Language and learning support for international students University of Newcastle, Australia

Language and learning support

We aim to build access, participation and success for our students. A key part of this is the language and academic support we offer throughout your studies.

There are several formal and informal support services and programs which provide international students with the opportunity to practice, and build confidence in, their English language skills.

Speed conversation

The Speed Conversation program runs at Callaghan campus and is a fun and interactive program which facilitates friendship and cultural exchange whilst giving you an opportunity to practice your conversational English.

Learning Development

Learning Development offers a range of programs for international students.

Learning Advisers who specialise in English run workshops in:

  • Grammar and pronunciation
  • Speaking and listening
  • Reading and writing

The Diagnostic Academic English Tool (DAELT) is an online assessment that allows students to self-diagnose their academic English skills.

Learning Development also helps students with academic skills, maths support and individual consultations.

Sydney English corner

Students studying at Sydney can join the English Corner. The English Corner facilitates friendship whilst giving you an opportunity to practice your conversational English.

Facilitated by the International Student Advisor, the program occurs weekly and involves international students  practicing their English in a social space with other students. Morning tea will be supplied and each week you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to different students.

Community conversation groups

There are also a range of conversation English language classes held in the local community. Some of these include:

Salvation ArmyLanguage and learning support
71 Cleary Street, Hamilton
Every Monday, 9.30am – 12 noon


Jesmond Neighbourhood Centre
44 Mordue Parade, Jesmond
Every Monday, 10am – 12 noon

International Students English Conversation Classes
Language Centre, Tutorial Rooms 5 & 6 - Callaghan Campus
Every Monday, 3.30pm – 4.30pm