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

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New South Wales

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Northern Territory

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South Australia

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  • English as an Additional Language Program
    Overview, links to English as an Additional Language Program Guidelines and contact details.
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  • English Language Centre
    ‘Whether you’re looking for an English course that will help you meet the English language entry requirements for entry into university, or if you want to improve your English skills for fun or business, you can find a suitable course for your needs at the University of Tasmania’s English Language Centre ’.
  • Guidelines for Inclusive Language
    Aspects of this Guideline package are relevant.
  • Support for Students
    Tasmanian Catholic Education Office. Includes a statement about ESL.
  • Teaching and Learning ]EAL]
    ‘The EAL Program delivers support through trained EAL support teachers. The models of implementation for support delivery and used by EAL support teachers are designed to translate current research into practice taking into account the context of the student and the demands of the curriculum being taught across all school sectors’.

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  • Use an Interpreter or Translator
    ‘Interpreting and translating services are available free, within guidelines, to government schools’. Booking on-site interpreters is done through the VITS LanguageLoop. The first page also provides access to Multilingual school notice collections.
  • Reporting the Achievement of EAL Students
    ‘Progress of an English as an Additional Language student learning English should be reported against the stages of the EAL Standards rather than the levels of the English Standards’.
  • The EAL Handbook
    ‘Advice to schools on programs for supporting students learning English as an Additional language’.
  • Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program
    ‘This Program provides support for rural schools using virtual conferencing and digital tools. It provides a quality English language learning program for newly arrived EAL learners in isolated and rural schools’.

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Western Australia

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Other Information

Australian Sites

English Language Schools

  • ESL/Indigenous Project
    ‘Articles that outline the policy debates surrounding Aboriginal English, and articles that state what Aboriginal English is, or provide some practical examples or personal experience of its use and influence.’

ESL Jobs

Federal Government Support

  • Adult Migrant English Program
    ‘The Adult Migrant English Program [AMEP] provides up to 510 hours of English language tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants to help them learn foundation English language and settlement skills to enable them to participate socially and economically in Australian society’. A second page also covers details of this.
  • Learn English for migrants [Department of Education]
    ‘You can study a free English course if you are new to Australia and do not speak or write very well. These free courses are offered under the Adult Migrant English Program [AMEP]’.
  • NEAS
    ‘Endorses English language centres in universities, colleges and high schools. Endorsed centres are granted the NEAS quality mark, internationally recognised and valued by students, teachers, agents and governments’.

General Sites

Other Sites

  • Dave’s ESL Cafe
    ‘The Internet’s meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers and students from around the world’.
  • Developing Teachers
    ‘A web site for the developing language teacher.’
  • English Baby !
    ‘Visit every day for a new, free English lesson ! Our online English lessons feature real English conversations about popular culture’.
  • ESL Jobs World
    ‘Jobs for teachers of English to speakers of other languages’. Provides email newsletters covering vacancies.
  • 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. Computer-Delivered IELTS is now available. ‘The same IELTS test you know, delivered via computer, with more test dates and results in 5-7 days’.

Journals & Other Publications

For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.

  • English Language Bulletin
    ‘A weekly digest of the most important news affecting English language teachers worldwide. Fee for members and non-members’.
  • Teaching EAL/D Learners in Australian Classrooms
    PETAA.‘Outlines some of the recent trends in the theory and practice of EAL/D teaching and learning, offering relevant support for all classroom teachers to cater more effectively to EAL/D learners in their classes’.
  • TOPICS Online Magazine
    ‘Offers learners of English the opportunity to express and publish their ideas in English to an online audience’.

Test of English as a Foreign Language™

  • ePrepz
    ‘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 Test
    ‘The TOEFL test covers all facets of English proficiency, including a test of spoken English and grammar exercises.’ Now able to be done online.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language
    Format and contents, criticisms, related links. Wikipedia.
  • TOEFL Study Guide
    An 8 chapter presentation from an Introduction, through Format and Scoring, the various sections of the test, even covering how to Quell Test Jitters.
  • TOEFL Practice Test
    A sample test from the UK.
  • 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 test, 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 areas.
  • Thor’s ESL Sitemap
    Lesson content, links, advice, analysis, lectures & resources.
  • Time4English
    ‘Learn English on the Internet. 6 levels with over 60 lessons each. Speaking, listening, reading, writing & grammar’. Fee-based.

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