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Foreign Languages

Welcome to our wide range of language courses, including indigenous NZ languages and foreign languages, at a variety of levels.  The emphasis is on developing communicative competence and confidence, with the focus at introductory level on listening, speaking, signing (for NZSL) and the cultural environment.  Understanding of structures underpinning the spoken/signed language is developed at higher levels.

At all levels you’ll participate in pair and group conversations to practise the language.  Some homework may be suggested but will not be compulsory, although study between sessions is strongly recommended.

Learners whose progress is satisfactory may advance through each level.  Tutors may advise those who have not yet met the stated course outcomes to repeat the course.

Which level is for you?
If you’re not sure of your level, please contact the CEC office on 04 385 8919.

Introductory 1 - for beginners who have no prior knowledge of the language.

Introductory 2 - for those who have completed Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge, e.g.  who may have picked up some “survival” language through travel.

Introductory 3 - for those who have completed Introductory 2 or equivalent, this level assumes confidence in using basic spoken language, e.g.  greetings, directions, use of numbers, shopping and ordering food and drink.

Introductory 4 - for those who have completed Introductory 3 or equivalent.

Intermediate levels - for those who have recently completed Introductory 4, or equivalent.  These levels assume confidence in conversing in simple language in a range of everyday situations, as well as an understanding of basic grammatical structures.

Progresivo - for those who have done up to Intermediate 2 or equivalent, have an understanding of more complex grammatical structures and can use these in spontaneous conversation.

Languages for Travellers - designed for those intending to travel, or who just want a taste of the language, these courses will help you understand others and make yourself understood at a basic level.

Chinese Mandarin

Chinese Mandarin - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Chinese Mandarin - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Dutch

Dutch - Introductory 2

7 wks (term 2)/8 wks (term 4)

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Dutch - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Chinese Mandarin - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Chinese Mandarin - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Dutch - Introductory 2

7 wks (term 2)/8 wks (term 4)

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Dutch - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Let's Learn French

5 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

An intensive French course for complete beginners and travellers who wish to speak and understand French at a basic level. Once you have completed this course you can progress to French Introductory 2.

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French - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed French - Introductory 1 or Let's Learn French recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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French - Introductory 4

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed French - Introductory 3 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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German - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed German - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Italian - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Italian - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Italiano Rapido!

4 weeks

$145.00 incl. GST

Had you been planning to travel in Italy, but can't travel now? Why not prepare by learning the basics of this language so you get the most out of that trip of a lifetime when the time comes. In this course you'll learn basic Italian language and culture for travelling in a fun, supportive and intensive environment.

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Italiano Rapido Continua!

4 weeks

$145.00 incl. GST

Build on the basics from Italiano Rapido! or Italian - Intro 1 and learn to speak more foundation Italian for travel in a fun, supportive environment.

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Japanese - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Japanese - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Japanese for Travellers

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

Designed for those intending to travel, or who just want a taste of the Japanese language, this beginners' course will help you understand others and make yourself understood at a basic level.

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Spanish - Introductory 1

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For beginners who have no prior knowledge of Spanish.

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Spanish - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Spanish - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Spanish - Introductory 4

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Spanish - Introductory 3 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Spanish - Intermediate 2

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Spanish - Intermediate 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Spanish - Intermediate+ (Español Progresivo)

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Spanish - Intermediate 2 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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French

Let's Learn French

5 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

An intensive French course for complete beginners and travellers who wish to speak and understand French at a basic level. Once you have completed this course you can progress to French Introductory 2.

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French - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$179.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed French - Introductory 1 or Let's Learn French recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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