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Cursos de Inglês na Nova Zelândia @ Dunedin - University of Otago Language Centre

The University of Otago Language Centre is a modern institution which provides first class English language tuition and preparation for academic study in English.

University of Otago Language Centre courses are developed and taught by highly trained and experienced teachers. The Centre runs for four terms each year, each lasting 10 or 11 weeks. You may study for as many terms as you need to reach the level of English you require. Classes run for 25 hours each week, Monday to Friday, with a maximum of 15 students per class.


On your first morning at the Centre, your English level will be assessed and you will be placed in a class with other students of a similar level.

General English (GE)

This programme aims to improve your use of English by developing your ability in all language skills. Integrated classes offer a programme of listening, speaking, reading and writing with a focus on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Levels range from elementary to upper intermediate.

Skills classes offer separate oral and written skills, giving you further opportunity to practice skills taught in the integrated skills classes.

IELTS preparation classes are also available to students who have an appropriate level of English.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

This programme prepares you for study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at an English speaking university. You will follow a carefully structured programme of Academic English, Research and Learning Skills, and IELTS preparation.

After an initial assessment of your language ability, you may be assigned to a general English class until your English reaches the level required for the EAP programme. If your English is of a high standard (eg IELTS 7.0), a five week Academic English and University Orientation programme is available before the beginning of the university year.

Foundation Year Preparation

This programme prepares you for study at the University of Otago Foundation Year. It aims to improve your fluency and level of accuracy in all language skills and, for students at intermediate level and above, it includes preparation classes for the IELTS examination.

Group Visits

The Centre welcomes groups of overseas students for short or long-term visits. Types of programmes offered include:

  • Study Tours: a combination of English and Tourism or other special interest activities;
  • Intensive English: full-time programmes of English tailored to meet the specific learning outcomes requested by the group organiser;
  • English for Specific Purposes: eg Business, Medicine, Journalism, and other professional fields.

English for Specific Academic Purposes

Students who are enrolled at one of Dunedin's tertiary institutions often need some on-going help. The University of Otago Language Centre provides classes for small groups or individuals to help with the specific English problems encountered during academic study.

Course Completion

When you complete your course, you will recieve a report and a certificate which includes an assessment of your proficiency in English.


At the end of each term your teachers will write a report about your progress during the term and the grades you achieved in the term's assessment. When you leave you will receive an overall proficiency level grade on your report. If you are under 18 years of age, a copy of your report will be sent to your parents or guardian.


You will receive a Certificate of Attendance when you complete your course.

English Language Teacher Training

The Centre has a reputation for providing quality pre-service and in-service courses for teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

English Language Examinations

The University of Otago Language Centre is registered for the following internationally recognised English language examinations:

  1. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  2. The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC).
  3. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

(Only the pen and paper version of this test is available)

Specific preparations for all examinations are available at the Centre.

2004 Course Dates

Term Start Date Finish Date Holiday Length of Term
1 New Students – 8 January

Returning Students - 12 January

No mid term intake

20 February 21 - 29 February 6 weeks
2 New Students - 26 February

Returning Students - 1 March

Mid Term Intake
New Students - 15 April

28 May 9 – 18 April*

29 May– 13 June

12 weeks
3 New Students - 10 June

Returning Students - 14 June

Mid Term Intake
New Students - 22nd July

3 September 4 – 19 September 12 Weeks
4 New Students - 16 September

Returning Students - 20 September

Mid Term Intake
New Students - 28th October

10 December 11 December - 10 January 12 weeks

The Language Centre will also be closed for the following statutory holidays:
Waitangi Day – 6 February
Labour Day – 25th October
* This holiday in term two includes Easter


Fees for 2004

These fees are current for 2004.

12.5% Goods and Service Tax (GST) is included where applicable. Fees are payable in advance and are invoiced in US Dollars. An additional charge will be made for any international examinations that you undertake.

Full-time Tuition (per week) US$200.00
Textbook/Resource Fee US$25.00
Administration Fee US$75.00
Homestay Placement Fee US$114.00
Homestay (per week) Students 18 years + US$110.00 (approximately)*
Homestay (per week) Students under 18 US$113.00 (approximately)*

*The Homestay fee quoted is based on an exchange rate of .6. The homestay fee will vary due to exchange rate fluctuations but must equal New Zealand $182.00 for over 18 years, or $189.00 on the day of payment for under 18 years.

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