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.

Learning English at Home

Learn English in your home with a tutor.

The Volunteer Tutor Scheme allows you to learn English at home with the help of a tutor. You can study at your own pace and choose the areas of English you want to improve. You can work on speaking and listening, practice your reading or writing. Your tutor will also help you learn about life in Australia so that you can settle well in the community. Your tutor will work with you on the things that are important to you.

Settlement Courses

Learn important information about living in Australia.

The first part of the Adult Migrant English Program is a settlement course. This course will help you settle in Australia. It includes practical help with common issues such as transport, health and housing. Other topics include driving, Australian law, money and work. You will also get to practice your English and ask questions about life in Australia.

Employment Programs

Get ready to find a job.

AMEP offers a range of courses to help you prepare for employment. Some are available as part of the AMEP entitlement. Others are offered to learners who have completed AMEP. In AMEP short courses, you can learn about first aid, workplace health and safety, and driving rules. The Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET) course provides workplace English training for several types of workplace, as well as job search skills and a work experience placement. SLPET is available to AMEP learners who are active job-seekers and have completed 75% of their entitlement, or are close to achieving functional English.

Tutor Training

Volunteer to help migrants and refugees learn English.

The Volunteer Tutor Scheme staff match trained volunteers with migrants and refugees wanting to learn English who are unable to attend classes. Volunteers need to speak and write English well and be able to offer a few hours each week.

All volunteer tutors undertake a specific English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor training course. This course includes practical ideas to help with tutoring and will prepare you to work with adult students in ESL programs. Volunteers will be required to provide a minimum commitment of six months to the Volunteer Tutor Scheme and undergo two Department of Human Services (DHS) Screening Checks - WWCC and Vulnerable Persons.


Improve your English for study, work and travel.

ELICOS stands for English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students. Are you in Australia on a student visa, a working holiday visa or tourist visa? ELICOS at TAFE SA is the perfect way to improve your English. ELICOS can help you in further study and future employment, or prepare you for an IELTS test.

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* Eligibility criteria applies. See course details to check if you meet the requirements for funding.

Video: 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

Video: English Language

Mary is originally from China and couldn't understand or speak English when she first arrived in Australia. She enrolled in an English course at TAFE SA and this course ultimately helped her to find employment. Listen to Mary as she explains why TAFE SA is the first choice for immigrants who want to learn English.