Intensive English

​​Beginner to Pre-Intermediate

You study Intensive English full-time, with a focus on speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. We help you to improve your fluency and accuracy, as well as extend your vocabulary. You usually have a different tutor for mornings and afternoons so you will be able to hear different accents. 

Work Rights 

School of English Language is a Category 1 school.

If you study English 14 weeks or more, you can work part-time 20 hours a week with your student visa. Gain some valuable work experience while improving your English! 

Want to find out your English level?  

If you would like to find out your English level scan the QR code or click the link below to find out.


Afternoon Classes

​​Intermediate level and above 


• Speaking & Listening

Develop and practise intensive listening skills while improving vocabulary knowledge, using authentic material from TV and radio, as well as textbook and internet-based resource material.


• Reading & Writing
Improve reading and writing skills using a wide variety of formal and informal reading texts such as magazines, newspapers and the internet. Develop a range of reading skills such as scanning, skimming and reading for detail. Learn how to plan and write with structure and cohesion.

• English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 

EAP option focuses on further study courses while improving these core skills. 

• Skills Development
Practise all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in integrated skills lessons.  Resource include apps and websites as well as printed and recorded materials. 

• Exam Preparation

Learn test-taking strategies to succeed in IELTS and PTE (Pearson Test of English). 

Sample Timetable
English Pathways

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(formerly known as CPIT - Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology & Aoraki Polytechnic) 

Call Us: +64 3 940 8389  /  E-mail:  schoolofenglish@ara.ac.nz  / Madras Street, PO Box 540 Christchurch 8140 New Zealand

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