Learn to understand, speak, read and write English for study, work and everyday situations

Programme Overview

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General/Academic) (Level 3) is a 17 week NZQA-approved programme. It is ideal for migrants to New Zealand who want to improve their English language skills to work, study or take part in New Zealand society. It is also suitable for international students who want a formal English qualification rather than a shorter training course.

Students gain 60 credits through tests in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and also develop their vocabulary, accuracy and fluency in English. The programme offers different ways of learning to a wide of range of learners and develops effective communication for everyday life.

Programme Outline

Gain the language skills needed to communicate in most situations with some independence and fluency, in order to take part in everyday life in their community or for academic purposes. Be able to:

  • understand the main points and important supporting details in discussion, and understand information in familiar conversation
  • speak in a well-organised way, fluently and without too much pausing, to explain personal ideas and keep up a conversation in familiar conversation
  • read and understand various kinds of texts on familiar topics; scan, and find information 
  • write texts on familiar topics which can be understood, are easy to follow and are reasonably accuracy, using styles for different purposes

To gain the New Zealand Certificate in English (General/Academic) (Level 3), students must gain 60 credits by passing 10 assessments in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Reading

  • read and understand a range of texts on various familiar topics
  • scan, find and gather information to complete a specific task

Writing

  • write connected, understandable, connected and reasonably accurate texts on various familiar topics
  • write connected, understandable, connected and reasonably accurate texts on various academic topics

Speaking

  • speak with some organisation, fluency and without preparation to express personal ideas in familiar contexts
  • speak with some organisation, fluency and without preparation to keep up a conversation in familiar contexts

Listening

  • identify the main idea and five key details in a speech delivered in familiar contexts
  • identify the main idea and five key details in conversation in familiar contexts

Entry Requirements

Domestic students

By interview, internal placement test, or achieving a lower level

International students

Evidence of skills based on the placement test

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