About this centre

Kia ora,
Do you want to learn English?
We teach people from many different countries and cultures.
We offer a wide range of courses online, in class, for work and with home tutors.

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday, 9.00am – 4.00pm

Physical address

3 Sophia Street



Postal address


03 688 9030


Coordinator: Jessica Callaghan

Volunteer as an ESOL home tutor

Support your community and volunteer as a home tutor.  We provide free training and match you with a learner.    

With your support we can provide free lessons to migrants and people with a refugee background.  You are helping people in your community learn practical English so they can live, study and work in New Zealand.

Timaru next available training dates

We will update this page with the next ESOL Home Tutors training dates once they are finalised. In the meantime, if you are interested in becoming an ESOL Home Tutor, please get in touch so we can inform you when the training dates are confirmed.

Learn English online

Learn in our small, online classes. English for work, everyday life and academic study. Part-time classes taught by qualified teachers. Classes for all levels.
Free for residents and citizens.

Join an online class and improve your English at home.

Online learning is safe and convenient. Classes focus on learning Kiwi English. Connect with others and practise your English.

We offer a variety of courses for different levels and needs.

Learn English in class

Improve your English skills and increase your confidence. We have a range of programmes to help you manage everyday life in New Zealand.

Classes for all levels & needs

Learn ‘Kiwi English’ in a class taught by our qualified teachers. Classes cover a range of levels and times and are held in local community venues.

Our class content is designed to meet the needs of the learners in each class. Talk to us about the best programme to help you achieve your goals.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL)

  • 34 hours per week (20 classroom hours, 14 hours of homework and self-study)

  • Study for an NZQA certificate and achieve NZQA Unit Standards in English Language

  • Qualified teachers

  • For New Zealand citizens and residents

  • Free programme

Learn English for work

Do you need to improve your English skills for the Kiwi workplace? Our programmes help people in employment and people looking for work.

English for Job Seekers

  • Intensive, four-week course (12 hours per week)

  • Learn how to approach employers

  • Learn to tailor your CV for specific job applications

  • Prepare and practise for job interviews

  • Develop your professional networking skills

  • English level – Intermediate and above (confident users of English)

  • Qualified teachers

  • Small classes

English for Employees

  • For people with a job (full-time, part-time, casually/seasonally or self-employed)

  • Improve your workplace English

  • 2-3 hours per week – flexible hours

  • For residents (rules apply – ask your centre)

  • Develop your professional networking skills

  • Qualified teachers

  • Small groups

  • Free

Learn English at home

Learn the Kiwi English and culture you need for your everyday life here in New Zealand.

English for Migrants (PELT)

This programme is for people who pre-paid Immigration New Zealand for English lessons before they arrived in the country. An experienced, qualified teacher visits your home for lessons. You can decide on your personal learning goals with your teacher.  Each lesson is designed to help you progress at your own speed.

ESOL Home Tutoring

A trained volunteer visits you at home for about one hour each week. You can learn Kiwi English and more about our cultures for your life here in New Zealand. You can decide on your personal learning goals with your teacher.  Each lesson is designed to help you progress at your own speed.

Come see us

We have 21 centres nationwide. Get in touch for a friendly chat.
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