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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 vary, but many 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.

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Ara offers a 5-week Teacher Training Certificate. The course focuses on the principles of communicative language teaching and involves practical teaching sessions. Trainees should be at an upper-intermediate level of English to enrol in this course.

Cambridge CELTA courses are also offered at Ara, both face-to-face and online/blended.

See Ara website for information about the entry level and application process for CELTA.  
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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 twice a year.

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Kaplan International English, Auckland

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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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 20 years. NZLC Auckland is a University of Cambridge accredited CELTA training centre.

Courses offered:

  • Cambridge CELTA - 5 weeks full-time in Auckland
  • TESOL Course & Cambridge TKT - 5 weeks full-time available in Auckland 
  • TECSOL Course & Cambridge TKT: Young Learners - 5 weeks full-time available in Auckland 

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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Southern Lakes English College

SLEC is ideally-situated in Queenstown which is New Zealand’s adventure capital and premier tourist destination. It has specialised in teaching English to international students since 1993. 

SLEC is the only University of Cambridge accredited CELTA training centre in Queenstown and offers a 4-week full-time TESOL course.
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Waikato Pathways College

Based at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, Waikato Pathways College offers a four-week Cambridge certified CELTA course.

During this course, candidates become familiar with the principles of effective teaching and develop a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners at language schools and Universities throughout the world.
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