Languages and ESOL


We offer a range of beginners courses as well as courses aimed at those who want to improve their employment opportunities.

For more information on a wide range of language courses, please scroll down. 

This page has information on ESOL courses, Te Reo Maori, Sign Language as well as a wide range of other languages.

ESOL = English for Speakers of Other Languages

ESOL 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 familiar situations.
Level 4 (Upper Intermediate) Those who can generally speak with confidence and accuracy but need to develop fluency and the use of idiomatic language.

ESOL courses are for citizens/permanent residents of New Zealand and are subsidized by the government.

 Other Languages

Languages are offered at the following levels:

Language for Travellers: Designed for those intending to travel or who just want a taste of the language.

Level 1 (Beginners)      learning to speak a new language and building a new vocabulary.  Introduction to basic rules of grammar and coming to grips with pronunciation.  For beginners who have absolutely no prior knowledge of the language.

Level 2 (Elementary)    For those who have completed Level 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.  Extend basic vocabulary and begin to build basic sentences.  Construct and compile simple, useful sentences and phrases that will help you both to understand and be understood by others.  Put your new language skills in context i.e. travel, business, communicating with New Zealanders or improving your understanding of another culture.

Level 3 (Intermediate) For those who have done Level 2 or equivalent.  This level assumes confidence in using basic spoken language e.g. greetings.  An opportunity to practice and extend the language skills you have acquired, by conversing and communicating with others at a similar level.

Want to tutor a language not mentioned here?  Please click here for more information.

Our courses page contains a summary of all courses on offer for the current term.

Please ensure you are familiar with our refund policy.

IMPORTANT information:

 No classes on public holidays.

All courses need a minimum number to go ahead. If your course does not have enough enrolments, we regret that we will have to cancel and will let you know either by email or text. Please check your emails regularly. Courses are usually confirmed or cancelled 2-3 working days prior to the scheduled start date.

NB: Only a paid enrolment secures a place in a class.

In most cases classes will be taught by the tutor named in the brochure/website on the dates stated. We make every effort to make our programme as accurate as possible at the time of printing. We do, however, reserve the right to make any changes that may be necessary. This includes changes to day, time, venue and tutor.


Refund Policy

Cancellation by us

We may, regretfully, have to cancel courses if we do not receive enough enrolments, in which case you will get a full refund.
We may choose to close a course if there is a high level of non-attendance or withdrawals, in which case a proportional refund may be made.

Cancellation due to extreme weather or Tutor illness

Wherever possible, we will offer replacement or extended sessions to make up for sessions cancelled due to extreme weather, tutor illness or other unforeseen reason.

Cancellation by the learner

If you need to withdraw from a course and you inform us in writing, at least a week before the course is due to start, you will be eligible for a refund minus a $20 administration charge.

If you withdraw from a course at any other time, you will not be eligible for a refund. No refunds are given after commencement of a course to ensure course viability.