As our name clearly says we are firstly a Christian school. What does this mean? Our desire is that you will be welcomed into a place with a Christian ambience. You do not have to be Christian to attend our centre (many of our students are not) but the teachers, staff and host families generally are. We do begin our days with a time of devotions this usually includes a short talk from either staff or students and is accompanied by a time of singing. It truly is a great way to start the day.
We are a British Council accredited school and therefore uphold their standards as an English Language institute. All of our teachers are qualified and many have years of experience and further qualifications in teaching English. We hope you will find the quality of our teaching to be of a high standard.
We offer a wide range of English language learning possibilities. Our main body of students study in a General English language course using internationally recognised methods and materials. The minimum study period is two weeks, but for those really wanting to improve their ability, we recommend a more extended period. Quite a few of our students stay to complete internationally recognised examinations such as FCE, CAE or IELTS. We also offer a Teachers’ course for those who are already teachers of English in their own countries, who would like to find out more about recent developments in teaching, while studying English as well. If you would like to study at a British University, you may be interested in our University Foundation Course. In addition to these courses, we offer special Business English courses, one-to-one, one-to-two or English for Specific purposes. Groups are welcome by prior arrangement.
We accept students on almost every Monday of the year. The Examination courses, Teachers’ Course and Beginners’ courses have specific start dates. The general courses usually run on an eight-week cycle. Week one begins a new course and so we suggest that this is the best time to join a course. The next best time to join a course is in the middle or on week five. That’s the reason for our suggested start dates. Though do keep in mind that any Monday is OK with us.
Now that you have read this page how about visiting our main English site to find out about prices, meet the staff, have a look at our town – Christchurch, take an English test and then apply on-line to come to the Christian English Language Centre.
24 Castle Street