Join our international family
LAC’s international students are fully involved in all aspects of college life, including opportunities to present their culture in various activities on and off the college campus.
New Zealand is a beautiful place to live and study. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. New Zealand offers an array of tourist attractions covering action adventure, snow-covered mountains, geothermal pools and geysers, beautiful beaches, green pastures, and much, much more. You will have the opportunity to meet new friends and see some of the natural beauty of New Zealand. You can take advantage of your holiday breaks to stay with a New Zealand family and experience the Kiwi way of life.
The capital of New Zealand is Wellington (population 496,000), situated at the southern tip of the North Island. It is a 1 hour 40 minutes drive from Wellington to Longburn. Other major cities and towns are Auckland (population 1,415,000) which is a one hour flight from Palmerston North (pictured), Hamilton (population 156,800), Christchurch (population 367,800) and Dunedin (population 118,500). Palmerston North city (population 78,800) is five minutes’ drive from Longburn.
Because New Zealand is situated in the southern hemisphere, its seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. The climate varies from subtropical in the far north to much milder, cooler temperatures as you travel south. Winters are not extreme, but the winter temperature at Longburn can reach 0°C. Summer averages around 220°C.
Size and Population
New Zealand has a population of just over 4,000,000. Geographically it is similar in size to the United Kingdom or Japan. It is primarily a European culture which also includes historical, cultural elements from the Maori and Pacific Island heritage, and now from its rapidly growing multicultural Asian communities.
New Zealand Education and NCEA
National Certificate of Educational Achievement
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand.
NCEA is three certificates: it can be awarded at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Students usually begin studying for their NCEA Level 1 in Year 11 and continue through Years 12 and 13 (from ages 15 through to 18).
Many vocational qualifications are also offered in secondary schools. These include, for example, the National Certificate of Tourism and the National Certificate in Computing.
NCEA is recognised by overseas universities
NCEA is New Zealand’s national school-leaver qualification and is well-recognised overseas. It is highly-regarded by employers and used for selection by universities, both in New Zealand and in other countries.
For details, see the specific country requirements for the recognition of NCEA.
These classes target the English Proficiency of the students. There are five different levels, but some classes are combined if class numbers are small:
- Basic English Proficiency
- Elementary English Proficiency
- Intermediate English Proficiency
- High Intermediate English Proficiency
- Advanced English Proficiency
The curriculum offered in the Core Language classes develops the skills needed to acquire language proficiency and accuracy, socially as well as academically. It also parallels the NCEA Literacy requirements in New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions.
Students taking ESOL have 3-5 periods of instruction per week. The class sizes are small to cater for the diverse language needs, as well as for the learning and cultural needs and styles of the students. These classes work towards an international City & Guilds (formerly Pitman) qualification at the English Proficiency level of the individual students. Furthermore, the Advanced class equips students with the academic skills needed firstly to gain a sound IELTS score required for tertiary entrance into English-speaking Universities, and secondly to succeed in further tertiary education. These students are both internally and externally assessed regularly to monitor student progress and performance.
Yrs 7 & 8 ESOL Class
The Years 7 and 8 ESOL class follows an interactive reading-based programme, which begins the development of the essential language and literacy skills of the students. These students are young enough to use a native student learning approach of developing language by using authentic materials. Therefore, the students are reading and exploring a wide range of subject matter from fairy stories, fables, poems, journals and other stories, appropriate to their age. The students are then encouraged to do free writing based on the books read and the concepts explored in class. This takes place in a supportive and safe environment. A course book is used to supplement language teaching.