The University of Adelaide English Language Centre (ELC)

The University of Adelaide English Language Centre (ELC)

The University of Adelaide English Language Centre (ELC) offers a range of General and Academic English language programs, study tour and English teacher training (TESOL) programs. The University of Adelaide is situated in the central business and cultural district of Adelaide, an area surrounded by parklands and gardens and bordered by the River Torrens. Study with us and you will be part of a University ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and South Australia’s leading university.

The University of Adelaide ELC Courses

What courses does The University of Adelaide ELC offer?
The University of Adelaide ELC Courses

Pre-Enrolment English Program (PEP)

The Pre-Enrolment English Program (PEP) is a direct entry pathway into further studies at the University of Adelaide for students that have not met the minimum English language entry requirements of their University award program.


Entry into the University of Adelaide is dependent upon successful completion of the course components. If you successfully complete the Pre-enrolment English Program (PEP), you will not be required to complete another English test prior to entry into your chosen University program.

The length of your program depends on your English proficiency test score and the entry requirements of your intended program.  For English Language Requirements for your intended program, please refer to the University Degree Finder. 

The PEP is offered in lengths of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 weeks.

General English for Academic Purposes (GEAP)


The GEAP offers a high quality and practical learning experience.


Who is GEAP for?

The GEAP program has 5 main levels, from Beginner to Advanced.  There are no entry requirements – we will test your current ability using an online placement test and place you in a class that best suits your particular needs.  Our experienced teaching team will ensure your lessons have the right balance so that you feel challenged and supported.


The English Language Centre is part of a world leading research University: study English in a University ranked in the top 1% in the world with experienced teaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities.


More than just an English program, The GEAP learning style puts an emphasis on developing your team work and problem solving skills, giving you the opportunity to display your initiative and to build your confidence.  As your language ability improves, you’ll also be developing skills that can be applied outside the classroom, whether for your career or further study.


Every student is different with unique study goals.  Tailor your GEAP program to meet your goals through our choice of GEAP Specialisations.  Whether you are looking to boost your TOEFL or IELTs score, learn about Australian culture or develop your business language skills, there is an option for you. 

GEAP Specialisation

To help you achieve your own personal language goals, you can tailor your GEAP program by choosing the Friday specialisation that best suits your needs. Whether your interest is business, culture or achieving the right test score for future study, find an option below and personalise your program.

For Many Goals

Some of our GEAP students are studying English to help them achieve their goal of studying at University. Others are looking to build their language skills and confidence for use in their career.  Some students are looking to boost their skills whilst visiting Australia on a working holiday.  Whatever your language goals, our GEAP program is a quality learning experience to help you reach them.

TESOL Teacher Training (CELTA)

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

If you are looking to be a teacher of English as a Second Language (TESOL) in Australia or overseas and wish to gain a qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), then this practical program is for you.

Program Content & Outcomes

The CELTA is a practical teaching qualification that is accredited within Australia and is internationally recognised. It is the minimum required qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages in many countries around the world including University language centres and private English colleges in Australia. Each course is accredited and moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, UK.

By combining essential training in the use of communicative methodologies for teaching adult learners with hands-on teaching experience, the CELTA will give you the classroom confidence needed to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) including individual and group work, and out of class study/preparation. You will observe experienced ESL teachers, learn to plan lessons and participate in teaching practice with ESL learners at various levels. Having a CELTA demonstrates to employers that you have the knowledge and skills to work in a range of ESL teaching contexts.

The program can be undertaken as a face-to-face full time intensive over 4 weeks, face-to-face part time over 10 weeks or in a blended delivery mode including both online and face-to-face components over 13 weeks.



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