English classes for newcomers to New Zealand are offered by a number of groups in the Riccarton area. Some require a fee, while others are free. Contact each group to find out more details.
Following is a list of those currently available:
A registered and accredited private training establishment, PEETO is a multicultural learning centre providing ESOL training services to learners from more than 60 nationalities since 1991. (NOTE: PEETO has now moved from Rattray St, Riccarton, to new premises at 20 Twigger Street, Addington.
English language school (registered with NZQA, MOE and TEC).
Meeting Times: Open all year, except 2 weeks break Christmas/New Year
145 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041
Contact: Mr David Pepperle, Manager
Riccarton Baptist language lessons
Weekly classes for migrants. There is a class for beginners, and one for those with more advanced English. Child minding is provided.
Riccarton Baptist Church
80 Rattray St, Riccarton.
Contact: Chang Hun
Phone: 960 6878 / 021 1455 8062
Risingholme Community Centre
Reading and writing focus for ESOL IELTS Level 3
This course focuses on reading and writing skills only and does not cover speaking or listening. Classes are held at Riccarton High School.
More information at www.risingholme.org.nz/Courses/Riccarton-High/ESOL-IELTS-Level-3/
St Peter's English conversation class
Meets every Friday during school term time at Petersgate, 22 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton, from 4 pm until 6 pm.
A group of tutors from St. Peter’s congregation present lessons designed to assist migrants with life in New Zealand. The class is free and all are welcome.
Phone (03) 348 5653