Established in 1988, New Horizon is a happy, multi-national language school that offers a study environment away from the pressures of a big city. It is ideal for anyone wanting to seriously improve their English language and be treated as an individual in a friendly school. The local people have time to chat and make students feel welcome when they join community activities. Our teachers are all highly qualified and skilled to create a feeling of confidence and relaxation during the lessons. This improves the ability to learn another language. Napier city with its great weather, seaside location, wineries and interesting activity programme is a perfect place for both young and old. People of all ages from 14 to 70 are welcome to join us for 1 to 48 weeks. Napier is the ideal place to try something new. Art Deco city on the Pacific ocean / Free 1-1 study help after school / Free Internet, local telephone and tea and coffee / Free airport pick up / Activity programme after school and at weekends / Working Holiday and seasonal work opportunities / Assistance with exams, visas, insurance, further study. Check with Christine about our programmes and activities.
General English 9am-3pm
You can learn General English to improve your English communication skills. We have a level to suit you: Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced. Each level focuses on improving spoken English, listening skills, reading, writing, and grammar. You can start any Monday and study for as long as you like (depending on your visa). The minimum length of study is 2 weeks. At the end of the course you will receive a New Horizon certificate to confirm successful completion.
General English 9am-12noon
This is designed for visitors who just want to brush up their English while on holiday in New Zealand and is not recommended for the more serious student.
Our teaching is based on the latest Communicative Language Teaching so you will have to do a lot of talking and activities during every class. Every teacher has a different style and every student has a different reason for learning English so your teacher will try to help all of you the best he/she can.
We have a programme of English and Activities, just for the more mature student over 40 years. We run four programmes a year, each four weeks long. The first is in January / February, the second in March / April, the third in September / October and the fourth in November / December. Students can also study extra weeks of General English before and after their 40+ course.
The programme has English lessons every morning, 9am – 12 noon. The students join in classes with other international students of all ages from the General English programme. In the afternoons they take part in an Activity Programme for 3 afternoons, where the activities are sightseeing, wine tasting, bush walking, beach visits, cultural events, farm visits, garden visits etc. There is free time for the other 2 afternoons. Additional excursions or tuition on these free time afternoons will cost extra.
Activity Programme (minimum of 6 students)
The class chooses 3 activities per week from the following sample list. Other excursions may be substituted as appropriate.
English for Migrants:
The English for Migrants programme enables migrants to participate in English language courses, helping them settle into communities and work.
English & Activities for Under 18s:
We have a programme of English and Activities, just for younger students aged between 14 and 17 years old. We run three programmes a year. The first is in January, the second in April, and the third in July. Students can study extra weeks of General English before and after their Activities course, or do any number of Activity weeks within the course dates.
The programme has English lessons every morning from 9am to 12 noon. The students join in classes with other international students from the General English programme. In the afternoons they take part in an Activity Programme. The excursions may commence at 1pm or 3pm. If the excursion starts at 3pm, the students study English class from 1pm to 3pm. Additional excursions at the weekend will cost extra (eg whitewater rafting, day trip to Taupo, bushwalk, Farmers' Market etc).
English & Wine Appreciation
Hawke’s Bay, the region around Napier, is New Zealand’s finest food and wine destination, home to fabulous award-winning wines from over 70 wineries, as well as delightful fresh fruit and vegetables.
Learn about how wine is made and how to drink it to enjoy it, while learning English. The English & Wine Appreciation course will give you the chance to visit a range of top class wineries in Hawke's Bay, accompanied by a knowledgeable wine enthusiast who will explain everything in simple English and ensure you have a great experience.
A two week programme introduces students to local wines, to grape growing and winemaking, to wine appreciation and the region's unique growing conditions.
See the vineyards where the grapes are grown, how the wine is produced, and taste a variety of both great white wines and red wines. Use your new knowledge to match wine with food for dinner parties and learn how to identify the characteristics of wines that you enjoy. Then, as you travel New Zealand and explore other wine-growing regions, you will understand and appreciate the differences between types of wine and the areas in which they are produced.
This course is only open to students aged 18 and over. It is suitable for all levels of English, however there is particular vocabulary relating to horticulture, viticulture, wine making and taste that students will be required to learn and be familiar with.
English & Golf
Through the English & Golf course, students can study English in the morning and then play golf or receive golf lessons in the afternoons. We will arrange the golf games, coaching and golf club hire, as well as transport to and from the golf course.
We have a very affordable Public Nine-hole Course for extra weekend golf and beautiful Members' Courses as well.
This is an afternoon-only course intended for older students aged 30 and over who are planning to travel around New Zealand as part of their holiday, and require more confidence and practise in speaking than in academic studies. It is a short course of 2 to 4 weeks duration only, so that there is still plenty of time for travelling on a standard 3-month visitor visa.
The starting focus for conversation will be on travel, getting around, making bookings, getting information and meeting people. Later in the course there will be scope for the group to decide on other useful and interesting topics for conversation and discussion.
The tuition will mostly be carried out by speaking, but students may need to take notes, and some grammar points, question structures, vocabulary etc. will need to be explained in writing. There will be some practical field trips also.
The class starts on the first Monday of each month from March to November and will have a maximum of 4 people.
The levels accepted are Pre-Intermediate to Upper Intermediate, to maximise the opportunities for speaking within a similar English level.
Pre-intermediate to Upper Intermediate (a pre-test will be given, and compared with the placement test taken on the first day of school)
First Monday of each month, March to November
High School Holidays
New Zealand High Schools have holidays 4 times a year: in December/January (6 weeks), April (2 weeks), July (2 weeks) and September (2 weeks). During these holidays we offer Holiday English courses to international students studying at New Zealand high schools.
International students love to make new friends and have memorable holidays as well as improve their English so they come back to us year after year.
They can spend their holidays brushing up on their English. This is available to all students aged 14 and over. We offer IELTS preparation for the more advanced students and General English classes for those who are still struggling with the language.
We have developed a good relationship with many High Schools over the years and you can be assured that we will do our very best to take care of the students while they are studying with us. The students really enjoy meeting international students from other schools and sharing experiences.
Students can start an IELTS course on any Monday (except during vacation weeks or on Public Holidays) and enrol for any number of weeks. The minimum length of study is 2 weeks.
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency and is one of the world’s most popular English testing systems.
There are two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.
You need 6.5 – 7.5 in an Academic IELTS exam, depending on the course you take, to enter a New Zealand University.
You need 6.5 in a General IELTS exam to gain permanent residency.
You need 7.0 - 7.5 in an Academic IELTS exam to register as a medical practitioner in New Zealand.
Cambridge English: First (FCE) is an exam for people who can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level. It is an ideal exam for people who want to use English for work or study purposes.
Is FCE for you?
understand texts from a wide variety of sources?
use English to make notes while someone is speaking in English?
talk to people about a wide variety of topics?
understand people talking in English on radio or television programmes?
If you answered yes, then FCE is the right exam for you.
Minimum level of English required: Intermediate.
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an exam for advanced users of English. This exam is aimed at people who can use written and spoken English for most professional and social purposes. It is widely recognised for work or study purposes.
Is CAE for you?
use English in an effective way for business or study purposes?
use English confidently and flexibly?
produce well-structured, clear pieces of writing on complex issues?
If you answered yes, then CAE is the right exam for you.
Minimum level of English required: Upper Intermediate.
TOEIC is the Test of English for International Communications, which is a test of English proficiency used as a standard for establishing workplace English writing skills and spoken English proficiency.
New Horizon College of English is an official TOEIC Testing Centre for Listening and Reading only. Writing and Speaking are also included in the preparation course.
The TOEIC exam is divided into two parts. Students can sit the first part or the second part, or both of them. The first part is Listening (45 minutes) and Reading (75 minutes), and the second part is Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (20 minutes). OEIC test questions are based on real-life work settings in an international environment (meetings, travel, telephone conversations, etc). The skills you need to be successful in the TOEIC examination are taught in General English and the TOEIC class.
A minimum of 6 students is required to hold a TOEIC class, however if there are fewer than 6, individual assistance outside of class may be given to students to prepare them for the exam. The exam can be taken at New Horizon College of English at the end of the course. The minimum English level required for the course is Intermediate.
High School Preparation
This course is designed for international students aged 14 and over who wish to enter a New Zealand High School.
Most international students, for whom English is their second language, have difficulty understanding the teachers and study notes at high school if their English is not Intermediate level or above.
For these students we suggest 12 weeks study before beginning the new school year in February.
However, students can start any Monday and study for as long as they like.
If students first study at New Horizon they will:
Be able to improve their general and subject-specific English in a small, supportive environment
Adjust to New Zealand life
Join small classes with a lot of one-to-one teacher contact time
Meet students from other nationalities and make new friends
More than ever, a good knowledge of English is needed to succeed in international business and commerce. If you can show you have relevant language skills you will have a great advantage in the job market and much greater flexibility if you want to work abroad.
An internationally recognised business qualification can help to show that you have learned English to an appropriate standard and can use it in a professional context.
There are three Business English Certificate exams - BEC Preliminary, BEC Vantage and BEC Higher - which test English language ability used in the context of business. They are ideal if you are preparing for a career in business.
Each exam is held three times a year and tests reading, writing, listening and speaking. The exam fees may differ according to the venue where you choose to sit the exam.
A minimum of 6 students is required to hold a BEC class, however if there are fewer than 6, individual assistance outside of class may be given to students to prepare them for the exam.
When you finish your course at New Horizon College of English you will need to travel to an exam centre. There are several examination centres around New Zealand, both in the North Island and in the South Island.
Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
Group Study Tours
If you have a group of students (size: 8-40) New Horizon will prepare a course of English in the morning and activities in the afternoon specifically designed to meet the needs of each group.
Enjoy an experience to remember for a lifetime! Study English and become part of a friendly local family to get a real understanding of New Zealand culture.
We design English classes to match the students' level and age. The minimum age for a group course is 11. We take care of the group from their arrival in Napier to the day they depart.
The fees include:
Enrolment and homestay placement
English tuition in closed classes
All activities unless otherwise stated
Homestay accommodation with 3 meals a day
New Horizon leader for all activities
Napier transfers from airport or bus stop by homestays
You can design your own programme. We are able to arrange various activities for you, depending on the age of your students and their interests. We can arrange adventure excursions for children, culture and cuisine for mature students or any combination of activities you choose.
Upon arrival in Napier students are collected by their host families.
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