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Learning another Language

Whether you’re planning a vacation, wanting to get in touch with your family heritage, preparing to do business with an overseas agency, or acting on a long-held dream to be able to communicate in another language, learning a new language can be greatly rewarding and open the door to other worlds.

Where to start?

There are many ways to get started. If you are looking for an informal, low cost option there are a number of non-formal language courses and conversation groups in settings such as community centres, libraries, church groups, neighbourhood houses and the like. Contact your local centre directly to enquire what courses or groups are on offer.

The School of Language

A specialist government school providing languages education to all age groups across a number of school sites in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Classes cater to all age groups, including seniors, are reasonable priced – approximately $130 per subject  – and are held in the evenings.

The following languages are offered: Adnyamathanha, Arabana, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kaurna, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Persian, Pitjantjatjara, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese.

255 Torrens Rd, West Croydon
Tel. 8301 4800

Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)

The WEA offers a range of classes including languages. The WEA publishes five course guides every year and all course details appear on their website. There is a 10% discount on most courses for seniors card holders.

Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)
223 Angas St, Adelaide
Tel. 8223 1979

University of the Third Age (U3A)

A self-help adult education organisation for people approaching or in retirement. Each group organises its own classes which are held in community venues and there is always a choice of languages on offer.

There are U3A branches in metropolitan locations and regional centres of SA.

Professional and Continuing Education Unit (PCE)

Under the auspices by the University of Adelaide. Offers a wide range of language courses commencing at different times throughout the year. Options include conversation classes, intensive courses, grammar terminology and cultural awareness.

Level 9, 115 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Tel. 8303 4777

Cultural organisations

There are also a number of other non-profit cultural organisations and agencies that place great emphasis on fostering language and cultural awareness in addition to offering a variety of language courses.

Alliance Francais

The French Language and Cultural Centre is sponsored by the French government with the primary aim of promoting the French language and culture to the Australian community in a spirit of cooperation and exchange.

In addition to organising and promoting social and cultural events related to France - the French Festival at Carrick Hill, the annual French Film Festival, concerts, exhibitions and the like – it provides flexible courses delivered in small groups by qualified teachers who speak French as a native language.

Alliance Française d’Adelaïde
319 Young St, Wayville
Tel. 8272 4281

German Lessons in Adelaide

Offers German language classes by qualified teachers on Saturday mornings, 9am to 12noon in different locations across metropolitan Adelaide.

In addition to small group courses, private or individual tuition is also available at reasonable rates and there is a further discount for all card holders.

Tel. 02 9037 2995

Japanese College of Adelaide
Level 5,118 King William St Adelaide
Tel. 8231 1477

European Language and Cultural Academy 
French, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish
Tel 8269 7233 

Asian Language Centre
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Malay, Thai, Tagalog and Vietnamese
240 Prospect Rd, Prospect
Tel. 8269 7233

Learning Esperanto
6 Dorset St, Semaphore Park
Tel. 8242 1460 

Private Schools

International Language and Culture 
A range of European and Asian languages
183 Melbourne St, North Adelaide
Tel. 8361 7111

Open Colleges
Do you enjoy studying at home? You can learn by distance education. This New South Wales-based provider offers French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Tel. 1300 853 033


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