General English will help you improve your ability to communicate in English in social and work situations and progress to other ELA courses.
The course focuses on the development of communication skills with a balance of speaking, listening, reading and writing tasks. You will learn through class activities, individual, pair and small group work.
General English includes elective classes which allow you to tailor your course to meet your learning goals, as you can choose an elective class to focus on a particular subject or skills. The elective classes are dependent on level and student demand.
General English includes elective classes which allow you to tailor your course to meet your learning goals, as you can choose an elective class to focus on a particular subject or skills. The elective classes are dependent on level and student demand. They may include: Communication Skills, Business English and English for IELTS.*
- The English for IELTS elective focuses on language development, with competence in the four key IELTS test areas (writing, speaking, listening, and reading) developed during the course. This elective also builds awareness of the IELTS test format and provides practical exam skills and strategies.
- The Business English elective teaches a range of business communication skills, with a focus on practical language. Every few weeks the Business English class will take part in a project involving real-life business skills such as advertising, marketing, presenting, selling a product and writing a report.
- The Communication Skills elective focuses on developing functional listening, speaking and writing skills, covering the themes ‘Social and Travel’ and ‘Work and Study’. There are often projects connected to the themes and language from the course books.
*Electives are dependent on student levels and demands. Please contact us for more information.
Minimum enrolment of 3 weeks
Class hours per week
The ELA is part of the University of Auckland, which is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities and the highest-ranked university in New Zealand.*
* QS World University Rankings 2019.
Meet, make friends and learn English with people from around the world. Each year the ELA welcomes students from over 35 countries into our English language courses.
Learn from highly qualified and experienced teachers.
- The ELA employs experienced teachers with degrees and TESOL qualifications who are all dedicated to helping you reach your goals.
- ELA teachers use a communicative language teaching approach, where interaction and communication are the main aims of study. Lessons involve active learning through pair and group work, in which teachers facilitate communication and provide you with every opportunity to practice your language skills.
Facilities and Support
Get the support you need to learn and have fun including:
- Dedicated student services team offering pastoral care and accommodation support
- Study Centre, open 6 days a week and manned by a qualified English language teacher on weekdays
- Computing facilities equipped with learning technology
- Help with arriving in Auckland and finding accommodation
- Exciting social, sporting, and cultural activities
Direct Entry Requirements
Meet the English language requirements for entry to programmes at the University of Auckland and some other New Zealand tertiary institutions. Our pathway courses include:
- Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP)
- English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS)
- English Pathway for Undergraduate Studies (EPUS)