State Library of South Australia

ELLIS Desk Tutors

Desk tutors are part of the English Language Learning Improvement Service (ELLIS) provided by the State Library.

How Desk tutors can help you

  • provide one on one conversation practice
  • assist with correct pronunciation
  • assist with selection of English learning from SLSA collection.
  • assist with editing up to two pages of writing such as letters, journals or other work
  • give basic guidance on study and test taking techniques.

About editing:

  • ELLIS tutors will not edit secondary or undergraduate assignments before they have been handed up and graded by course tutors or teachers.
  • Prior to grading, tutors can look at two to three opening paragraphs only and advise on sentence construction, grammar and spelling. After grading they can discuss an assignment more fully but only up to a maximum length of two pages, depending on available time.

Make an appointment

  • To see a Desk Tutor you must first write your name in a time slot on the ELLIS Desk Appointment Sheet. Each tutor will place her/his Appointment Sheet on the ELLIS desk approximately five minutes before beginning their rostered desk time.
  • Appointments are made only in person when the tutor has arrived. Once all the numbered spaces have been filled on the Appointment Sheet, there are no more appointments with that tutor for that day. You may only make one appointment per day.

Things to plan for

  • It is useful to plan what you would like to concentrate on with a Desk Tutor.
  • You might want to practice conversation, discuss a piece of writing or get help with studying.
  • If you would like to practice conversation, try to think of a topic you would like to discuss, such as interesting places to travel in Australia, or something you have read in a newspaper.
    Another suggestion is to write down things that puzzle you and bring that to your session with the tutor to discuss.
  • If you would like to discuss a piece of your writing, it will be easier for a tutor to help you if you leave room for them to write on your work.
  • Use wide margins and double spacing so they can write comments. Remember that a tutor cannot help you with your assignments unless they have already been marked.
  • Tutors can also suggest resources in the library which are appropriate to your needs.

Things to know

  • Each appointments is for 25 minutes.
  • Desk tutors are not available on public holidays.
  • There are occasional late cancellations to tutor services due to circumstances beyond our control.
  • Check the State Library of SA's facebook page to stay informed of any changes.
  • If you arrive late, your appointment will still end at the time indicated on the Appointment Sheet. If you are more than ten minutes late, your appointment may be cancelled and the remaining time given to someone else.

Desk Tutor roster February 2019

Desk Tutors
Monday early session

Mary  10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Rosemary 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Monday afternoon session 

Meredith 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sandra 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm**

**not here 11th & 25th

Tuesday early session

Jennifer 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Judy  10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Tuesday afternoon session

Jennifer 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Michelle 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm**

**not here 12th

Wednesday early session

Judith 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Marilyn 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Wednesday afternoon/evening session

Marysia 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm**

**not here 20th

Maeve 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm**

**not here 20th

Thursday early session

Susie  10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Rodger 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Thursday afternoon session

Susie  1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Rodger 1:30 pm to 4.00 pm

Friday early session

Rodger 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Bev 10.30 am to 1.00 pm

Friday afternoon session

Rodger  1:30 am to 4.00 pm


English Language Learning Improvement Service (ELLIS)


Keep informed

Story Wall Facebook page We provide ELLIS & Conversation Group updates on our Facebook page.

Need more help?

Some Public Library's around Adelaide offer equivalent ESL services. Find your local library on the Libraries of SA website.

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