Finding your English homework difficult?
Are you a year 12 student and need a boost to your SACE or ATAR score?
Have you recently arrived in Adelaide and are you trying to develop your English language skills?
Any answers regarding learning English in Adelaide, you will find in this edition of the Superprof blog.
Adelaide, Australia's fifth most populous city and perhaps the most slept on in terms of livability and education. The city boasts a wide variety of cultural events and festivals year-round and is attracting more and more people each year to come and live and study in the region. If you are a current "Adelaidean", or someone looking to move there, read on to find out about the array of educational opportunities afforded to you in the "City of Churches".
Adelaide is a fantastic city for education.
Some of the best universities in the world reside in Adelaide, as well as a highly regarded public education school system.
School students study a range of subjects including major subjects like English and maths, and also sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), history, literature, and physical education to list several. Sometimes we need that extra help with English, as not everybody finds that it comes naturally to them.
So let's look at ways to find tutors, classes and even learning resources that can take your English skills to another level.
English at Primary and Secondary Level
Throughout Australia, English is regarded alongside math as the most important academic subject.
The English program is strong in Australia, normal, it is our official language! In Adelaide, there is no exception.
The South Australian Government curriculum determines that maths and English must be taught throughout all of primary school and secondary school to children and teens in South Australia.
This includes the 'SACE', the South Australian Certificate of Education, where you must achieve a C grade or higher in English to pass the requirements and acheive the certificate.
In primary school, English is taught to children from Prep to Grade 7. Children start learning the alphabet, basic reading and handwriting skills and upon the end of grade 7 students can read short novels and write or type short essays and book reviews.
Now, it's not important at which moment a student runs into some hurdles, assistance will always be available for those in need of extra English practice in Adelaide.
In Adelaide, there are multiple options to help your child in English, both in the centre of the city and in the suburbs, to give them that extra help outside their classroom.
If your child is finding it hard in the early stages of learning English, such as with reading and writing, you might want to think about enrolling them into an extra-curricular school.
- Kip McGrath Education Centres
Kip McGrath provides lessons on an individual and group level, at home or at one of their tuition centres, to school-aged students of all years in Adelaide. They tend to focus more on academic material such as English, maths, biology, chemistry, etc... Kip McGrath's average price for an individual lesson is $63 dollars per hour.
TutorsSA is a business that also specialises in tutoring services of academic subjects to students of all years across South Australia. They have a $25 enrolment fee, and one-to-one lessons come in at $60 per hour. However, they do have small group classes in their tuition centres from $24.50 per hour, if you are interested in a group setting.
- Grace Simpkins Personal Tutors
With Grace Simpkins, you can take your lessons online, at their learning centre, or at home. They offer classes covering primary, secondary and tertiary level education. Their 'confidence builder pack' is their starting price and classes are offered for $60 per hour.
In high school, the school work increases across all subjects and with more years as students are aiming to pass their ATAR exams, with English or ESL (English as a Second Language), being no exception.
It's vital that you or your child stay on top of classwork and don't risk falling behind, as it can be very quickly demotivating to not achieve good marks in class, which leads to further complications.
If you think your teacher isn't the best at explaining things, or you don't receive sufficient help in class, why not consider hiring a private teacher to boost your confidence and knowledge?
In Adelaide, there is a market for English tutoring for secondary students across all years of schooling, and it is very well established already.
Many tutoring companies provide a service of linking you with trained and experienced teachers, or experts in the field to help you or your child smash down their goals in school!
You might also want to think about looking for an English club or group program inside of the school as these are often available in public or private schools but be warned, you might miss a few lunchtime shenanigans. Take your time at high school seriously, they some of the most important, and fun, years of your life!
Keen on learning online or offline? Scroll down to read about which option would be best for you.
English At University Level
Once at the level of university studies, English is of course not mandatory, but for many courses, it forms part of the building blocks in first or second-year courses, and for the inevitable job hunt and entry into the workforce later down the road.
Plenty of bachelor degrees, such as Literature, Linguistics, Teaching and of course English language studies have study streams that ask for a high level of language skills and will look favourably towards experienced students with many years of extra English studies.
It's not simple to get a bachelor degree in Australia, you will face many challenges while studying.
For those just starting university, you might wish to consider extra private tuition. Many students with high SACE scores can still struggle while studying at the university level and later finding relevant jobs, but fortunately, there is plenty of help and guidance out there and available.
For a cheap yet helpful service for your bachelor degree or masters, first read about any study groups or resources available at your university library, and of course, any student organisations and clubs that might be running.
Where to Find Tutors in Adelaide
Finding a tutor in Adelaide should not be too difficult. If you opt for a traditional tutoring company, they will choose the tutors for you. Normally the teachers have to pass an interview process, where their credentials and skills are tested to ensure the quality of teaching across the company.
It isn't necessary to have teaching qualifications to get a job as a tutor in Australia, but potential candidates will have to prove they have extensive knowledge of the subjects they want to teach.
If you want to discover your own teacher, we recommend you filter through sites like Superprof
You can find tutors extremely easy these days. Simply scroll through the site to find what you think will be a good match for you.. and don't worry! Unlike tutoring companies where you often have to buy a set of classes, with an online teacher you can try the first lesson, and if you don't like it, simply get in contact with another teacher until you find a good fit for you.
Likewise, if you are already part of a university, vocational training school or in a large public or private school, you may be able to contact your institution and find information on tutoring. That way you can still study in a familiar environment and not have to go to the other side of the city after school for one or two-hour lesson.
If you do not have much access to the Internet or prefer to search for a tutor in more a traditional manner, then newsagent windows are a good place to look for a tuition service in English or ESL.
Local tutors will often put up a small flyer advertising their services along with a contact number. Bars, cafes, supermarkets, a park, and especially your local library and community centre may also have a small adverts board or table where you might find prospective tutors.
If you wanted to launch a tutor search in this manner, you could put up a flier yourself in those same locations, as a 'help wanted' type advert - often students who are already excelling in certain subjects such as English, maths, chemistry or biology can find some work doing this, but make sure you ask for permission to do so first!
The downside of such advertising is that, often, there is no clue as to whether that teacher is experienced or is only starting out; which methods they employ to teach or what their success rate is. And very few of them include testimonials from past students that tutor has worked with!
Should I Learn English Online or Offline?
Well, it all depends on your finances, available time, type of work and studies, or where you live. A tutor to learn English can be better to learn offline or online depending on your circumstances. Let's take a look at the advantages of both.
Learning online is certainly popular these days. There are heaps of resources for you on the internet that help people of all ages access learning material, and for English it is no different.
Language learning material is often free, Youtube is a fantastic resource for English tutorials. You just have to put up with all the ads!
From essay writing to public speaking, find channels that cater to your goals. Youtube can be perfect to practice for an exam when you know exactly what you need to learn, maybe even the night before the exam!
If you still need extra guidance, or you find it difficult to learn online, it may be more beneficial to hire a tutor.
Online you can communicate with people from all over the world, people who are willing to assist you.
Online tutoring is possible thanks to the access to all the great learning materials online, so now you can learn from the comfort of your own home.
No need to waste time going to and from lessons around the city!
With video conference platforms such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and even custom built education platforms, learning online is simple these days. Tools such as screen-share, interactive whiteboards, emojis and hand signals are all providing a great platform and learning experience for students and teachers alike.
But possibly the best advantage is you can select your teacher.
On platforms like Superprof, you can choose from hundreds of tutors in your area. They all have a profile where you can see their various credentials and experiences. So find the right pick for you!
Even though it feels like half the world has shifted online in the year 2020, you don't have to learn English online too!
Offline learning is fantastic if you or your child learn better in small group environments. Some people need other learners around them for motivation purposes.
The learning space at home can be full of distractions, there may be temptations to pick up something in your bedroom, or the people you live with might be making distracting noises.
Many places in Adelaide offer offline learning environments to help you or your child boost your English scores.