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General English Course

General English Courses are available at the following 6 levels:

  • Beginner
  • Elementary
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper Intermediate
  • Advanced

Classes have a fun, practical focus and focus on all areas of speaking, learning, reading and writing. Class work is theme-based: activities are focus on a weekly or bi-weekly topic, usually following the English course book syllabus, so that students can develop useful vocabulary and share ideas in group discussions. English grammar and structure are introduced progressively and used in class communication activities. Students also receive cross-cultural training to help you become accustomed to New Zealand life quickly and easily.

The English grammar and structure are introduced progressively and used in class communication activities. Students also receive cross-cultural training to help you become accustomed to New Zealand life quickly and easily.

The English curriculum also uses multimedia and on-line resources for the delivery of special interest topics and uses a mix of Kiwi and bi-lingual teaching at the lower levels.


Students enrolling for General English course sit our placement test on arrival, and are then placed in the appropriate class according to their assessed English language level.


Waikato Institute of Education Certificate in General English (You must meet all course and attendance requirements.)

  1. Studying General English at Waikato Institute of Education opens up opportunities for tertiary study in New Zealand, for more information, please visit: Pathway to New Zealand University, Polytechnic and High School.
  2. Learners who have enrolled for or have completed General English are better equipped to travel, live and work in New Zealand. For more information, please visit: Pathway to New Zealand Jobs


General English Course Fee Information

For details on course fees please see Courses & Fees.

By enrolling on Waikato Institute of Education’s General English programme, students can improve their English and learn about New Zealand school culture, study systems or methods, exams and further tertiary education available in New Zealand. After completing Waikato Institute of Education’s programme, students will be better prepared to study in a New Zealand  tertiary education at a university, polytechnic or other tertiary education institute.

WIE General English Timetable
This course is designed to meet the language needs of learners wanting to improve their English in all areas. The course focusses on level appropriate grammar and introduces vocabulary specific to a range of general topics. By completing this course you will be equipped with the vocabulary, grammar, and skills you need to communicate with confidence.
The emphasis in this course will be on reading, writing, listening and speaking, with integrated grammar and vocabulary. The course will also provide opportunities for students to build on their current English skills, gain familiarity with the Kiwi accent, and be introduced to New Zealand culture.

  • The morning class will develop students’ grammar, reading and writing skills to high school standards. It will cover general and specific vocabulary needed for a variety of subjects.

  • The afternoon class will practice the oral, listening and study skills.

  • On Friday afternoon, students will learn how to adapt to a New Zealand learning environment through individual and group assignments.

  • Free pronunciation class every Thursday after 3pm.

Please see the sample timetable below:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 – 10:30 Topic starter
Language consolidation and review
Grammar consolidation
Language skills development: reading and listening
Vocabulary consolidation
Topic based reading and listening
Grammar expansion
Language skills development: reading and listening
Vocabulary expansion Using language in context: writing task
10:30 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 11:50 Grammar drills
Using grammar in context: task
Topic specific vocabulary building
Using vocabulary in context: task
Structured topic-based discussion task
Language skills development: writing Everyday English: Functional language
1:50 – 12:00 Assembly
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Topic starter
Language in context: vocabulary and grammar
Grammar consolidation
Using grammar in context: speaking task
Vocabulary consolidation
Language skills development: listening
Preparation for task Specialised language development; conversational, functional or academic English
14:00 – 14:10 Break
  cademic English vocabulary building Structured speaking task: presentation Structured speaking task: presentation Pronunciation expressing opinions, critical thinking
15:10 – 16:00 WIE After Class English Activities (Optional) Study Activities
Study Activities
(Learn new culture and have new experiences)
(Enjoy the fresh air and sun with your friends!)
English Corner
(Improve your speaking by playing fun games)
Pronunciation Class / Cambridge Pre-test
IELTS Mock Test
Social Club
(Make new friends and improve your communication skills )

WIE has Free English Activities every afternoon after 3pm. All activities are optional, but we do encourage all students to participate so they have extra opportunities to practice their English at WIE.

  • Study Activities and Social Club can help students learn English in authentic environments.

  • Students will benefit from the Tuesday Activities as students play in groups of multiple different L1 background.

  • English Corner will improve students speaking skills by playing fun games.

  • If students preparing IELTS test WIE has Cambridge pre-test and mock test to help students’ exam skills.

Study Activities

Students can join WIE study activities every Monday. They may visit Hamilton city council and meet our mayor or they may visit Hamilton Museum and learn about Maori Culture. Waikato University is one of the popular destinations. Sometimes New Zealand policemen will visit us at our campus and tell our students about safety in New Zealand. If you are lucky you can meet rugby players from the famous local Rugby teams, the Chiefs. There are so many more activities. Come and join us every Monday!


New Zealand is famous for fresh air, blue sky and great outdoor activities. All Students are welcome to join WIE Tuesday activities with their friends. They will play soccer, cricket and badminton, visit Hamilton gardens and Hamilton lake. Sometimes students will have Billiards or Ping Pong competitions. Students play in groups with their friends from different countries. Not only do students learn about team works but also improve their communication skills with students from multiple different L1 backgrounds.

English Corner

There are no students who don’t want to learn English by playing fun games. WIE provides great opportunities for our students to improve their English every Wednesday in English Corner. Students will play Pictionary and Jenga, Headbanz, Concept, Duck, Duck Goose, Music Chair and any fun game you can think of. All games are designed especially for students learning English.

Cambridge Pre-test

WIE has been one of the Cambridge Pre-test Centres since 2014. WIE receives test papers from Cambridge Assessment, administrates the tests and returns the test papers back to Cambridge Assessment. Pre-tests give students the opportunity to practise taking a Cambridge English exam using genuine questions under exam conditions. Pre-test also helps students know which areas they need most practice in and gives them experience and confidence in taking tests. There are only limited spaces for WIE pre-tests. Make sure you book your spot in advance.

IELTS Mock Test
WIE also has IELTS Mock Tests every Thursday. Mock tests give students additional practice for preparing for the IELTS exam. Teachers answer students’ questions and give students suggestions on how to improve their exam skills. Mock tests are also a great way to test students’ English level and help them to use more suitable materials to prepare for the exam.

Social Club

WIE runs Social Club every Friday which helps students’ speaking in authentic environments. Students may go to local cafés and try different types of coffee. Students may also go to local restaurants and try their special drinks and food. There are also many snack bars around Hamilton, students love the unique environments and sharing their experiences with their friends.

Pronunciation Class

Waikato Institute of Education
Address: Level 1 Centre Place Tower, 48
Ward Street,
PO Box 773, Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone: 64 - 7 - 8382450   Fax: 64 - 7 - 838 2453