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 402020064265ABR00001
English for Academic Purposes 202020064266MBR00003
English for Academic Purposes Advanced2020086001KBR00006

Short courses for international students

If you are an international student, you can undertake short courses to assist with your English language and academic success in your course, whether you are a TAFE SA student or studying with another provider.   They can be studied at the same time as your course as they are part-time, usually 2.5 hours per week, in the evening. 

TAFE SA international students may be eligible for a 10% discount on these English short courses, please contact the International Unit for details.

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

 

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
2020  Term 1:  28 January –  3 April
Term 2:  28 April – 3 July
Term 3:  20 July – 25 September
Term 4:  6 October – 11 December

English Pathway 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.

Flinders University: Students who have successfully gained a credit result in the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes (EAP 20) are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with 6 in all sub bands

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.

Flinders University: Students who have successfully gained a Pass result in the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes Advanced are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6 in all sub bands and Students who have successfully gained a Credit result in the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes Advanced are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 6.5 in all sub bands

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. 

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 Advanced (Part 1 and Part 2) 20
6.0 > 6.5 > EAP Advanced (Part 2) 10
6.0 > 7.0 > EAP Advanced (Part 1 and Part 2) 20
6.5 > 7.0 > EAP Advanced (Part 2) 10

Learning English with TAFE SA

Ruth, Boxia, Julia and Gurjot all studied English for Academic Purposes and they share their experiences on how they became self-confident and successful in the classroom.

Listen to our students explain why they recommend TAFE SA as the first choice for people who want to learn English.