This program is for people who want to improve their English communication skills to travel and enjoy New Zealand activities and recreation.

The course is function based. This means it uses practical language found in real situations in New Zealand or around the English speaking world. This approach is based on the European Union's framework of language learning the CEF.  

There are currently 4 levels A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate, B2 Upper Intermediate and IELTS preparation (for B2 and above).  For more information about the levels, see the CEF.  We can develope special courses for groups  or for one-to-one. 

Here are some of the topics we cover:

  • Travel and transport
  • Work
  • Health and safety
  • New Zealand geography and history
  • Banking and finance
  • Communications and the Internet
  • Being a consumer and shopping
  • Social conversation skills and personal relationships
  • Maori culture and language
  • Sports and leisure
  • The Media

We cover lots of reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Pronunciation is inportant and we teach it every day.

You also learn many useful tips and strategies to make you a successful language learner.

 

There will be assessments to measure your progress at the end of each topic. 

Classes are from Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 12:00. The whole course runs for 10 weeks but you can join for any period between 1 and 10 weeks. 

Activity

Purpose

Q and A time

- time to ask any language questions you have today.

Opportunity for students to speak in class and get answers to any grammar/vocab/pronunciation and usage questions they have.

Skills training

- general skill and strategy training. For example vocabulary building, using a dictionary, reading faster and lots more. 

Help students develop and practice strategies and skills to help them become successful language learners.

Text input

- text could be written or spoken

It's really important that learners have interesting and new things to read and listen to.

The text of the day forms the basis of the main lesson. From it come the exercises and tasks. 

Exercises from the text

- these include grammar, reading comprehension, speaking tasks, vocabulary work and more

This covers the need for structured exercises and 'output' - which means speaking or writing.

Tasks

These join the theme and the text to real life speaking or writing situations, and the language that is needed. Students have to use language in this part. 

Pronunciation

* letter and sound level 

* word and syllable level

* conversation level

Students work on the correct sounds of English, and we identify special problem areas and try to fix them. This part also focuses on listening skills.