Explore your options

Whether you’re new to language teaching or you’ve had some experience, the Certificate in Language Teaching will build your understanding of language and help you become more confident and effective in the classroom.

There’s a big emphasis on teaching practice. You’ll take part in team teaching sessions with adult students, as well as observing classes and planning lessons.

Already fluent in two languages? Then why not study interpreting. You’ll learn how to use accurate language and develop your vocabulary for different interpreting situations. With lots of opportunities to practise in our language labs, it’s great preparation for a professional interpreting role.

And if you already have a teaching qualification or you’re ready to take your career to the next level, choose the Master of Education. You’ll look at current issues in education and take on applied research in your area of interest.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONSSTART DATES
Certificate in Language Teaching5Full-time for one semester. All classes run on Tuesday and Thursday evening and on SaturdaysLanguage teacher in New Zealand or overseasFebruary or July
Certificate in Liaison Interpreting6Full-time for 16 weeks (including holidays)Liaison interpreter in medical, legal and community settingsStarts February or July

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short coursesDURATION 
IELTS Preparation2 months, 16 daysThis 40 hour IELTS exam preparation course will help students review vocabulary, language skills and exam requirements.
Grammar Awareness for Language Teachers13 daysThis 9-hour short course will sharpen your knowledge of the various aspects of basic grammar, and how to use grammar references in areas of difficulty.
e-Language Learning for Language TeachersThis course looks at some of the ways in which ICT - Information Communication Technology - (e.g. blogs, podcasting) can be used for language learning.
Materials Writing for Language Teachers14 daysThis 9-hour short course is an in-service workshop for prospective or practising language teachers in schools and tertiary institutions.
Phonology Awareness20 daysThis 9-hour short course is a in-service workshop for prospective or practising language teachers in New Zealand or overseas schools and tertiary institutions.

Info sessions

Find out more about language teaching training at Unitec at one of our regular info sessions. It’s your chance to ask questions about the Certificate in Language Teaching (incorporating CELTA).

Learn what language teachers do and where they work. Find out about the structure and expectations of the Certificate in Language Teaching / CELTA. You'll also meet course tutors and experience typical language learning activities.