Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages .xml Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Short AwardFull-time, 6 weeks

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$1,730 - $2,350
(exam fee not included)


$3,150 (exam fee not included)

Course related costs

About this programme

Are you a teacher needing to upskill? Become confident teaching English to speakers of other languages - only available to groups of teachers as a bespoke offering.

This course will help you teach English to school children and adult learners in your own country or around the world.

We provide you with an introduction to theoretical knowledge and practical skills including lesson planning and classroom management.

You can take this course no matter what your teaching experience to increase your confidence as a teacher and improve your job prospects.

Career opportunities

This course will help you to gain employment as English language tutors or tutorial assistants in New Zealand or when you return to your own country.

Study pathways

Once completed, you may choose to take the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) at extra cost. Students who meet the entry criteria may continue on to complete the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics

Programme structure

To complete this Short Award you are required to complete 26 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry. English language requirements apply.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

    Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.