General English

General English

General English morning classes

From 9am to 12.15pm Monday to Friday. 15 hours per week. 

For all students.

From 9am to 12.15pm Monday to Friday

Students can start on any Monday for General English and IELTS classes. We usually offer 7 General English levels: Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, Advanced and Proficiency. Students are tested and placed carefully into their correct level on their first day at school. Students move up when they have passed the required skills tests. These tests are given on the first and third Wednesday of each month in two of the four skills: reading/speaking and writing/listening. In addition, teachers give regular grammar and vocabulary assessments. At each level we teach essential grammar, vocabulary, functions and we improve students' writing and reading skills. Students also receive a lot of listening and speaking practice and teachers encourage students to practise their speaking, give opinions and ask questions. 1 week is our minimum course length.

General English afternoon classes

From 1.30 to 3.30pm Monday to Thursday with Friday options. 10 hours per week. 

Full-time Intensive students must do both morning and afternoon classes.

From 1.30 to 3.30pm Monday to Thursday with Friday options.

General English afternoon classes have even more speaking and listening. There is a lot of pair and group work, discussions on varied and interesting topics, fluency activities, songs, videos/dvds, vocabulary and exercises to improve speaking and listening skills used in everyday English.
(Afternoon ONLY classes are not possible)

Full-time General English 20 hour a week course.

Full-time General students must study morning classes plus 5 hours a week of Library class.



• Can I get a student visa with this course?

Yes. Both our Intensive 25 hour and General 20 hour a week courses you can. 20 hours a week is the minimum so you can’t get a student visa with our Morning only 15 hour a week course.

• When can I study?

You must study in the morning classes 9-12.15 Monday to Friday. Your 5 extra hours per week of Library class can be at anytime of the day that the library is open to individual students.

• What are the Library hours for this study?

8am-9am, and 12.15-5.30pm Monday to Friday. Your Library session must start before 4pm.

• How long must my session in the library be?

Attendance is logged for each complete hour. The minimum time for library study is one full hour.

• Must I complete five hours of library study every week?

If you do not join a Friday afternoon Special Class option then yes.

You cannot miss a week in the library and then complete 10 hours the next week.

• Are there other class options?

Yes – you can also choose to study the Friday afternoon special class option. This is 2 hours.

• Can I join other Friday afternoon options.

Yes – but only the special class will give you attendance.

• Will there always be a teacher during my Library classes?

The library is always staffed. There will be a dedicated teacher during the 1.30-3.30 session. This is also when you must do your 1-1 check up sessions.

• How often must I meet the teacher for 1-1?

You will meet your teacher once every 2 weeks. However you can also discuss study options with the Library teacher anytime during the 1.30-3.30pm time zone.

• Can I have my 2 weekly 1-1 session at anytime I want?

No – you must meet at the time we have allocated you. This will be between 1.30 – 3.30pm.

• What if I don’t do the library classes?

Same as morning classes. You will be marked absent and this will affect your attendance.

• Can I do 3 hours of Library classes and the Friday afternoon special class?

Yes – this will give you the required 20 hours a week of contact hours required by your student visa conditions.

• What will I study at the Library sessions? Can I decide what or does the Library teacher decide?

You will complete a needs analysis during your first library session. The library teacher will discuss this with you and together you will design a study plan and choose areas where you would like to improve, e.g. reading, writing, listening, vocabulary, grammar. You will then work at your own pace and the teacher will monitor your progress.

Your study plan can be updated when required. There are thousands of available resources in the school library for both skills and language development.

• Is the Library teacher a Worldwide School teacher?

Yes – from 1.30pm the Library teacher is a Worldwide teacher.

• Can I change from a 20 hour Full-time General to a 25 hour Full-time Intensive course?

Yes – you can but you must pay the difference, you can only do it one time and it must be for a minimum of 4 weeks.

• Can I change from a 25 hour Full-time Intensive to a 20 hour Full-time General course?

It is possible in certain circumstances (we prefer level 5 or above in GE classes and you must have at least 4 weeks remaining on course) – but there is no refund of the difference.

• Can I study an Academic English course if I am a 20 hour Full-time General student?

No – you must be a 25 hour Full-time Intensive student to do an academic English course although sometimes exceptions can be made for the IELTS course.

•    Is this course suitable for any level of English?

We do not recommend this for lower level students. If you are Elementary to Pre-Intermediate you should book a Full-time Intensive English course. Library classes require at least an Intermediate level of English as much of the learning is self directed.


Friday afternoon options

Every Friday afternoon, full-time General English students can choose from a special class (conversation or grammar or writing or pronunciation), an IELTS or TOEIC practice test or an out of school activity. Part-time morning only students can join the activity but not the other options. All students need to sign up to join these options by Thursday 4pm.  The activity options are an extra cost. We try to select low cost activities, usually from NZ$10 but sometimes we offer more expensive activities for around NZ$50. The school library is also open for students wishing to study independently after class hours.

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