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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

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: Johnsonville - Elementary (ESOL Level 2)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our elementary informal English language groups in Johnsonville 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 $129].

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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 in Johnsonville 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 $129].

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ESOL for Job Seekers (ESOL level 3+)

5 weeks

Free

Come and get help with the job search process! Write a CV and cover letter, prepare for interviews and learn the English required to do so! For people with Intermediate level English (level 3/4) [Course is free for NZ citizens and residents, fees apply for non-residents)

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English in the Community: Johnsonville - Pre-Intermediate (ESOL Level 2-3)

8 weeks

Free

Join our pre-intermediate informal English language groups in Johnsonville 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 $129].

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Evening Courses

ESOL - Level 3-4

8 weeks x 4 hours

From $119.00 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 $119 for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay $259]

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Effective Listening and Speaking [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 2 hours

From $95.00 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 $95 for NZ citizens and residents)

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Focus on Grammar [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

For those with English as another language who can communicate well but need to review some basic grammar like tenses, articles and prepositions. [Level 3+]. [Discounted fee is free for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay $149]

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IELTS: How to Succeed [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 4 hours

Free

Taking the IELTS exam for immigration or study? Get the skills and strategies you need to help you pass. [Level 3+]. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay course fee of $299]

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Write Well [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Become a better and more confident writer and learn how to write more clearly and accurately in English. [Level 3+]. [Discounted fee is free for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay $149]

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English Language (ESOL)

Write Well [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Become a better and more confident writer and learn how to write more clearly and accurately in English. [Level 3+]. [Discounted fee is free for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay $149]

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ESOL for Job Seekers (ESOL level 3+)

5 weeks

Free

Come and get help with the job search process! Write a CV and cover letter, prepare for interviews and learn the English required to do so! For people with Intermediate level English (level 3/4) [Course is free for NZ citizens and residents, fees apply for non-residents)

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English in the Community: Johnsonville - Pre-Intermediate (ESOL Level 2-3)

8 weeks

Free

Join our pre-intermediate informal English language groups in Johnsonville 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 $129].

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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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ESOL - Level 3-4

8 weeks x 4 hours

From $119.00 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 $119 for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay $259]

More information

Effective Listening and Speaking [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 2 hours

From $95.00 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 $95 for NZ citizens and residents)

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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 in Johnsonville 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 $129].

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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 in Johnsonville 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 $129].

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