Certificate in English Language

The Certificate in English Language provides students with the English skills they need to prosper in education and in employment.

The Certificate in English Language is for:

  • Students who are learning English as a second language
  • New migrants who need to improve their English 
  • People who want to improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing so that they can study the Certificate in English for Academic Study (AK3309) and/or other university courses
  • Anyone who wants to learn better English skills to work in New Zealand.

Students can enter and exit the programme at any level (Intermediate, Introduction to Academic English, and Academic English 1, 2 and 3). Your language level will be assessed so that we can place you in the appropriate class.

Programme code: AK1237
Level: 4-5
Points: 60
Duration: 1/2 year full-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 2 March 2015 / 20 July 2015

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of suitability to undertake the programme
  • A language background other than English
  • A placement test and interview will be required.

AUT encourages you to apply as early as possible. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. If your language level is below Intermediate we have lower level courses which you can attend.

If you are a refugee AUT has grants available to pay your fees.

More information

  • Contact the School of Language and Culture: +64 921 9999 ext 6836
  • Visit us in Central Auckland: AUT Tower, Level 8, on the corner of Rutland and Wakefield Streets (Opposite Aotea Square), City Campus.

Preparing for academic study

The Introduction to Academic English level is for students preparing for academic study.

You will practise speaking, reading, listening and writing English.

Academic English

The 3 Academic English pathways (Academic English 1, 2 and 3) are for students ready to focus on skills they need to study in New Zealand.

These pathways build on the skills taught in the Introduction to Academic English papers.

Students learn by giving presentations, reading and discussing English materials, note taking, essay and report writing.


Introduction to Academic English (Level 4)
ESOL400 Introduction to Academic English
ESOL402  Introduction to Academic English Listening
ESOL403  Introduction to Academic English Reading
ESOL401  Introduction to Academic English Speaking
ESOL404  Introduction to Academic English Writing

Academic English 1 (Level 4)

ESOL410  Academic English 1
ESOL406  Academic English 1, Listening
ESOL407  Academic English 1, Reading
ESOL405  Academic English 1, Speaking
ESOL408  Academic English 1, Writing

Academic English 2 (Level 5)

ESOL505  Academic English 2 A1
ESOL506  Academic English 2 A2
ESOL502  Academic English 2, Listening
ESOL503  Academic English 2, Reading
ESOL501  Academic English 2, Speaking
ESOL504  Academic English 2, Writing

Academic English 3 (Level 5)

ESOL510 Academic English 3
ESOL512  Academic English 3, Listening
ESOL513  Academic English 3, Reading
ESOL511  Academic English 3, Speaking
ESOL514 Academic English 3, Writing

Last updated: 28-Jan-2015 5.00pm

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