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Community English language resources

This is a list of free or low cost community-based English Language classes which are available for UniSA students and their spouses. Please note that these classes are generally not designed for academic language development but are aimed principally at improving the participant's communication and English language abilities:

Adelaide South West Community Centre

Practise your English in a group, learn about Australian culture, and make friends. For absolute beginners one-on-one sessions can be arranged. Currently, an experienced Home Tutor assists the absolute beginners and the conversation group is facilitated by a person who spent a year in China facilitating conversation classes and assisting with IELTS preparation. The cost is $2 per session.

Class times
Mondays 10.30am-12.30pm.

171 Sturt Street, Adelaide
Phone: 8203 7801


The State Library - English language Learning and Improvement Centre (ELLIS)

Conversation Groups

Several Conversation Groups are available each week. The Conversation Groups are free and provided for small groups to practise English in a supportive environment.. The ELLIS Monthly Information Sheet is available from the Information Desk or the ELLIS tutor desk. Session times may change so please make sure that you read the current ELLIS Monthly Information Sheet.

Further details of the ELLIS program, including class times, can be found on the ELLIS website.

Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
Phone: 8207 7250



TAFE offers full time English language programs for ELICOS students on a student visa, as well as part time language courses for students on other visa classes such as dependant spouse and tourist or visitor visas. These classes are suitable for learners at all levels and include instruction in all the skill areas. They can be done part time from a minimum of 2 hours per week to a maximum of 25 hours per week.

Class Times
Classes can be commenced at anytime during the year.
Morning classes are from 9am-12pm
Afternoon classes are from 1pm-3pm

120 Currie Street, Adelaide (on Light Square)
Phone: 8207 8805


Teach International

Teach International trains people to become teachers of English. The community English classes it offers are an opportunity for people in the community (for example, international students or migrants) to access free English classes and for trainee teachers to practice. The focus of the classes is on speaking English but participants also practice other language skills. The classes are relaxed and friendly. Students feel comfortable practicing their language skills and also have the opportunity to mix with other people from a variety of different countries.

Level 7, 90 King William Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000

Information / Registrations:
Phone: 1300 558 890 or email: registrations@staff.teachinternational.com


Thebarton Senior College

Thebarton Senior College offers nationally accredited courses designed for people from non-English speaking backgrounds who wish to develop the English skills necessary for living, working and studying in Australia. They provide a pathway into TAFE.

All students in each certificate study a minimum of four lessons of English as a Second Language per week over a duration of 6 to 12 months. The cost for a certificate level course is only $400. Details of the two certificates including class schedules can be found on their website or by calling.

40 Ashley Street
Torrensville, South Australia 5031
Phone: 8352 5811



The Workers Education Association offers very affordable classes that cover all the four skill areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Prices are generally between $40 and $60 and courses are between 6-8 weeks at 2 hours per session. Fulltime students are eligible for a 10% discount on all WEA courses.

Locations and class times vary depending on the class. When you visit the WEA website, type 'English' in the search window.

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