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What is TESOL?

TESOL is the acronym for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and taking a TESOL course is your passport to a world of travel and adventure teaching English abroad. 
There is a tremendous demand for TESOL qualified teachers worldwide with job opportunities in just about every country around the globe.


Why choose NSLS as your Teacher Training Centre?

  1. Established 13 years ago, NSLS is a leading teacher training centre with an international reputation for quality.

  2. You will learn from highly qualified Teacher Trainers who have extensive experience of teaching English and training teachers.

  3. NSLS is fully approved, accredited and quality assured by NZQA & Ministry of Education.

  4. Student Loan & Allowance are available.

  5. Courses include practical demonstrations, practical experience and work experience. 

  6. Courses include theory, practical demonstration, practical experience and work experience. 

  7. Package to KOREA includes airfare & accommodation.

  8. Lecturers write recommendation letters for graduates.

  9. You will experience a wide range of activities, materials and tasks.


Is the Certificate in TESOl from NSLS a recognised qualification in NZ and overseas? 


The NSLS Certificate in TESOL is a qualification on the NZQA website. That means that it is recognized as a teaching qualification in New Zealand.

  • There are many TESOL providers in NZ that provide 4 week and 5 week TESOL certificates but these are not NZQA qualifications, they are TESOL courses.

  • To be a recognized New Zealand NZQA qualification a TESOL programme must be more than 40 credits. The Certificate in TESOL at NSLS is 48 credits.

  • Only NZQA qualifications are eligible to provide Student Loans and Allowances. Our teacher trainees are able to access student loans and allowances for the Certificate in TESOL at NSLS. NSLS is the only private provider of a TESOL qualification with approval to offer Student Loans and Allowances.


Graduates from NSLS are well-qualified to teach overseas.


  • For teaching overseas, our programme combines our New Zealand TESOL qualification with the Cambridge University Teaching Knowledge Test (Modules One, Two and Three). The TKT provides evidence of extensive training in teaching theory. Candidates receive three Cambridge University certificates. Cambridge University certificates have international recognition.

  • Employers overseas seek evidence of teaching theory as well as practical skills. We have a lot of graduates from the NSLS TESOL programme that are teaching overseas at the moment.

  • Our TESOL course contains theory as well as practical components, and work experience. Students also receive a Certificate in TESOL from NSLS that shows application of teaching skills in real settings.


The four certificates gained as part of the NSLS programme are recognized in NZ and overseas.

Programme Data


Level of Programme

Total Credits

Length of Programme




Times Table

Delivery Methods

Assessment Methods

Minimum Programme Requirements for entry in to the programme

Certificate in TESOL

Level 4


12 weeks (40 hours per week / Full-Time)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
9.15am to 2:15pm Lessons with Programme Tutor

9.15am to 12:15pm Lessons with Programme Tutor
+ time to work collaboratively with peers and teachers for an average of 2 hours a week (Total of 25hours a week on campus with tutors)

15 hours Self- study 
Note: week 7-12: Work Experience at Kea Kids for 2 hours a week 
(Tuesday or Thursday.)
This will be scheduled between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. 
Your tutor will provide a timetable in week 5.

Classroom delivery by qualified ESOL teacher 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
9.15am to 2:15pm Lessons with Programme Tutor

9.15am to 12:15pm Lessons with Programme Tutor
+ time to work collaboratively with peers and teachers for an average of 2 hours a week (Total of 25hours a week on campus w

Discussions, lesson planning, materials production, teaching 
observation, teaching practice, maintenance of a reflective learning log. 
Work experience and independent study.

Short written assignments, development of lesson plans, 
production of materials, delivery of supervised teaching sessions, 
research via internet and present findings, planning and delivering 
professional development sessions for colleagues, participating in TKT practice tests, and work experience.

18years of older 

Minimum of 10 credits in English NCEA Level 2 or higher
IELTS 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
500 level in TOEFL (with an essay score or 4.5 TWE)
pass of higher in Cambridge Certificate

Liam Crotty 
Class : Certificate in TESOL 54K

Hey, my name’s Liam Crotty, I attended the NSLS TESOL 2014/15 December to February summer course. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to teach English in New Zealand or anywhere else in the world. The 3 months may seem a long time and they were tough ones however, they were very rewarding with lots of laughs and opportunities to make new friends outside your own culture. The staffs at NSLS are very professional, with years of teaching experience, but can be approached for any help you may need along the way. The aspect of this course that made me choose it over any others was definitely the practical teaching experience. This real life practical work can be put down on your resume as authentic work experience, which boosts this certificates credibility and makes this course better than most others. I could go on and on about the benefits of the NSLS TESOL certificate but you will have to find out the rest for yourselves, take the first step, you won’t regret it!

Gemma O'Loughlin 
Class : Certificate in TESOL 21R

Hi. I'm Gemma. I'm from England and I decided to do the TESOL course in February 2011. 
I've wanted to do teaching English for the last four years now. I think it was a fantastic experience and it's very good to have it under your belt. You can travel and go to places like Korea and Japan and everything. So for me, I wanted to do this for personal development and it was fantastic. 
It took me back to my school days and learning about nouns and verbs and adjectives. I learnt so much and I loved to come into school as well. It was absolutely fantastic, because when I was younger I hated school but this school is a really nice school. It has a really nice feel about it, really nice atmosphere and everybody was so lovely and helpful because I was the only English person there.
It was great to be around people from different cultures and places. I've made lots of Korean friends and Chinese friends so it has been a really good experience. I loved teaching in the classroom and even though I went bright red, and I was really scared and shaking, it was just a really good exciting buzzy feel and it was just fantastic. Yeah, I loved it. 
I'd recommend this class to absolutely anybody and I'm actually trying to get my mum to do it because it's just great. The manager at the school here has helped to point me in the right direction to get a job in Korea. I actually went for an interview a couple of weeks ago so, fingers crossed, I can go in August for 6 months. I'm really excited about the experience. 
Do the course it's great!

Seo Young Kim 
Class : Certificate in 21R

12주 동안 TESOL과정을 들으면서 좋은 선생님과 반 친구들을 만날수 있어서 더 없는 좋은 시간을 보내습니다. 처음 TESOL 과정을 시작할땐 내가 정말 이 과정을 잘 끝 마칠 수 있을까 하는 걱정을 많이 했는데 한주 한주가 지날수록 내 선택이 탁월했다는 것을 알 수 있었습니다. 항상 친구처럼 엄마처럼 세심한 것 하나 하나 까지 신경 써 주시던 Ali 선생님 덕분에 수업이 전혀 힘들거나 지루하지 않았습니다. 그리고 이 TESOL 과정을 통해서 영어교육에 대한 정확하고 전문적인 직식을 배울수 있어서 많은 도움이 되었습니다. 그 뿐만 아니라 6주 동안 영어교생 실습을 통해 이곳의 학생들을 가르치면서 자신감에 많이 생겨서 좋았습니다. 게다가 실습한 경력 증명서도 받을수 있어서 너무 기뻣습니다. 또한 무엇보다 좋았던 점은 여러 국적의 사람들과 만나 좋은 친구들이 생겼다는 것입니다. 같이 공부하면서 서로에게 힘이 되어 주기도 하고 영어로 대화를 하면서 영어 회화 실력도 향상시키고, 다른 문화도 배울 수 있어서 좋았습니다. NSLS에서의 시간은 정말 좋은 추억이 될 것 같고 제가 수강했던 과정의 선택이 탁월 했음을 강조하고 싶습니다.

Monica G Coetzee 
Class : Certificate in TESOL 23R

The 12 weeks spent at North Shore Language School has changed my view on teaching as a whole. I was presented with many options of how to bring information across to the students and came away from it feeling confident and equipped to teach English. The many hours of teaching experience which I was able to acquire, has also given me insight into what a real classroom situation might be like. The teaching staff are highly motivated, dedicated and professional individuals, with many years’ experience in the industry. The Administrative staff and teachers alike, consistently create an atmosphere of respect for each individual, camaraderie, and a sense of ‘can do’. I have shared my positive experience at this Institution with many of my friends and will continue to do so. Thank you for equipping me and for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

Yvonne McCulloch 
Class : Certificate in TESOL 29RK

I am writing this testimonial in support of North Shore Language School where I attended and achieved a TESOL Certificate this year.

My experience of North Shore Language School and its teaching staff was extremely positive. The teaching of Alison Rankine and Kayt Turner was exceptional. I am an already qualified and practising primary school teacher and the learning I gained has not only given me wonderful knowledge for teaching English to ESOL students but I believe has improved my knowledge of the English language for all students, irrespective of their ethnicity.

The learning I received has re-ignited a passion for both the English language and teaching. I wish to thank the caring staff at NSLS who at all times, supported and nurtured mine and others' learning.

I have no hesitation in recommending the programme for anyone interested in teaching English including those wishing to upskill in terms of professional development.

Shirley Sandra Doraisingam 
Class : Certificate in TESOL 32RK

The best thing about my course was the supportive environment that I was in. I was constantly surrounded by such positive, caring and friendly people that learning was a pleasure. David the owner/manager took his leadership seriously…...he addressed complaints immediately and made sure that his students were happy. NSLS is small school hence the teachers are can give you lots and lots of support on a one on one basis when needed unlike big schools where you’re only a number to them. I must add that the teachers go the extra mile to make things happen for you!(I can’t say more than this). The Director of studies is very involved in the classroom…she takes a class…not just a pretty face! Her passion for teaching is evident. Hence, Alison has first-hand information of students’ needs.

The only thing that could help the course is to extend the duration of the course. As adults and parents we have many other commitments besides the course and it’s nice for us to have more time to digest everything we just learned in school as well as do our homework which is usually lots of reading. This is relevant in the second half of the course where we have to remember plenty of TKT terminology which our diligent teacher Kayt takes us through. She of course wants the best for us because she is a dedicated TESOL teacher but we find it a challenge to keep up with all the textbook reading.

I liked the atmosphere in this school where it wasn’t dominated by any one race or culture even though the majority are Koreans. Everybody has fair chance to be noticed, be supported and be involved.

Alina Fedorova
Class : Certificate in TESOL 51KR

With so many Educational providers it is very hard to find a school that is not only value for money, but also fun to attend as well as teaching effectively. I found NSLS by recommendation of a friend who graduated from a TESOL course and I spent three very intense months studying for my TKT exam and for the TESOL certificate. I found the teachers very friendly and knowledgeable, the atmosphere very warm and welcoming and the course very well organized and well presented. Not only did I graduate with high marks, but I also made several friends and hope to maintain those friendships for life. I have already recommended NSLS to several of my friends and hope others will find my testimony helpful when deciding which school to attend. Good luck with your studies and career. In NSLS your success will depend solely on you, as all the knowledge and skills will be presented in the most efficient way for you to absorb.

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