The University of Adelaide Writing Centre welcomes all international students. We are here to help you further develop your skills in academic language and learning.
One-on-one learning advisor appointments
Our learning advisors are highly trained, professional and friendly and they are keen to help you build your academic writing skills. 30-minute one-on-one learning advisor appointments are available Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 4:00pm. You can choose a face-to-face appointment (held in the Writing Centre on Level 3, Hub Central East) or online (on zoom).
If English is not your first language, we also have specialist learning advisors with TESOL training to support you. If you would like to book a face-to-face OR online appointment with a TESOL trained learning advisor, please book here:
You are also welcome to work with any of the Writing Centre learning advisors who will also be able to support you. You can book an appointment here:
Please continue to check availability as new online appointments regularly open.
You may make one booking per day and a maximum of two bookings per week across both booking links.
Online writing resources
There are interactive essay writing modules and a number of written guides for you to access. If you have any questions about the information in these resources, ask a learning advisor in the Writing Centre to help you.
It takes organisation and commitment to study several courses in English when it is not your first language. This seminar covers strategies you can use to manage this process and to continually improve your English. It also shows several self-access resources you can use to keep learning.
Presented by Dr Jillian Schedneck and Jayee Teh.
English Assist Program
The University of Adelaide recognises that ongoing academic language development and social engagement are key to student success. The English Assist Program is here to support you.
The English Assist Program is exclusive to international students studying an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree in their first semester of study. There is no obligation to complete, it is not counted towards your academic transcript, and your activity is not graded or tracked; we like to think of it as a useful resource for non-English speaking background students, that will assist your conversational, reading, and writing skills for university study, if you need it.
The Program offers two streams of support for international students studying an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree in their first semester of study. One provides opportunities to develop your Speaking and Listening skills and focuses on conversation skills for university study and social engagement; the other will develop your skills in Reading and Writing in English for academic study.
English Assist: Speaking and Listening for University
This series of 6 free 'Converse & Connect' 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.
- These practical and interactive workshops will assist you with the spoken language needed to fully participate in key study activities such as tutorials, seminars, group projects, as well as more social conversations.
- The workshops for semester 1 will run for 6 weeks starting Week 10 with weekly sessions of 1.5 hours.
- No preparation or out of class work is required for these workshops.
- The workshops are run by specialist language tutors. 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.
For more information on Converse & Connect workshops, click here https://www.adelaide.edu.au/elc/english-assist/
English Assist: Reading and Writing for University
This self-guided course will provide a combination of weekly lectures, modules and mentoring appointments to assist you in:
- Building your skills and confidence in writing and reading in English.
- Building your understanding of academic writing expectations at University.
- Developing your ability to understand and use academic texts in English.
- Expanding your English vocabulary.
- Building your understanding of the themes, content, styles and structures of different texts in English.
- Practising your skills with opportunities to ask questions and seek guidance from TESOL trained mentors.
- Working on communication skills which will help you in your professional life.
Volunteer program for conversation development (ESL students)
An internationally recognised volunteer program is also available to provide language support for students from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) who have an additional need to improve their oral communication.
For more information visit International Student Support's talking with Aussies page.
External language support
The State Library of SA provides an English Language Learning Improvement Service (ELLIS) as a free service for people who are learning English as a foreign language and want to improve their language skills.
ELLIS supplements other English language and literacy programs within South Australia by providing self-help materials and opportunities to improve conversation.