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English Language (ESOL)

ESOL courses are supported by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and are subsidised (or free in some cases) for NZ citizens and residents. The fees listed are for non-residents - check each course for prices for residents and citizens.

In our ESOL courses you’ll learn the English you need to live and work in New Zealand, to communicate with New Zealanders and gain skills for work and further study.

Courses are offered at the following levels:

Level 1 (Beginners) - those with little or no English

Level 2 (Elementary) - those who can understand and use simple English in everyday situations

Level 3 (Intermediate) - those who can usually understand native speakers and can make themselves understood in unfamiliar situations

Level 4 (Upper Intermediate) - those who generally speak with confidence and accuracy but need to develop fluency and the use of idiomatic language

Extension (Advanced) - those who are fluent in most contexts but who may need support in specific, more challenging, areas.

If you’re not sure of your level, please phone the CEC office on 04 385 8919.

Please note that you do not automatically progress through the levels.  Your tutor will advise when you are ready to move up.

Day Courses

Business Writing for ESOL [ESOL Upper Intermediate/Advanced]

5 weeks x 3 hours

$99.00 incl. GST

Focus on the purpose of your writing and write more effectively and confidently in a range of situations. [ESOL Level 4+] [Discounted fee of $69 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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Communication English - Level 2

8 weeks x 15 hours

Free

For those who are becoming more confident in using English in everyday situations. This course is free for NZ citizens and residents and enrolment is by interview only.

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Communication English - Level 3

8 weeks x 15 hours

Free

For those who are more confident in everyday English, who want to be more fluent and accurate. This course is free for NZ citizens and residents and enrolment is by interview only.

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English in the Community: Newlands - Beginners+ (ESOL Level 1-2)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our beginners’ informal English language group at the Newlands Community Centre and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $99].

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English in the Community: Johnsonville - Next Step (ESOL Level 3-4)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our informal next step English language group (aimed at those at Intermediate level and above) at the Johnsonville Community Centre and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $99].

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English in the Community: Newlands - Next Step (ESOL Level 3-4)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our informal next step English language group at the Newlands Community Centre (aimed at those at Intermediate level and above) and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $99].

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English in the Community: Johnsonville - Elementary (ESOL Level 2)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our elementary informal English language groups at the Johnsonville Community Centre and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $99].

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How to Learn A Language

½ day

$65.00 incl. GST

Ideal for anyone about to start or currently learning a new language, this short workshop will introduce you to five key ingredients for successful language learning and boost your confidence as a language learner.

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English in the Community: Johnsonville - Beginners+ (ESOL Level 1-2)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our beginners’ informal English language group at the Johnsonville Community Centre and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $99].

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English in the Community: Churton Park - Beginners+ (ESOL Level 1-2)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our beginners’ informal English language group at the Churton Park Community Centre and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $99].

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English in the Community: Karori - How to Get a Job [ESOL Level 2+]

5 weeks

Free

Do you need help writing a CV and want to improve your interview skills? [Level 2+]. [Course is free for NZ citizens and residents, for non-residents the course fee is $69 - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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English in the Community: Karori - Reading and Writing Online English [ESOL Level 3+]

8 weeks

Free

This course aims to teach residents how to navigate and respond to essential services and information online eg: how to access and use essential websites such as IRD and Ministry of Social Development. [ESOL Level 3+]. Held at the Karori Community Centre, 9 Beauchamp Street. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $99].

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English in the Community: Karori - Reading and Writing Online English [ESOL Level 3+]

8 weeks

Free

This course aims to teach residents how to navigate and respond to essential services and information online eg: how to access and use essential websites such as IRD and Ministry of Social Development. [ESOL Level 3+]. Held at the Karori Community Centre, 9 Beauchamp Street. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $99].

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ESOL - Level 1-2

8 weeks x 4 hours

From $99.00 incl. GST

For those who can understand and use simple English in everyday situations. [Discounted fee of $99 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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ESOL - Level 3-4

8 weeks x 4 hours

From $99.00 incl. GST

For those who generally speak with confidence and accuracy but need to develop fluency and the use of idiomatic language. [Discounted fee of $99 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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Business Writing for ESOL [ESOL Upper Intermediate/Advanced]

5 weeks x 3 hours

$99.00 incl. GST

Focus on the purpose of your writing and write more effectively and confidently in a range of situations. [ESOL Level 4+] [Discounted fee of $69 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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Communication English - Level 3

8 weeks x 15 hours

Free

For those who are more confident in everyday English, who want to be more fluent and accurate. This course is free for NZ citizens and residents and enrolment is by interview only.

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Evening Courses

ESOL - Level 1-2

8 weeks x 4 hours

From $99.00 incl. GST

For those who can understand and use simple English in everyday situations. [Discounted fee of $99 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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ESOL - Level 3-4

8 weeks x 4 hours

From $99.00 incl. GST

For those who generally speak with confidence and accuracy but need to develop fluency and the use of idiomatic language. [Discounted fee of $99 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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Effective Listening and Speaking [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 2 hours

$99.00 incl. GST

Need to understand better and speak more confidently? Get lots of practice in the art of conversation, expand your vocabulary and have fun improving your English language skills. [Level 3+]. [Discounted fee of $69 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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