English Language Schools in New Zealand
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English Language Schools in New Zealand are of a high standard. You can check the quality of a school by asking some questions;
  • Do the teachers have the RSA CTEFLA or Cambridge Trinity ESOL qualifications?
  • Is the school registered with the NZQA?

In general a private English Language School will have classes of up to 12 students. The classes generally consist of 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.

In a General English course the morning will probably focus on work from text books. The afternoons will probably focus on conversation or topics.

When you stay with a host family you will get breakfast and evening meals on school days, and all meals at the weekend.

The price includes your laundry and electricity. Phone calls to your parents and friends at home are not included!

At the weekend your host family will include you in their activities.

In the summer New Zealanders have barbeques (a meal cooked outside - usually meat with some salad), go to the beach, go camping or walking. In the colder months Kiwis like to go skiing or tramping (walking in the mountains or in the forest).

Beaches are part of New Zealand life.

There are lots of beautiful, uncrowded beaches around the country. Many of them are in National parks like the Abel Tasman Park .

Lots of New Zealanders go to the beach at Christmas time, often staying at a campsite.

When they are at the beach New Zealanders like to go fishing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, waterskiing and windsurfing.

Hahei beach (right) is another popular beach, near Auckland.

After studying many students want to see more of New Zealand.

Travelling around is easy. With an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) you can get good discounts. You can also buy a 'VIP' card which gives discount at hostels.

New Zealand is a great country to drive around. It is cheap and easy to hire a car.

Places to visit, from North to South could include;

Cape Reinga, Bay of Islands, Coromandel, Rotorua, Waitomo, Taupo, Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura, South Island West coast, and Queenstown.