IELTS 4 Skills Course Information

“FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS, MANKIND LIVED JUST LIKE THE ANIMALS. THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED WHICH UNLEASHED THE POWER OF OUR IMAGINATION. WE LEARNED TO TALK AND WE LEARNED TO LISTEN.” – STEPHEN HAWKING, 1993

You’ve no doubt been so angry, happy or sad that you couldn’t describe your emotions. Or perhaps you haven’t quite known what to write in a birthday card, or anguished over what someone really meant in a Facebook comment. You might have laughed at a YouTube video where a dog pushes a baby in a stroller, but didn’t know what the Italians laughing in the background were saying. Perhaps you’ve tried to use Google Translate to shift a body of text into your language (and hey, it might work).

All of these examples clearly demonstrate the power and limitations of language.

Learning a foreign language can be enriching. Knowing a foreign language can unlock cultural and geographical parts of the world. It can help you understand your native language better and teach you to process what’s around you from a different perspective. A foreign language can also make your skills more transferable in an increasingly global economy. Add to that the neurological benefits of developing competence in a foreign language and the study of any language, from Arabic to Italian, merits inclusion in the Great Courses.

What is Language?

Language is the systems by which we organize and transmit our thoughts. These systems are powerful and fundamentally entrenched in the human experience. Linguists say that human beings started using language approximately 150,000 years ago. Today we have 6,000 different languages and dialects spread throughout 7.3 billion people.

Google alone processes over 3 billion text-based searches per day.

Our modern world, for better or worse, is shaped by our languages and how we use them.

From grammar to vocabulary, learning a foreign language boosts your native tongue structure. Regardless of how big or small your vocabulary, the words won’t mean much if you can’t use them correctly to communicate your ideas to others. Strangely, you will find that studying the vocabulary and grammar of a foreign language will also subtly enhance your understanding of your native tongue.

Studying a new language means that you have to learn the basic rules for words and how they come together. Rules and structure differ from language to language. For example Russian lacks definite and indefinite articles, and English does not convey gender as seamlessly as Latin, Spanish and Hindi languages do. Learning a foreign language’s syntax will broaden your general linguistic understanding.

As you learn another language’s structure and rules, your own language will become a reference for comparison, and you will develop a better understanding of its conventions. Your writing and speaking will become cleaner and you will have an easier time processing difficult texts, such as Shakespeare’s plays or a college textbook. The grammar instruction you receive through studying a foreign language will provide the syntactical practice you should have received in high school, but probably didn’t.

English is an amalgamation of other languages. Just 1% of its words are unique. The other 99% have been adapted from centuries of communication. No matter what major language you study, you will find English peppered within its elements, and you’ll understand both cultures that much better for it.

A Second Language Expands Your Life

You may have dreamed of leading a life very different than your own. Perhaps you have had romantic visions of haggling over a baguette with a Parisian baker or enjoying a playful, witty argument in Yiddish over a chess board.

While you can’t lead a second life, learning to communicate in a foreign language affords you the opportunity to add another dimension to your personality. It gives you access to another system of thought and a new canon of literature, music, politics and news.

A second language gives you membership in a second culture, providing you with access to the people who communicate in that language. Learning to speak with others in their native language will provide you with insight into their lives. Just as a child develops from basic, simplistic communication to nuanced, mature conversations, your understanding of another’s thoughts deepens when they can share a language.

That familiarity with another language and its accompanying culture broadens you as a person. Ask anyone who grew up in a bilingual home: they’ll describe how they played two roles in two different worlds, and how it was a recipe for a rich life.

Yes, There’s Money In It

Employees who know multiple languages have a valuable role in the workplace and are rewarded for their expertise. The Economist reports that people who speak English and Spanish earn a salary 1.5% higher than the national average; those who know German make 3.8% more.

Just about every industry values employees who can tap into emerging markets in countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China. If you can speak two languages, you can fulfil the function of two monolingual employees for less than twice the price. Needless to say, you will be in hot demand.

In particular, companies with an international focus rely upon people who can speak multiple languages. It’s not unusual for an otherwise average student to land a great job straight out of school because of their foreign language skills, while higher-achieving peers spend years searching for a comparable position. People who weathered the recession best had a variety of adaptable skills, which often included fluency in a second language.

Numbers are difficult to calculate, but a foreign language can lead to plenty of additional professional opportunities. Sometimes the value of a foreign language is difficult to quantify. You might earn a higher salary, but it is also difficult to measure how rewarding it is to obtain the career flexibility you will enjoy by being bilingual. Having more options for where to live and work allows you to advance your life on your terms, which pays off in both earnings and happiness.

Languages Keep Your Brain Young

Even if you’re not convinced that knowing a foreign language will increase your wealth and quality of life, you might be interested to learn that learning a foreign language can help you live longer by giving your brain a work out.

Neuroscience research shows that people who know a second language have a higher density of grey matter and increased brain function. Brain plasticity improves by giving your brain a work out, so learning a second language provides real long-term benefits.

Research also suggests that learning a second language can help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. One study has argued that bilingual subjects earned themselves an additional four years compared to monoglots. This suggests for early-Alzheimers’ patients learning a second language as a way to boost the brain’s defense mechanisms is ideal.

Health, Wealth and Happiness, Isn’t That Enough?

You only have so many slots in your class schedule, but it is worth making room for a foreign language. The requirements of introductory language courses aren’t demanding and do not require so much class time that they’ll prevent you from taking classes in your major.

Also, foreign language departments tend to be friendly and accommodating to new students. They will work with you as you learn and can actively help you plan study abroad trips so you can immerse yourself into the culture you’re studying.

You can study Spanish, French, Russian, or any one of dozens of languages. One language in particular may be a better fit for you than another, but they’re all great courses to take.

Foreign Languages

Reading, Writing and Speaking

  • Beginner level – Alphabets, counting and reading simple sentences.
  • Intermediate level – Grammar, punctuation and simple sentence formation.
  • High level – study history of Spain and read and write high and complex sentences

The following courses are done on an hourly basis, not as a set course of specific numbers of weeks and hours.

Course ContentPriceOffer
FrenchReading, Writing and Speaking

  • Beginner level - Alphabets, counting and
    reading simple sentences.

  • Intermediate level - Grammar, Punctuation
    and Simple sentence formation.

  • High level - study history of Spain and read
    and write high and complex sentences

$40 per hour per school student. $70 dollars for two hours.
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
$45 dollars per
Uni/Tertiary students
$80 dollars for two hours
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
GermanReading, Writing and Speaking

  • Beginner level - Alphabets, counting and
    reading simple sentences.

  • Intermediate level - Grammar, Punctuation
    and Simple sentence formation.

  • High level - study history of Spain and read
    and write high and complex sentences

$40 per hour per school student. $70 dollars for two hours.
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
$45 dollars per
Uni/Tertiary students.
$80 dollars for two hours
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
ItalianReading, Writing and Speaking

  • Beginner level - Alphabets, counting and
    reading simple sentences.

  • Intermediate level - Grammar, Punctuation
    and Simple sentence formation.

  • High level - study history of Spain and read
    and write high and complex sentences

$40 per hour per school student. $70 dollars for two hours.
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
$45 dollars per
Uni/Tertiary students.
$80 dollars for two hours
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
SpanishReading, Writing and Speaking

  • Beginner level - Alphabets, counting and
    reading simple sentences.

  • Intermediate level - Grammar, Punctuation
    and Simple sentence formation.

  • High level - study history of Spain and read
    and write high and complex sentences

$40 per hour per school student. $70 dollars for two hours.
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
$45 dollars per adult
students
$80 dollars for two hours
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
IndianReading, Writing and Speaking

  • Beginner level - Alphabets, counting and
    reading simple sentences.

  • Intermediate level - Grammar, Punctuation
    and Simple sentence formation.

  • High level - study history of Spain and read
    and write high and complex sentences

$40 per hour per school student. $70 dollars for two hours.
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
$45 dollars per
university/Tertiary
$80 dollars for two hours
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
ChineseReading, Writing and Speaking

  • Beginner level - Alphabets, counting and
    reading simple sentences.

  • Intermediate level - Grammar, Punctuation
    and Simple sentence formation.

  • High level - study history of Spain and read
    and write high and complex sentences

$40 per hour per school student. $70 dollars for two hours.
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
$45 dollars per
university/Tertiary
$80 dollars for two hours
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
ArabicReading, Writing and Speaking

  • Beginner level - Alphabets, counting and
    reading simple sentences.

  • Intermediate level - Grammar, Punctuation
    and Simple sentence formation.

  • High level - study history of Spain and read
    and write high and complex sentences

$40 per hour per school student. $70 dollars for two hours.
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.
$45 dollars per
university/Tertiary
$80 dollars for two hours
Bring 3 students and get a
1 free hour out of 2 hours
per week for a full term.

The following is:
Full- time and part time courses for adult learners with fixed times and days per week for
10 weeks or 5 weeks minimum

Levels Beginners to advanced
Entry test Free entry test on the selected foreign language
Length1-52 weeks/Each level 10 weeks
Course starts Every Monday
Class Size 8 average (minimum numbers of students required).
Age +16
Registration fees Free
Course books $50
Times Full time: 10 weeks-Monday: Saturday (23 hours p/w)
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Part-time: 10 weeks- Monday-Friday (16 hours p/w)
9:30 am-12:30 pm
Part-time 1: 10 weeksMonday-Thursday
9:00am-12:30pm (16 hours p/w)
Friday: 9:30 am-2:00 pm
Part time 2: 5 weeks ( 2 hours a week)
Friday: 9:30 am-11:45 am
Outdoor activitiesOnce a month
Conversational classes1 Free hour per week for both full time and part time modes
Fees structure: Full time: 10 weeks - 23 hours per week.
Group Course: $300 NZ P/W
One-on-One: $800 NZ / PW
Part-time 1: 10 weeks- 16 hours per week.
Group Course: $240 NZ pw
One-on-One Couse (VIP): $600 pw
Part-time 2: 5 weeks course- 10 hours course in total:
Group Course: $200 NZ for the 5 weeks course
One-on-One Couse (VIP): $400 pw for the 5 weeks course.