Adult ESOL

The Papanui High School Adult ESOL Department has three classes each of about twenty students. All our students are either NZ citizens or Permanent Residents and so are new New Zealanders who live here permanently now.

Our students come from a range of countries, currently Taiwan, South Korea, China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and India. All students are full-time and attend school for the same hours as mainstream students.

The course focuses on communication (speaking and listening), but also covers the core areas of reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. Students also sit NCEA standards each year and take Kiwi cooking classes three times each term. As part of the New Zealand studies programme, students go on weekly outings to different places in the community to allow our students to get to know their community and learn about opportunities that exist in Christchurch for themselves and their families. Examples of weekly visits are an art gallery or museum, local charity group, shops of interest, a walk or sports centre.

Enrolment Information

The school offers a full time programme of study for adult new migrants. The course teaches the four main skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as New Zealand culture.  

The cost of the programme is $100 per year for permanent residents and NZ citizens.


Students must:

  • have a desire to learn and be willing to participate fully in all aspects of the programme.
  • be a permanent resident or New Zealand citizen (although international students may apply)
  • be able to attend a full-time course regularly.

For more information contact the international office (phone 352 0705 or email [email protected]) to request an enrolment form and arrange for a placement test.