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Teach English

Volunteer as an ESOL home tutor

Complete the Certificate in ESOL Home Tutoring

Learn about working with other cultures and practical teaching techniques. Then teach English to a migrant or refugee-background learner.

  • 20 hour training course (minimum)
  • 4 assessment tasks
  • Tutor 1-2 hours per week
  • Follow up session once tutoring starts

After training you will

  • Be matched with a learner
  • Have access to a resource library and online teaching worksheets and resources
  • Receive ongoing training and support

Want to know more? Contact us | More about ESOL Home Tutoring | More about our training course

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Our training programme 2017

Venue:  Unit 4, 473 Brougham Street, Waltham, Christchurch 8011

Course 1
Day 1  Thursday 09 February                      5.45pm - 8.30pm 
Day 2  Monday 13 February                        5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 3  Thursday 16 February                      5.45pm - 8.30pm 
Day 4  Monday 20 February                        5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 5  Thursday 23 February                      5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 6  Monday 27 February                        5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 7  Thursday 02 March                          5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 8  Monday 27 March                             5.45pm - 8.30pm
Course 2
Day 1  Thursday 23 March                          5.45pm - 8.00pm 
Day 2  Saturday 25 March                           9.00am - 3.30pm
Day 3  Saturday 01 April                              9.00am - 3.30pm 
Day 4  Saturday 08 April                              9.00am - 3.30pm
Day 5  Saturday 13 May                              9.00am - 3.30pm
Course 3
Day 1  Thursday 08 June                             5.45pm - 8.30pm 
Day 2  Monday 12 June                               5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 3  Thursday 15 June                             5.45pm - 8.30pm 
Day 4  Monday 19 June                               5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 5  Thursday 22 June                            5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 6  Monday 26 June                               5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 7  Thursday 29 June                             5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 8  Monday 24 July                                5.45pm - 8.30pm
Course 4
Day 1  Thursday 27 July                             5.45pm - 8.00pm 
Day 2  Saturday 29 July                              9.00am - 3.30pm
Day 3  Saturday 05 August                         9.00am - 3.30pm 
Day 4  Saturday 12 August                         9.00am - 3.30pm
Day 5  Saturday 09 September                   9.00am - 3.30pm
Course 5
Day 1  Wednesday 06 September              5.45pm - 8.30pm 
Day 2  Saturday 09 September                   9.00am - 3.30pm
Day 3  Wednesday 13 September              5.45pm - 8.30pm
Day 4  Saturday 16 September                   9.00am - 3.30pm
Day 5  Wednesday 20 September               5.45pm - 8.30pm 
Final Day 6 Wednesday 18 October            5.45pm - 8.30pm 


For more information on our next training course please email the office at christchurch@englishlanguage.org.nz or call us on 03 377 3141. 


Word of mouth is one of the best ways we have of recruiting new volunteers for our ESOL Home Tutor service. If you have a friend or acquaintance who might enjoy the training course and would like to take up the challenge of working with a migrant learner, then please pass this information on to them.  

All applicants are interviewed before acceptance on to the course. Course cost: $40.00 The names and contact numbers of two referees will be required on application. Consent for a police check will be requested (please bring identification). Please note, all sessions should be attended. A minimum of 80% attendance is required to be eligible for the certificate.

Our aim is to train community volunteers as ESOL home tutors who will provide one-to-one English language and resettlement support to adults. This is not a training course for teaching English overseas. The course carries with it an expectation that you will tutor a learner once a week for a period of at least six months, preferably a year.

Support for tutors

  • Coordinator support and assistance
  • Resources at the English Language Partners' office
  • Workshop/seminar sessions
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Contact with other home tutors at social events
  • Information on other related agencies

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