Core Classes


General English:

Entry Level: All levels Elementary - Advanced.
Course Description: We offer General English classes at all levels. Students can choose to study General English either part-time or full-time. The course aims to develop and extend students’ English language abilities through input and practice in the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, with emphasis on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Small class sizes and a focus on communication are an important part of these classes.

Cambridge ESOL Examination Courses (full-time 24 hours per week):

Entry Level: Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE): Late Intermediate.
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Upper Intermediate.
Entry Test: Students must sit an entry test before the course start date to ensure that they are at the correct English level to undertake the course.
Starting Dates: Late March and September (please refer to Dates).
Length: 11 weeks full-time.  Students should arrange for an extra week’s accommodation because exams take place during the week after the course finishes.
Course Description: These courses provide students with optimum preparation for the Cambridge ESOL FCE and CAE examinations. Courses follow a systematic programme which focuses on extending and improving grammar and vocabulary knowledge as well as developing reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. These courses are useful for students planning to live or work in an English-speaking environment or to teach English language. Examination fees and materials are included in course fees. Students may take a General English course prior to starting Cambridge courses.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) course is offered as required.

Academic English:

For students at Intermediate level and above AUT International House offers a range of academic IELTS and university preparation courses. Students can progress through these courses to AUT University programmes. GIE - the AUT pathway programme and IELTS full-time prepare students for certificate, diploma, undergraduate degree, postgraduate diploma and degree level university courses.

Full-Time IELTS Level One

Entry Level: IELTS 5 (no band less than 4.5) or successful completion of 4 weeks of Intermediate or higher, or acceptable level on AUT IH placement test.
Length: 12 weeks (23 hours per week)
Starting Dates:
January, April, June, September (Please refer to Dates).
Course Description: The programme develops students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for IELTS and includes IELTS examination practice. There is also a strong focus on developing students’ general English grammar and vocabulary. A coursebook is used throughout the programme.

Full-time IELTS Level Two

Entry Level: IELTS 5.5 (Writing band 5.0, no other band less than 4.5) or successful completion of Intermediate 2 or higher, or acceptable level on AUT IH placement test.
Length:  12 weeks (23 hours per week)
Starting Dates: January, April, June, September (please refer to Dates).
Course Description: The programme develops students’ language skills for IELTS and study skills for academic study. The programme focuses on developing English grammar and vocabulary and some introductory research skills.  Examination practice is also included. A coursebook is used throughout the programme.

GIE - AUT University entrance/preparation programme (English for Academic Purposes)

Entry Level: IELTS 5.5 with a minimum writing and reading band 5.5, no other band less than 5.0 or successful completion of Intermediate 3 or higher or acceptable level on the AUT IH placement test.
Length: 3 months full- time (23 hours per week).
Starting dates: April – June, September - December (Please refer to Dates).
Course Description: This academic course develops English language competency to University entrance equivalent standard. The course functions as both an entrance to and preparation for University. The focus is on academic language and skills preparation and incorporates a group research project, a spoken presentation and formal final assessment.
GIE grades meet the English language requirements for entry to AUT programmes*. It is not necessary to sit the IELTS exam with successful completion of the GIE course.

* Some Health and Education AUT University programmes require IELTS. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for a full list of these courses.
* Please note that GIE applicants are still required to fulfill the Academic Entry Requirements of AUT University Programmes they are applying for.

Last updated: 14-Mar-2014 2.59pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.