We are a top-level English language school located a few minutes from beautiful Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. We were awarded the top category by the NZQA in 2013, which means our full-time students are entitled to work rights http://nzstudywork.immigration.govt.nz/. WELS is well known as a high-quality school. Our experienced qualified teachers and small class sizes enable students to improve their skills and achieve their goals while enjoying their time in New Zealand. Our competitive prices mean that Wilkinson’s is the best value language school in Christchurch.
Every Friday afternoon we offer fun activities with a language teacher. It’s a great opportunity to meet other students and practise English conversation!
We can also teach people who paid money for English lessons for residency requirements when they immigrated to New Zealand (English for Migrants).
English for International Communication (Duration: 4 – 48 weeks)
The courses at each level are thematically structured and based upon units of work in a core text with a New Zealand focus where possible. CIBT students are encouraged to be creative and to fully express themselves by emphasising meaningful communication and social interaction while respecting the individual student. The program includes detailed assessment at each level and classes include option classes.
English for IELTS and TOEFL (Duration: 4 – 48 weeks)
IELTS and TOEFL exams are widely recognized as a language requirement for further study. The English for IELTS course at the Cornell Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT) is aimed at adult learners who wish to improve their competency in English and gain the skills needed to be eligible for further tertiary study. On enrolment, students will be tested and placed in a suitable class which suits their academic abilities.
English for Tertiary Entrance (EAP)(Duration: 12-48 weeks)
This course prepares students for future study at a tertiary institution in New Zealand or Australia. Areas such as study skills, critical thinking, self assessment and time management are features of the course. Debate, discussion, self-reflection and assessment through tutorials will be a key part of the course. Entry to the course requires an IELTS score of 5.5 or a pass in our internal entry test for Level 5 courses. On successful completion of the course most students should be able to achieve a pass in the entry test for level 6 or 7 courses, as well as developing the skills needed for academic speaking and writing in a New Zealand context.
WELS Certificate In Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)(Duration: 8 weeks)
This is an intensive course designed for teacher trainees new to the teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, and for practicing teachers who wish to move into English Language teaching. It is an initial qualification, which will equip the trainee with the basic skills and knowledge needed to work as an ESOL teacher.
It aims to develop the trainee’s understanding of the theory and practice of teaching English as a Second Language in a variety of contexts, and contains a range of theoretical topics, as well as providing trainees with an opportunity to take a number of classes under close supervision. Entry to the course requires applicants to be aged 20 years or over, and hold an official IELTS score of 5.5+ ,or obtain a Level 5 pass in our Internal Language Assessment.