If you want to find a good English as a second language school in Auckland, New Zealand there are some important things to consider. It can be difficult to know whether you are selecting a suitable place when you are from overseas. However, there are some important questions you should ask any school you are thinking of attending.
1. Ask them what sort of qualifications they have.
A fully accredited learning institution will not only have teachers who are specially trained in teaching students such as you, but it will also run courses that are internationally recognised. The courses will have also been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) which assesses the school and makes sure it is delivering courses to the correct standard.
2. Is the school in a central location?
You want somewhere that is easy to get to. While you’ll be spending a lot of time learning in a classroom, it’s good to be around other things to entertain you such as shops, cafes and nice places to go walking. A central location is easy to get to no matter where you are living in the city. An English as a second language school in Auckland, New Zealand needs to be in the central city rather than in one of the suburbs.
3. Will they help you find a place to live?
Trying to locate a new place to live on top of everything else can increase your stress levels. If the school is prepared to help you find a place, you’ll have more time and energy to focus on your learning. Most establishments will have good contacts with homestay families and can even find one for you. It means you’ll be staying somewhere that has already been checked out and is clean and safe. If you are staying for a longer period and want to get an apartment it is probably still best to begin with a homestay.
4. Do you feel they listen to your requests?
If you email or phone them to find out information do they offer to send you a pack with everything you need and then give you advice or reassurance over the phone to support you? A competent English as a second language school in Auckland, New Zealand will understand the big decisions involved in selecting an education provider to learn and prepare for English exams. They’ll have your best interests at heart.
About the Author
Kris is responsible for the day to day running of the school and for student enquiries & enrolments. Kris is a qualified teacher and has taught at language schools in Sydney and Auckland. Eurocentres – English as a Second Language School Auckland New Zealand