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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 1:41 am    Post subject: New life teaching in New Zealand Reply with quote

Hello! I was hoping to get some advice from you all! The situation is fairly complicated, so bear with my while I explain. Very Happy

Currently, I am a student in the Chicago with both US and UK passports/citizenship. I also have some subpar certifications through Literacy Works (a local tutor training organization) and a 150 hour i-to-i certification. I volunteer and teach ESL at a language center twice a week and, if all goes to plan, will be getting some paid teaching work this summer at the Chicago campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. I will graduate next March with a degree in Intercultural Communication and German.

Post graduation I'm hoping to move to Auckland, get my CELTA there, then hopefully a job!! Visa wise, I'm planning on going in on a Working Holiday Visa and then getting temporary residency, then perhaps permanent residency through a de facto partnership.

That's all I've got so far, and I'm sort of just crossing my fingers hoping everything will work out! I have a few questions. Firstly, does all of my visa stuff seem to line up? Has anyone tried getting ESL work on a Working Holiday visa? What is the job market like in Auckland and what's the best time to go, job wise (timing of when I can get a job affects when I should get my CELTA, which affects when I should get my visa!)? Do you recommend sending around some cover letters and resumes before I even get to NZ? And what is the likely hood of even getting hired amidst a sea of qualified Kiwi teachers when I have all this baggage of visas and just moving here - plus an American accent? If anyone has any advice for me at all or could steer me in the right direction, I'd be very grateful!

Thank you for all of your help! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm planning on going in on a Working Holiday Visa and then getting temporary residency, then perhaps permanent residency through a de facto partnership.

I've met American and UK citizens in NZ who have done this. You can do a search of language schools and try making contact in advance. The international student scene is not especially good in NZ as numbers have dropped hugely.

I'm afraid making predictions is really like looking into a crystal ball...
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: EFL in Auckland Reply with quote

As Artemisia said, the EFL market in NZ is at a low point currently and I don't see much prospect of an upturn in the near future, given the high rate of the NZ dollar etc. I spoke to the Principal of one of the larger EFL schools in Auckland a couple of weeks ago. Student numbers there are currently 200, compared with 300 - 400 about 18 months ago. So, clearly, they are not in a recruiting phase.

There's nothing wrong with your overall plans - a number of teachers have followed your route before - but the lowish demand for teachers at the moment makes it less likely that you'll gain a medium to long-term contract with a school that I think you'll need to apply for a longer-term work permit and/or sponsorship towards permanent residency. Having an American accent won't, I think, be an issue at all. Timing-wise, summer is probably a good time to come (i.e. October onwards), but, as Artemisia said, you might want to check with the centre you are planning to take Celta at regarding advice about the best place to take it - as well as maybe asking some of the schools in the list I've put below. I think there are five Celta centres in AKL at the moment (Languages International, Auckland Language Centre, IH, Unitec, ELA (Auckland Uni) - details are available at the Cambridge ESOL website.

In your shoes, I might want to have a plan B. What might happen is that you pick up some hours of EFL teaching on your WH visa, do some other casual work, but might not be able to secure a permanent visa on the basis of employment. Other alternatives might include applying directly for permanent residence (I came to NZ under the skilled migrant scheme with my partner - neither of us had a job offer). Good luck,

Martin McMorrow, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand

Here is a list of Private Tertiary Establishments (PTEs) in Auckland that offer English language teaching (either exclusively or alongside other professional training courses), which I compiled a couple of years ago for TESOLANZ - some of the details may have changed since then!

Eurocentres AKL
Level 7, 155 Queen St, PB 7206, Auckland
09 379 8710

(2012 update closing down as Eurocentres and reopening as Auckland branch of CCEL Christchurch College of English)

8th & 9th Floors, 155 Queen St, PB 4217, AKL
0 9 377 3280

10 Turner Street, AKL 1010
0 9 302 2079

Worldwide School of English
The Strand Arcade, Level 3 & 4, 233 Queen St, AKL
0 9 302 5288

Languages International AKL
27 Princes Street, PB 5293 AKL 1041
09 309 0615

ACE Building Level Four, 345 Queen St, PB 106 052
AKL 1143
0 9 377 2434

Auckland English Academy
Level 4, 242 Queen Street, AKL
0 9 379 3777

360 Queen St, Auckland, PB 10 222, Auckland
09 309 5208

Auckland Language Centre
Level 6, 21 Federal Street, Auckland
09 303 1962

AIS St Helens
28A Linwood Ave, Western Springs, PB 2995, Auckland 1
09 815 1717

LSI (Language Studies International)
Level 1, 10 Scotia Place, Auckland 1010
0 9 303 3097

1 Clyde Road, Browns Bay
0 9 478 0620

10 Titoki Street, PO Box 9107, Parnell, Auckland
09 307 6507

(ICL) International College of Linguistics
Level 3, 238 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand
09 368 4343

Quantum Education Group
Level 8, 3 Wakefield Street
Central Auckland
Auckland 1010
0508 333 153
Head Office: 7a William Pickering Drive, Albany, PB 101799, NSMC, Auckland 0745

Bridge International College
Level 7, 115 Queen Street
Auckland City
09-377 7884

AUT International House
Level 9, 300 Queen Street, PB 92006
Auckland 1020
09-921 9630

WISEL English Language School
54 Whitaker Road, PB 326, Warkworth
09 425 8208

ACG English School
Level 3 ACG Building, 345 Queen Street
0 9 307 5399

Regent International Education Group
520 Queen Street, Auckland
(Postal: PB 7158 Wellesley St, Auckland)

60 Rockfield Road, Penrose, PB 12747
09 580 1500

Embassy Auckland
75 Karangahape Road, Newton 1010
09 306 2600

UUNZ Institute of Business
104 Customs Street West, Auckland Central
09 915 3390

Cornell Institute of Business and Technology
Level 1, 150 Hobson St, Auckland,
09 367 1010

Fern English
80 Anzac Avenue, Auckland 1141
0 9 377 8017

New Zealand Institute of Education
Levels 1-3, 62 Anzac Street, Takapuna, AKL 0740
0 9 489 620

Auckland Edinburgh College
Level 7, 20 Amersham Way, Manukau, PB 76-209 AKL 2241

St George Institute of Learning
Level 6, 3-13 Shortland St, AKL
09 379 8957

North Shore International Academy
8 Rothwell Ave Albany, AKL 0632
09 442 3456
100 Symonds St, Auckland, New Zealand
092800 490
171 Hobson St, Auckland 1010
09379 3011
(postal address) PB 101147 NSMC Auckland 0745

International College of Auckland
Level 2, 1 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn, PB 15388, Auckland 1015,

Crown Institute
10 -14 Lorne Street, PB 1094, Auckland,

Queens Academy of English
Level 5 & 8, 246 Queen Street, Auckland City, New Zealand
Postal Address: PO Box 5452, Wellesley St, Auckland
0 9 377-8118

Concordia Institute of Business
25 Federal Street, AKL
09 379 5700 /

Duke Institute of Studies
12-14 Huron Street, PB 33548, Takapuna, Auckland 0740
0 9 488 0101

North Shore Language School
122 Wairau Road, Glenfield Auckland
0 9 442 4500

Auckland Wise Institute
401 Queen Street, AKL 1010
(postal) PB 56-525 Dominion Rd - Auckland 1446
09 307 2968

Active Institute
23 Norman Spencer Drive, Manukau, Auckland,
09-2780849 Fax: 64-9-2780890

National Institute of Studies
Level 13 , 155 Queen Street, Auckland

Federal Institute of Studies
Level 2, Dilworth Building, 22-32 Queen Street, PB 106-438, Auckland,
0 9 368 1608

Aotearoa Tertiary Institute
14, Walmsley Road, Otahuhu, Auckland

Ivy College
87-89 Albert Street, Level 1, Albert Plaza, PB 105148,

Institute of Commercial Education
PB 82 328, Highland Park, Auckland 2143
0 9 534 3869

Tasman International Academies
Levels 6 and 7, 290 Queen Street
(postal) PB 155301, Wellesley Street, Auckland
New Zealand

Kingsland Institute of New Zealand
Level 2, 35 Victoria St West, Auckland
09 3732766
09 3796867

Raffles College of Design and Commerce
17-319 New North Road
Eden Terrace
Auckland 1021
(postal)PB 52040, Kingsland, Auckland 1352

Prime International College
Levels 11, 155 Queen Street, Auckland City, New Zealand
0 9 3772828

Excellent International Academy
Level 4, 16 Waverley Street, Auckland

Foundation English
Level 8/246, Queen Street, Auckland 1010
(postal) PB 5586, Wellesley Street, AKL
(09) 379 8780

Auckland Goldstar Institute
Level 5, 75 Karangahape Road,Auckland City, New Zealand
(09) 379 6628
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you both so much for all of the advice! How far in advance do you suggest I contact these PTE schools?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for useful sharing, will choose one of those soon for my kids.
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