TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA) - English Language

Turn your passion into a profession with the right English language skills. The TAFE SA English Language Centre offers a range of English language courses to suit different levels of ability, from General English to English for Academic Purposes.

The English Language Centre at TAFE SA City campus offers intensive courses for students seeking to:

  • improve general English language skills for work and life
  • develop English language and study skills for TAFE South Australia or university studies 
  • prepare for an IELTS test.

Why choose TAFE South Australia English Learning Centre?

  • Small classes and personalised attention
  • Intensive teaching with quality resources and facilities
  • Affordable fees
  • Flexible start times and program durations from five to 40 weeks
  • Free conversational English classes
  • Accessible, central CBD location.


General English

General English is designed for international students and holders of other temporary visas who wish to develop their general English skills with a focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills; developing vocabulary; improving grammar; and building communication skills.

Students are assessed on arrival and placed into the appropriate level class from elementary to advanced. Actual course duration and cost will depend on their English level, goals and pathway.

English for Academic Purposes 10/20

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is designed for students with good English language skills (upper intermediate level) who need to improve their skills for study at TAFE SA or university.

English for Academic Purposes focuses on developing high-level academic skills in writing, listening and note taking, reading and comprehension, research, academic language for oral presentations and seminars, study skills and group work. Students will also develop their grammar skills, topic pronunciation and computer literacy, and build academic vocabulary for future study.

Students can choose from a 10- or 20-week course dependent on their English level at entry and the English level they want to achieve.

Advanced IELTS Preparation

Advanced IELTS Preparation is designed for students with good English language skills (upper intermediate level) who need to improve their skills for study at TAFE SA or university, or to improve their IELTS score.

The course focuses on developing the English language skills needed to prepare for entry into TAFE SA courses with a higher English language requirement, such as nursing, dental technology and electronic engineering, as well as university study, professional registration and migration. There is also a focus on building high-level English skills in writing, listening and note taking, reading, comprehension, and language for oral presentations and seminars; developing grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and computer literacy in English; and IELTS test practice.

English for Academic Purposes (Advanced)

English for Academic Purposes (Advanced) is designed for students who need to develop their English language skills for university study at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level. 

Students develop the English language skills needed for further education, including lecture note taking, presentation and group discussion skills, and planning essays and assignments. Students are introduced to and become familiar with the vocabulary specific to their chosen study field.  

The course will expose students to a university-style learning environment, which includes research tasks, group presentations, tutorials and seminars. Students attend university lectures, meet academic and university staff and go on familiarisation tours of a university campus.

The course is offered over 10 or 20 weeks depending on the student’s English level at entry and goal English level.

University entry and pathway programs

A range of TAFE South Australia English language courses are available as part of university pathway programs. Successful completion of a TAFE SA English language course can provide entry to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs at South Australian universities.

TAFE SA provides you with a range of support services, both before and after you arrive in South Australia. Once you have enrolled in your course, we offer information on airport pickups, accommodation and orientation.  

Once you have arrived in Adelaide you will receive a comprehensive orientation by the International office, as well as English Language support and counselling if you need it. 

  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure and orientation
  • English language support
  • Counselling

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