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English in Auckland, New Zealand - Dominion School

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Programme Summary:

  • English lessons for all levels aged 18 and up
  • 20 or 25 hours of lessons per week
  • Accommodation in a host family with half-board
  • Course duration: 2 weeks to one year
  • International schools, unique surroundings



All courses are recognized by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The General English courses are designed to help students communicate fluently and build a complete vocabulary for everyday use. The schools offer 30 different courses, given in classes which never exceed 14 students and are open to students of all levels.

Our instructors are all professionals in the field of teaching English and they use modern and interactive methods. The school is well-equipped with all the necessary pedagogical and technological equipment. Afternoons, some evenings and weekends, recreational activities are offered by the school to complete the course programme.

We offer the following courses:

  • Standard English (20 lessons per week)
    Morning courses are focused on grammar and vocabulary to allow students to acquire or improve the basics of the English language. Afternoons are centred on oral communication and comprehension. Courses take place in the morning from 9:00-12:00am, followed by a half hour break for lunch and continue in the afternoon from 1:00-2:30pm.

  • Intensive English (25 lessons per week)
    For those who wish to learn English more rapidly and improve their oral communication, our partner school offers an intensive programme with 25 hours per week of instruction. The morning classes are dedicated to grammar and vocabulary and the afternoon classes are dedicated to reading, written expression, and oral communication and comprehension. Courses take place in the morning from 9:00-12:00am, followed by a half hour break for lunch and continue in the afternoon from 1:00-4:00pm (with another half hour break in between).

  • Language exam preparation (25 lessons per week)
    Exam preparation programmes are the best way to improve your chances in one of the internationally recognised language tests: Cambridge (FCE, CAE & CPE) and IELTS.
    Minimum level: **intermediate
    (test to be taken before travelling to host country).
    Timetable: 9:00 - 12:00 (with a half hour break), 1:00 - 4:00 (with another half hour break)


In the afternoons, some evenings and the weekend recreational activities are organised by the school as a complement to the course.

On Friday afternoon students can choose from a range of options such as pronunciation workshops, film screening and analysis, or just sitting and talking with one of our friendly, fully-qualified teaching staff


Immersion in New Zealand

New Zealand is known worldwide as the country that has more sheep than human inhabitants! Situated to the South east of Australia, New Zealand is composed of two large volcanic islands that boast some of the most beautiful natural countryside with unequalled splendour. With its rocky bays, white sand beaches, expansive botanical and exotic gardens and immense glaciers, New Zealand’s countryside always astonishes its visitors.

New Zealand is also the country of extreme sports: Bungee jumping from the Sky Tower in Auckland, snowboarding, canyoning, rafting, sky-diving, or trekking through the glaciers. However, the subtlety of the everyday lifestyle and the richness of the local flora and fauna will also enthral travellers of a tamer nature.

“Aotearoa”, the Maori name for New Zealand, means the Country of the Long White Cloud and it is a cosmopolitan country that also has a rich history. Its population of over 4 million inhabitants is mostly made up of European descendants from England, Scotland, Gaul and Ireland (70% of the total population). The Maoris, of Polynesian origin, were the first inhabitants on the island and today they are fervent defendants of their culture and traditions. Its mix of cultures makes New Zealand a unique country of diversity.


Located on the Northern Island of New Zealand, Auckland is the biggest city in the country, with more than 1.3 million inhabitants. A cosmopolitan city, Auckland is the home of a large British and Asian community, but also the biggest Polynesian community in the world.

The combination of natural beauty and modernity makes Auckland a pleasant city to live in, year-round. It enjoys a warm and sunny climate (20°C average in the summer and 13°C in the winter). “The City of Sails” has numerous tourist attractions: the unforgettable Sky Tower (328 meters high!), museums, gardens, the historical centre of the city and of course the port with its numerous ships ready to set sail.
The city’s reputation as a centre of learning with a great number of schools and excellent institutions attracts international students from all corners of the world.

Dominion School of English

With more than 40 years of experience, our partner school, Dominion, in New Zealand has an excellent international reputation thanks to its high level of academics, its enriching programmes and its warm and friendly atmosphere.

Our partner school in Auckland is situated on Queen Street, the principal street, where one can find all the stores, restaurants and hustle and bustle of the capital.

The student body is made up of people from all over the world, ensuring a very cosmopolitan and international ambiance (30 different nationalities on average)
Our school offers courses at all levels, from complete beginner to advanced. However, small class sizes offer a welcoming environment where you can easily make friends and benefit from personal attention from the instructors.


  • Host families

We organise accommodation for our students in host families with a private room and half-board (two meals a day) included. Our host families are carefully selected and are used to welcoming foreign youth and adults from all over the world into their homes. Living with a local host family is an ideal opportunity for true immersion into the daily life of New-Zealanders. It is also gives you the opportunity to discover the island, its culture and traditions, inherited by English immigrants as well as the indigenous Maoris. If you have special requests (dietary needs, family with children…) do not hesitate to note them on your enrolment form so that we can find you the perfect family.

  • Shared Apartment

A shared apartment is also available on request. The price on our table is not definitive. Contact us for more information.

Prices & Dates 2015

Dates 2015

Lessons begin every Monday, year round. Arrivals are on Sunday, and departures are on Saturday.

Exam preparation sessions:

  • IELTS: 05/01, 16/02, 30/03, 11/04, 22/06, 03/08, 03/10, 14/09, 12/10. The exam takes place every two weeks; the preparation session lasts 6 weeks.
  • CAE Cambridge: 05/01 (9 weeks), 16/03 (12 weeks), 07/09 (12 weeks). Exam dates: 12-16/03, 31/05-12/06, 27/11-3/12.
  • FCE Cambridge: 05/01 (9 weeks), 16/03 (12 weeks), 07/09 (12 weeks). Exam dates: 12-16/03, 31/05-12/06, 27/11-2/12.

Bank holidays (lessons do not take place and are not caught up): 1, 2 & 26/01, 6/02, 2 & 3/04, 1/06, 26/10, 25 & 26/12. If the Monday is a bank holiday, lessons will begin on the Tuesday or Wednesday.

Prices include:

  • The selected English programme
  • Accommodation in a host family with half-board (2 meals a day)
  • Course programme chosen by the student
  • Course material
  • School facilities (kitchen, cafeteria, fee internet access)
  • Access to student lounge with pool table, foosball & piano
  • Access to the library

Prices do not include:

  • Flight
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa fees
  • Local transport

Practical Info


  • Arrival airport: Auckland
  • An optional transfer is available from the airport to your accommodation

If you prefer, we can book your flight for you. Please make this clear when you enrol.

If you would rather arrange your own travel, please try to arrive the Sunday before your courses start and leave the Saturday after they end.

Visa Information

Do you need a Visa for this programme? For more information please consult our page Visa Information.

Do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you require any further information.


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