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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.

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