English Language Preparation

Taylors College Auckland students in class

English for academic purposes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you begin University of Auckland’s Foundation Studies Certificate programme, you can enrol in Taylors College Auckland’s English Language Preparation course. The English Language Preparation course is a training scheme approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and delivered by Study Group NZ Limited, trading as Taylors College.

Key facts

Length: 12+ weeks

Intakes: January, March, June, September

Entry requirements

Minimum age: 16

Visit the Entry requirements page for more information.

Fees

Visit the Fees page for full details.

What will you study? 

During this course you will develop core English language skills and key study skills needed to prepare you for your university degree.  

Core language skills

  • Speaking
  • Writing 
  • Reading
  • Listening

Key study skills

You will develop key study skills that boost your confidence and help you learn faster, including:

  • Exam techniques
  • Critical analysis
  • Note-taking
  • Text scanning

Teaching and learning style

Throughout your time at Taylors College Auckland, you will benefit from individual support from expert teachers. The approach to teaching and learning at the College involves:  

A personal study plan

Before you start the course, Taylors College Auckland will assess your level of English to decide how long you need to join the course for. 

Regular testing

Your teacher will monitor your progress throughout the course. Regular tests will track your progress and help you to reach your full potential. Written reports are provided every six weeks.

Individual attention

Classes are small so you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and interact with other students.

Highly qualified teachers

Teaching staff are highly experienced in working with international students and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

Delivered on campus

All English Language Preparation course classes are delivered on the Taylors College Auckland campus. During the course, you will attend 25 hours of face-to-face teaching per week and will be fully involved in student life. You will not have access to the University of Auckland until you start the Foundation Studies Certificate programme.

Effective from 01 January 2019, students studying the English Language Preparation course at Taylors College Auckland must achieve an IELTS score or other internationally recognised English test outcome as required by NZQA to gain entry to the Foundation Studies Certificate programme.

Thomas from Indonesia

"When I first came to Taylors College I was not that confident. After the guidance of the teachers I really felt like I could do the stuff that I loved and I felt more confident. Like with English, I've learned English for quite a while, for quite a few years, but I never got to practise it before I came to Taylors College. Now I'm really confident in both my skills and my English skills."

Thomas from Indonesia

Studied Auckland Foundation Year (now replaced by the Foundation Studies Certificate)

Please note

Due to recent changes in regulations, effective from 01 January 2019, students studying the English Language Preparation course at Taylors College Auckland must achieve an IELTS score or other internationally recognised English test outcome as required by NZQA to gain entry to the University of Auckland's Foundation Studies Certificate.

Entry requirements

See English language and academic entry requirements for the University of Auckland's Foundation Studies Certificate programme, delivered at Taylors College.  

Fees

Find out about the costs of studying at Taylors College Auckland, including tuition fees, accommodation, and insurance. 

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