English for Living in Australia

Our English courses will teach you more than just English. You will learn about Australian society, culture and customs. You will meet other new arrivals who may have similar experiences and goals to you.

When you first join the our English courses you will have your English level assessed to determine the right course for you. AMES Australia English for Living in Australia courses are offered from beginner to advanced levels at all AMES Australia locations and are based on the Certificate in Spoken and Written English (CSWE). See the full list of English for Living in Australia courses and AMES Australia locations.

Special Skills Courses

AMES Australia Special Skills courses help you gain specific English language goals. For example, you may wish to improve your pronunciation and grammar, or you may wish to improve your computer skills or your job search skills. These courses are suited to students who are waiting to start a general English course or who want to undertake a short course.

Learn Local Courses

These courses provide students with a range of skills for living in Australia including English language courses focusing on speaking, pronunciation and listening. There are also courses that teach students about the internet, how to use email and Facebook as well as kitchen based courses that develop knowledge about food handling.
These courses provide an informal option for those not yet ready to undertake accredited courses.

Learn Local courses are funded by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Early Childhood Development


What are my study options?

There are different ways you can study the English for Living in Australia course. An AMES Australia Counsellor will help you choose the best way to study.

  • In a classroom close to you
  • With a Volunteer Tutor or
  • A combination of the above options

Special classes are offered for refugees or humanitarian entrants.

How to Enrol

  1. Telephone 13 AMES (13 26 37) or visit an AMES Australia site close to you, giving your visa number and personal details. Find the AMES Australia site closest to you.
  2. We will determine your eligibility and let you know any costs that may be involved for the course.
  3. We will interview you to assess your English language skills so we can work out the best learning options to suit you.
  4. We will give you information about when you can begin English classes and your rights as a student.