Do you want a career in language teaching? Learning to teach English could open up exciting career opportunities for you, in New Zealand or around the world. The Certificate in Language Teaching gives you the skills to become an effective language teacher. This programme is ideal for those who are new to teaching languages, as well as those who have some teaching experience. You'll improve your understanding of language and how to teach a language, and learn more about various teaching contexts.
- Applicable to any language: while the focus of the programme is on teaching English, the skills you'll learn can be transferred to the teaching of any language.
- Emphasis on teaching practice: take part in team teaching sessions with adult language students for a total of six hours, with feedback from lecturers. You'll also need to make time for class observations, lesson preparation and assignment work.
- CELTA: you can complete the internationally recognised Cambridge Certiﬁcate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) as part of this programme. CELTA candidates will need to meet all CELTA entry and assessment criteria, and pay an additional administration fee.
- A chance to observe experienced language teachers "in action" in the classroom for a total of six hours.
Information evening, 5.30 - 7pm, Wednesday 3 February 2016
- Learn what language teachers do and where they work
- Find out about the structure and expectations of the Certificate in Language Teaching / CELTA
- Meet course tutors
- Experience typical language learning activities
- Have an opportunity to ask questions
Room 1008, Building 170, Gate 3.
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To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.
Generic Admission Requirements
All applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme’s commencement for the semester in which they wish to enrol (or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form).
For Level 5 Certificate programmes applicants must have a total of at least 48 NCEA credits at level 2 in best 4 subjects, OR a maximum total of 20 in best 4 Sixth Form Certificate subjects, OR Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga (Level 3) in a relevant pathway OR equivalent.
Applicants must have:
- attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence; and
- provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.
In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.
In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.
English Language Admission Requirements
General English Language requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English.
English language entry requirements for international students for whom English is not their first language:
Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:
a) Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;
b) Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:
- Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools with English as the language of instruction in countries with a student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent:
- Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13), or
- Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
- Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
- Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
c) Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:
- NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (Academic) (Level 4)
- An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form.
- An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (essay 5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 46 (writing 20)
- University of Cambridge English Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
- Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 42.
Programme Specific Admission Requirements
To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.
General admission requirements
To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirements in addition to the requirements set out in the Certificate Generic Regulations:
- All applicants must be aged 16 or over on the first day of semester in which study in the programme is to begin; AND
- Have a minimum total of 60 NCEA credits in his/her best four subjects at Level 2, or a maximum total of 16 in New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in his/her best four subjects, or equivalent; OR
- Have an appropriate qualification at Level 3 or above; AND
- Have knowledge or experience of teaching and a second language.
- Demonstrate awareness of language through a pre-interview language awareness task and an interview.
English language admission requirements
The English Language Entry Admission requirements set out in the Certificate Generic Regulations do not apply to this programme. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Have a minimum of 8 NCEA credits in English at Level 2, of which 4 must be in Reading and 4 in Writing, or equivalent; OR
- Have a minimum of 7 NCEA credits in an English-rich subject at Level 3; OR
- Have a grade of 5 or better in New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in an English-rich subject; OR
- Have at least 40% in University Bursary in an English-rich subject; OR
- Have the Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language; OR
- Have an overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of no less than 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in writing),
- Have a TOEFL score of no less than 575 (230 in computer-based test and 6 in TWE), or equivalent.
Courses and timetables
The following courses are valid for 2016. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.
|Language Teaching Practice (EAPL5501)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable language teacher student teachers to apply their learning in a real teaching/learning context.|
|Language Teaching and Learning (EAPL5502)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable language teacher student teachers to acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching.|
|Teaching and Learning Contexts (EAPL5503)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop a theoretical and practice understanding of a variety of contexts in which languages are taught and learned, and the implications of these for teaching. To prepare students for teaching language in a specific context.|