Learning a second language can be daunting; however it widely accepted that practice is the key to learning a new language. Repetitive everyday use, the more you use it the faster you learn. What better way to do that then total immersion; actually living in the country that speaks the language you wish to learn.
Learning English in New Zealand is often referred to as “ESOL Training” (English for Speakers of Other Languages). It is a popular industry of schools and organisations spread right across the country, with a very wide range of different courses and qualifications on offer. Experiences can vary from classroom and online based study through to lifestyle immersion; with some schools providing help with accommodation, social and employment opportunities. Most offer very flexible learning options, with either full, part time or online or distance learning options available.
Whether you are seeking help with everyday English to use with daily life, academic English for study or business English for work, New Zealand has a lot to offer. It is friendly and welcoming place where you can meet people from all over the world, experience first-hand the amazing scenery and landscapes, and enjoy the adventure tourism opportunities.
Here are some resources you might find useful in deciding what type of course will suit you and where you would like to study:
- www.english-schools.co.nz – a directory of English as a Second Language schools in New Zealand
- www.englishnewzealand.co.nz – an organisation of a group of established English language schools throughout New Zealand
- www.ccel.co.nz – one of the leading English language schools in New Zealand, with campuses in Auckland and Christchurch. Registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
- www.newzealandnow.govt.nz – New Zealand government resource, helping people who wish to improve their English language skills
- www.nzqa.govt.nz – the New Zealand Qualifications Authority is a government agency ensuring consistency and quality of New Zealand Primary, Secondary and University qualifications
Remember practise is the key to developing your language skills, speak English as much as possible in your daily life, particularly at home, socialise with English speakers, read local newspapers and watch local television. Good luck!