The Sydney English Language Academy

Welcome to SELA

(The Sydney English Language Academy)​

As one of the longest established colleges, SELA has been endorsed by the NEAS Quality Assurance Framework as a quality provider of General English, IELTS Test Preparation, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English Exam Preparation (CAE) and Cambridge First Certificate in English Exam Preparation (FCE). We also offer a range of innovative general English electives, and specially tailored courses for a variety of occupations. Students get to take part in fun social activities every term.

Our premises are close to all major attractions and facilities such as Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, Darling Harbour, China Town, the botanical gardens, museums, fun parks, zoos, many beaches, shops and restaurants, with transport links including major railway and bus networks.

Located in the centre of Sydney CBD, our students learn English in a fun and diverse environment with leading professionals whilst enjoying the many attractions of Sydney.

General English

(CRICOS Course code 058597J)

Course Summary

Improve your English for everyday life, travel, work and study. This is a highly effective program designed to develop all skill areas with particular emphasis on speaking and listening. The program also includes a range of elective subjects allowing you to focus on your individual needs. Ideal for students seeking a quality stand-alone course or wishing to improve their English before entry to SBTA’s vocational courses.

Levels offered

  • Beginner
  • Elementary
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper Intermediate
  • Advanced

Further Studies

You can commence a vocational course with us at SBTA after achieving an upper intermediate level of English or achieving an IELTS score of 5.5 and meeting relevant academic entry requirements.

Core Subjects

  • Speaking 
  • Listening 
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Writing

Elective subjects

Beginner to pre-intermediate level students can choose from subjects such as Communication, Remedial Grammar and English through Song. For intermediate to advanced level students SELA offers IELTS Preparation, Academic English, Media Studies, Coffee Class and more.

Course duration

You may enroll for any duration from 2 to 60 weeks depending on the level of English you wish to achieve. Most students take an average of ten weeks to progress from one level to the next.

Classes: Monday to Thursday 
AM Shift: 8.45 am – 2.30 pm 
EV Shift: 4.20 am – 9.40 pm

Hospitality English

10 weeks of General English plus hospitality elective

This course gives students the English and the confidence to work in the hospitality industry. It includes plenty of functional general English and a specially tailored hospitality English class. Examples of skills studied:

  • English for customer service, e.g. taking orders, dealing with complaints
  • Taking phone calls – reservations, bookings, giving information
  • Vocabulary for work in kitchens, hotels, cafes and restaurants
  • Develop knowledge of hospitality industry in Australia

See below sample time table for Hospitality English

Au Pair English

10 weeks of General English plus au pair elective

This course is designed to give students the language and skills to be a successful au pair in Australia. As well as providing a sound foundation in general English, students also do a child care focused class that will enable students to work with confidence as an au pair.

  • Talking to children and parents
  • Cultural awareness
  • English for problem solving
  • Vocabulary for the domestic workplace

See below sample time table for AU Pair English

Tourism English

10 weeks of General English plus tourism elective

Our Tourism English course is for students who work or want to work in the tourism industry. As well as helping to improve general English skills, the course also includes classes that specifically look at tourism.

 

  • Customer service English, e.g. dealing with requests, taking bookings
  • Cultural awareness
  • Building rapport in English
  • Vocabulary for directions, guiding and giving information

See below sample time table for Tourism English

Job Skills English

10 weeks of General English plus Job Skills Elective

With lots of functional English and specific classes for getting ready for work, our Job Skills course is for students who need to improve their English and their knowledge of business to enter the world of work.

• Communication skills in the workplace
• Case studies and role plays
• Resume writing skills
• Interview skills

See below sample time table for Job skills English

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IELTS Preparation

(CRICOS Course code 062588J)

Course Summary

At SELA we will help you to develop all of the important skills but we will also ensure that you improve your use of English grammar so that you will have a solid foundation upon which you can build on these skills.

Our experienced teachers, the user-friendly textbook
and our small classes, will help you to succeed by teaching you essential IELTS test-taking skills.

At SELA we will help you to develop all of these skills but we will also ensure that you improve your use of English grammar so that you will have a solid foundation upon which you can build on the above skills.

Our experienced teachers, the user-friendly textbook
and our small classes will help you to succeed by teaching you essential IELTS test-taking skills.

Scores Explained

Overall band scores for IELTS range from 1.0 (non-user) to 9.0 (expert user). If you are planning to study at University, you will probably need a score between 6.0 and 7.5 to be eligible to apply.

Why study with us?

  • Experienced teachers providing ongoing feedback and guidance
  • Exam preparation
  • Weekly test practice
  • Improve test-taking strategies
  • Small class sizes

Minimum entry requirements

Students must be aged 18 years or over and have an intermediate to advanced level of English.

Course duration and class times

Classes: Monday to Thursday
Timetable: 8.45 am – 2.30 pm
Course duration: 2 – 15 weeks
Intakes: Every Monday

Achieve a higher score in the IELTS test with this intensive
full-time IELTS preparation program.

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Cambridge Exam
Preparation

Cambridge English: First (FCE)

(CRICOS Course code 060042D)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

(CRICOS Course code 060043C)

Course Summary

SELA courses have a set start and end date. They are closed-courses, which means you and your classmates will work together for about 3 months towards the common goal of achieving the best possible result on the Cambridge exam. In our comprehensive courses, you will work on improving your speaking, listening,
reading and writing skills as well as your use of English grammar.

Weekly exam practice and homework will help to prepare you for the rigours of the exam. We will give you a textbook and supplementary materials which will be communicative, fun and constructive, with a constant focus on the Cambridge FCE and CAE exams.

We will do mock exams at different stages throughout the course in order to get as close as possible to replicating the official Cambridge exam. This preparation and practice, as well as guidance from our specialised teachers will take most of the stress out of doing the actual exam.
We are confident that doing the Cambridge course at SELA will help to ensure you are well on your way to achieving a better and brighter future, whatever your goals may be.

Why study with us?

  • Experienced teachers providing unique exam-taking
  • strategies and study-skills
  • Weekly exam practice
  • Mock exams throughout the course
  • Fun and constructive sessions
  • Small class sizes
  • Build confidence before undertaking the official Cambridge exam

Scores Explained

Overall band scores for IELTS range from 1.0 (non-user) to 9.0 (expert user). If you are planning to study at University, you will probably need a score between 6.0 and 7.5 to be eligible to apply.

Minimum entry requirements

Students must be aged 18 years or over and have an intermediate to advanced level of English.

Course duration and class times

Classes: Monday to Thursday
Timetable: 4.20 am – 9.40 pm
Course duration: 10 weeks

Course location

Level 2 & Level 6 401 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Study Mode

Minimum of 20 hours per week

Third Parties (Education Agents)

SBTA has a range of written agreements with education agents who provide only recruitment services on its behalf. Please note that all training, assessment, support services, issuing of AQF certification and any other support services are provided by SBTA.

All courses are subject to change without notice and courses are offered subject to availability.

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