Improve your English

Located in modern facilities in the heart of Adelaide, TAFE SA’s English Language Centre (ELC) offers affordable, intensive English language programs tailored to international students.  You do not have to be going on to study a TAFE SA course to study at our Language Centre.

If you are an international student on a student visa, a working holiday visa or tourist visa, TAFE SA intensive English language courses will develop your English skills for:

  • Fun and travel
  • Study at TAFE SA or university
  • IELTS testing
  • Future employment

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Choosing the right course

With many English language courses to choose from, selecting the best one for your needs can be confusing. Enquire now for help with ELICOS courses.

Courses for International Students

Course NameIntake YearCRICOS CodeTAFE SA Code
General English 402018064265ABR00001
English for Academic Purposes 202018064266MBR00003
Advanced IELTS Preparation2018074846GBR00005
English for Academic Purposes Advanced2018086001KBR00006
Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)2018095649FAC00086
English Language Courses Guide

Why study English with us?

  • Highly qualified, experienced and friendly staff
  • Affordable fees
  • Conveniently located in the heart of Adelaide
  • Small classes and individual attention from highly qualified teachers
  • Only government-owned English Language Centre in South Australia
  • Flexible start times
  • Clear pathways to TAFE SA and universities in Adelaide
  • Opportunities to sit in on TAFE SA classes
  • Access to the TAFE SA library with extensive English language and online resources

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Semester Dates for English Courses

All courses commence on the dates listed below with the exception of the General English course which commences every Monday during the term.

  Semester One  Semester Two
2018  Term 1:  29 January – 6 April
Term 2:  30 April – 6 July
Term 3:  23 July – 28 September
Term 4:  8 October – 14 December
2019  Term 1:  28 January –  5 April
Term 2:  29 April – 5 July
Term 3:  22 July – 27 September
Term 4:  7 October – 13 December

 

Goal IELTS Level

IELTS Score

Recommended Course

Weeks

Have   Need  
2.5 - 4.0 > 4.5 > General English 10 - 30
4.5 > 5.5 > EAP 20 20
5.0 > 6.0 > EAP 20 20
5.0 > 5.5 > EAP 20 10
5.5 > 6.0 > EAP 20 or EAP Advanced (Part 1) 10
5.5 > 6.5 > EAP 20 or EAP Advanced (Part 1 and Part 2) 20
6.0 > 6.5 > EAP Advanced (Part 2) 10
5.0 - 6.0 > 5.5 - 7.0
(or higher)
> Advanced IELTS Preparation 10 - 20
6.0 > 7.0 > EAP Advanced (Part 1 and Part 2) 20
6.5 > 7.0 > EAP Advanced (Part 2) 10

Local University acceptance of TAFE SA English programs

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 20

University of South Australia: Students who have successfully gained a credit result in the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes (20 weeks) are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.0.

University of Adelaide: Students who have successfully completed the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes (20 weeks) are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.0.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced

University of Adelaide: Students who have successfully completed the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes (20 weeks) are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

University of South Australia: Students who have successfully gained a P result or higher in the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes Advanced are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5. 

Video: international English studies student

Hoa is from Vietnam. When he first arrived in Australia he was shy and lacked confidence. Through studying English at TAFE SA, he started to believe in himself, became self-confident and can now communicate with others without any difficulties. Listen to Hoa explain why he recommends TAFE SA as the first choice for people wanting to learn English.