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ESOL courses are supported by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and are subsidised (or free in some cases) for NZ citizens and residents.

In ESOL courses you’ll learn the English you need to live and work in New Zealand, to communicate with New Zealanders and gain skills for work and further study.

Courses are offered at the following levels:

  • Level 1 - those with little or no English
  • Level 2 - those who can understand and use simple English in everyday situations
  • Level 3 - those who can usually understand native speakers and can make themselves understood in unfamiliar situations