At a glance

CCEL’s General English (GE) courses are for people who want to improve their all-round English skills and learn how to communicate effectively. CCEL offers GE at 6 levels from beginner to advanced.

GE courses include, speaking, listening, reading and writing lessons and vocabulary and grammar development. Courses are intensive, have regular testing and a focus on student progress.

General English is available full-time for all students and part-time for students 18 years or older.

Start dates

Every Monday (or Tuesday when Monday is a public holiday)

Course length

2-50 weeks

Hours per week

Full time - 20 + 3 hours eLearning + 5 hours per week of optional Supervised Independent Learning (Mon - Fri 9:30am - 1:30pm + optional 1:45pm - 2:45pm) / part time - 15 hours per week (Mon - Fri 9:00am - 12:15pm

Levels available

Beginner to Advanced (6 Levels). Part-time is only available for students 18 years+.

Course fees

2 - 11 weeks: $415 per week full time, $312 per week part time | 12+ weeks: $390 per week full time, $312 per week part time

An additional enrolment and materials fee applies.

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Skills Focus

Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing

Suitable For

Migrants who have pre-purchased English language tuition before arriving in New Zealand to help them meet minimum English requirements for residence

What you will learn

  • Speaking, listening, reading and writing lessons
  • Vocabulary and grammar development
  • Discussions of news and current affairs
  • New Zealand culture and customs
  • Skills for lifelong learning


You will be given a placement test on the first day of the course and placed in class with other students at the same level.


Assessment is continuous throughout the course. CCEL students are tested every 5 weeks and receive individual progress reports.