English Language Preparation

If you need to improve your English language skills before you begin your AFY, our English language course is for you.

English for academic purposes 

If you do not meet the English language requirements to begin the Auckland Foundation Year, you can enrol on our English Language Preparation (ELP) Programme first.

What will I study?

Core language skills

The English Language Preparation Programme focuses on four core English language skills:

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening

Key study skills

You will develop key study skills that boost your confidence and help you learn faster, including: 

  • Exam techniques
  • Critical analysis
  • Note-taking
  • Text scanning

Key facts

Minimum age: 16
Maximum class size: 18
Entry requirement: IELTS minimum 4.0, with no band less than 3.5
Face-to-face teaching: 25 hours per week

2019 Start dates

  • January 7 
  • April 1
  • July 1
  • September 23

Term length

  • ELP 1 - 12 weeks
  • ELP 2 - 24 weeks (includes ELP 3)
  • ELP 3 - 12 weeks

View entry requirements and fees for this programme.

Due to recent changes in regulations, effective from 01 January 2019, students studying the ELP at Taylors College Auckland must achieve an IELTS score or other internationally recognised English test outcome as required by NZQA to gain entry to the AFY programme.

Teaching and learning

Personal study plan

Before you start the programme, we will assess your level of English to decide how long you need to join the course for.

Regular testing

Your teacher will monitor your progress throughout the programme. Our regular tests track your progress and help you to reach your full potential. Written reports are provided every six weeks.

Individual attention

Classes are small so you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and interact with other students.

Highly qualified teachers

Our teaching staff are highly experienced in working with international students and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

Delivered on campus

All English Language Preparation classes are delivered on the Taylors College Auckland campus. During the programme, you will attend 25 hours of face-to-face teaching per week and will be fully involved in student life.

Auckland Foundation Year student Kin

"Taylors College teaches us how to be more self-controlled. Our teacher is patient with our English. They find all our mistakes in our essays and teach us the vocab. I have also met different people and learnt how to have conversations with them."

Kim from Hong Kong

Entry requirements

Auckland Foundation Year student Chang

A guide to the academic and english language entry requirements for the Auckland Foundation Year and our partner universities.

AFY programme

Auckland Foundation Year students in a biology class

The Auckland Foundation Year offers guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree on successful completion of the course.

University partners

University of Auckland

The Auckland Foundation Year prepares you to enter one of our three partner universities: The University of Auckland, AUT University and Massey University.