English Assist Program

The English Assist Program will help you develop your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills for university study.

The English Assist Program is exclusive to international undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students in their first semester of study. The program has a range of activities to choose from, including self-paced lectures and modules, and weekly tutorials and small group workshops run by specialist language tutors. No preparation is required for these activities.

The English Assist Program offers three streams of support

Communicate and Connect

This series of free, interactive, conversation based workshops, running from Weeks 3-8, will develop your speaking and listening communication skills, help you make new friends, and build your confidence to fully engage in your University of Adelaide studies. To attend the workshops, visit the English Assist MyUni course for a full schedule and list of topics. You can also see the schedule below. 

The workshops will assist you with the spoken language needed to fully participate in key study activities such as tutorials, seminars, group projects, oral presentations, and social conversations.

Communicate and Connect sessions are run by specialist language tutors from the University of Adelaide. Classes will have a maximum of 20 students, providing the opportunity for you to get to know your fellow classmates and to receive tips, strategies and feedback from your tutor. No preparation or out of class work is required for these workshops.

Attendance at the sessions is able to be claimed towards the Adelaide Graduate Award, a free employability program that formally recognises your extra-curricular achievements.

                                 Communicate and Connect - Schedule
Mondays: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm* Barr Smith South 200, Writing Studio
Mondays: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm* Napier LG18
Mondays: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm* Napier LG18
Tuesdays: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm* Online (Zoom)  - click the link for meeting details. Passcode: 026332
Wednesdays: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Napier LG12
Fridays: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Barr Smith South 200, Writing Studio

*Please take not that these sessions will not be running on Public Holidays (Monday March 13; Tuesday April 25)

Reading and Writing in English

This self-guided course will provide a combination of lectures and modules to help you build your skills and confidence in writing and reading in English. 

Once you complete these modules, we encourage you to make a 30-minute one-on-one mentoring appointment with a Learning Advisor from the Writing Centre. These appointments can be made via the 
Writing Centre website, and are currently available both in-person at the Writing Centre (Level 3, Hub Central) and online (Zoom) from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. 

To watch the reading and writing lectures, please go to the 
English Assist MyUni course 

English for Coursework Success 

English for Coursework Success sessions (ECSs) support specific undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The series of free weekly 50-minute sessions are designed to give you the support you need to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English for your courses, and will run from Weeks 4-11. 

In these sessions, you will work in small groups practising the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills needed for success both in your course - developing confidence in discipline-specific language - and your further studies at the University.

Session times, course lists, and weekly content are available on the English Assist MyUni course. A schedule of session times is also viewable below.

* English for Coursework Success sessions are only offered to international students enrolled in the following courses:

                                 English for Coursework Success - Schedule
Course Times and Locations
DESST 1505 History/Theory I

Fridays 10am-11am - Barr Smith South 200 (Writing Studio)

Fridays 3pm-4pm - Barr Smith South 509 (L.Arch 4th Year Studio)

ARCH 7042
Designing Research

Fridays 9am-10am - Barr Smith South 200 (Writing Studio)

Fridays 4pm-5pm - Barr Smith South 509 (L.Arch 4th Year Studio)

Business Lifecycles

Tuesdays 1pm-2pm - Lower Napier LG09

Wednesdays 12pm-1pm - Online (Zoom - meeting details are available in the EAP MyUni Course)

Accounting Concepts and Methods (M)

Tuesdays 12pm-1pm - Lower Napier LG09

Wednesdays 1pm-2pm - Online (Zoom - meeting details are available in the EAP MyUni Course)

ENG 1011
Introduction to Engineering
Wednesdays 11am-12pm - Hartley 108b
ENG 7057
Communication and Critical Thinking
Wednesdays 11am-12pm - Hartley 108b
  • What do I learn in the English Assist Program?

    The English Assist Program give you a lot of opportunity to practice your language skills, ask questions and get individualised feedback from your tutors, who are experts in English Language Teaching (ELT) from the University of Adelaide. Each session has a maximum size to ensure everyone can participate.

    Each week focuses on a particular aspect of reading, writing, speaking and listening at university, for example:

    • reading effectively
    • writing in an academic context
    • sentence Structure
    • paraphrasing
    • academic honesty and referencing
    • writing clearly and logically
    • working with feedback
  • Do I need to attend all of the sessions?

    Attendance is not compulsory, but is highly recommended.  Each session is a stand-alone topic, but builds on what you have previously learnt. However, your learning in a session will not be impacted if you have not attended a previous session.

  • Do I get graded for the English Assist Program?

    Grades and marks are not assigned - the sessions are all optional and offer a supportive environment. The emphasis is on your personal learning and helping you develop your communication skills.

    Attendance at the sessions is eligible to be claimed towards the Adelaide Graduate Award.

  • Is there a cost for the English Assist Program?

    The entire English Assist Program is free of charge for students, and you do not need to purchase any text books or additional materials.

  • When do the sessions start?

    The English for Coursework Success sessions start in Week 4 of Semester 1 2023, and will run until Week 11.

  • Frequently asked questions

    How do I get access?

    • Head to the English Assist MyUni course 
    • Look at the schedules for our Communicate and Connect and English for Coursework Success series. 
    • Find a time that suits your timetable, and attend the workshop each week!
    • During your own time, watch the reading and writing lectures, do the practice modules, and take the quizzes.