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Language Teaching and Interpreting

Want to work as a language teacher or an interpreter? Keen to advance your career in education? An interpreting or language teaching qualification can open up job opportunities all over the world. Study at Unitec and you’ll get lots of practice teaching and translating in real classes and language labs.

Explore your options

Whether you’re new to language teaching, or you’ve had some experience, the New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching will build your understanding of language and help you become more confident and effective in the classroom. In this programme, 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 liaison interpreting. You’ll learn how to use accurate language and develop your vocabulary for different interpreting situations. With lots of opportunities to practice in our language labs, it’s great preparation for a professional interpreting role.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching 5 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available. Language teacher in New Zealand or overseas February or July
Certificate in Liaison Interpreting 6 Full-time for 16 weeks (including holidays) Liaison interpreter in medical, legal and community settings 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 courses   Description
IELTS Preparation   This 40 hour IELTS exam preparation course will help students review vocabulary, language skills and exam requirements.