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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.

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