English Language Skills

English Language & Conversation Skills

If you are looking for opportunities to improve your English language skills and meet new people there are many language and conversation programs, courses and groups that can help you to do just that.

28 Strategies for improving your English

It’s best to embed strategies for improving your English into your everyday activities. Choose at least three suggestions from this checklist to see if you can implement them on a daily basis. Try them for a few weeks and see if you notice a difference.

Language Exchange Program

  • What is it all about? Meet up with others to exchange language skills and cultural insights in a fun and relaxed environment. You will be matched with people who speak the language you wish to practice who in return would like to learn or practice your language.
  • Who is it for? All students, staff and partners of students
  • Do I need to register? Yes
  • Cost? Free

UNSW Institute of Languages

The UNSW Institute of Languages offers a comprehensive suite of courses, testing services and corporate and teacher training programs designed for students, teachers, government and corporate clients from around the world. It is the oldest and one of the largest and most prestigious language centres in Australia. English language programs are available at various levels and lengths and may be packaged with the UNSW Foundation Studies or a UNSW degree.

More useful resources

Writing skills support

Support at the UNSW Learning Centre.

Education First

An online service operated by the Digital Education Network which provides a range of Internet-based services, links and resources for education.

Dave's ESL Cafè

This site provides a useful starting point with links to resources to practise and improve your English.

Learning English

A great site from the BBC World Service which includes sections on News and Business English, opportunities to develop listening skills and quizzes on grammar and vocabulary. The site includes fun features like an interactive online soap opera.


Lessons, games, quizzes & more for ESL learners.

Interesting Things for ESL Students

A fun study site for students of English as a Second Language, featuring word games, puzzles, quizzes, exercises, slang, and proverbs.

Non-stop English

Some fun exercises for students who need to practise their language.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources, Handouts and Exercises

Purdue's Online Writing Lab offers handouts and exercises on grammar, spelling, and punctuation for both ESL students and students whose first language is English.