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General English Course

General English Courses are available at the following 6 levels:

  • Beginner
  • Elementary
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper Intermediate
  • Advanced

Classes have a fun, practical focus and focus on all areas of  speaking, listening, reading and writing. Class work is theme-based: activities are focus on a weekly or bi-weekly topic, usually following the English course book syllabus, so that students can develop useful vocabulary and share ideas in group discussions.

English grammar and structure are introduced progressively and used in class communication activities. Students also receive cross-cultural training to help you become accustomed to New Zealand life quickly and easily.

The qualification has a core General English Course content with flexible, interchangeable, intensive, language specific sessions using a variety of contextualised or practical topics that may include…

  • Survival - NZ living; Practical Conversation; Intensive Writing. Literacy & Numeracy
  • Vocational - Work Skills; Nursing; Business English; English for Trades
  • Academic - Academic English, Foundation IELTS, High School Preparation

The English curriculum also uses multimedia and on-line resources for the delivery of special interest topics and uses a mix of Kiwi and bi-lingual teaching at the lower levels.


Students enrolling for General English course sit our placement test on arrival, and are then placed in the appropriate class according to their assessed English language level.


Waikato Institute of Education Certificate in General English (You must meet all course and attendance requirements.)

  1. Studying General English at Waikato Institute of Education opens up opportunities for tertiary study in New Zealand, for more information, please visit: Pathway to New Zealand University, Polytechnic and High School.
  2. Learners who have enrolled for or have completed General English are better equipped to travel, live and work in New Zealand. For more information, please visit: Pathway to New Zealand Jobs


General English Course Fee Information

For details on course fees please see Courses & Fees.

Waikato Institute of Education
Address: Level 1 Centre Place Tower, 48
Ward Street,
PO Box 773, Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone: 64 - 7 - 8382450   Fax: 64 - 7 - 838 2453