Teaching English to speakers of other languages + TKT Preparation

Why study TECSOL at NZLC?
NZLC TECSOL is an intensive 6 week teacher training course for non-native English speakers where students study both the theory and practice of English language teaching to children aged between 6 and 12 years old.  This NZQA approved course is based on best practice in communicative language teaching and includes peer teaching as well as a visit to a local primary school. It also prepares students for the TKT Young Learners module awarded by Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications. The course is suitable for people who would like to teach English but have not started yet or who are already teaching and would like a formal qualification.

•    Taught by highly experienced and qualified teacher trainers.
•    NZQA Level 4 approved course completion certificate.
•    5 peer-teaching sessions with written and oral feedback and 3 assessed written tasks and homework.
•    Performance reports from trainers and supported study time.
•    TKT Young Learner module preparation.
•    Work placement / work experience support provided and opportunities to work as a teacher aide at NZLC.
•    Pre-course task provided.
•    A primary school visit and lesson observations.
•    Library visit to learn about their literacy support programmes.

Choose your programme!

NZLC has a wide range of quality English programmes including General EnglishIELTSBusiness EnglishCambridgePathway ProgrammeYoung Learners CoursesEnglish Teacher Training, and Group Study Tours.

Below, you can see the full level and course chart. This will give you an idea of the courses available to suit your level of English.

Beginner: Can understand simple statements and requests within very familiar situations and can respond in short, learnt phrases or words.

Elementary (A1): Can understand and use very basic language on some personal topics.

Pre-Intermediate (A2): Can understand and use simple language on a range of personal topics and in relation to daily needs.

Intermediate 1 (B1): Can understand and use language related to personal or common every day topics such as education, work, travel and socialising, as well as discuss more abstract topics such as experiences, giving and asking for opinions, and agreeing and disagreeing politely.

Intermediate 2 (B1+): Can understand and more confidently use language related to familiar topics such as education, work, travel and socialising, as well as discuss more abstract topics in greater detail, such as experiences, hopes and plans for the future.

Upper Intermediate (B2): Can understand the main ideas of complex language on a range of concrete and abstract topics, and participate in conversations with native speakers without communication breaking down.

Advanced (C1): Can understand almost everything heard and read, and express ideas and information clearly, precisely and fluently on a full range of complex topics.

English Levels A1-C1 refer to the levels on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

•    Roles of teachers and learners.
•    Developing language and skills teaching.
•    Using puppets in the classroom.
•    Lesson planning.
•    Using drama, songs, and music in the classroom.
•    Storytelling techniques.
•    Using games to motivate and learn.
•    Discipline and classroom management for young learners.
•    Developing resources, activities and creating varied lessons.
•    Testing and assessing young learners.

TECSOL (Afternoon Class)
LevelsUpper Intermediate (B2) to Advanced (C1) or IELTS 5.0/B2 First (FCE) Pass
Entry TestYes – TECSOL information and application tasks
Length6 weeks
Time:13:45 – 18:30
TypeFull Time (20 hrs/wk)
Course Dates 2023*7 Aug – 15 Sep 
Course Dates 2024*19 Feb – 28 Mar/ 5 Aug – 13 Sep 
TKT Exam Date15 Sep (2023) and 28 Mar/13 Sep (2024)
Class Size12 (average) 16 (maximum)

*Minimum student numbers required.


Nisara, Thailand.

“The TECSOL course was amazing and made me really confident to teach children. I had no experience teaching before but the TECSOL course was amazing and made me really confident to teach children. Now I’m sure I can be a teacher! Thank you NZLC”