Language support

Adult Migrant English Program

TAFE SA English Language Services (ELS) delivers the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) across South Australia. This is the Australian Government's nation-wide English language program. Classes at ELS are full-time or part-time, day or evening. In addition, students can study by Distance Learning, privately with e-learning modules or with a volunteer home tutor who visits for two hours per week.

Humanitarian entrants and migrants aged 18 years and above with less than 'functional English' may be eligible for this program. Check eligibility at TAFE SA English Language Services, Level 5, 127 Rundle Mall, Adelaide. Run by TAFE SA English Language Services

Tel: 61 8 8226 6555. Eligible students must register within the first six months of arrival in Australia. Entry to classes may occur only in the first two weeks of each school term.

At: TAFE SA campuses in Rundle Mall, Salisbury, Noarlunga, Mt Gambier, Renmark and Naracoorte, as well as many suburban and regional settings including Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre at Murray Bridge.

For more information about the AMEP, visit the Humanitarian Settlement Services Locator (Department for Social Services). 

Intensive English language education

Intensive English language and orientation to South Australian schooling. For young humanitarian entrants without proficient English, and/or without continuous schooling experience. Support to learn English

Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC)

Provides fee-based 24-hour interpreting and translating services in approximately 140 languages and dialects, including:

  • Business, face-to-face and telephone interpreting
  • Translation from English or into English
  • Checking, editing and proof-reading of Translations
  • Certified Translations
  • Type-setting and a range of other services.

Interpreting and Translating Centre

Kilburn Community Centre

English classes and ethnic schools (Turkish, Swahili), for those living in Kilburn, Blair Athol and surrounding areas. Run by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield

At: 59 Gladstone Avenue, Kilburn
Tel: +61 8 8349 8363

Learn English online

Free online tool to assist learning English, including games, stories, listening activities and grammar exercises.

Public libraries

Libraries provide a variety of resources in a range of languages, including free access to the internet, free lending of books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, and programs for children and adults.

A number of libraries offer English language and literary services for adult migrants from non-English speaking countries or adult literacy students. This includes online access to the Road to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) preparation course to help candidates prepare for their IELTS exams.

Run by local councils, state-wide. See the Libraries SA website for more information.

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)

An interpreting service for people who do not speak English and for the English speakers who need to communicate with them. It provides immediate telephone interpreting services, as well as pre-booked telephone and on-site interpreting. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any person or organisation in Australia requiring interpreting services.  Translating and Interpreting Service

Tel: 131 450