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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Jenny completed our CELTA course at the beginning of the year, from which she traveled from Guangzhou in China to attend. As a private English language tutor back home, she says the CELTA course helped her move past traditional methodologies, and gain more modern and communicative language teaching skills. Congratulations on your qualification once again Jenny! Next intake starts 4 July 2020 - 10 September 2020 (Part time).
New intake dates have been added to our FCertEAP and EPPS programme calendar for students who wish to progress into a Business Masters programme at the University of Auckland in Quarter 2 (29 March) 2021. The new dates are as below: FCertEAP 2 October 2020 – 12 March 2021 (20 weeks). Please note there is a 2 week break over the Christmas and New Year period from 19 December 2021 to 4 January 2021. EPPS 5 January – 12 March 2021 (10 weeks)
"With all the events related to COVID-19, I am still not very clear about what to do in the future, but without a doubt, I can say that the new skills I learned at the ELA will help me to continue growing academically and professionally."

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The ELA is the English language school of the University of Auckland, which is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities and the highest-ranked university in New Zealand. Each year more than 2,000 students from over 35 countries around the world choose to learn English at our campus. We have a team of experienced and qualified teaching professionals who are committed to developing your individual language learning needs.

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



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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.


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