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General English

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General English morning classes

For all students.

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

Students can start on any Monday for General English, Business 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 classes have a maximum of 16 students per class.

*Online hybrid option currently available for these classes.

Currently a student can book and pay to join on-going live morning classes. 

The cost is NZ$250 per week. The usual price for 15 hours per week of lessons, with a 25% discount. 

There is no enrolment fee for online only bookings.

Once booked and paid there will be a level check test and then the Zoom account for the live class that the student can then join.

An Online student also has free use of our Worldwide School LMS.

General English afternoon classes

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

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

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. 
Maximum class size is 15 students per class in General English classes.

(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.


1. Can I get a student visa with this course?

Yes, for both our Intensive 25 hour and General 20 hour a week courses you can.

You cannot get a student visa with our morning only 15 hour a week course.

2. When can I study?

Currently you must study in the morning classes 9am-12.15pm Monday to Friday.

Your 5 extra hours per week of Library study can be at any time of the day that the library is open to individual students.

3. What are the library hours for this study?

Monday to Thursday from 8am-9am and 12.15-5.30pm. Your library session must start before 4.30pm. On Friday the library is open for study from 8am-9am and 12.15-3.15pm.

4. 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.

5. Must I complete five hours of library study every week?

Yes, if you do not attend a Friday afternoon special class (you cannot miss a week in the library and then complete 10 hours the next week).

6. Are there other class options?

Yes, you can also choose to study the Friday afternoon special class option.

This is 2 hours.

7. Can I join other Friday afternoon options?

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

8. Will there always be a teacher during my Library classes?

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

9. How often must I meet the teacher for 1-1?

You will meet your teacher monthly for a 1-1 conference. However, you can also discuss study options with the Library teacher anytime during the 1.30-3.30pm session.

9. Can I have my monthly 1-1 session at any time I want?

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

10. What if I don’t do the library classes?

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

11. 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.

12. 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.

14. Can I change from a 20 hour Full-time General to a 25 hour Full-time Intensive


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.

15. Can I change from a 25 hour Full-time Intensive to a 20 hour Full-time General


It is possible in certain circumstances (original booking 14 weeks FTI or longer and level 4 or above with at least 4 weeks remaining on your course only) – but there is no refund of the difference. You can do it only one time* and for a minimum of 4 weeks as well.

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

You must be a 25-hour Full-time Intensive student to do a Cambridge or TOEIC course IELTS students can do either a 25 hour Full-time Intensive or a 20 hour Full-time General course.

17. Is this course suitable for any level of English?

Yes, but it is best for higher level students. If you are Elementary to Pre-Intermediate you should book a Full-time Intensive English course. Library classes are best for those with at least an Intermediate level of English as much of the learning is self-directed.

* “One time” means you can change from one course to the other and return to your original course. Then you cannot change again. The only exception to this is in order to join an Academic English afternoon class eg TOEIC or Business English. In that case you must join for the entire course length or until your course ends - subject to approval from the Director of Studies

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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