The TESOL course is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provisions of the New Zealand Education Act 1989, and the school is accredited to teach it. The course exceeds recognized international TESOL certification standards.
If you have indicated on your application that you do not require accommodation, you should inform us of your accommodation arrangements. This information is required by the New Zealand Ministry of Education for all international students studying in New Zealand, and without it, the school will not be able to complete your local enrolment.
School Details - Auckland Queen Street
Auckland is New Zealand's centre of commerce and industry, and is perhaps the most vibrant, bustling and multicultural city in the country. Auckland is the biggest Polynesian city in the world, and this cultural influence is reflected in the many different aspects of city life.
The city's landscape is dominated by volcanic hills, many of which were once the site of Maori pas, or fortifies villages. Auckland's nickname "The City of Sails" is very appropriate as Auckland has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world.
The school is located in the centre of Auckland City's main street, Queen Street. It is minutes away from major transport terminals, shops, restaurants, cafe's and bars. Museums, theatres, cinemas and art galleries are all around.
The course involves a total of 130 hours tuition and comprises six main elements: Foreign Language Experience, Language Awareness, Student Profile, Teaching Techniques, Tecahing Practice and Observation, and a Materials Project.
Foreign Language Experience
Trainees are given basic instruction in a foreign language in order to increase their awareness of being a student. They are also required to write a daily journal during the period of instruction. The focus is opon critical reflection on the learning experience and useful insights for teaching.
This includes 10 hours of grammar and 10 hours of phonology tuition to cover the basic terminology and concepts relating to each.
Trainees will spend a total of 14 hours working to build a rapport with a student and to create a profule of the student as an individual. This will include analysing errors and teaching a focused, personalised lesson.
This consists of 30 hours of input sessions designed to introduce concepts of learning and to demonstrate and practice basic teaching methods.
Teaching Practice and Observation
All trainees will be required to complete 3 hours of observing experienced teachers, 1 hour of observing a prefesionally developed video, 20 hours of peer observation, 1 hour of shared teaching practice and 6 hours of individual teaching practice.
A total of 10 hours is assigned to this part of the course. It involves the development of two sets of materials used during teaching practice. Trainees must adapt these from commercial sources, or develop original materials and then complete a presentation about them to the trainers.
Trainess have four accommodation options to choose from (prices include course fees):
Option 1. A room in a dorm at Auckland Central Backpackers - £1157.00 (excludes meals).
Option 2. A shared twin-share room in an apartment- £1215.00.
Option 3. A single room in a shared apartment - £1331.00.
Option 4. Home-stay with all meals provided- £1390.00.
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (approximately)
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you. If you’re still unsure, please choose an approximate date for now – you will be able to specify later.
2. Register your details with Cactus TEFL (1 minute) to help us track your application.
3. Download the application form and save it on your computer.
4. Complete it offline in your own time
5. Go back to www.cactustefl.com, sign in and submit your completed form.
6. We will keep you posted by email throughout the process.
You can also submit an application by fax, or post. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you would like us to post you an empty application form.