At a glance

CCEL’s Academic English courses are for students who want Academic English for their own interest or purpose or need Academic English for further study at a tertiary institution.
Academic English is a flexible pathway programme that can be combined with other CCEL courses or used to pathway from CCEL to universities or non-university centres, The course has 12 entry dates a year, and it is easy to change from one course to another to suit a student's style and plans. Each of the modules is different and students can do just one or two modules or do all three.

Start dates

2020 dates: 06 Jan, 03 Feb, 02 Mar, 30 Mar, 27 Apr, 25 May, 22 Jun, 20 Jul, 17 Aug, 14 Sep, 12 Oct, 09 Nov,

Course length

4 week Modules (max 3 modules)

Hours per week

Full time - 20 + 3 hours eLearning + 5 hours per week of optional Supervised Independent Learning

Levels available

Intermediate to Advanced (Classes may be mixed levels depending on student numbers.)

Course fees

2 - 11 weeks: $415 | 12+ weeks: $390

An additional enrolment and materials fee applies.

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Suitable For

Students planning to attend university in New Zealand

What you will learn

  • The course focuses on academic language and students will:
  • improve their English grammar and vocabulary
  • read more and faster and at a higher level
  • write more and write more correctly – write for exams and write essays
  • improve their Listening – understand a range of native speakers, understand lectures and other students
  • practice speaking in more situations with better pronunciation
  • This course introduces academic skills and students will learn:
  • how to give clear and interesting presentations
  • how to use technology that is used in tertiary study
  • how to write essays and answer exam questions
  • how to take notes from lectures
  • This course introduces study skills and students will:
  • learn how to plan a study timetable
  • learn how to negotiate and express themselves in a tutorial practice new ways of studying and thinking
  • complete projects in groups
  • experience lectures
  • learn where and how to get help
  • learn how to use the library
  • The course focuses on exam preparation and students will:
  • learn about and understand internationally recognised exams
  • learn strategies and skills for exams
  • do exam practice
  • get feedback and extra practice


Minimum entry levels apply - IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent). Placement in a Academic English class will depend on level assessment. The Academic English level assessment can be taken overseas before arriving in New Zealand.


Assessment is continuous throughout the course.