All ABC College of English courses are accredited and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and have a reputation for quality and excellence. ABC offers a wide range of courses and whether you want to study for 2 weeks or 52 weeks ABC has a course, or combination of courses, which will meet your learning needs.

General English Courses

General English

The General English Course offers a programme of study for students who wish to improve their level of confidence, accuracy and fluency in Communicative English language skills with both Full time and Part time options.

Our General English Morning classes offer a balanced and comprehensive programme in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, pronunciation, vocabulary development and grammar.

Our General English Afternoon classes focus on the major communicative functions and language used in everyday spoken English situations.

All our General English Courses allow a high degree of flexibility to enable the programme to meet the needs of the students and our small classes (Average 6 students per class) ensure that each student has the optimum opportunity to improve their Communicative English Skills. Students are given a weekly informal test and a formal test every 6 weeks. Students also have a 1:1 interview with their teacher every month to discuss their progress. They will also receive a monthly written progress report as well as a final report.

full time: 09:00 - 12:00 /13:00 - 15:00 (25 hours/week)
part time: 09:00 - 12:00
course duration: 2 - 50 weeks (full time), 2 - 12 weeks (part time)
class size: minimum 4 / maximum 10 students
entry level: Basic

Business English

ABC College of English offers customised English language courses addressing the language requirements for international business and negotiation. The key to the success of our training programmes is our ability to customise an individual’s needs and the training requirements of their company.
Oral and written communication skills for Managers
Workplace English skills for Administration and Staff
Contract Comprehension – Writing and Analysis
Business Letter and Email Communication
Negotiation Verbal Skills
Presentation Skills
Report Writing and Evaluation
Professional Telephone Skills
International  Meeting Protocol and Participation
Social English in a Business Context

The above courses serve as a reference only.    Actual courses are tailored according to the specific needs of your company. We are always happy to discuss and recommend a programme to meet your individual needs.

full time: You can take this course in conjunction with a Part Time General English Course
part time: Customised to suit you
course duration: Customised to suit you
class size: Maximum 10 students
entry level: Intermediate

Pathway Programmes to Diploma Courses

ABC College of English has a formal arrangement with both the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) and Queenstown Resort College (QRC) for the entry of international students to their diploma courses, who have successfully completed an ABC College of English IELTS Examination Preparation Course. Courses covered by this agreement are:

Queenstown Resort College Diploma Courses:

Diploma of Hospitality Management, Higher Diploma of Hospitality Management 
(ICMS Australia in association with Cesar Ritz Switzerland), Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management

Southern Institute of Technology Courses:
NZ Diploma in Business, NZIM Diploma in Management, Diploma in Human Resource Management, Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management, Diploma in Information Technology, Diploma in Beauty Therapy

This entry is subject to the student meeting the remaining academic entry and interview requirements of each programme. A Conditional Offer of Place will be provided separately by QRC or SIT, to the student upon the student’s enrolment with ABC College of English.

Note:  Due to NZQA regulation changes this arrangement will only be available until the end November 2018.  From 30 November 2018 all Pathway students will be required to sit an IELTS examination and reach the required level to enter into Diploma courses.

full time: 09:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 15:00 Monday - Friday (25 hours/week)
course duration: 12 weeks
class size: Minimum 4 / maximum 10 students
entry level: Intermediate

Group Holiday Courses

This course combines group English Language study with an afternoon timetable of activities for senior groups, sports groups and secondary school pupils. On the first day students will undergo a comprehensive placement test and Orientation Programme. This will be followed by General English programme designed to improve their fluency and accuracy in English language skills.

Sample of Afternoon Activities: Guided walk and sightseeing,  Gondola Ride & Luge, Kiwi & Birdlife Park Visit, Lake Cruise on the Earnslaw Steamship to Walter Peak Farm, Jet Boating, Mini Golf, Maori Concert, BBQ’s and much more… We will create a timetable based on the interests of the group.



full time: English Study: 0900 - 1200 Monday – Friday (15 hours per week) Activities: 13:00 - 16:00 Monday - Friday (15 hours per week)
course duration: Minimum 1 week
class size: Minimum 4 / maximum 10 students
entry level: Basic