Otago Learning English
These range from beginners to more advanced, academic courses. Find a provider in your area and get in touch with them to find a course that suits you.
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Types of courses
Academic English will help you with your studies. Some academic programmes have requirements for English language ability, and these courses will help you reach these standards.
Business English will help you with speaking English in the workplace.
General English will help you with having conversations in English, and with completing everyday tasks.
English Language training (ESOL)
English language training in New Zealand is often called ESOL training (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Courses can specialise in everyday English, academic English or business English. They are available from different organisations and may be full-time or part-time.
For more information about courses in your area, see our ESOL tool:
Prepaid English for Migrants
If you paid for English tuition as part of your visa application, ask the provider about options for English for Migrants courses.
If you are having trouble finding a course, call the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on 0800 601 601.
Community English courses
A range of English class providers, both professional and casual, can be found in the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) directory. There is also a regular, 30 minute radio programme to help you improve your English language skills on Planet FM.
Toastmasters is a programme where you can improve your leadership and communication skills in a safe, supportive club environment. Anyone can join, and there is a balance of women and men and a range of age groups, cultures and occupations.