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Teaching Methodology and Teachers

At Geos NZ, all teachers are TESOL-qualified to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages. Geos NZ teachers come from New Zealand, England, Canada, the U.S.A., Scotland, Australia and other English-Speaking Countries. They have a wide range of experience and teaching styles, and students are exposed to a variety of approaches and accents.

Teaching Methodology at GeosNZ is skills-based. This means that we teach the 4 macro-skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Each macro skill can be divided into sub-skills; for example, Speaking is divided into pronunciation, rhythm and stress, conversation techniques, situational and functional language, etc. Grammar, structure and vocabulary development are taught across all the skills. The teaching approach at GeosNZ is communicative. This means that during the lessons, students are constantly involved in actively using English to communicate with their classmates and teachers in meaningful situations. Focus is on practical usage. Students are given a textbook to work from and the teacher supplies additional material from other books, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV broadcasts, songs, etc.

Students are interviewed and tested on arrival, and placed in a class that corresponds to their test result. There are 6 main levels of English at GeosNZ, from absolute beginner to advanced. Every 10 weeks, students are tested again, and if they pass the test, they can move up a level. Students who find their classes either too difficult or too easy, can, after talking to their teacher and academic counsellor, try another class.

General English

23 hours/week (full-time) or 15 hours/week (part-time).
6 Levels from absolute beginner to advanced.
Course length 2 weeks to 30 weeks.
Classes are organised into 10-week modules.

Format is Integrated Skills (Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing). Students use a core textbook (e.g. Headway, New Interchange, Cutting Edge) .Class work is theme-based: activities are focus on a weekly or bi-weekly topic, usually following the coursebook syllabus, so that students can develop useful vocabulary and share ideas in group discussions. Grammar and structure are introduced progressively and used in class communication activities. Homework is given regularly. Every 4 weeks, students are tested and their progress is assessed. Students who pass the test, and have consistently participated in class and completed their homework, can move to the next level. Those who find their class too easy or too difficult, can ask to be moved to a more suitable level.



Academic English

Cambridge First Certificate and Cambridge Advanced English Preparation Courses
A 12- (or 6)-week full time course (23 hours/week) designed specifically for students interested in sitting the Cambridge examinations. The format of the exams (Use of English, Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking) is introduced and the classes are designed to teach the skills and language necessary to pass the exam. These include interview techniques, essay writing, reading for gist and for specific information, grammar and vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs.
Entry level: Upper Intermediate A (FCE); Upper Intermediate B (CAE)

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Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Preparation Course
A 5-week full time course (23 hours/week) focusing on language skills relevant to this test. The TOEFL preparation course focuses primarily on listening comprehension, structure and vocabulary development. A wide range of language, from idiomatic, informal English, to very literary, formal English, is introduced and practised. Practice tests (on computers) are part of the programme.
Entry level; Intermediate.

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) I (Preliminary)
An introduction to the kinds of English employed in a variety of academic disciplines. The emphasis is on skills development, although the choice of topics and lexical focus partially anticipates the content of the academic IELTS examination.

Matters covered in the six-week course include: structures of formal English; expansion of technical vocabulary; discursive, descriptive and process writing; reading for gist and detail; listening for tone and attitude public speaking; basic study skills; time management.
Entry level: Intermediate 2A

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) II (Pre-IELTS)
A five-week continuation of the EAP I course, intended as a prelude to entry into our academic IELTS programme. While not an IELTS course as such, it includes some practice of IELTS-style exercises, while remaining focused on skills development and vocabulary building.

Areas covered include: note-taking skills; discursive composition; report writing; formal and informal register; collaborative discussion; inferring meaning from context.
Entry level: Beginning Intermediate 2.

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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Preparation Course
A five-week full-time course preparing students for the IELTS examination. Class work follows the format of the exam (Reading, Writing, Interview and Listening), with emphasis on skills like writing analytical essays, describing figures and graphs, reading academic texts for general meaning and specific information, asking questions and participating in discussions, and presenting organised, developed answers to questions
Entry level: Finishing Intermediate 2.

English for Business Purposes (EBP)
A five-week course based on the syllabus of the Cambridge Business English (BEC) examination. The course uses authentic materials, role-plays and simulations to provide a realistic preparation for those needing to use English in the work-place.
Topics covered include: letters, faxes, and memos; telephone technique; international trade; marketing; meetings; sales and negotiation.

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One week to eight week courses during the winter and summer holidays (June-August) and December - February. Students study in international classes in the morning, and in the afternoons students go on afternoon activities. There is a different activity each afternoon. Teachers accompany students in the afternoon on each activity. Students join international classes of 5-14 students each.

Emphasis on personal care of all students; their pocket money, free time and selection of friendly, experienced host families.

The Takapuna Beach Campus is ideally positioned in a safe shopping centre next to the beach and is perfect for younger students, 11 –14 yrs, who can avoid long bus trips with travel time to most host families only 10 minutes by bus or car.

Activities: rock climbing, horseriding, paintball, laserstrike, Go Karting, Archery, thermal pools, kayaking, IMAX, skating, bowling, Sky Tower, Aquarium, amusement park and more..

Refer to courses and prices for further information.


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Open to groups of students aged 11 years and above at any time of the year. Groups can be arranged for 1 week to 4 weeks and can be based at any GEOSNZ Campus, at local primary schools, intermediate schools, high schools or outdoor camps.

Study Tours combine English lessons, Homestay accommodation, sightseeing, excursions, cultural visits, and sporting activities. Programmes can be designed to suit the requirements of the group.

Sample Itinerary

Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Transfer to GeosNZ
Meet Host Family
Free Time
Host Family
Placement Test
City Orientation
(Bus, banks etc)

PM Sightseeing
& Sky Tower
English Tuition
Harbour Cruise -
Sail on the Harbour
English Tuition
Farm Show &
Horse riding
English Tuition
English Tuition
Farewell Party
Dinner with
Host Families


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Teacher Training

Auckland Teacher Training Events 2003/2004

For a list of courses, prices and more information, click here

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Book a full time course of 12 weeks or more for a minimum stay of 4 weeks in two cities, Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch and get a FREE return air ticket between the two cities.

Superlink bookings must be requested at the time of original registration. A student who has already commenced a course cannot alter the registration to a Superlink. Minimum six weeks prior booking is required to arrange

For more information visit

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As part of the global GEOS network of colleges students can transfer to other schools in the Oceania region with ease. The Superlink allows students to visit any TWO of the Oceania colleges and the domestic airfare is free. Thus for the price of seeing one city, a student can for the same price experience TWO of Australia’s and New Zealand’s exciting destinations.

For further details on any of the GEOS Oceania colleges please contact:

The Regional Marketing Office
375 Stirling Street, Perth, WA, 6000, Australia;
email: ;
Tel: (618) 9227 9888 Fax: (618) 9227 9880

Or link to the following:

GEOS Queensland College of English, Brisbane
Level 5, 193 North QuayBrisbane, QLD, 4003, Australia
Tel: 61-7-3236-2222 Fax: 61-7-3236-2000
ManagerTina Fang

GEOS Queensland College of English
Level 1, 18-22 Orchid Ave., Gold Coast Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217, Australia
Tel 61-7-5531-6788 Fax 61-7-5538-9188
Manager David Page

GEOS Cairns College of English
Level 1, 67 Lake St., Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia
Tel 61-7-4051-5383 Fax 61-7-4031-7535
Manager Ulrich Stauffer

GEOS St. Marks International College, Sydney
Level 6, 1 Newland St., Bondi Junction, Sydney, NSW, 2022, Australia
Tel 61-2-9369-1110 Fax 61-2-9369-1112
Manager Ken Guthrie

GEOS St. Marks International College, Perth
375 Stirling St., Perth, WA 6000 Australia
Tel 61-8-9227-9888 Fax 61-8-9227-9880
Manager Gary Maserow

GEOS Melbourne College of English
Level 1, 277 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Tel 61-3-9650-0710 Fax 61-3-9654-1886
Manager Liz Lor

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