Learn English, make friends

Learn English for everyday life in your community. Communicate with confidence and meet other people in your neighbourhood. We offer a range of class times, venues and levels, taught by qualified teachers.

Learn in class

Join a class in your community and learn Kiwi English for your everyday life.

Classes are focussed on the needs of learners – so no two classes are the same.

Each centre offers a variety of programmes catering for all levels and needs.

Class times are flexible, and range from two to 20 hours a week.

People who pre-paid Immigration New Zealand for English lessons (PELT) can join our classes.


FAQs

Can I learn English online with English Language Partners?

You can learn online if:

  • you live in New Zealand
  • are a resident or citizen of New Zealand
  • speak English as a second language
  • are 16 years or older and not attending school
  • we have a course that meets your needs

We will talk to you about the courses available.

You cannot learn online if you are on a temporary visa such as a:

  • Working holiday visa
  • Visitor/tourist visa
  • Student visa

How long are courses?

Our courses vary in length. It depends on the course. Many are 8 weeks, others can vary between 2 and 18 weeks long.

How much does it cost?

Our online courses are free to residents and citizens.

Can I study after work?

Yes. We have courses for people who work during the day and want to study in the evening.

What will I learn?

You will learn the English you need to live independently in New Zealand. Our courses help people with daily life, finding work, and future study. We will help you communicate in Kiwi English. You can also learn about Kiwi culture.

Can I study for the IELTS test?

Yes. In some centres. We sometimes offer online IELTS classes too.

What level are classes?

All levels. Courses are from beginner to advanced levels. We assess your level before placing you in a course. If a course at your level is not immediately available, we will place you on a class waitlist.

Can I study grammar?

Yes. Some courses have a specific grammar focus. Other courses include grammar as part of the course content.

How many hours each week are courses?

Most of our courses are part-time. Some are two hours each week, other courses are longer – up to 10 hours. You can join more than one class.

My computer system isn’t very good – can I join?

You need a reliable internet connection, a camera and a microphone.

Can I learn English with English Language Partners?

You can learn English if you:

The manager will talk to you about the programmes available.

How much does it cost?

Many of our programmes are free. There is a small cost for some of our classes.If you are a PELT student, your class course cost and admin fee will be deducted from the money you pre-paid Immigration New Zealand for English lessons (PELT).  Ask at your English Language Partners’ centre.

What will I learn?

You will learn the English you need to live independently in New Zealand. Our programmes help people with daily life, to find work and to communicate well in a Kiwi workplace. You can also learn about Kiwi culture.

What will I learn?

You will learn the English that is used in New Zealand workplaces. You will also learn about Kiwi workplace culture and helpful information about employment in New Zealand.

English for Job Seekers Focus on finding work in New Zealand. Learn how to approach employers and tailor your CV for specific job applications. Prepare and practise for job interviews and develop your professional networking skills

English for Employees Learn English to communicate well in your job and work safely. You can also learn about cultural issues and expectations of the Kiwi workplace.

How long are courses?

English for Job Seekers is a 48-hour course. It is 12 hours per week for four weeks.

English for Employees is a 45-hour course. It is a part-time course,  with flexible hours (2-4 hours per week, often outside working hours, unless during work time is appropriate)

When are classes held?

Classes are held at different times to suit learners. Contact your local centre to find the best times for you.

How much does the course cost?

English for Job Seekers There may be a fee. (Ask your centre)

English for Employees Courses are free, but you must be a citizen or resident with a job.

Who will teach me?

English for Migrants teachers are qualified ESOL teachers.

ESOL home tutors are trained volunteers who are fluent in English.

How long will I have a tutor?

English for Migrants You can study for as long as you have tuition money
available. We recommend that your first contract is for a minimum
of 26 hours.

ESOL Home Tutoring Your tutor will teach you for six months. After six months, if a tutor is available, you can have more lessons. Some learners have another tutor. Some learners continue with the same tutor.

When are lessons?

English for Migrants You can decide lesson times with your tutor. This is usually from 1.5 to 2 hours and most students have two lessons each week.

ESOL Home Tutoring Lessons are for one hour each week with your tutor. The time will suit you and your tutor.

How much will it cost?

English for Migrants costs $80.00 per hour (incl. GST).
There is also an administration fee for each contract (check with your centre).

ESOL Home Tutoring is free for citizens and residents.

What will I learn?

Tell your tutor what you want to learn. They will make a programme with you. Lessons are designed to help you with everyday life and work in New Zealand.

For example, things like getting a driver’s licence or making an appointment to see the doctor. You can also learn about your town or city and about ‘Kiwi’ culture.

The tutor will bring teaching resources to the lesson.

Can I join the NZCEL class?

Adults who have New Zealand residency or citizenship can join our NZCEL course.

What will I learn?

NZCEL courses focus on real-life tasks where you can develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. You will learn and practise essential vocabulary and grammar and gain skills for living and working independently in New Zealand.

How do I join the NZCEL class?

You will need to have an interview with a staff member and sit a placement assessment to make sure NZCEL is the right option for you.

What is an NZQA qualification?

What does it lead to?

Our NZCEL graduates have gone on to study English at higher levels. Some go into Level 3 courses in subjects like cooking and automotive engineering.

NZCEL is also a pathway into work. Our graduates are employed in retail, administration and hospitality roles.

How much does it cost?

Our NZCEL courses are free.

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Testimonials from our

Learners

Pa Teauarai

LEARNER

It made me want to learn more so I can teach my kids English. I share my homework with them too.

Xu Huang

LEARNER

Learning English at English Language Partners makes me more confident and more positive.

Roger Feng

LEARNER

Now I have local topics I can talk with others, and I like reading the local news. I feel like I am part of it.

Nor Aini

LEARNER

Before I can't speak English, and now I can speak a little bit, because my teacher is a very nice teacher and she understands me for everything.

Pa Teauarai

LEARNER

It made me want to learn more so I can teach my kids English. I share my homework with them too.

Xu Huang

LEARNER

Learning English at English Language Partners makes me more confident and more positive.

Roger Feng

LEARNER

Now I have local topics I can talk with others, and I like reading the local news. I feel like I am part of it.

Nor Aini

LEARNER

Before I can't speak English, and now I can speak a little bit, because my teacher is a very nice teacher and she understands me for everything.

Anggi Putri

LEARNER

I really love my life now compared to before I started learning English. My life improving a lot in many aspect. I can do everything I want without any worried about communicate in English.

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