“Kia Ora!” : Welcome to
The staff would like to welcome you to Wellington Language Centre. We look
forward to your arrival and to making your stay enjoyable and successful.
To help you prepare for your trip we have compiled the following information,
which we believe will help you adapt more quickly to a new country, climate,
college, customs and lifestyle.
Most of you may experience some difficulty speaking English. This is natural.
You will be using conversational English which is probably different from what
you were taught in high school. It will take time to become proficient in your
speech. When you talk with your host family, teachers or friends, ask them
to speak clearly, slow down or repeat themselves. These people are excellent
sources of new words and phrases. Ask them for help with your pronunciation
and vocabulary. They will be happy to help. If you become tired and frustrated
when you do not learn as quickly as you would like, relax and slow down. Be
patient. It takes time.
Asking for help...
If there is something you don't understand, or something you are not sure how
to deal with, ask someone for help or advice. If you do not ask, we cannot
" I don't understand. Can you explain
this to me?"
" Can you help me please?"
" I am sad / confused / homesick. Can I talk with you about it?"
" I would like some help with homework / English / new friends”
What to bring
• light, comfortable clothing for the warmer months (T-shirts, shorts,
• wind proof jacket, pullover, jeans, jacket and strong shoes or boots
for the colder months
• raincoat and strong umbrella, as Wellington an get wet and windy
All types of clothing can be purchased in Wellington.
These are all available in New Zealand and operate on 240 volts. Fit your appliances
with New Zealand style plugs which you can buy in Wellington.
All Asian products and most European food products are readily available in
Wellington and you do not need to bring these with you. As New Zealand has
been an isolated country for many years and is relatively free from pests and
insects there are very strict quarantine laws controlling the importation of
food and plants.
Do not bring any plant or animal material in to the country (eg. Mushrooms,
fruit, Chinese herbs, pork, noodles, spices etc.). However, if you must bring
any of these please remember...
The following classes of goods must be declared on your New Zealand Passenger
· food of any kind
· plants or parts of plants
(alive or dead)
· animals (alive or dead) or
· equipment used with animals
· equipment such as camping
gear, golf clubs, and used bicycles
· biological specimens.
Passengers who fill out the Quarantine section of the declaration card incorrectly,
risk an instant fine of $200. This is in addition to the prospect of a fine
of up to $100,000, or a prison term of up to 5 years for serious breaches of
the New Zealand Bio-security laws.
Please see the New Zealand Customs service website for more details:
Students travelling on a Student
Students on a student visa need to comply with certain conditions:
1. Students must have an attendance level of 80%
2. Students must notify ALC of any change of address
3. Students must meet course requirements
4. Students may not work unless you have applied for permission to work and
hold a work permit and work visa.
Please ask the Registrar for more information, or see the New Zealand Immigration
Medical treatment in New Zealand can be very expensive, so everyone should
have some form of health insurance. Wellington Language Centre can organise
insurance for you. If you need health insurance please complete and return
the two Southern
Cross Healthcare forms to “The Registrar”.
If you are staying in New Zealand for more than 12 weeks you should open a
bank account. Most savings accounts come with a plastic "cash card" which
you can use to access automatic teller machines (ATMs) 24 hours a day to withdraw
and deposit money. All the major banks are located close to WLC and we will
assist you during orientation with opening a bank account if you need one.
Please ensure that any mail that is sent to you by post has your name clearly
written in English script, with the word Student on it.
Example: John Smith – Student
Your arrival in New Zealand
If you have reserved an airport pick-up, a representative of our transfer company
will meet you at the airport. Look for the ALC sign. If you cannot find the
representative, please wait in front of the flower shop and our staff will
come and find you.
Very Important :Please put the Kiwi picture on your bag so that we can recognise
What to bring:
Letter of Acceptance from Wellington Language
A pen and paper
Our teachers are dedicated to helping every student to learn English as quickly
and effectively as possible. The emphasis is on communication, and a wide range
of resources and the most up-to-date and appropriate methods are used to ensure
that every learner achieves their potential.
Teachers at WLC use a blend of proven approaches and challenging new ideas,
and take into account a range of learning styles and cultural backgrounds.
You may be a little surprised by the new style of lessons in your first week,
but will soon find that you are able to communicate with others in the class
and become independent outside the class. Please remember to tell a teacher
about any individual difficulties you may have; they will always be happy to
The Student Services Department assists with finding suitable accommodation
and can help you with a wide range of issues including employment, legal and
financial problems, academic counselling, visa issues, recreation, etc. Furthermore,
the Student Counsellor is available to discuss, in strict confidence, any difficulties
and personal problems (homesickness, health issues, etc) that you may have
from time to time.
In the case of an emergency only you may ring the following number after you
arrive in New Zealand.
0800 106 108
All the staff at Wellington Language
Centre wish you a safe journey and look forward to welcoming
you to Wellington!