Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The ELA Test Centre has re-opened for IELTS and PTE Academic Testing for onshore candidates. IELTS Indicator is now also accepted in alignment with the University of Auckland, for offshore students who wish to enrol in our courses during 2020 and 2021 until further notice. Ensuring our staff and test takers remain safe at our centre is our top priority. Read more about the precautions we're taking HERE.

The ELA will continue to deliver online courses via Zoom and Canvas (learning management system) during 2020, as well as re-opening for face to face teaching once allowed by the New Zealand government. A list of FAQ’s can be accessed HERE . Regular support measures have been established by the Student Services team to ensure the well-being and safety of students is tracked for the remainder of the lockdown period. ELA staff members have been working remotely to support the continuance of school operations during the lockdown period. 

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The ELA will be offering a demonstration lesson in online Academic English on 15th July. Students who are interested in improving their language skills for academic purposes will benefit from experiencing an authentic and interactive lesson with a real ELA tutor and fellow peers. The lesson will taught at Intermediate to low Upper Intermediate level via Zoom in a real-time virtual classroom*, with learning activities adapted from the Academic English course.  
The ELA and Ivyway, a school in Thailand, have been collaborating on preparing IELTS test-takers through the new SmartLearn Practice platform. Here Pluck (Ivyway Managing Director) shares his thoughts on its benefits: 
Checking in with one of our General English students, Mizuki (Japan) and how they got on with our online course:

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The ELA is also an official IELTS, PTE Academic and Pearson VUE test centre. 



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SmartLearn IELTS ELA


COVID-19 is keeping us home, so prepare for your IELTS exam with our IELTS adaptive self-study platform (Smartlearn Practice) or take live classes on our online test preparation platform for IELTS or PTE Academic (Smartlearn Live). Experienced teachers will guide you every step of the way to exam success.


To access SmartLearn Live, please click HERE

To access SmartLearn Practice, please click HERE


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