Ara Institute Of Canterbury Esol

The School of English at Ara is internationally recognised as one of the best English language training centres in New Zealand. Students from more than 30 countries, including residents and citizens of New Zealand, choose to study with us to improve their English. We are an NZQA Category 1 provider, a member of English New Zealand, and we offer high quality English learning with excellent facilities and highly experienced teachers.

We offer a range of programmes that provide students with English for general purposes, exam preparation or preparation for further academic study. Enrolments are accepted all year round and for some courses, students can start on a weekly basis.

We also offer customised group programmes for groups of students with specific areas of interest.

Number of Students: up to 300 at any time
Class Size: Average 15, maximum 22
Levels: 7 levels (beginner to advanced)
Minimum Age: 17 years old, no maximum ageImprove your English

Study English language speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Depending on your level, you can study General English, Academic English or IELTS Preparation. You may be able to study part-time, depending on the conditions on your visa.

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks; up to 50 weeks
Level: Beginner to advanced

English for further study

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language is an NZQA qualification that lasts a lifetime. These programmes can be used for further study, for work or for general English development.

Duration: 18 weeks, 20 hours per week
Level: Beginner to advanced

IELTS Preparation

This course will prepare you for taking the IELTS exam by improving your listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks
Level: Late Intermediate and above

English plus Volunteer Work

Enjoy practising your English and making new friends in the community.

Duration: Eight hours per week
Level: Late Intermediate and above

Customised group programmes

We can customise programmes for institutions:

  • Teacher training
  • NZ Studies
  • Hospitality
  • Sustainability
  • Nursing

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks
Level: Beginner to advanced – Please enquire