University of Auckland English Language Academy

Course summary

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The ELA is the English language school of the University of Auckland, which is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities and the highest-ranked university in New Zealand. Each year more than 2,000 students from over 35 countries around the world choose to learn English at our campus. We have a team of experienced and qualified teaching professionals who are committed to developing your individual language learning needs.

Our English language courses include:

General English
Academic English
University pathway programmes
CELTA and TESOL Teacher Training
IELTS test preparation
The ELA is also an official IELTS, PTE Academic and Pearson VUE test centre.

TEFL courses at ELA (University of Auckland)


    Where can I take the course?
    Auckland, New Zealand

    Course length
    Full-time: 4 weeks, Part-time: 10 weeks

    Course price
    NZ$ 3,400 and $3,500 (Early Bird Discount Available)

    Teaching practicum
    Yes / 6 hours

    More info
    The Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is the most widely recognised qualification for those entering the field of teaching English as a foreign language. It is recognised by language schools around the world. This qualification provides the skills needed to begin a career teaching English as a foreign language and makes finding work in a language school easier.

    There are five main units of learning:

    Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
    Language analysis and awareness
    Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
    Planning and resources for different contexts
    Developing teaching skills and professionalism

    2020 Dates

    8 January 2020 – 5 February 2020 (Full time)
    2 June 2020 – 26 June 2020 (Full time)
    4 July 2020 – 10 September 2020 (Part time)
    14 September 2020 – 9 October 2020 (Full time)
    16 November 2020 – 11 December 2020 (Full time)


  • TESOL (TKT) Full Time Course

    Where can I take the course?
    Auckland, New Zealand

    Course length
    Full-time: 4 weeks or 10 weeks

    Course price
    4 weeks; $2,150 10 weeks; 5,190

    Teaching practicum
    Yes for 10 week course

    More info
    English for Teaching – TESOL (TKT) is designed to prepare you for a globally recognised certificate in English language teaching. The course is ideal for non-native English speakers without or little formal teaching experience.

    Key skills gained from the course:
    • Awareness of language and the background to language learning and teaching
    • Familiarity with different teaching methodologies for language learning
    • Knowledge of lesson planning and the use of resources for language teaching
    • Awareness of effective classroom management techniques

    Students who study English for Teaching – TESOL (TKT) at ELA can benefit from:
    • Observing ELA’s highly experienced teachers in live teaching sessions
    • Participating in regular conversation clubs to improve English speaking confidence.
    • The use of ELA Study Centre with extensive range of teaching resources, computing and printing facilities for self-directed study.
    • Registering for the Cambridge TKT test at ELA’s test centre located on the same premise.

    The ELA offers a 4-week and 10-week course to suit your academic and commitment needs:

    4 weeks: The 4-week TKT preparation course prepares you for Modules 1, 2 and 3 of the TKT exam. Ideal for students who would like to learn about the best practices for English language teaching and prepare for the TKT test.

    10 weeks: The 10-week English for Teaching – TESOL (TKT) course not only prepares you for the TKT exam, but offers authentic teaching practice and a practical assessment. Ideal for students who would like to further develop English language skills, conduct real-life teaching sessions and prepare for the TKT test.

    2020 Course length and dates

    4 weeks; 80 hours
    10 weeks; 200 hours

    16 March – 9 April (4 weeks)
    2 June – 26 June (4 weeks)
    14 September – 20 November (10 weeks)