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Block 2 Graduation

On Friday the 18th of June we celebrated Block 2 Academic English and Pathways graduation!

It was a hybrid graduation with almost 100 overseas students joining virtually over Zoom, and the remaining onshore students attending in person.

We were even joined by a guest of honour - Vivien Li. Vivien completed her FCertEAP at the ELA in 2019 and has just graduated from the University of Auckland with a Master of Management. She gave an inspiring and motivating talk about her time at the ELA and how it helped her to progress into the University of Auckland and prepare her for her studies there. 

Postgraduate Week is Coming!

 

What: A week of webinars, expos, panel discussions, and more.

When: 17th - 21st of May

Where: Online 

Are you looking to further your studies?

Explore your postgraduate options and meet the Unversity of Auckland's talented academics and staff with a week of webinars, expos, panel discussions, and info evenings.

International Managers visit the ELA

A big thank you to the International Managers, the Study Abroad Manager, and the Admissions Team who joined us from the University of Auckland at the ELA last week for an afternoon tea. This was a time to reflect on the past 12 months and discuss share projects and future opportunities. It was great to catch up with everyone, see how they have been, and touch base. With some new staff both at the ELA and the University of Auckland, it was also a chance for introductions and putting faces to names.

Daylight Savings Ends in New Zealand

April is the middle month of autumn in New Zealand. The days become shorter: the sun rises later in the morning and sets earlier in the evening.

To make the best use of daylight, New Zealand (and some other countries) has a system called "daylight savings".

This means that everybody in New Zealand changes their clocks twice a year - forward by one hour in spring, and back by one hour in autumn.

At 3.00 am on Sunday, April the 4th New Zealand will change its clocks back by one hour.

ELA classes will continue to starts at 1.00 pm and finish at 5.15 pm NZT.

Corona Virus (Covid-19) Update

Update: 5 March 2021 

From Sunday the 7th of March Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand in Alert Level 2. This is great news, however, under level 2 there is still a risk of community transmission. For this reason, all lessons will continue to be taught online.

From Monday the 8th of March our exams centre will reopen to registered candidates ONLY. 

This will be for the duration of next week (8th - 12th March) at least. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them.

Corona Virus (Covid-19) Update

Update: 18 February 2021

From 11:59 pm on Wednesday 17 February, Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1.

This is good news, and it means those in Auckland can return to work and to school.

Information for students:

While Auckland remains in level 2, the ELA will continue to deliver all of our lessons online only. This is to minimise disruption to our students and teachers. Please do not come into the building unless you have prior permission from the school to do so.

Information for exam candidates (IELTS and PTE):

Corona Virus (Covid-19) Update

Update:  13 November 2020

The Ministry of Health has provided a further update in regard to the Auckland CBD community case which was confirmed on the 12th November. The source of this case has now been identified and can be genomically linked to the Defence worker who was infected at a quarantine hotel.


This means that Auckland remains at Alert Level 1 and as of Saturday 14th November, the Auckland CBD can reopen. 

Corona Virus (Covid-19 Update)

Update:  12 November 2020

 

The Ministry of Health has provided an update on COVID-19 after a community case was confirmed in Auckland. 
As a precaution those who work in the Auckland CBD have been advised to work from home today, Friday the 13th November, where possible. If you must go into this area wear a face covering and practice social distancing. This advice will remain while health authorities continue to work to trace the source of this infection.

Corona Virus (Covid-19) Update

Update:  13 October 2020

New Zealand is now back at Alert Level 1 which means the ELA is fully operational and staff and students can return to the building.
Border restrictions remain in place, and we will continue to provide online lessons and support our students overseas as we have done throughout the year.


Please note the following guidelines from the University of Auckland, which we need to follow:

From travel industry to English language teaching | Will (New Zealand)

After working in the travel industry for several years, Will decided on a career change in which he "could really be passionate for – English language teaching”. He took our 4 week CELTA course in order to get qualified and embark on his next professional chapter. Next intake for CELTA starts 16 Nov - apply now for your early bird discount. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update: 14 August 2020 

The Prime Minister confirmed on Friday 14 August that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3 for an additional 12 days, until 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 August. This will be reviewed next Friday, 21 August. The rest of the country stays at Alert Level 2 for the same period. This means the ELA will remain in remote teaching mode until at least Thursday 27 August, unless the review next Friday justifies a change. Exam candidates will be rescheduled to an alternative date/time.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update: 12 August 2020 

New Zealand's Alert levels will change today at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. Auckland region will move to Alert Level 3 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August 2020. It will remain at Alert Level 3 for at least 3 days.

The ELA will be closed during Alert Level 3 and all teaching will be online. Exam candidates will be rescheduled to an alternative date/time.

Online Academic English & University Pathway Demonstration Lesson | 19th & 26th August 2020

The ELA will be offering a demonstration lesson in online Academic English and University Pathway programmes on 19th and 26th August 2020. Students who are interested in improving their language skills for academic purposes will benefit from experiencing an authentic and interactive lesson with a real ELA tutor and fellow peers.

Top English Language Study Resources | ELA Tutor Tips

Most of our students love visiting the Study Centre, where you can borrow books and listen to audio books. With that not being a possibility for our online students and many students still wanting to improve their reading, writing and listening skills, we’d put together a list of resources for you to continue your English language education in remote learning

1. Read eBooks.

Interpreter career goals in New Zealand | Kanta (Japan)

Kanta studied our EPUS programme online which focused on preparing his Academic English language skills for a semester at the University of Auckland. He says despite Covid-19 his experiences living and studying online in New Zealand through lockdown was meaningful, and looks forward to working towards his careers goals of being a Japanese to English interpreter in the future here. 

Self-employed English Language Tutor | Jenny (China)

Jenny completed our CELTA course at the beginning of the year, from which she traveled from Guangzhou in China to attend. As a private English language tutor back home, she says the CELTA course helped her move past traditional methodologies, and gain more modern and communicative language teaching skills. Congratulations on your qualification once again Jenny! Next intake starts 4 July 2020 - 10 September 2020 (Part time). To apply, see HERE.

New Intake Dates For FCertEAP & EPPS

New intake dates have been added to our FCertEAP and EPPS programme calendar for students who wish to progress into a Business Masters programme at the University of Auckland in Quarter 2 (29 March) 2021. The new dates are as below:

FCertEAP
2 October 2020 – 12 March 2021 (20 weeks). Please note there is a 2 week break over the Christmas and New Year period from 19 December 2021 to 4 January 2021.

EPPS
5 January – 12 March 2021 (10 weeks)

Continue growing academically during COVID-19 | Santiago (Colombia)

"With all the events related to COVID-19, I am still not very clear about what to do in the future, but without a doubt, I can say that the new skills I learned at the ELA will help me to continue growing academically and professionally."

In a time of uncertainty, it's positive to hear we can continue supporting your study goals. Thank you Santiago for sharing how you got on with your online General English course since New Zealand's lockdown situation. Take care and stay safe! #ELABubble 

Online English language courses now offered during 2020

The ELA is still operating during this period and will be delivering our classes online until the end of 2020, as well as re-opening for face-to-face teaching once permitted by government protocol. Our passionate and experienced teaching and student services teams have been set up to work from home to support students and partner universities with online study using a range of platforms and tools.

SmartLearn Live Launch | Leading Online English Test Preparation Platform

The English Language Academy (ELA) is pleased to announce the expansion of our top quality and affordable online test preparation options for students in a new partnership with E2 Language

E2 Language is a Melbourne based software development company that specialises in English language technology and is partnered with global English testing centres and top-ranking universities. 

5 best ways to keep improving your English during isolation | ELA Tutor Tips

As a teacher I’ve never had to work like this, all online. Growing up I’d always heard about kids that had to study online when they lived far away from towns and cities, but that was never my life. Changing to an all online teaching system has been very interesting. I think that there are many positives such as no commute, but there have also been some negatives such as less time with friends and co-workers. One of the best things about moving to an English-speaking country is that you have to speak English when you buy a coffee or go shopping.

4 Ways To Keep Kiwi In Isolation 

With the long weekend coming up, enjoy these ideas on how to learn about New Zealand culture all from the comfort of your home. 

1.    Watch a movie produced by Kiwi directors
New Zealand might not have the same box office blockbusters that the US has but there are still some great films for you to check out (and continue to improve your English)! 

We recommend “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, “Boy”, “Whale Rider” and “Sione’s Wedding”. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update: 19 March 2020

From the Director of the University of Auckland’s English Language Academy:

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops in New Zealand, I wanted to personally to update you on what we are doing to protect the well-being of our students, partners, staff and colleagues.

New Zealand's Capital City | Thursdays with Towa

Today, I want to share my memories from Wellington. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. I went there to compete in the National Cross Country Championships. Before going there, I heard that Wellington is compact and tidy but windy. Indeed, Wellington is known as a Windy City which reflects the rugby union team name based in Wellington - Hurricanes. However, there was no wind! Once you walk by the sea, you can feel relaxed and filled because its atmosphere is quite different from Auckland. Of course, there are a lot of government offices and ancient buildings.

Teaching aspirations in Spain | Rey (New Zealand)

After returning home from Spain as an English language teaching assistant, Rey decided he wanted to obtain a CELTA qualification to become professionally certified and open up more career opportunities in Europe. From input sessions to migrant learning awareness, he shares how his experience with the 4 week teacher training course went. 

We wish you all the best on your teaching endeavours as you return back in Europe and further your career and experiences. 

View here for our next CELTA intake date starting 2 June 2020 - 26 June 2020 (Full time). 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update: Thursday 30 January 2020

Confirmed cases of the virus have now been identified in China, Australia, USA, Canada, France, Germany and ten other countries.

No cases of the virus have yet been identified in New Zealand, however the Ministry of Health advises that the likelihood of that happening is “high” due to the rapid spread of the virus to other countries. It added that the likelihood of a sustained community outbreak of the disease in New Zealand “remains low”, due to this country’s readiness to deal with it.

Everything about my ELA studies shaped my life in NZ | Yi (China)

A delight to hear about Yi's study journey as she touches on her English pathway (EPPS) and homestay family experiences. After progressing to postgraduate studies at The University of Auckland, she went on to secure a role with Mainfreight as a Data Analyst in the global logistics supply chain industry. 

Thank you for letting us visit for the day and for inviting us to hear about your career development success post ELA. 

Outstanding Language Educator Award - Manju

Congratulations to Manju Bhaskar for receiving the ELA “Outstanding Language Educator” (OLE) award. 

The award acknowledges the excellent contributions to teaching a tutor makes at the ELA. The recipient is selected from nominations by the academic team, making it an award for tutors by tutors. 

Manju received the OLE award for the Summer School period for her teaching excellence, and for her support and guidance to students. This was evident in student outcomes as a result of her direct involvement. 

Career Development Opportunities | Alejandra (Bolivia)

Alejandra comes from a background in marketing and sales from Bolivia and took the Business English elective to further develop her career. Thank you for sharing how you found your course, and we wish you all the best as you return to your home country. 

Intakes for the Business English course starts 17 February – 13 March 2020 & 20 July – 14 August 2020. More information here

EAP Graduation Highlights | Summer School 2019-2020

"I’m so fortunate to be part of the ELA family. Our graduation marks the end of one journey and the start of another."

Congratulations to all our University Pathway and Academic English students who successfully completed Summer School today. An impressive achievement to learn 10 weeks worth of English language studies in 7 weeks - well done and best wishes for the future!

More information on our pathway programmes here

The ELA helped me to become the professional I am today | Xio (Venezuela)

Such great news to hear former ELA student, Xio, not only achieve a successful IELTS score for her New Zealand residency but to have also secured a position with Stellar Projects.

Xio started with General English, and later studied Business English where she gained the professional communication skills needed for her current role as a project administrator.

If you're interested in the same Business English course, next intake starts 17 February – 13 March 2020. More information here https://bit.ly/36ChbPa

ELA Alumni Visit | (Saudi Arabia)

Thank you Faisal and Meshari for visiting us as you graduate your marketing and engineering programmes this week from AUT and Massey University! What a successful journey since your start in 2014 at the ELA, having completed General English and then Academic English. 

Congratulations on both securing impressive positions overseas and all the best as you now embark on your new careers.

 

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Business English Toolkit For Your Career

"Our world now is much more connected than it has ever been before. We now have more opportunities to work and do business almost everywhere, and so really effective communication has never been more important". Richelle speaks on what practical and transferable skills you can gain from our brand new Business English course offered in 2020.

First intake starts 17 February – 13 March 2020. More info here https://bit.ly/2rv6Zsd

Everything you need to know about English language teaching | Yi Fan (China)

To work towards an English teaching career in Auckland, Yi Fan chose to study our practical TESOL (TKT) course. She says "You will find the course really worth-while. How to organise a class, the activities you can use, what teachers should and shouldn’t do and how to organise student dynamics - This course will teach you everything you want to know."

Same career goals? Find out how you get the same teaching qualification here: https://bit.ly/36Xxuqj

ELA Alumnus meets NZ Prime Minister & Former All Blacks Captain

Shuhei, who studied at the ELA in 2017, was selected to represent New Zealand’s international alumni in Japan at a special pop-up education event hosted by Education New Zealand in September. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, along with former All Blacks Richie McCaw, also attended the event in Tokyo to meet and engage with former alumni of New Zealand education institutions. 

University Life Is Really Enjoyable | Sai (Thailand)

Introducing Sai from Thailand, she completed our FCertEAP university pathway programme and is now studying towards a Masters in TESOL at the University of Auckland.

She says "Even though I graduated from ELA and I came to University of Auckland, we still have a connection and we hang out a lot. So I feel like student life at the university is really enjoyable."

Hear more about her postgraduate life after ELA in the video below! More information about the 20 week FCertEAP programme here: www.ela.auckland.ac.nz/fcerteap

My Passionate, Dedicated & Professional TESOL Tutor | Dario (Peru)

Congratulations to designer Dario, from Peru, who has recently completed our 4 week TESOL and TKT exam preparation course, in which he learnt about different English Language techniques, lesson planning and tailored learning approaches.

He also says, "My favorite part of the course was the teacher, who was very professional, very smart and charismatic. She’s very dedicated to the class and you can clearly that she is very passionate about it."

A globally recognised TKT certification enables you to travel and teach English, and develop your language teaching career.

Important Tips For Pathway Students | Eric (China)

We caught up with FCertEAP graduate and scholarship recipient, Eric, who is now enjoying his Masters programme in Food Processing Engineering at the University of Auckland.

Eric shared some valuable advice on how to succeed in the pathway programme and what he thinks is the MOST important thing when applying for the University of Auckland International Student Excellence Scholarship. There are 50 to be won each year!

Top 4 places to visit near Auckland City Centre | Thursdays with Towa

1. Mt Eden 

This is my favourite place. Mt Eden is located about 3 km away from ELA. You can go there either by bus or on foot. It has two distinct views depending on what time of the day you visit. During the day-time, you can enjoy the city landscape and spotting islands in the distance such as Waiheke Island. During the evening, you an enjoy watching the night lights. There is also an ice-cream shop not too far from the summit called “Casa Del Gelato”, which serves very fresh and delicious desserts.

2. Auckland Domain 

Become the best teacher I possibly can be | Chris (Vietnam)

Well done everyone on the completion of your CELTA course! Wishing everyone all the best in their English language teaching careers. Thanks Chris also for sharing your awesome feedback - much appreciated:🎉

"The past months were insane yet worth every moment. The experience has changed myself as a teacher - to become the best that I can possibly be. Kudos to all my respected CELTA trainers and fellow trainees at the ELA! Until next time" - Chris (CELTA)

I gained the confidence I never had before | Qingqing (China)

Hi, I’m Qingqing and I'm from Hunan province in China. I remember arriving to New Zealand on my first day and as I was travelling to my meet my homestay family for the first time, I could not help but imagine how my homestay house would look like as I kept passing by so many beautiful looking houses. As I arrived at my homestay house, the deck and the fence of the house were all painted white, and there was a large green lawn in front of the deck. The house was clean and tidy, and the floor was covered with carpet. My room had enough space for my luggage, and I had two beds in my room.

New Tourist Levy for International Students

From 1 October 2019, students who are planning to come to New Zealand to complete a short course, such as an English language course, will need to request an NZeTA before they travel if they are coming from a visa-waiver country. They will pay the IVL when requesting the NZeTA.

International students who need a visa to study will not need to get an NZeTA, but they will pay the additional NZD$35 for an IVL when they apply for a visa.

Please read this ENZ article for more information: https://bit.ly/2Zc6z5V

Graduation Ceremony 2019 | Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Congratulations to our students from the education field in Saudi Arabia who have successfully completed their programme today. Having spent 9 months at the ELA, it was wonderful to have you all apart of our school community and later at the University of Auckland. Your improvement in English skills were a tremendous achievement, and we wish you all a safe and pleasant journey back to Saudi Arabia! 

 

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ELA student on tour with NZSO National Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to Hana, who has been selected to play in the Auckland Youth Orchestra and the NZSO National Youth Orchestra around New Zealand this month. This is an excellent achievement given to the most gifted young orchestral performers. We're delighted Hana can continue to pursue her love for music alongside learning English with us! Hear more below in our video. 

Hana will be performing this Saturday 6th July in Auckland Town Hall at 7:30pm. To reserve a ticket, please visit http://ow.ly/40rR50uRdFO

Introduction to the teaching world with TESOL | Fernanda and Ignacio (Chile)

Thank you Fernanda and Ignacio for sharing your experience with the TESOL (TKT) course with us! We're so glad you were able to learn about ESL teaching knowledge and gain practical teaching skills for you to take back to Chile. 

To apply for the 19 August - 27 September 2019 intake, please visit www.ela.auckland.ac.nz/english-teaching-tesol-tkt

New ELA IELTS Preparation Site

The ELA is excited to announce developments to our IELTS preparation platform which now offers adaptive practice materials and marked practice tests. 

Users can now access 1,500 adaptive practice questions across all four modules. Using an integrated algorithm, our intelligent platform learns each users' individual weaknesses and strengths, and tailors practice questions accordingly. 

Computer-delivered IELTS available at the ELA

Our test centre at the ELA is now offering computer-delivered IELTS tests, which you can book online here. Computer-delivered testing will be available from 21 March 2019, and we will be testing 4 times a week. 

The listening, reading and writing tests will be taken on a computer, with the speaking test still conducted face-to-face with a certified and experienced IELTS examiner. Both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training will be offered in each testing session.

Stepping Stone To University | Geuchbuoy (Cambodia)

Geuchbuoy (Min), from Cambodia studied an EPPS programme with us and is now pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland.

Listen to how she found the pathway programme alongside living in New Zealand. To find out more about our university pathway programmes, please visit www.ela.auckland.ac.nz/university-pathways

Watch on YouTube here

 

Why take an IELTS preparation course?

“Sometimes students with a high level of English still find it difficult to get the band they require because they don’t know what sort of questions they will get or the strategies they require.”

Watch Ayesha, with over 15 years of IELTS exam tutoring experience, explain how an IELTS preparation course at the ELA can help you confidently achieve the band score you need.

We have the following part-time IELTS test preparation options available in 2019:

Saturday course – 9am to 1pm (4 weeks) 
Evening course – 6pm to 8pm (5 weeks) 
Writing workshop – 9am to 1pm (half day)

New Business English Course

We are pleased to announce that from 2020 we will be offering a full-time Business English course.

Our Business English course will help you to increase your English language proficiency in order to gain confidence in your professional communication. The course will provide you with business language skills in order to participate with increasing independence and fluency in professional contexts in English.

Emphasis is placed on essential employability and English communication skills from a business perspective, as well as on raising awareness of cultural differences in international business.

 

Pearson VUE Testing

The English Language Academy (ELA) is pleased to announce its official Pearson VUE testing centre is now offering candidates the full range of VUE tests. 

In addition to the PTE Academic test, candidates will now be able to sit tests at the ELA for their professional licencing and certification across the finance, IT, medical, engineering, human resources and telecommunications industries. Pearson VUE is the international leader in delivering secure computer based testing for over 450 credential owners across the world. Leading partner organisations include Citrix, CompTIA, EXIN and Microsoft. 

University of Auckland International Student Scholarship Recipient | Wei Yang (China)

Congratulations to Wei Yang on the outstanding achievement of being recently awarded a prestigious International Student Scholarship worth $10,000 with the University of Auckland. Wei Yang applied for the scholarship while studying in ELA's EPPS pathway programme and is now pursuing a MA in Engineering Management at the University of Auckland. 

Hear more about his study experience and scholarship tips in our short video

FCertEAP - Updated English Language Entry Requirements

We are pleased to announce that PTE Academic and TOEFL iBT results are now accepted for entry to the Foundation Certificate in EAP (FCertEAP) programme. 

Please see below for respective minimum entry criteria for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

 

FCertEAP minimum entry criteria

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The Academic IELTS score must have been issued within two years of the FCertEAP commencement date.

IELTS and PTE Academic Candidate Information Evening

Are you looking to take an English language test for university entrance or immigration? Come along to our free information evening on Wednesday 7 November from 5.30-7pm to find out more about:

•    IELTS tests and preparation
•    PTE Academic tests and preparation

Our highly experienced staff will provide an overview of both tests and the preparation options available at the University of Auckland. You will be able to ask questions about the tests and find out how to prepare more effectively.

New General English Holiday Policy

Under the new General English (GE) structure from 2019, students will no longer have the option of taking a holiday in the middle of their course.

Any General English students who would like to take a maximum of 2 weeks holiday in 2018 can still do so, but they won’t be able to make up any missed weeks in 2019.

If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to let us know at marketing@ela.auckland.ac.nz

2019 – New General English Structure

General English intake dates will be changing in 2019 to further align with the University of Auckland. Students taking General English will benefit from having the same class for periods of at least 3 or 4 weeks, depending on the time of year.


Important points to note:
• Students can only start General English on one of the specified start dates below.
• Students must enrol for the whole of the General English block.
• Students can enrol in General English for multiple blocks.

IELTS news

We are now offering free WiFi to all our IELTS test-takers. A code will be given to test-takers on the test day and in an email before.
We will be releasing results via SMS for those who have selected this option on their application. This is an exciting venture for us and will be going live on 23rd June.