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Ara Institute of Canterbury - School of English is centrally located in the garden city of Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. You will enjoy learning English on campus with local students who are studying a range of vocational and professional programmes. Close by the school is the city’s restaurant and shopping districts. Situated between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Southern Alps to the west, our environment is naturally beautiful and offers outstanding recreational and cultural opportunities.
Our highly qualified teaching staff are known for their warm and caring reputation and enthusiasm for helping you settle in to your new city and home. They have a real passion for language learning. We teach other languages on campus too such as Japanese and Maori. The international atmosphere is welcoming.
We have language exchange classes where students can learn to practice their English while teaching our local students about their culture and language. Our facilities provide the latest technology in language learning such as our digital language laboratories and our many computer labs. We have great areas on campus for relaxation too. An example of this is our on-campus training restaurant and café where students can meet friends and have meals at discounted prices while being served by local students.
Our elective programme structure is unique in that it offers students at intermediate level or above an opportunity to focus on those skills required to meet their academic or career goals.
Our School is a Cambridge approved teacher training institution where trainee teachers can learn the latest methodology for language teaching (CELTA). We practise the communicative language teaching method which aims to maximise exposure to native English. Many of our teaching staff are engaged in post-graduate study and research. We are an approved examination centre for the IELTS, Cambridge and OET examinations.
Our amazing on-campus events programme and student activities programme will provide you with many opportunities to interact with local students. Adventure sports like surfing, kitesurfing, skiing, snowboarding and kayaking are all on your doorstep. Golfing is enjoyed all year round and green fees are low cost with more than 30 stunning courses to choose from in the region. There are several arts, music and cultural festivals held in our city each year.
Staying with one of our friendly homestay families is strongly recommended as all of our homestays are carefully selected and supervised. You will have your own room, meals with the family and the opportunity to practise your English every day. Other accommodation options are available on request and sometimes students choose to become more independent and stay with local students once they have settled in to Christchurch.