1.010 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL)

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) is a recommended qualification for teaching English in New Zealand and overseas. No prior teaching experience is necessary for this programme: CertTESOL provides trainees with practical experience of language teaching with ample opportunities to plan, teach and evaluate lessons. Trainees attain a high level of practical competence along with an understanding of language teaching which is required for employment in this field.

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Intakes are limited to 9 students in 2 groups. Upon graduation trainees receive a certificate and a reference letter endorsed by AIS.

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Programme Structure

The programme comprises three sections:

1.132 Basic Linguistic Concepts
1.232 English Language Teaching
1.332 English Language Teaching Practice


8 weeks

A preliminary two-week period of self-directed study is followed by six weeks of classroom-based instruction and practice.

Class times: 9.15am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Programme Lecturers

Tony O'Braonain

BEd and MALT


Main Teaching Field:

General English, Language Teacher Training

Pam Logan

DipTchg, CertLTA ATI, DipELT, BA and MA (Ling.)


Main Teaching Field:

Language Teacher Training


tesol book 5Resources include a prescribed textbook by Jeremy Harmer, a range of self-study booklets and a list of recommended instructional and multimedia textbooks available through the AIS library:

The Practice of English Language Teaching (5th Ed.) by Harmer, J.
How to Teach English (New Ed.) by Harmer, J.
Grammar for English Language Teachers (2nd Ed.) by Parrott, M.
A Course in Language Teaching: Practice and Theory by Ur, P.
Learning to Teach English by Watkins, P.

Career Opportunities in China, Taiwan and South Korea

AIS CertTESOL graduates can get access to employment opportunities within our network of sister schools abroad. Our network includes a number of trusted institutes, colleges and universities in China, Taiwan and South Korea, who are interested in hiring English teachers for extended periods of six months to a year on a contractual basis.

Having the AIS TESOL certificate on hand combined with a reference letter endorsed by AIS allows graduates to bypass the tedious job search process and start teaching English overseas right away.

AIS CertTESOL Sister Schools

Career opportunities in New Zealand

AIS CertTESOL graduates who want to stay and work in New Zealand have the option to take English teaching opportunities with various local English language providers or within the AIS English Language Centre as needs may arise. AIS offer career advice and guidance.

Start Dates in 2018

►26 February, 21 May

Entry Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0 with no individual band lower than 5.5 / TOEFL iBT 60 (with a writing score of 20) / Pearson 50 / TEP 52 or equivalent, with no band less than 12


International Students

Programme Fees:    NZ$3,015
Resource Fees:    NZ$150
Total:    NZ$3,165

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$270 per year (or NZ$27 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2018 Programme Fees:    NZ$1,580
Resource Fees:    NZ$150
Total:    NZ$1,730

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$27 per month or part thereof.


This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to www.studylink.govt.nz to apply for student finance.

How to Apply

Leave us a message below and a representative from AIS will get back to you to answer questions and to guide you further. Applicants are then required to download and complete a Pre-Interview Task and attend a one-to-one interview. Classes are limited to 18 students per intake (2 groups 9 students each).

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