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Learning to speak English
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Aug 2019

There are a range of free services on the Sunshine Coast to help you learn or improve your English language skills. 

Sign up for free English classes

Some libraries, community centres and churches run free English classes. Please see the listings in the Handbook and Directory[1983KB].

Read and Write for Life

This service provides confidential help with general literacy. This includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, maths and basic computer skills. Sessions are held at various Sunshine Coast Libraries.

An interview with Sunshine Coast Council Literacy Services is required before attending a session. To organise an interview or for more information:

Phone: 5499 5414
Web: library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au - search 'read and write for life'
Email: literacy.services@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Conversation Circles

Conversation circles are informal gatherings of people from non-English speaking backgrounds. The aim is to improve English conversation skills. By conversing in a friendly setting, participants help each other develop understanding and skills. Sessions are informal and no booking or interview is required.

  • Tuesdays 1-3pm at Kawana Library
  • Wednesdays 1-3pm at Maroochydore Library

Phone: 5475 8989
Web: library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

The program offers up to 510 hours of basic English language classes to help you develop your English language skills and settle confidently into your new life in Australia:

Phone: 1300 308 233
Web: tafeqld.edu.au/courses/tells/adult-migrant-english-program.html

Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)

Provides up to 650 hours of free language, literacy and numeracy training to equip eligible job seekers with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in further studies or in the workforce:

Phone: 1300 308 233
Web: www.tafeqld.edu.au

Talk 2 Friends

English conversation class facilitated by the Nambour Community Centre:
Phone: 5441 4724