English as a Second Language [ESL]
Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. There is a high percentage of the population for whom English is not their first, or sometimes even their second language. Significant numbers arrive in Australia with no English language at all. Indigenous people may also have a different first language.
All systems work to provide English language skills so that everyone is able to access all areas of life and participate fully, irrespective of age, previous nationality, wealth or any other factor.
This page looks at English as a Second Language, or EAL/D studies in all states & territories. It covers programs, New Arrivals, interpreting & translation, funding, guidelines, Commonwealth support, more. Other information covers English Language schools, ESL jobs and journals.
Check the ESL Resources page for further assistance.
Australian Capital Territory
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect Policy
‘This policy provides a framework for supporting English as an Additional Language or Dialect [EAL/D] students’ English language acquisition in ACT public schools’. Download a copy of the policy here.
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect Programs
Translating and Interpreting Service, Introductory English Centres, Parent Fact Sheet [multiple languages], Literacy and Useful Resources.
- English as an Additional Language
or Dialect - Advice for Parents
Download a copy using this link. It is also available in 12 other languages, all clearly indicated.
- Introductory English Centres - Education
‘IECs are co-located in mainstream schools and provide support to newly arrived students with minimal English through intensive language teaching, prior to entry into mainstream schooling’. Details, including contact information, for the 6 schools is provided.
- Translating and Interpreting
Details on this page. Call 131 450 for further details. Multiple FAQ pages covering topics; Videos; Help to use the system; Charges and Free Services; more.
‘Our members work within a range of contexts including school education, adult new arrivals programs, ELICOS, tertiary studies and research programs. We aim to support all teachers and learners of English as an additional language within the ACT’.
- English Language : Canberra Institute of
‘CIT English language courses assist students to achieve functional English so they can maximise settlement opportunities in Australia. They are designed to improve skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, from beginner to advanced level’. Links to their range of courses are also included, most are available full-time or part-time.
- English Language Teaching
Links and information about ‘Australian National University College; University of Canberra College; and Canberra Institute of Technology’.
- University of Canberra College English Language Centre [UCCELC]
‘The University of Canberra College English Language Centre has prepared international students for entry to the University of Canberra since 1969’. Links to several options.
New South Wales
Department of Education
as an Additional Language or Dialect : Advice for Schools
2020. ‘Guidelines for the successful operation and management of EAL/D programs in government primary schools, high schools, Intensive English Centres and the Intensive English High School’.
- EAL/D School Evaluation Framework
‘The EAL/D School Evaluation Framework is a tool that school communities can use to evaluate how well their school is working towards achieving a sustained whole school EAL/D student support strategy’.
- Intensive English Centre [IEC] Guide
Introduction; Support; Centres; How they operate; Principals and others; Contacts.
- New Translations
‘The department adds new translations of information and documents regularly’. [Also see the Translations section in the Interpreting and Translations link below.]
- Supporting EAL/D students in schools
‘EAL/D student support aims to develop EAL/D students’ English language competence and improve their learning outcomes throughout the curriculum’.
- English as a Second Language
HSC Course. Syllabus, Documents [PDF and/or Word], Assessment and examination materials, Other support materials. For Years K-10 see the Students learning English as an additional language or dialect information.
- English as an Additional Language/Dialect Education
‘A series of conversations with educators highlighting practices that support effective teaching and learning for EAL/D students. Listen to podcast episodes’. There are also links to specific areas of this learning.
- English Help For Parents
‘Being able to communicate and understand the written and spoken word is an important building block to learning. These resources will help you support the development of your child’s English skill’.
- English Language Proficiency
‘The loading for English language proficiency is a resource allocation for students learning English as an additional language or dialect who are migrants, refugees or humanitarian entrants or the children of migrants, refugees or humanitarian entrants’. Explanation of the process. Multiple sub-topics are covered.
- Excellence for Students learning English as an Additional
Language or Dialect
‘Teaching and learning adjustments are required for your EAL/D students, as English language competence is essential for full engagement in schooling and to ensure equitable learning and wellbeing outcomes. Policy and Context; Understanding EAL/D student performance’.
- Intensive English Centres
‘Intensive English Centres and the Intensive English High School provide intensive English tuition to newly arrived, high school aged students whose first language is not English. In addition, the IECs and the IEHS provide orientation, settlement and wellbeing programs to prepare students for learning in a NSW government high school and to participate in Australian society’. There is a Contact List for all the centres. There are also Questions and Answers on a number of topics. A second listing and other details are also found at this NSW Department of Education International Education page.
- Intensive English Centres [IEC]
This site provides links to episodes of an EAL/D Conversations Podcast. It opens at Episode 3 : Intensive English Centres [EC] [Duration 10:13]. A descriptor is available on the above page.
- Intensive English
NSW DE International Education. ‘From Term 1 2021 [February], students in Years 7-11 who are outside Australia will be able to study with an Intensive English Centre online. This initiative has been created to allow students to study at an IEC while waiting for Australian borders to reopen’.
- Interpreting and Translations
Services to assist parents of children requiring ESL assistance [among others]. Government schools. Also check the Translated documents page where you will find a wide range of documents are available in a significant number of languages.
‘Welcome to the Languages section where educators can find resources to support and enhance languages programs in NSW public schools’. They also provide opportunities for students whose first language is not English.
- Meeting the needs of students for whom English is an additional language or dialect
Australian Curriculum. Definition of those in need; Planning; Legislation, Policies and Principles; Links to ACARA resources; and Links to state and territory resources.
Includes an overview section on English as an Additional Language/Dialect education, Interpreting and translation services and Refugee education.
- Planning EAL/D support
‘EAL/D teachers work in cooperation with class teachers and other specialist teachers to support EAL/D students. All teachers are responsible for establishing a class environment that promotes differentiated learning and values cultural and linguistic diversity’.
- Teaching English Language Learners across the curriculum [TELL]
‘Professional learning to support teachers of EAL/D learners across the range of school subject areas’.
‘ATESOL NSW’s members come from all education systems and sectors : early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, ELICOS, adult and community education. Our mission is to advocate on behalf of and improve educational outcomes for learners of English as an additional language or dialect [EAL/D], including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who speak traditional Indigenous languages, creoles and varieties of Aboriginal English’.
- English Language Centre [The University
‘The University of Newcastle English Language Centre specialises in teaching English to students from all over the world’.
- English Language Courses Online -
‘Over 20 English language courses to get you where you want to be, faster’. Further information. Also check their link to the Adult Migrant English Program [AMEP].
- Mary MacKillop Catholic College
This school is one of three in the Sydney Catholic System having an Intensive English Centre. Information on a Catholic Intensive English Centre and English as an Additional Language or Dialect program. Another is Patrician Brothers College Fairfield. Most other diocese would have similar centres.
- Adult Migrant English Program -
AMEP [Navitas English]
‘Learn English and digital skills to further your education, start a new career or get greater independence’. Navitas has multiple centres in Sydney plus one in Canberra [ACT].
- Quality Centres [NSW]
NEAS. Lists a significant range of centres which ‘are Quality Endorsed by NEAS against the NEAS Quality Assurance Framework. These centres partake in annual quality review and continuous improvement activities with the support of NEAS’. Universities, colleges, academies, … .
Department of Education
- English as an
additional language/dialect [EAL/]
‘NT EAL/D Learning Progressions are used to identify students’ English proficiency levels and determine the level of support needed to progress in and through learning English’. Documents include :
- NT EAL/D Learning Progression Transition – Year 2
- NT EAL/D Learning Progression Years 3 – 6
- NT EAL/D Learning Progression Years 7 – 12.
- English as a
Overview; links to Intensive English Units; English as a second language in schools; and English as a second language for Indigenous students [see details below].
- English as a second language for Indigenous students
‘English as a second language for Indigenous students and Related Information’.
- English as a Second Language in Schools
English as a Second language in schools; ESL instruction in classes; School reports; Related Information.
Intensive English Units
‘Intensive English units; Primary intensive English details; Middle and senior intensive English; Get Help with transport; Before you apply; How to apply; and Contact details’.
- English as a Second
Language - An Introduction
Covers a range of information about ESL procedures in the Northern Territory education system. Two essential documents include ESL Early Childhood and Primary Learners and ESL Secondary Learners.
- English as a Second Language Policy
Both documents are available for download. PDF and DOCX formats.
- Intensive English Student Placement
Darwin High School. ‘The English language development of students attending the SIEU is assessed using the English as a Second Language [ESL] outcomes from the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework [NTCF]. The framework provides information about each student’s progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English’.
- English Language
Charles Darwin University, VET. ‘The English Language, Literacy and Numeracy team offers English classes to improve your general English skills, help you prepare for further studies and help you obtain and maintain employment’.
- STEPS Adult Migrant English Program [AMEP]
‘The Adult Migrant English Program is funded by the Australian Government and provides unlimited hours of free English language lessons to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants’. The courses listed are based in the Northern Territory.
Advice for Parents
‘Parents play a very important role in supporting student learning’. Available to download in multiple languages.
- Bandscales State Schools
‘The Bandscales provide a map of EAL/D learner progress in learning the English language in the school context. Their purpose is not to describe an intended EAL/D curriculum. Rather, they are descriptions of typical second language acquisition and development. They enable teachers to assess the language and learning support necessary to enable EAL/D learners to access the intended curriculum across all learning areas’. An Introductory Guide to the Bandscales is found here.
and Linguistic Diversity
‘Schools respond to the educational needs of students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds’. A range of links to policies, documents and information on this page. These range from Indigenous Partnerships to Guidelines for using interpreters, Intensive English Centres to International students needing help with EAL/D.
- English as an Additional
Language or Dialect Students
‘Students who are learning the English language while they learn the school curriculum are known as English as an additional language or dialect [EAL/D] learners’.
- Information for English
language support in Queensland state schools
Introduction and links to further specific details..
Identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘English as an additional language or dialect [EAL/D]’ students
Procedure to be followed, plus link to a range of resources including some of those listed here.
- Intensive Language
‘Students within their first 12 months of Australian schooling, with very low proficiency in English, can access support through an Intensive Language Unit [ILU]. The type of support provided by each ILU is a school-based decision. Ideally, students spend part of each day in the ILU and the remainder in a mainstream context’. Contact details for each unit are included.
Includes a range of support among which is the funding for students in this area of learning.
- Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D learners
Clear structures to provide appropriate assistance to develop appropriate skills levels. ‘The Framework is applicable to teachers working in remote, regional and urban contexts across Australia’. Used in several states/territories.
- English Language
Support in Queensland State Schools
‘English as an additional language or dialect, formerly known as English as a Second Language [ESL], is a specialised field of education concerned with teaching English to learners who do not speak Standard Australian English as their first language’. Covers Identifying EAL/D Learners; Identifying EAL/D learners in need of support; Supporting EAL/D learners; Assessment and reporting. Copies in many languages available from the page.
- Guidelines for using
Interpreters in Schools
Includes a variety of ways of using these. Provides a link to Translating and Interpreting Service [TIS National], booking procedure and more.
- Supporting your English as an additional language or dialect EAL/D child
Basic information plus links to related information.
- Adult Migrant English Program - AMEP [TAFE
‘The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) offers free basic English language classes to help you settle into your new life in Australia. The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered through TAFE Queensland’.
- Diversity in Independent
Independent schools ‘support students with English as an additional language or dialect’ as part of their diversity [see pages 8, 9].
- English as an Additional Language/Dialect
Brisbane Catholic Education Schools. ‘BCE provides a school wide approach to supporting EAL/D learners with the aim of progressing their academic learning outcomes and supporting their social and emotional growth’. Other Queensland Diocese would be expected to have similar processes.
Language Courses [TAFE Queensland]
‘TAFE Queensland offers intensive English language courses that will set you on the path to reaching the English language level you need to advance your studies. Our English language courses have been developed to offer you comprehensive everyday and academic English language skills in an accelerated learning format’.
‘Queensland Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is Queensland’s only professional association concerned primarily with the teaching of English to speakers of other languages [TESOL] across primary, secondary and tertiary contexts’.
Department for Education
- Language and Literacy Levels across the Australian Curriculum : EALD Students
‘Developed by the Department of Education and Child Development, South Australia. The EALD Program, Literacy Secretariat, DECD would like to acknowledge the foundational work laid by the SACSA ESL Scope and Scales’.
LEAP - Introduction
‘LEAP is an assessment, monitoring and reporting document for all teachers, which can be used to inform learning design. One section indicates : “identify the appropriate support category to inform and direct allocations of EALD funding” while covering English language teaching completely’. There are several documents in this series. For links to these, see the second link in the following section where they are listed [all in PDF format].
Support Programs - Support to learn English
Select Support to learn English to access information. You can download a brochure with a wide range of information. There are multiple language versions of this from Arabic to Vietnamese.
- English as an Additional Language
SACE. ‘Stage 1 English as an Additional Language is designed to improve students’ general proficiency in the English language. There is an emphasis on communication, comprehension, analysis and text creation. This subject leads to Stage 2, which has a focus on developing students’ academic literacy skills’. Information for students in Years 11 and 12. Links to 3 related documents [.docx format].
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect Program
‘This information is for non-department teachers and others seeking resources or employment by the department as English as an additional language or dialect [EALD] teachers; Community Liaison Officers [CLO]; Bilingual School Support Officer [BSSO]’.
English Language Support
Covers English Language Courses and Services; Support to learn English; and Support for non-English speaking students. Linked primarily with International students.
SACE. Refers to these in relation to Years 11 and 12 gaining Other Recognised Learning Credits. Select this option from among the range of Other Recognised Learning Programs.
- Interpreting and
SA.GOV.AU. Statement relating to the process in state schools. Links, including one to the state Interpreting and Translating Centre.
Covers three main programs - Support to learn English [see document section above], Gifted and Talented Education and Student mentoring [may also be relevant].
- Support for students from non-English speaking backgrounds
‘Provides support for students of non-English speaking backgrounds and their families at schools and new arrivals centres’. Links to related information including Early childhood education and care, Schools, Ethnic schools and Financial assistance.
- Support to Learn English
‘Students with minimal English who have recently arrived in South Australia may be eligible for support to learn English for living and studying in South Australia’. Details cover : An Intensive English Language program [Primary] and a New Arrivals program [Secondary]; Who is eligible ?; Locations of all centres; links to related information. Translations in multiple languages are available. Information in three age groups - Students 5 to 12 years old, Students 13 to 18 years old and Students over 17 [who want to study full-time in an adult environment].
- Adult Migrant English
‘To register for the AMEP visit your nearest TAFE SA AMEP campus located at’ the places detailed.
- English as a Second Language
‘TAFE SA offers courses to help non-English-speaking students communicate socially and in their studies. Courses are run at beginner, intermediate and advanced level. They focus on students’ individual language needs, and cover speaking, listening, reading and writing’.
- English Language Courses and Services
SA.GOV.AU. ‘English language courses and services are available to help people from non-English speaking backgrounds to work, live and study in Australia’. Covers Pre-school age children; School age children; Adult students : TAFE SA students, International university students, New Arrivals program and Adult Migrant English Program [AMEP].
Interpreting and Translating
Includes ‘Interpreting and Translating Centre [ITC]; Translating and Interpreting Service [TIS]; School or preschool; Contact details; other aspects’.
- Student Support
Catholic Education South Australia. Covers multiple programs including Students from overseas and Students with English as an additional language as well as Key Resources.
- Resources for Learning English
Catholic Education. ‘Below are online resources for maintaining learning of English as an Additional Language. These language/grammar resources can be used to support achievement of specific language learning goals based on assessment of EAL learners’ language. They may also be useful when parents request resources for English language practice’.
Department of Education
- English as an Additional Language - Information for Tasmanian Schools
Brochure for all involved in Tasmanian schools.
- English as an Additional Language - Models of Implementation
Summarises the approach and implementation of this in Tasmanian schools.
English as an Additional Language - Teaching and learning Expectations
Advice for schools and teaching staff.
Inclusive Language Guidelines
Aspects of this Guideline package are relevant.
- Students with
English as an Additional Language [EAL]
Fact sheet for parents of children who fall into this category. There is also an EAL Brochure available to download, containing the same information.
- EAL Support Model - Department of Education Tasmania
‘The EAL Service provides a resource for schools to assist EAL Students in their acquisition of English. Watch the video to find out more about the EAL Support Model’.
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect 2
The Department of Education Tasmania. A specific option from the Year 11 and 12 Course Guide.
English as an Additional Language Support
‘The Department of Education supports all culturally and linguistically diverse English language learners and their families to succeed as connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers and members of the Tasmanian Government school community. The English as an Additional Language [EAL] team works with schools’ to help achieve this.
- English as an Additional Language/Dialect
Catholic Education Tasmania. ‘Meeting the needs of learners from diverse cultures and language backgrounds is the focus of English as an Additional Language/Dialect. Our schools and colleges are provided with educational support and funding to help them meet the needs of newly arrived students, as well as those students requiring support with learning English as an additional language or dialect’. You can also access information titled Who are EAL/D students ?.
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect -
‘English as an Additional Language or Dialect courses, accredited by TASC, specify access requirements. The requirements ensure fair and equitable access to those students whose engagement in the learning outcomes would be most beneficial’.
- English Language Centre [UTAS]
‘Our highly qualified English language teachers really care and use award-winning English materials that teach you about Tasmania’s island culture whilst giving you the language, communication and academic skills you will need to succeed in whatever you choose to do. University of Tasmania’s English Language Centre’.
- English Language Program - Academic [ELICOS]
‘TasTAFE offers the English Language Program – Academic to provide English as an Additional Language [EAL] students the opportunity to obtain the English language competency necessary to enable enrolment in certificate and/or diploma courses at TasTAFE’.
- English Language
‘We offer a range of opportunities to improve your English language, including preliminary courses and short courses, through to qualifications at Certificate I – Certificate III level. Courses include English as a Second or Other Language’. There is also a link to gain information about AMEP support.
- TESOL Providers in Tasmania – TasTESOL
Brief information and weblinks to each of these.
Department of Education and Training
- EAL Developmental Continuum P-10
‘Provides evidence based indicators of progress, linked to practical teaching strategies, to support the assessment of EAL students and the development of effective learning programs’. Now archived.
EAL - Provision for Newly Arrived Students
‘The purpose of this policy is to ensure schools are aware of the requirement to inform parents or carers of newly arrived students for whom English is an additional language of the intensive English language support available for their children and how it can be accessed’.
Access reports [back to the late 1990s]. These are all available in PDF format and in DOCX back to 2013. Only available in PDF format back to 1997.
Support and Funding : Policy
‘This policy outlines the requirements for schools receiving English as an Additional Language Index funding and best practice considerations for the delivery of school education programs to support EAL students’.
- International Student Program [ISP]
‘Explains that the International Student Program School Toolkit [in the Guidance tab] is the definitive compliance guide setting out all requirements for Victorian government schools participating in the International Student Program’.
- Interpreting and Translation Services
‘This policy outlines the requirements and available services relating to communicating with parents and carers who require interpreting and translation assistance’.
- The EAL Handbook
‘Advice to schools on programs for supporting students learning English as an Additional language’.
Language Schools and Centres and Regional English Language Programs
Lists details about services provided including school/centre, phone number, address, groups covered.
EAL Support and Funding : Student information required to support EAL
learners in school
In addition to the information provided also use the links in the deep blue Guidance box on the right hand side of the page.
EAL — Virtual New Arrivals Programs
Overview; contact details; Outreach services.
- English as an
Additional Language [EAL]
Home page for EAL services in state schools in Victoria. Check here if there is other information you require that is not already included in the other listed pages.
Interpreting and Translation Services : Booking an interpreter
An initial procedure in having an interpreter involved. There are also links to information on the Telephone interpreting service; Translation assignments; and Procedures for requesting translations. Also see the VITS LanguageLoop link below.
- Multicultural Education Aides [MEA] Handbook
‘For guidelines on the employment and roles of multicultural education aides [MEA] in Victorian Government schools, refer to this handbook’. The MEA Handbook is also available as a Microsoft Word document.
‘Teachers plan for, assess and report on EAL students’ language learning using the Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL [the EAL curriculum]. The EAL curriculum provides three pathways : Pathway A [Foundation – Year 2], Pathway B [Year 3 – Year 8] and Pathway C [Year 7 – 10]’.
Reporting for Students where English is an Additional Language
‘The progress of EAL students in learning English should be reported against the stages of the EAL standards rather than the levels of the English achievement standards’.
Resources for EAL Teachers
Links to a variety of publications and online resources for EAL teachers.
Supporting students from refugee backgrounds
‘Refugee education supports; Teaching and learning; Supporting students seeking asylum; Student wellbeing and mental health; Strengthening engagement with families from refugee backgrounds; Settlement Support; Refugee Week’. Information about each aspect.
- Victorian Curriculum
F-10 EAL Reporting Resource
‘This resource is for teachers of EAL students in mainstream education settings and new arrivals programs. You can use it to identify your students’ current level of English language proficiency. It outlines the skills and knowledge students learn as they progress towards the achievement standards of the Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL’.
Booking on-site interpreters. If you have trouble logging in please call our bookings team on 03 9280 1955. [You need to be able to sign-in to access this.]
- Working with Interpreters in
‘Video consisting of seven scenarios designed to highlight common pitfalls and effective strategies when working with interpreters. It suggests ways of avoiding these pitfalls to enable successful communication with parents or guardians. Ideas for using the resource’.
- Adult Migrant
English Program - AMEP Courses
‘The Adult Migrant English Program is delivered at around 300 locations across Australia in major cities as well as regional and remote areas. There is also a Distance learning option’. Scroll down the page and select Victoria from the listing provided.
- CECV - Diverse Learning
Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. Scroll down this page in the Primary Handbook for the relevant entry. A similar section is found in their Secondary Handbook.
- English Courses
‘Your opportunity to learn the language skills for further study and employment. We have courses for international students and visitors, as well as English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students [ELICOS’. Similar options are available at Kangan Institute and Bendigo TAFE. Check other TAFE institutes for similar options. You can use the Contact the TAFE and Training line for assistance if needed.
- Victoria University - English Language Courses
One example of universities running English language courses at the territory level. Check with others for further options.
‘VicTESOL : Supporting English language teaching, learning and multicultural education’.
Department of Education
- English as an Additional
Language or Dialect Teacher Resource
‘This publication comprises : an overview of the characteristics of students learning EAL/D and their particular needs; advice for teachers regarding linguistic and cultural considerations and teaching strategies; a glossary of terms used in the resource; references’.
- Assessment and Reporting -
‘Assessment and reporting support and resources for teachers of students who speak English as an additional language or dialect’ including exemplars. Includes the EAL/D Progress Map [multiple components based on levels] and the EAL/D Progress Map Writing Exemplars.
- English as an Additional
Language or Dialect - k10outline
‘While EAL/D learners bring with them a wealth of knowledge, understandings and values from their own culture to a classroom, they require additional support to assist them to develop proficiency in Standard Australian English [SAE]. The following resources can be used to provide this assistance to EAL/D learners’.
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect for Aboriginal Students
‘For many Aboriginal students their first contact with Standard Australian English [SAE] will be when they begin school. A variety of resources to support Aboriginal students learning SAE can be viewed below’.
- Tracks to Two-Way Learning [EAL/D]
‘The resource, developed collaboratively by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers, educators and community people, has three parts : Facilitator’s Guide; 12 Focus areas; and a Sample Workshop Guide’.
Years 11 and 12 - English as an Additional Language or Dialect
Information about the Year 11 and 12 course from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. Includes ‘Year 11 English as an Additional Language or Dialect ATAR Assessment Advice for 2022’.
- Adult Migrant
English Program [AMEP]
Scroll down the page to find ‘The AMEP service providers in Western Australia’. Each provides telephone and web links for all of these.
English as an Additional Language or Dialect [CEWA]
Catholic Education Western Australia. ‘Catholic Education Western Australia is inclusive of students for whom English is an Additional Language or Dialect with many schools highly trained in dealing with social, pastoral and academic needs of EAL’D students’.
- The EAL/D Hub
‘An online professional development course for teachers. It’s about providing high-quality education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and in particular, those students who have first languages other than Standard Australian English and are learning Standard Australian English as an additional language or dialect’. Available to all state school teachers. Catholic and Independent school teachers need to check with their schools.
‘Our members teach at primary, secondary and/or tertiary institutions and come from the ELICOS sector, adult migrant colleges, Catholic Education, Independent schools, and Education Department of WA. WATESOL has been serving the West Australian TESOL Community for over 30 years’. SCSA.
Federal Government Support
- Adult Migrant English Program
‘We provide free English language tuition through the Adult Migrant English Program [AMEP]. You may be eligible for AMEP if you are a migrant or humanitarian visa entrant. Learning English can help you to settle into your new life in Australia. People attending face to face classes will also have access to free childcare for children under school age’. Available in all states and territories. There is also a Distance Learning Option.
- AMEP Fact Sheets - AMEP Research Centre
‘Developed by the Adult Migrant English Program Research Centre to provide teachers with information on areas of professional concern’. Macquarie University.
- AMEP Research Centre - Professional Development Resources
‘A wide range of Professional Development Resources’. Macquarie University.
- AMEP - Reviews of Australian Resources
AMEP Research Centre, Macquarie University.
- AMEP Brochure
A brief introduction covering the major points about the program.
- Find an English Class
‘The Adult Migrant English Program is delivered at around 300 locations across Australia in major cities as well as regional and remote areas. Find the details of your closest service provider on the map [below]’.
- Providers and
‘The following providers deliver the AMEP for the Australian government. Please click the relevant tab below to find your closest service provider in your State or Territory’.
- Reform of the Adult
Migrant English Program [AMEP]
Information about changes to the program including Legislative Changes. Multiple documents can be found via links on this page.
- Services Australia
This government department also provides information about the program. includes Who can join, How long you can study and Where you can get more information.
English Language Schools
- Australian English Language School List
‘This page lists the best English language schools in Australia alphabetically by city’.
- Directory of English Language Schools in Australia
Alphabetical listing of location, then the school[s] and their web link. 90+ schools listed at time of update.
- English Australia - Find a College
‘English Australia Member Colleges are located in all of Australia’s major cities as well as a range of regional locations. They can be private or government; independent or attached to a high school, TAFE college, private vocational provider or university’. Use the search process provided.
- English Language Company - Study English in Sydney
‘General English, General + Business English, English for Academic Purposes [EAP] and IELTS Exam Preparation. Our unique study system allows you to customise your course to suit your individual needs and interests. We offer a range of major English courses which are complemented by your choice of electives so you can learn exactly what you need’.
- English Language [ESL] Schools Directory
‘Below you will find a listing of all ESL programs in Australia - click on any Visit website link to view more information, or refine your search within Australia by city’.
- English Language Schools in Australia
‘Choose from 852 English courses at 53 language schools in 15 cities in Australia’ at time of update.
- LanguageCourse.net - English Language
Schools in Australia - Ranking 2022
‘112 Best language schools in Australia [ranked based on student reviews]’.
- NEAS – Quality Centres
‘NEAS provides a number of services that support the English Language Teaching [ELT] Community’. Search using one of the various filters available on the home page or simply enter the Centre or Course name if you are already aware of this. Related information also available.
- University English Language Centres Australia
‘University English Centres Australia [UECA] is a network of Australian universities offering a variety of English Language Courses for Overseas Students [ELICOS], TESOL teacher training and professional development programs’.
ESL Teaching Positions
- Dave’s ESL
‘The Internet’s meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers and students from around the world’. This section covers jobs.
- ESL Jobs [Indeed.com]
Position, Employer, Location; Brief description, When listed, more.
- ESL Jobs
‘Discover hundreds of exciting opportunities to Teach English as a Second Language. New jobs are added every day so post your resume and begin today’. Provides email newsletters covering vacancies. Use the filters on the right to refine your search.
- ESL Teacher jobs in Australia [Jora]
Position, Location, Brief description, When, more.
- ESL Teacher Jobs in Australia [SEEK]
Position, Centre, Location, Salary, Brief description. Receive new jobs for this search by email.
- TESOL Jobs in Australia [SEEK]
Position, Centre, Location, Salary, Brief description. Receive new jobs for this search by email.
- TESOL Teacher Jobs [Indeed.com]
Position, Employer, Location; Salary indication, Brief description, When listed, more.
Journals & Other Publications
For other educational journals, see the Education Journals page.
- Australian Online Journals
ACTA. Title, link, brief description for each journal included.
‘A weekly digest of the most important news affecting English language teachers worldwide. Free for members and non-members’. Tesol.org.
‘ESL Journal is for students and teachers of English as a Second Language’.
- TESL Canada Journal
‘The TESL Canada Journal is an open-access peer-reviewed journal publishing in the areas of teaching and learning of official languages [English and French]’ and more.
- TESOL in Context
‘The peer-reviewed publication of the Australian Council for TESOL Associations [ACTA]. Readership includes TESOL/EAL professionals working in all sectors of education : universities, primary and secondary schooling, early childhood settings, adult migrant programs, vocational training, ELICOS and TESOL teacher education, both in Australia and internationally’. Open Access.
- TESOL Journal
‘TESOL Journal [TJ] is a double-blind peer-reviewed, practitioner-oriented electronic journal that publishes articles based on current theory and research in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages [TESOL]’.
- TESOL Quarterly
‘A refereed professional journal, it fosters inquiry into English language teaching and learning by providing a forum for TESOL professionals to share their research findings and explore ideas and relationships in the field’.
For other resources, see the ESL Resources page.
- English Baby !
‘Visit every day for a new, free English lesson ! Our online English lessons feature real English conversations about popular culture’. There are also other resources.
- Google Books - ESL
A range of books on this area. Some provide full text, others have various portions available. You need to check individual books to see what applies.
- How English sounds to non-English speakers
‘Skwerl. A short film in fake English. As seen on QI’. [4 min.]
- International English Language Testing System [Australia]
‘Measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking’. Extensive information on all aspects available from the site. A Computer-Delivered IELTS is now available. Details on this page.
- LearnEnglish Kids
‘LearnEnglish Kids is brought to you by the British Council, the world’s English teaching experts. We have lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children. For parents, we have articles on supporting children in learning English, videos on using English at home and information about English courses for your child’.
- Learning a language ? Speak it like you’re
playing a video game
‘Marianna Pascal shows how the secret to speaking a new language with confidence is all about attitude, not ability’. It applies to English as well as every other language. [15.5 min.]
- Teaching English without Teaching English
Roberto Guzman, TEDxUPRM. ‘In this talk Roberto discusses his three phase system which he uses to teach English without teaching English, to improve the learning experience for students and the teaching practice for professors’. [19 min.]
Test of English as a Foreign Language™
‘With ePrepz you get access to hundreds of different types of quizzes, exercises and practice tests that are based on the TOEFL exam’. Fee-based but reasonable.
- Good Luck TOEFL
‘Studying for the TOEFL exam can be scary, difficult, and confusing. Good Luck TOEFL gives you the answers’.
- The TOEFL
‘There’s a TOEFL® test for every stage of English-language proficiency to guide learning, inform teaching and help students achieve their academic goals’.
- Test of English as a Foreign
History,Format and contents, TOEFL ITP Tests, TOEFL Junior Tests, TOEFL Primary Test, Linking TOEFL iBT Score Ranges to other scores, Notes and References, External links. Wikipedia.
An 8 chapter presentation from an Introduction, through Format and Scoring, the various sections of the test, even covering how to Quell Test Jitters. Summary version followed by an expanded version.
- Exam English
‘This web site is for people studying for an English language exam. These pages contain free online practice tests for the most important international ESL exams’. UK, but covers international tests including IELTS and TOEFL®.
- What is the TOEFL ? and how to prepare for it
. ‘TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language and is the most popular standardised test of English proficiency. Most people will end up taking the iBT, so in order to prepare for it, it’s best to know as much about it as possible. This includes the time, structure and number of questions’. Multiple sections covering many aspects.