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English classes

English lessons

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 been bought by Wilkinsons English Language School and has now moved from Rattray St, Riccarton, to new premises at 20 Twigger Street, Addington.)
Phone: 343-2890

Canterbury College
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
Phone: 365-1920

Oak Development Trust
Weekly classes on Friday mornings, 10.00am - 12.00pm, during term time for migrants, particularly those without permanent residency. There are classes for beginners, new learners and for those with intermediate to advanced English. Child minding is provided. A donation of $3 per lesson is requested.
Riccarton Baptist Church
80 Rattray St, Riccarton.
Contact: Chang Hun
Phone: 960 6878 / 021 1455 8062

English Language Partners
English Language Partners provide a wide variety of English lessons. Classes are free for people with a residency visa. People without a residency visa pay $50 per term.
Residents can also have a volunteer home tutor, providing a lesson of one hour per week in your own home.
There is an ESOL intensive class, for residents/citizens, that focuses on English for everyday life in New Zealand. This is 18 hours per week for 15 weeks.
English for employees is for residents/citizens who are working and who have less than 80 NZQA credits.
Classes in Riccarton:
Elementary-Lower Intermediate, Mondays, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Intermediate, Tuesdays, 10.00am-12.00pm
High Intermediate, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00pm, Riccarton
Beginners, Fridays, 10.00am-12.00pm
Bi-lingual for Chinese beginners, Fridays, 10.00am-12.00pm (bilingual teacher)
To find out how to join a class, contact 377-3141, or email

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/
ESOL Business English - Level 2 to 3 (intermediate)
This class aims to give intermediate-advanced students the language and confidence to use English in a wide range of business and social situations.
Fee: $70
Length: 8 weeks/16 hours
Location: Riccarton High School.
More information: https://www.risingholme.org.nz/Courses/Riccarton-High/ESOL-Business-English-Intermediate/

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