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Teacher Training

Teacher Training (TESOL) courses are offered by a number of English New Zealand schools.

Successful completion of any of these courses does not guarantee you’ll have met the minimum qualification profile required for employment at an English New Zealand school.

Courses offered by members include the following internationally recognised Cambridge English qualifications :

Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)

A 4-week course for students with native speaker level competence in English who want to begin a career teaching English or want to up-skill and get a recognised qualification in this area.

Cambridge DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults)

For qualified and experienced English language teachers with native speaker competence in English who want to further develop their teaching skills.

Cambridge TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test)

For non-native speakers, overseas teachers and overseas students who want to develop their teaching and language skills.

Auckland English Academy

Auckland English Academy's 10-week TESOL instructor course is designed for teachers who want to teach English to children aged 3 to 13 years.
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Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS)

The 8 week AIS CertTESOL course consists of a preliminary two-week self-directed study of basic linguistic concepts followed by six weeks of classroom-based instruction and practice.
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CCEL - Christchurch College of English

CCEL is one of New Zealand's leading private language schools with a reputation for excellence and offers several teacher training options:

  • Cambridge CELTA - 4 weeks full-time offered five times per year.
  • TESOL/Cambridge TKT - 8-week course offered 4 times per year

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CPIT - School of English

CPIT offers a 6-week Teacher Training Certificate for upper intermediate students. The course focuses on the principles of communicative language teaching and involves practical teaching sessions. Cambridge CELTA courses are also offered at CPIT.
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Dominion English Schools

Dominion English School Auckland offers a 4 week TECSOL teacher training programme that prepares teachers for teaching English at kindergarten and primary schools. The course includes a practicum at a New Zealand primary school. The TECSOL course is a pre-requisite for the J-Shine approved Japanese Primary Teacher Certification Programme. The J-Shine course takes 2 weeks and successful candidates can attain a licence to become a Japanese Teacher of English (JTE) in Japan.
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DynaSpeak offers courses by licence from Teach English Australia. The Certificate III and IV in TESOL have three components: in-class delivered at DynaSpeak, practicum delivered at DynaSpeak, and on-line theory work. These courses are suitable for working at schools overseas and in the case of the Certificate IV in TESOL also in English speaking countries.
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Kaplan International Colleges

Kaplan Aspect offers the Cambridge TKT course
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Language Studies International

Aimed at speakers of other languages, this Cambridge TKT Certificate course is for those who wish to gain a qualification to teach English. Modules covered include language and background to language learning and teaching, lesson planning and the use of resources for language teaching, and managing the teaching and learning process.

It is a 4 week course with set starting dates and exams on the last Saturday.
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Languages International

Languages International is New Zealand's longest-established private ESOL teacher training institution and since 1988 they have trained more than 1,500 native speaker and non-native speaker teachers. Courses offered are:

  • TESOL Course & Cambridge TKT - 4 weeks full-time
  • Cambridge CELTA - 4 weeks full-time
  • Cambridge DELTA - part-time

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New Zealand Language Centres (NZLC)

NZLC offers a variety of Teacher Training courses and has been training native and non-native English speakers to become professional English teachers for the past 15 years. NZLC Auckland is a University of Cambridge accredited CELTA training centre. Courses offered:

  • Cambridge CELTA - 4 weeks full-time (5 week courses also available) in Auckland
  • TESOL Course & Cambridge TKT - 5 weeks full-time available in Auckland and Wellington
  • TECSOL Course & Cambridge TKT: Young Learners- 5 weeks full-time available in Auckland and Wellington

NZLC is also a University of Cambridge TKT test centre, and our TESOL and TECSOL course culminates with the respective TKT exam dates.
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Rotorua English Language Academy

Rotorua English Language Academy has experienced trainers who run Cambridge CELTA and Cambridge TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test)
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The Campbell Institute

Campbell is the only accredited Cambridge CELTA training centre in Wellington. Campbell also offers a 5-week TESOL course with TKT Exam option, which is designed for non-native speakers.
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