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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

Extending the Advanced Learner [ESOL Upper Intermediate/Advanced]

8 weeks x 2 hours

$99.00 incl. GST

Take charge of your work and social environment and learn how to function more effectively. [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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Advanced Grammar Clinic [ESOL Upper Intermediate/Advanced]

3 weeks x 3 hours

$75.00 incl. GST

Got questions about grammar and why the English language is as it is? Get answers from our experienced tutor. [ESOL Level 4+] [Discounted fee of $49 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 2B (afternoons)

8 weeks x 15 hours

$749.00 incl. GST

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 (mornings)

8 weeks x 15 hours

$749.00 incl. GST

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

$99.00 incl. GST

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

$99.00 incl. GST

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

$99.00 incl. GST

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 - Beginners (ESOL Level 1)

8 weeks x 2 hours

$99.00 incl. GST

Join our beginners' informal English language group at the Johnsonville Community Centre and start to learn English, 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

$99.00 incl. GST

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

8 weeks x 2 hours

$99.00 incl. GST

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

$99.00 incl. GST

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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Advanced Grammar Clinic [ESOL Upper Intermediate/Advanced]

3 weeks x 3 hours

$75.00 incl. GST

Got questions about grammar and why the English language is as it is? Get answers from our experienced tutor. [ESOL Level 4+] [Discounted fee of $49 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 (mornings)

8 weeks x 15 hours

$749.00 incl. GST

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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Communication English - Level 2B (afternoons)

8 weeks x 15 hours

$749.00 incl. GST

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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Evening Courses

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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English for Academic Success [ESOL Upper Intermediate/Advanced]

8 weeks x 2 hours

$99.00 incl. GST

Planning to use your English to study? Gain confidence with academic vocabulary, learn how to read critically, and practise academic writing techniques to prepare yourself for tertiary education. [Level 4+] [Discounted fee of $65 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 2

8 weeks x 4 hours

$199.00 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

8 weeks x 4 hours

$199.00 incl. GST

For those who can usually understand native speakers and can make themselves understood in unfamiliar 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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