As New Zealand’s largest city, with over 1.6 million people, Auckland is often the first place people immigrating to New Zealand call home. It is also one of the most ethnically diverse cities, with 20% of the population coming from countries in Asia. So, it is hardly surprising that there is an excellent range of options for ESOL courses and English classes in Auckland.

Surprisingly to many, English is not the official language of New Zealand. English is the most widely spoken language in the country; however, the only official languages recognised under New Zealand law are Maori (the language of the native peoples) and NZ Sign language (which is widely translated into both English and Maori when taught).

Top 5 Languages Most Commonly Spoken

LanguageSpeakers in Auckland regionSpeakers in New Zealand
English 1,233,633 3,819,969
Māori30,924148,395
Samoan58,19786,403
Hindi49,52166,309
Northern Chinese38,78152,263

*Count of people who stated one or more languages spoken on their census form. Source: Statistics New Zealand

It is often the inclusion of Maori words that can provide a challenge to new learners of English. But don’t let that phase you – English itself is a language of predominantly borrowed words. Speakers of other languages will often find they understand words used in New Zealand English as poorly pronounced versions of the original. For example:

  • Cartoon (Italian)
  • Cigar (Spanish)
  • Cookie (Dutch)
  • Entrepreneur (French)
  • Guru (Sanskrit)
  • Karaoke (Japanese)
  • Ketchup (Chinese)
  • Lemon (Arabic)
  • Loot (Hindi)
  • Metropolis (Greek)
  • Utensil (French) (Latin)
  • Wanderlust (German)

So while you’re focused on learning English and integrating into the Kiwi lifestyle, make sure you remember to enjoy the journey too! We’ve got a list of just some of the places where you can find great ESOL tutors or enrol in an English course in Auckland.

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Learn English online or in-person at English Language Academy (ELA)

ELA is the English language school of the University of Auckland. It offers a range of ESOL courses, and some of its units can help you learn English online as well.

General English (Available Online)

By the end of this course, you will be able to head on to higher levels. You will also have improved your understanding of everyday Kiwi English. There are several different levels, from Elementary right through to Advanced. To start this course, you need to have a basic level of English at an equivalent of CEFR level A1, IELTS 3.5 or TOEFL iBT 20.

Business English

This English course is only four weeks long and designed to help learners improve their communication skills within a New Zealand workplace. It works on your business language skills and aims to improve your fluency to speak in a professional environment.

Academic English (Available Online)

Aimed at students about to undertake territory education, usually at a University or Polytechnic. This course is going to help you understand academic English and the writing that will be required.

University Pathway Programmes (Available Online)

Specifically aimed at students who not only need to prove their English abilities before starting their university course but ensures students are prepared for their studies. Topics covered include “cover note-taking, academic report and essay writing, exam preparation, presentation skills, and communication techniques.”

Which course you take will obviously depend on why you need to learn English, and the level of English you already speak, read and write.

English Classes at LSI Auckland

LSI is an international language institute with its head office in the UK. The Auckland branch is located in the CBD and offers a range of courses. One of their more promoted courses is a four-week intensive which includes accommodation and meals. You get to meet other English learners who have come from all over the world and visit different locations around Auckland.

While they do offer the normal range of English courses, ESOL tutoring and exam preparation, they also offer courses that focus on the unique language and needs of specific workplaces. These include medical, legal, teaching and aviation; however, because they are particular to the industry, you must have an intermediate to advanced level of English before enrolling.

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Learn from trained ESOL teachers at Auckland Institute of Technology (UNITEC)

Because of the diverse range of subjects taught at UNITEC, it attracts students from all over Aotearoa/New Zealand and the world. So, while you are working through your 16-week English course that focuses on your level and needs, you will also interact with students studying in areas you might head to next.

UNITEC enrolment also gives you access to most of the student facilities and resources, such as the library, computers, language centre and student advisers. The English class usually includes a welcome, introductions to the facility, and social activities.

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Find an English Tutor and ESOL Teachers with Superprof

Although Superprof originated in France, the international organisation focuses on connecting local students with local tutors. This means that you can find an English tutor who can come to your home (or café, or library, etc.) and create an English course that focuses on precisely what you need.

Individual attention often means that you will improve fast because your tutor can find the topics that inspire you to learn rather than have to find general English exercises that fit the whole class.

Tutors through Superprof have a range of abilities and pricing, but the review process and first English lesson free gives prospective students piece of mind not found when enrolling in a full-length course. This is also one of the best ways to help children, as many of the standard courses are aimed at adults. Bringing a tutor into your home will often allow children of different ages to have joint English language lessons together. Being set exercises may mean that they can practice together as a family in between tuition sessions.

While the tutors will generally travel to you, most will also be happy to teach via webcam, which means if you are in the mandatory quarantine in New Zealand, you can start your English language tuition while in quarantine. Then carry on in person once you have settled into your new home.

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Auckland English Academy (AEA)

AEA is a private English language school that is a member of “English New Zealand” and is part of the ICL Education Group. They are also recognised as a Category 1 School by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

The school has seven different courses available at their Auckland CBD course. They also have two courses that are available online:

Online Communication English

This online English language course focuses on Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking, and can help students develop and improve their English before entering New Zealand.

Online IELTS Preparation

Taught by experienced IELTS teachers, this class will help students pass their exams. There are two streams, one for general and one for Academic. The IELTS Academic stream is for those needing to prove their English language abilities to apply for tertiary education or professional registration.

Learn English With Languages International in Auckland

Another Category 1 English language school, Languages International not only teaches English to a variety of levels and requirements but also provides training for CELTA courses, the DELTA course and ESOL Teaching.

The school have a maximum of 14 students in each class. They can have up to 250 students enrolled at any one time, providing plenty of people to chat with and practise your improving English skills. The school runs classes for General English, English for Business classes and English for University courses.

English Language Centre (ELC)

ELC is part of the Auckland Institute of Studies, and offers English classes at a range of levels – most of which include outings that allow students to apply their learning in a practical, real-world manner.

The English language courses offered as part of the AIS English Language program are registered with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) under the 'English for Migrants' programme for Immigration New Zealand. This, combined with being a Category 1 school, means that students studying full time under a student visa can undertake part-time work as well.

ELC also offers an “Online NZ Certificate in English Language”, which fits in with international time zones to allow students to learn the level of English required to achieve their goals upon arriving in New Zealand.

New Zealand Language Centres (NZLC)

With campuses in Auckland and Wellington, NZLC has the two biggest cities in New Zealand covered for your English Language needs. However, it is the Auckland campus that has the majority of the English courses, including General English, IELTS, Business English, TESOL, Cambridge B2 First (FCE)/C1 Advanced (CAE), CELTA, Evening General English, and Evening IELTS

NZLC can also help provide intern (unpaid) work experience while studying English to help you gain valuable expertise with the kiwi workplace culture. This facility is also one of the few English Language Schools that have courses that cater to children. However, only 13-17year olds, but this will help students entering the New Zealand high school system. The school is also taking part in the “Pilot Pathway Student Visa Scheme.”

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Learning English In Auckland

With so many options to learn English in Auckland, you aren’t restricted to learning English online if you want face to face interaction. Learning English is essential to helping you embrace life as a Kiwi and provides opportunities to not only try to understand the fast speaking-slang-filled Kiwi English but also introduce Kiwis to your native culture.

 

 

 

 

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