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.

Intensive English Language Program and New Arrivals Program

Newly arrived primary school students can enrol in an Intensive English Language Program (IELP). Secondary school students can enrol in a New Arrivals Program (NAP). These programs help students by providing:

  • intensive English language support from specialist teachers of English as an additional language or dialect (EALD)
  • a modified curriculum for school aged children
  • a variety of activities within the school and local community, including excursions and social events
  • bilingual classroom support.

Classes are small and students generally stay in the program for up to one year. Some students are eligible for more than one year in the program.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible you must enrol at an IELP or NAP within 12 months of arriving in Australia, or 18 months for children beginning school in reception or year 1.

Some categories of temporary visa holders are not eligible for IELP or NAP or may need to pay a fee. The school will talk to you about this during enrolment.

For information about enrolment phone your nearest centre or the EALD program on 8226 2375.

Students 5 to 12 years old

Students between the ages of 5 and 12 years can enrol in an IELP at one of the designated primary schools. Classes are organised according to individual needs.

Students are continuously assessed and parents are advised when they are ready to leave the program to join mainstream classes.

Teachers receive an exit report from the IELP teacher to help children with the transition to mainstream schooling.

2022 IELP and NAP locations

Primary school


Phone and email
Blair Athol North Birth-6 School Marmion Avenue
Blair Athol SA 5084
8168 0700
Clovelly Park Primary School1 Renown Place
Clovelly Park SA 5042
8276 5366
Cowandilla Primary School21 Jenkins Street
Cowandilla SA 5033
8443 7800
Darlington Primary School 9-11 White Crescent
Seacombe Gardens SA 5047
8296 3318
East Torrens Primary School 12 Robson Road
Hectorville SA 5073
8337 1411
Elizabeth Downs Primary School Heard Street
Elizabeth Downs SA 5113
8255 2726
Elizabeth Vale Primary School Rollison Road
Elizabeth Vale SA 5112
8255 1307
Gilles Street Primary School 91 Gilles Street
Adelaide SA 5000
8223 5184
Hampstead Primary SchoolMuller Road
Greenacres SA 5086
8261 2248
Ingle Farm Primary School 2 Belalie Street
Ingle Farm SA 5098
8262 4864
Kilkenny Primary School19 Jane Street
West Croydon SA 5008
8345 4138
Para Hills West Primary School21 Balkara Road
Para Hills West SA 5096
8258 2216
Pennington R-6 School Butler Avenue
Pennington SA 5013
8447 1933
The Pines R-6 School 42 Andrew Smith Drive
Parafield Gardens SA 5107
8281 2199

Students 12 to 17 years old

The Adelaide Secondary School of English is the only metropolitan government school that caters for newly arrived students between the ages of 12 and 17.

The school offers:

  • intensive English lessons across the curriculum
  • placement in a range of classes based on English language ability, age and educational background
  • opportunities to learn about the local community and global citizenship
  • an introduction to the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) through the Personal Learning Plan in year 10
  • support to move to a mainstream government, independent or Catholic high school
  • information and access to training or courses
  • a wide range of support services through the various student wellbeing programs.

Contact the Adelaide Secondary School of English:

Other country areas

Families of non-English speaking background in other country areas may have access to support services through the English as an additional language or Dialect (EALD) program.

Phone the EALD Program on 8226 2756 for more information.

Students over 17

Students over 17 who want to study full-time in an adult environment can enrol in the NAP centre at Thebarton Senior College.

Students may receive credit towards the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) when completing this program.

Contact Thebarton Senior College:

Related information

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Multicultural affairs – Multicultural SA
Australian Migrant Resource Centre - Facebook

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