English Assist Program

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

English Assist 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

Converse and connect

This series of free, interactive, conversation based workshops delivered online via Zoom 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 view the workshop schedule and register visit the English Assist Program MyUni course.

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.

The workshops are run by specialist language tutors from the English Language Centre. Classes will have a maximum of 15 students, providing the opportunity for you to get to know your fellow class mates and to receive tips, strategies and feedback from your tutor. No preparation or out of class work is required for these workshops.

On completion of the workshops you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Attendance at the workshops is also eligible to be claimed towards the Adelaide Graduate Award, a free employability program which formally recognises your extra-curricular achievements.

Reading and writing in English

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

A bonus for all participants of this program is that you will get first access to a 30-minute one-on-one mentoring appointment with a TESOL trained mentor from the Writing Centre. These appointments are currently available online via zoom from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Bookings are limited so check back regularly. To watch the reading and writing lectures, and to book a mentoring appointment go to the English Assist Program MyUni course.

If you are on campus, you can also come into the Writing Centre on Level 3, Hub Central, and book a face to face mentoring appointment.

The Communication Skills tutorials support specific undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The series of free weekly 50 minute tutorials are designed to give you the support you need to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English.

In these tutorials, you will work in small groups practising the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills needed for success both in your course and your further studies at the University.

Find your course and register below.

* The Communication Skills Tutorials are only offered to international students enrolled in the following courses:

ACCTING 1002  

Introductory Accounting (IA)


Accounting FoundatACCTING 1004ions



Accounting Concepts & Methods



Intermediate Financial Reporting



Engineering Communication & Critical Thinking


DESST 1508

Environment 1



Introductory Winemaking



Public Health Evaluation


ARTS 1007

The Enquiring Mind


ARCH 7035

Critical Historical Practices (PG)



Advanced Research Techniques



Entrepreneurship Foundations and Mindset



  • What do I learn in the tutorials?

    The tutorials 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 English Language Centre. Each tutorial has a maximum size of 12 students to ensure everyone can participate.

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

    • Participating in tutorials
      • 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 tutorials?

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

  • Do I get graded for the tutorials?

    Grades and marks are not assigned to the tutorials, the emphasis is on your personal learning and helping you develop your communication skills.

    Students who attend 80% or more of all tutorials are given a certificate of completion. Attendance at the tutorials is eligible to be claimed towards the Adelaide Graduate Award.

  • Is there a cost for the tutorials?

    The Communication Skills tutorials are free of charge for students, and you do not need to purchase any text books or additional materials.

  • When do the tutorials start?

    The tutorials run from week 2 until the end of the semester with a break in mid-semester to allow you to focus on your assignments.

  • Frequently asked questions

    How do I get access?

    • Head to the English Assist MyUni course
    • Register for the speaking and listening skills workshops.
    • Watch the reading and writing lectures, do the practise modules, and take the quizzes.
    • Book an appointment with a TESOL trained mentor in the Writing Centre.

    I'm studying overseas this semester, should I still do the English Assist Program?


    This program is exclusive for overseas students!

    We can't wait to see you in person but in the meantime we think that our overseas students will benefit greatly from this program. Best of all, the resources and activities can be accessed remotely because they are all available online and via zoom.