to provide suitable proof of language fluency will need to undertake formal testing for recognition on their academic transcript. Testing covers written, spoken, reading and listening skills. Tests can be conducted in Adelaide at VLLC in Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Greek. Testing for most other languages can be arranged. It is recommended that students book their test for the week prior to commencement of study at ICHM, or as soon as possible after commencement at ICHM.
Students can undertake their language studies prior to commencing at ICHM; or during their studies at ICHM by replacing an internships semester with language study or undertaking an internship in a country while learning their language.
The Vocational Language Learning Centre® in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney provide language tuition in a nurturing, fun, relaxed and results oriented environment, which encourages rapid success. The VLLC’s
Fluency Focus Method™ means you learn your next language in the same way you learnt your first.
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With 31 locations in 16 countries, Eurocentres specialise in arranging total immersion language training.
Class sizes are small and teaching techniques include project and group work, computer assisted language learning programs, language labs and video.
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