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Teach English

Volunteer as an ESOL home tutor

Complete the Certificate in ESOL Home Tutoring

Learn about working with other cultures and practical teaching techniques. Then teach English to a migrant or refugee-background learner.

  • 20 hour training course (minimum)
  • 4 assessment tasks
  • Tutor 1-2 hours per week
  • Follow up session once tutoring starts

After training you will

  • Be matched with a learner
  • Have access to a resource library and online teaching worksheets and resources
  • Receive ongoing training and support

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Our training programme 

Course dates 2018

Mondays and Thursdays, 5.45pm—8.30pm
February: 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 
March: 1, 5 + 29 (final session)
Mondays and Thursdays, 5.45pm—8.30pm
April: 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26
May: 17 (final session)
Saturdays, 9am – 3.30pm
May: 12, 19, 26
June: 23 (9-12.30pm, final session)
Saturdays, 9am—3.30pm
August: 4, 11, 18
September: 15 (9-12.30pm final session)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5.45pm – 8.30pm
September: 24, 27
October: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15 
November: 8 (final session)
For more information on our next training course please email the office at christchurch@englishlanguage.org.nz or call us on 03 377 3141. 

Word of mouth is one of the best ways we have of recruiting new volunteers for our ESOL Home Tutor service. If you have a friend or acquaintance who might enjoy the training course and would like to take up the challenge of working with a migrant learner, then please pass this information on to them.  

All applicants are interviewed before acceptance on to the course. Course cost: $40.00 The names and contact numbers of two referees will be required on application. Consent for a police check will be requested (please bring identification). Please note, all sessions should be attended. A minimum of 80% attendance is required to be eligible for the certificate.

Our aim is to train community volunteers as ESOL home tutors who will provide one-to-one English language and resettlement support to adults. This is not a training course for teaching English overseas. The course carries with it an expectation that you will tutor a learner once a week for a period of at least six months, preferably a year.

Support for tutors

  • Coordinator support and assistance
  • Resources at the English Language Partners' office
  • Workshop/seminar sessions
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Contact with other home tutors at social events
  • Information on other related agencies

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