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Resources for learners

English language learning

  • Ten tips for using your language at home - Children need encouragement to preserve their family language, as a vital part of their identity and culture. 
  • The daily English show  Internet show for English learners and teachers. Videos on everything-a NZ holiday trip,   mistakesword of the day etc. Produced in Auckland, (Began in Japan, 2006).
  • News in slow English Hear the news! Study help too.
  • How to prepare for an IELTS exam 
  • Newspapers in Education (NEI) A range of excellent, theme-based resources can be ordered by clicking ‘How to Order' link. You can access topics and extra resources, including a guide to help students get more from the newspaper (called "Cruising the News").
  • Academic word of the day Daily 15-minute programme focussed on academic English at intermediate / high intermediate level. The podcast contains text, a 15-minute recording and a link to a web-based article from a newspaper or radio programme. About half the articles are from NZ sources. Also a linked academic English website for more vocabulary practice.
  • ESL News NZ news, spoken slowly and clearly, using easy vocabulary. You can read and listen at the same time,  just listen or listen then read and listen again. 
  • Sounds of English English pronunciation site, tips and activities - links to other sites to practise. speaking English.
  • Your English Online New Zealand-based English language site. Practical, work-related vocabulary quizzes in General English, Work English, Technical English, Hotel English, Business English, Job Search English and Academic English. 
  • English For All Videos with interactive oral and vocabulary activities.
  • Dictionary Dictionaries in many languages. Vocabulary, grammar, fun and games.
  • Cambridge Dictionary
  • Information on the IELTS test.
  • Find out about Māori language, culture and customs.
  • HealthEd - helping NZers stay well.  Translated resources on a number of health issues are now available. You can search by language. NB Some resources are only available in a limited number of languages.

Community organisations

  • Citizens Advice Bureau offers help in many languages through their website and in local offices. Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic and Korean are available from 9.00am to 4.00pm, Mon- Fri. Other languages are rostered. If a language line is busy or people call outside office hours, a voicemail in the language (followed by English) asks them to leave a message.
  • Multicultural NZ Acts as an umbrella organisation for the ethnic communities of New Zealand. The Federation's primary role is to advocate, lobby, support and share information among New Zealand's ethnic communities.
  • Red Cross New Zealand is New Zealand's refugee resettlement agency. The service began in 1976 and has helped more than 40,000 refugees to settle.  
  • Shakti Support for ethnic women - advocacy, domestic violence intervention programmes, refuge services, 24-hour domestic violence crisis call centre, counseling and legal services, mental health referral.

New Zealand government and related sites

  • information in 21 languages: English, Maori, NZ Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Cook Islands Maori, Farsi - Persian, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Niuean, Punjabi, Samoan, Somalian, Thai, Tokelauan, Tongan and Vietamese.
  • Human Rights Commission (HRC) Educates the public about human rights, produces and distributes infomation and resources about human rights, inquires into and reports on human rights matters and resolves disputes relating to discrimination.
  • Office of Ethnic Affairs Information about community groups and funding sources. Runs telephone interpreting service (Language Line).
  • Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)  English language provision information
  • Electricity and gas complaints commission Information in Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, Samoan and Tongan. Offering a free, independent dispute resolution service for complaints about member electricity and gas companies.
  • Your local doctor - health information and videos in a few Asian languages (Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Japanese and Burmese).