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Enjoy learning English in Christchurch, New Zealand


CCEL (Christchurch College of English Limited) is a private owner-operated language school located on the University of Canterbury campus in Christchurch.


South Island, New Zealand

Population: 350,000

Christchurch is a great place to study. The largest city in the South Island, Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and friendly places. It’s:


4 seasons, average daily temperature - Summer 21C, Winter 10C

Activities: S urfi ng, skiing & snowboarding, swimming with dolphins in Akaroa, whale watching in Kaikoura, fi shing, hiking, kayaking, shopping

• A safe, welcoming city for international students - culture, shopping, restaurants, entertainment and night-life • T he gateway to New Zealand’s spectacular South Island - enjoy South Pacifi c beaches, amazing scenery and skiing in the Southern Alps


• T he Garden City - relax in Christchurch’s famous parks and gardens New Zealand

Unique campus location

World Buskers Festival, Christchurch Arts Festival, Christchurch International Jazz Festival, Christchurch International Film Festival, Festival of Flowers, Festival of Romance







• Wellington


• Kaikoura Mt Hutt •

• Christchurch


• Queenstown • Dunedin

CCEL is located on the University of Canterbury campus in Ilam, a residential suburb less than 10 kilometres west of Christchurch City Centre. CCEL students are part of the campus community and have access to university facilities.



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20 classrooms Self-study centre Digital listening laboratory Computer room with free email and internet access Free wireless internet access Online visa applications

ON-CAMPUS FACILITIES (shared with the University of Canterbury) • • • •

University libraries Cafeterias, bars and restaurants Student residences Sports facilities including tennis courts, indoor sports hall and gymnasiums • Bookshop and student job search offi ce

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Student Services


CCEL provides more than just an English course. There are a lot of other services to help students enjoy studying in New Zealand:

All CCEL student accommodation is carefully selected and monitored by CCEL staff.

• Full-time homestay and student welfare staff • F irst-language support staff who can help students in their own language • An online visa application service • Help with opening a bank account • H  elp with looking for employment in New Zealand for those students who are eligible for work • A  cademic staff who can help students to achieve their study goals • An activity programme CCEL’s activity programme is the perfect way to have fun and make friends. There are usually 3 weekday activities every week - plus 1 or 2 activities every weekend. Activities are optional and varied to suit every budget and interest.

HOMESTAY Living with a New Zealand host family is the most popular choice for students. CCEL recommends staying in a homestay because students can experience Kiwi lifestyle, practise English and get extra support from their host family. • All host families are carefully selected by CCEL • Students have their own bedroom with a desk for studying • Students share the rest of the house with their host family • The host family provides breakfast and dinner everyday plus lunch at the weekends and on public holidays • Students can choose a homestay in the CCEL Walking Zone or Bus Zone

WEEKDAY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE • Free sports on campus every week (e.g. soccer, basketball, badminton, tennis, volleyball and table tennis) • Free Conversation Club every week • Horse Riding

Some students choose to live in other accommodation such as an on-campus student residence, or share flats and apartments with friends. CCEL students have access to 2 oncampus residences.

• International Antarctic Centre


• Free student competitions and barbecues

Sonoda Christchurch Campus is located on the University of Canterbury (UC) campus, only 3 minutes’ walk from CCEL. It has modern facilities and beautiful Japanese-inspired gardens. Sonoda is smaller than the other UC student residences, accommodating up to 110 students at a time, and is popular because of its friendly atmosphere.

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES INCLUDE • Excursions to Queenstown, Akaroa, Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura • Skiing & Snowboarding


• Surfing

Ilam Apartments is also located on the UC campus, approximately 10 minutes’ walk from CCEL. Ilam Apartments has an extensive activity programme and students have many opportunities to make friends with other CCEL students and domestic and international UC students.

• Lyttelton Harbour Cruise

FACILITIES Students in both residences have a single room with internet access, and share an apartment with up to 5 other people. Each apartment has a modern kitchen, lounge and bathroom, and most students cook their own meals. Bedrooms contain a bed, desk, chair, plenty of storage space, electric heating and an internet connection.

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CCEL offers you more

Students from around the world have been learning English at CCEL since 1991. CCEL is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and has the highest possible NZQA quality rating.

REASONS TO CHOOSE CCEL • C  CEL’s teachers are professional, highly qualified and have an average of 8 years’ experience • IELTS and Cambridge examiners give expert advice about exam courses • C  CEL offers a range of English courses including General English, Business English, IELTS preparation and Cambridge exam preparation. We also offer teacher training courses for native and non-native English speakers.

CCEL – A PATHWAY TO UNIVERSITY CCEL’s partnership with the University of Canterbury provides students with a pathway to university study. CCEL students can join the University of Canterbury Bridging and Foundation Programmes without taking the IELTS examination. The University of Canterbury was founded in 1873 and has an international reputation for academic excellence. There are currently almost 2,000 international students from up to 70 countries enrolled at the university. When students enrol at CCEL the University of Canterbury can issue a conditional offer to study at the university, provided the student meets the necessary academic requirements.

General English Courses

Cambridge Exam Preparation

These courses are for students who want an intensive programme to improve their all-round English skills.

Students can gain internationally recognised qualifications by taking Cambridge Examination courses at CCEL.



• Course length - 2-50 weeks

• Course length - 9-12 weeks

• S  tart dates - every Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday)

• Start dates - 2-4 start dates per year

• P  rogramme - Full-time 23 hours per week / Part-time 15 hours per week

• Levels available - low intermediate to advanced

• Programme - Full-time 25 hours per week

• Levels available - beginner to advanced (6 levels)

COURSE OUTLINE COURSE OUTLINE The General English course is intensive study and helps students to communicate effectively. It includes: • Speaking, listening, reading and writing lessons

CCEL offers the following Cambridge Examination courses: • Cambridge PET - low intermediate level • C  ambridge FCE - late intermediate/upper intermediate level • Cambridge CAE - advanced level

• C  CEL has been teaching English to international students for 20 years. Our experience helps students improve their English and enjoy a unique study abroad experience.

• Vocabulary development • New Zealand culture and customs


• L earn English in an international environment. Every year we welcome students from up to 20 countries. Students can also meet university students from New Zealand on our campus.

• Use of published textbooks and materials

Minimum entry levels apply. Placement in all Cambridge classes (including TESOL / Cambridge TKT) depends on level assessment. Assessment for entry to Cambridge Exam courses can be taken overseas before arriving in New Zealand.

• Discussions of news and current affairs

• Computer room and language laboratory sessions • An independent learning programme • 2 extra hours of supervised self-study • Skills for lifelong learning Students also get intensive study in General English through: • Regular testing (every 6 weeks) • A focus on student progress


• An emphasis on teacher feedback

CCEL students can transfer from an English course to a Bridging Programmes course at the University of Canterbury without taking IELTS. The EAP entry test is offered at CCEL every 7 weeks. Students who pass the test can transfer directly to the EAP course. The Foundation Studies or Certificate in English for Tertiary Studies entry tests are offered on demand.

• Involving students in goal setting and programme planning The full-time course also includes the following options: • C  ommunication Skills classes for extra speaking and listening practice • Study Skills classes for extra reading and writing practice

English for Academic Purposes 1


English for Academic Purposes 2

Students do a placement test on the first day of the course and join a class with other students at the same level. Students are also given the opportunity to join a class which focuses on communication skills (speaking and listening) or study skills (reading and writing).



CCEL Intensive English course

Certificate in Foundation Studies

Certificate in English for Tertiary Studies

Undergraduate degrees eg. BA, BCom, BSc, BE(Hons)

Postgraduate diplomas and degrees Honours, Masters or PhDs

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Assessment is continuous throughout the course. CCEL students are tested every 6 weeks and receive individual progress reports.

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TESOL/Cambridge TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test)

Business English Courses

IELTS Preparation

CCEL’s Business English courses are perfect for students planning to use English in their careers.

At CCEL students can study a full-time IELTS preparation course.



• Course length - 6 weeks

• Course length - 6 weeks

• Start dates - 8 start dates per year

• Start dates - 8 start dates per year

• Programme - Full-time 25 hours per week

• Programme - Full-time 25 hours per week

• Course length - 8 weeks

• Levels available - intermediate to advanced

• Levels available - intermediate to advanced

• Start dates - 4 start dates per year

CCEL’s TESOL course is perfect for students who want to teach English or for English teachers who want to increase their confidence, improve their job prospects, and gain a teaching qualification from Cambridge ESOL.


This course introduces business language and concepts including:

The courses cover exam topics and strategies including:

• Business vocabulary • Making presentations • Negotiating • Participating in meetings • Telephone communication • Business writing (reports, formal letters, emails and memos)

• Listening skills - listening for opinions, main ideas and specific information

The TESOL course is for non-native speakers. Topics include:

• Reading skills - understanding main ideas, specific information and opinions

• TESOL vocabulary and terminology

• Observations of CCEL classes • Using classroom resources

Minimum entry levels apply. Placement in an IELTS Preparation class depends on level assessment. Assessment for entry to IELTS Preparation courses can be taken overseas before arriving in New Zealand.

KEY INFORMATION • Course length – 4 weeks • Start dates – 4 start dates per year • Programme – Full-time Monday to Friday • Levels available – Candidates must be native or near-native speakers of English Candidates will participate in input sessions, plan lessons, research and complete four written assignments, undertake teaching practice on classes of adult students, receive feedback about teaching practice and observe experienced teachers. CELTA is a very intensive course and the focus is on acquiring practical skills in a supportive environment.

• Teaching methodology • Lesson planning and classroom management

PLACEMENT AND ASSESSMENT Minimum entry levels apply. Placement in a Business English class depends on level assessment. Assessment for entry to Business English courses can be taken overseas before arriving in New Zealand.

COURSE OUTLINE • Teaching Practice

• Cross-cultural awareness in business contexts


• Levels available – intermediate to advanced

• Speaking skills - giving information, expressing opinions, explaining

• Writing skills - presenting information, describing processes, presenting points of view

The CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a highly-regarded internationally recognised qualification awarded by Cambridge ESOL. It is for people who have little or no previous English language teaching experience. It is also ideal for more experienced teachers without an equivalent qualification.


• Programme – Full-time 25 hours per week



• Language Development • Exam preparation for TKT

PLACEMENT AND ASSESSMENT Candidates are selected by means of a pre-interview task and an interview. To download application forms, and for more information please visit

ASSESSMENT At the end of the course, all students will take the TKT test: • Core modules

- Language and background to language learning and teaching

- P  lanning lessons and use of resources for language teaching

- Managing the teaching and learning process

• Optional modules

- P  ractical teaching - this is a new TKT module which gives a qualification for practical teaching abilities – lesson plans and 40 minutes of assessed teaching

- Knowledge about Language (KAL) – this is another new TKT module which tests what teachers know about English and about what learners need to know

PLACEMENT AND ASSESSMENT Minimum entry levels apply. Placement in the TESOL/ Cambridge TKT course depends on level assessment. Assessment for entry to TESOL/Cambridge TKT courses can be taken overseas before arriving in New Zealand.

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Group Programmes

Useful Information

CCEL has a 20 year history of designing and delivering group programmes.

Programmes are tailor-made to meet the specific needs of each partner institution. • The three key components of group programmes are usually English language tuition, homestay and activities • There are no minimum or maximum time periods for group programmes to be provided

CCEL has a dedicated team who specialise in the area of group programmes. This includes the overall management of such programmes, teaching personnel that best fit the requirements of specific programmes, qualified homestay and student welfare staff, and activities co-ordination.

CCEL has the resources and experience to deliver group programmes both on-shore and off-shore.

• Students receive a certificate and course report at the completion of the programme

Our group programmes are aimed at a range of students with differing requirements, including; • High school students requiring a study abroad experience that involves a strong balance of English language tuition and activities • University students needing specialised English language classes to complement their overall cultural exchange experience








Arrival Day

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Time with host family

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Local sightseeing

Retirement Home Visit

Antarctic Centre

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Marae Visit

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Farm Visit

Ferrymead Historic Park

Local School Visit

Horse Riding

Shopping afternoon Graduation and Farewell Party


CCEL has partner consultants all over the world. Our consultants can help you choose the best course, and can also help you with visa applications and travel arrangements. Please contact us to check the location of your nearest partner consultant.

ENJOY LEARNING ENGLISH We look forward to welcoming you to CCEL. We are sure you will enjoy your learning experience.



Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at

Visit to see the latest information about CCEL. You can find student profiles, activities information, photos and updated course information.

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.




Week Two

It’s possible to enrol directly with CCEL. Please complete the enrolment form in this brochure or enrol online via our website

ACCIDENT INSURANCE Below is a sample of a group programme (it is important to remember that every programme is individualised – pricing will vary from programme to programme depending on the components and specific requirements of each course).

Sample - Two Week (14 Nights) Closed Group Programme

Week One

CCEL has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from CCEL or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at

Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at

• The minimum age to participate in a group programme at CCEL is 14 years

• Specialised courses such as Business English and IELTS in a closed group environment



• The minimum number of students required to deliver a group programme is generally 10 students

• (Non native speaking) English teachers requiring additional training and skills – these programmes have a TESOL and Teaching Methodology focus


Time with host family

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CCEL is closed on weekends and public holidays. Please see the Enrolment Guide for the dates of New Zealand public holidays.

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CCEL (Christchurch College of English Limited) University of Canterbury Campus, Solway Ave, Christchurch PO Box 31212, Christchurch 8444, New Zealand Phone: +64 3 343 3790 Fax: +64 3 343 3791 Email:


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