Ideal for people learning English as a second language, this course will give students the key skills they need to communicate on an everyday basis and with with a course structure that supports and encourages success.

IPU New Zealand’s Level 1-5 English Language Studies programmes will help you develop your English language competence. You will participate in learner-centred communicative classrooms where each class will focus on one of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Your teachers will encourage you to produce the language in natural settings and are experienced in developing students to be successful at higher levels of study in New Zealand tertiary environments. Your programme will lead to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language at the level appropriate to your language ability.

It is vitally important for students to possess a high level of reading, listening, writing, speaking and comprehension skills if they are to succeed at any tertiary level institution.

In the English Language Studies Programme, students attend small classes according to their level of English ability. The programme provides students with the necessary tools for developing their English communication skills to the required level of entry for tertiary education. In addition to gaining academic English skills, students can also improve their conversation and comprehension skills that are crucial for enjoying everyday life in English-speaking countries.

IPU New Zealand offers the English Language Studies Programme to first year students, enabling them to achieve English language proficiency and a set of useful study skills, as well as developing their critical thinking in preparation for a tertiary level education.

Students require a basic set of study skills in order to benefit from their learning environment. At IPU New Zealand, students are encouraged to answer the following types of questions:

  • How does one clearly structure research questions and goals?
  • Where does one find the necessary information? Is the information justified?
  • How does one collect and analyse the required information?
  • How does one arrange and present their findings in a logical order?

It is the student's responsibility to take an active approach when studying at IPU New Zealand. Teachers advise them to follow the mantra "Gain knowledge for yourself, and do not believe in everything that you are told."


The English Language Studies Programme includes:

  • Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Study skills (research/computer skills)
  • Presentation skills
  • Discussions and debates
  • Preparation for specialty education



We have a friendly team of teachers from eight countries around the world- each with unique and interesting personalities. We boast small class sizes (max 18) where the teachers will help you develop your all-round English skills and help you prepare for your future studies. You will also have the opportunity to learn about New Zealand and Maori culture through various activities outside the classroom. We look forward to welcoming you soon!



Aaron Mai (New Zealand)

I graduated from IPU New Zealand in 2004 and spent 6 years in Japan as an English teacher and teacher trainer.  I have been working at IPU New Zealand since 2012 and enjoy teaching international students and watching their confidence increase while living in a foreign country.

Belinda Guy (South Africa)

I was born and raised in South Africa. I hold a Bachelor of Education and a Grad Dip. TESOL. I have 17 years teaching experience and have taught English at many levels. I love learning and teaching and enjoy working with students from other cultures.

Brendon Chapple (New Zealand)

I began teaching in Japan 14 years ago and while I didn't originally plan to become a teacher I have loved it from day one. I have been teaching at IPU New Zealand for five years and I also have some experience teaching in Vietnam. When I'm not working, I love watching or playing sport and exercising.

Gareth Williams (New Zealand)

I am currently the Foundation Student Development Co-ordinator at IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute. I enjoy seeing students achieving their goals. I also like a good theory and appreciate the benefits of sitting on a cushion.

Glenn Wickins (New Zealand)

Hi, I started teaching in Japan more than 10 years ago and since then I have taught in Thailand and New Zealand.  I lived in Japan for three years and Thailand for seven years.  I came back to New Zealand a year ago and I joined the IPU New Zealand foundation team.

Stewart Holdaway (New Zealand)

I have been working as an English teacher for about 15 years, mainly in Japan and in New Zealand. I have a variety of interests, which I look forward to sharing with you at IPU New Zealand.

Joseph Curran (New Zealand)

I am a graduate of IPU New Zealand, graduating in 2011. I then began my teaching career at IPU New Zealand in 2013. I love, and have a passion for teaching students from different cultures and backgrounds.  

Kerstin Meinecke

Originally from West Germany, my family emigrated to Australia in 1979, and I came to New Zealand by myself in 1987. I also spent one year studying in Switzerland and six years working in Japan. I have visited 23 other countries, some as often as five times. I graduated from Massey University  three times  with different language and teaching qualifications and have worked at IPU New Zealand as foundation teacher since April 2006.

Nicholas Partridge (New Zealand)

I'm a graduate of Massey University. I have taught English to university students in China and to high school students in Vietnam. I have a passion for teaching and enjoy interacting with people from other cultures. 

Randall Heldreth (United States of America)

I lived in Japan for 9.5 years and taught English during my entire time there. I've been working at IPU New Zealand for almost five years now. I enjoy meeting ESL students of all different cultures and helping them with the problems they have studying English. Please join me in my class!

Hueymei Williams (Taiwan)

I completed my major in languages in Canada and am currently doing translation for Ripga. I have been teaching English as a Second Language to students from different cultures and walks of life for over 15 years. Learning languages is my passion, while my philosophy of teaching is making learning an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.


  • Graduation from high school in your home country
  • The English proficiency requirements for entry into each level are:
  • Level 5 = IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with no band score lower than 5.5
  • Level 4 = IELTS 5.5 or equivalent with no band score lower than 5.0
  • Level 3 = IELTS 4.5 or equivalent with no band score lower than 4.0
  • Level 2 = IELTS 3.5 or equivalent with no band score lower than 3.0
  • Level 1 = IELTS 2.5 or equivalent with no band score lower than 2.0

Students who do not have a recognised English test score will sit a placement test upon arrival and be placed in a level accordingly.



Previous English language study



  • 60 credits per level
  • Four skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing.



Successful achievement of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4, Academic) will enable graduates to work in positions that require interpersonal communication, an understanding of context-specific professional and/or technical texts, writing context-specific records and reports as well as interaction in a team. The Level 4 programme is equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Successful achievement of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) will enable graduates to work in positions that require complex interpersonal communication, understanding of complex content-specific texts, writing complex, content-specific communications, interaction, effective processing and dissemination of information. The Level 5 programme is equivalent to IELTS 6.5.