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New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching

Want to work as a language teacher? Learn about language and how to teach a language, in this Certificate. Find out more about different teaching contexts, practise what you’ve learnt teaching real language students and gain the internationally recognised CELTA as part of this qualification. 

Level
5
Credits
60 (0.5 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.

Programme overview

Do you want a career in language teaching? Learning to teach English can open up exciting career and travel opportunities for you, in New Zealand and 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, how to teach a language, and various teaching contexts.

Options

There are 3 possible ways you can complete this programme:

NZCLT: You can complete the NZ Certificate in Language Teaching (NZCLT) on its own. This option supports those who may wish to teach a language other than English and provides greater depth into teaching English around the world and the varying contexts of those students. The cost of this programme for domestic students is $3,097 (approximate fee only). Please enquire for the international students' fee.

CELTA: Unitec is an accredited provider of the international external programme the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). You can complete CELTA on its own. This consists of 2 courses, at a total of 30 credits. This qualification is well recognised internationally. All CELTA candidates will need to meet all CELTA entry and assessment criteria. The cost of this programme for domestic students is $2,174 (approximate fee only). Please enquire for the international students' fee.

NZCLT & CELTA: Or you can complete both the NZCLT and the CELTA programmes. This consists of 4 courses at a total of 60 credits. The benefit of this option is you’ll gain both qualifications, the international recognition, as well as the depth about teaching English to adults around the world. The cost of this option for domestic students $3,722 (approximate fee only). Please enquire for the international students' fee.

Highlights

  • 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.
  • Option to complete the internationally recognised external programme - Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
  • 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.
  • A chance to observe experienced language teachers "in action" in the classroom for a total of six hours.
  • Domestic students enrolled in 60 credit options of the Certificate in Language Teaching may be eligible for a student loan and student allowance from StudyLink. Student loans and allowances are not available for the 30 credit CELTA standalone.
  • Evening classes allow for work during the day: Tuesdays 5:30-8:30pm, Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm and Saturdays 9:30am-5pm.

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post study work visa upon completion of this programme.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:
 
  1. A total of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 from four different subjects including a minimum of 8 credits in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
  2. Have knowledge or experience teaching and a second language
  3. Be at least 18 years old by the time the programme begins
  4. Attend an interview - you'll be required to demonstrate awareness of language through a pre-interview awareness task
  5. Candidates who have English as a second language must have achieved one or more of the following:
  • ​​An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of no less than 5.5 (with no band score lower than 5.0)
  • Have a TOEFL score of no less than 550 (easy 5 in TWE), or equivalent
Don't have NCEA? We also accept:
  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Language Teaching Practice (EAPL5501) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students? skills in self- and peer-reflection, broadens their understanding of language, and gives students the opportunity to apply their understanding of methodological principles in a real-world environment.
Language Teaching and Learning (EAPL5502) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course provides students with foundational language teaching knowledge and skills.
Designing for Diversity (EAPL5503) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students? understanding of learner-diversity and its effects on teaching and resource/materials design.
Language Teaching Practice (C) (EAPL5504) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable language teacher student teachers to apply their learning in a real teaching/learning context.
Language Teaching and Learning (C) (EAPL5505) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable language teacher student teachers to acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching.
Language Analysis and Assessment (EAPL5506) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students’ understanding of, and skills in teaching, grammar; and understanding of, and the ability to use, assessment methods/design.