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Learn to read, write and talk in English

TAFE SA offers courses to help non-English-speaking students communicate socially and in their studies. Our courses give students the skills needed for employment or admission to further study.

Courses are run at beginner, intermediate and advanced level. They focus on students’ individual language needs, and cover speaking, listening, reading and writing.

TAFE SA offers English courses in a range of programs:

  • Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
  • Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)
  • English Proficiency
  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Adult Migrant English Program

TAFE SA proudly delivers the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) throughout South Australia.

The AMEP helps new migrants learn basic English skills that will assist them to successfully and confidently participate socially and economically in Australian society. The AMEP is available to migrants from the family, skilled and humanitarian visa streams and provides free English language tuition.

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Volunteer Tutor Scheme - Becoming a Volunteer English Tutor

You could help an AMEP learner practice and improve English communication skills and learn about life in Australia.

No previous experience in teaching is required. Volunteers receive free training and ongoing support.

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Skills for Education and Employment

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program provides free language, literacy and numeracy training to eligible job seekers, to help them to participate more effectively in training or in the labour force.

The program caters for job seeker groups with literacy and/or numeracy training needs including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, youth, people with disabilities, mature aged people, and job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Skills for Education and Employment [SEE] program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

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English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

The ELICOS program is suitable for non-English speaking students from beginner to advanced level. The courses are taught by a team of teachers with wide experience and specialist skills. You can choose to study General English or English for Academic Purposes. These courses will be tailored to your individual needs, depending on your level of English, goals and study pathways.

Further information regarding ELICOS 

International Student visa holders should contact the International Team.

  • Overseas callers: + 61 8 8463 5487
  • Calls within Australia: free call 1800 049 492
  • Email
Visit the English Language Centre


Non-student visa holders should contact Foundation Skills.

English Proficiency

English proficiency courses start with Certificate I, for learners with no or very low levels of the English language and move up progressively to the Diploma. You can exit at a level appropriate for gaining employment or entry into further study at TAFE SA or university.

Contact us to discuss which would be the right course for you.

  • Phone: 08 8207 8805
  • Email
  • Level one, Adelaide City Campus
* Eligibility criteria applies. See course details to check if you meet the requirements for funding.

English Studies

Hoa is from Vietnam. Whilst English was one of his favourite subjects at school, he wanted to improve his language skills further and enrolled at TAFE SA. Since undertaking English language training, Hoa is a different person. He now has the confidence to communicate effectively in the English language and highly recommends the training to any new migrants to Australia.

Certificate III in English Proficiency
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