CITY DETAILSAuckland is the most heavily populated part of New Zealand with sprawling suburbs in the outlying areas covering large areas of land (low density housing). The centre of the city is on the Waitemata Harbour and includes both the business district and residential accommodation (high density housing).
Activities available in Auckland are many and varied (www.aucklandtourism.co.nz) and include all water sports – particularly in summer. Auckland is called the City of Sails because the harbours are central to city life and yachting is a very popular pastime. Auckland has a multinational population, with a large number of tourists passing through each week. With so much do in Auckland, there is never a dull moment!
The climate is mild, with many areas which do not experience frosts in winter. The annual rainfall is 1200 mm. The warmest months are December to March with an average summer temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. The average number of sunshine days is 245 per year.
What is the building/area like?
|Address||10-12 Scotia Place|
|Telephone||+64 (0)9 303 3097|
|Fax Number||+64 (0)9 303 3497|
|LSI on Facebook||http://www.facebook.com/lsiauc|
LSI AUCKLAND FACILITIES
What facilities are available to students?• Two student rooms, one with a vending machine and a fridge and both with microwaves for student use
• WiFi available free of charge at LSI Auckland for those students who have their own computers (please note that students are not permitted to charge their computers at school).
• Internet computers for students to use free of charge – 28 available
• Self-study computers for students to use free of charge
• An exciting social activities programme
• Director of Studies is available to talk to regarding your English course as well as further study options in NZ.
How many classrooms are there?23 classrooms.
Do you have a cafeteria?No, but we have two student rooms where students can eat their lunch. We are very close to many affordable cafes, restaurants, sandwich bars and supermarkets.
How many teachers do you have?We have 10 - 15 teachers as well as relief teachers.
What are your teacher qualifications?All our teachers are qualified, experienced native English speakers.
Where do your students come from?Nationalities and percentages vary during the year, but we regularly have students from over 25 different countries in the school at any one time. We normally have 30% from Europe, 30% from Asia, 20% from South America, and 20% from the Middle East and the South Pacific. Please contact the school for the most up to date nationality spread.
How many students do you have during high and low seasons?We usually have 100 – 220 students year round.
What is the minimum and average age of your students?The minimum age is 16 years old. The average age of our students is 23-24.
How do we teach?Our syllabus is based on grammatical structures, and is grouped in levels, which guarantee that students study at their appropriate level (Beginners, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, & Advanced).
The syllabus includes detailed and systematic language skills development (reading, writing, listening, speaking), taught in a communicative context. Students take part in pair work, group work, and individual work. Our method is to encourage the students to speak as fluently as possible within the shortest possible time.
A balance of all language requirements - grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, functional use - is maintained, using a wide range of materials and techniques.
Courses we offer
We also offer students the opportunity to spread a long-term course over 2 or more of our centres worldwide! Ask about our Multi-Centre Courses for more information. The courses must be booked before leaving your own country, so the correct visas can be obtained.For more information and course descriptions please visit our website at: http://www.lsi.edu/en/general.shtml, http://www.lsi.edu/executive/en/auckland.html, and http://www.lsi.edu/en/auckland_fees.html , www.lsi.ac.nz
Do you offer work experience?Yes, we offer unpaid internship placements. Please contact the school for further details. Additionally: students may study here up to 3 months and work in paid work as well on a Working Holiday Visa; or Students who are on a 6 months or more Student Visa and who have a minimum of IELTS 5.0 may apply for a ‘Variation of Conditions’ and work 20 hours a week as paid work.
What is the length of each lesson?All lessons are 50 minutes except One-to-One / Mini Group lessons which are 45 minutes.
What is a typical class time table like?*Intensive 24: 5 days of morning lessons plus 2 days of afternoon classes per week
What is the maximum/average class size?The maximum class size is 15. Our average class size is 11.
What levels are offered and how fast does a student progress from level to level?There are 6 levels: Beginners, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced. Students can pass up a level after 4-12 weeks study after they have successfully completed the level test. The normal number of weeks per level is 12 weeks. Progress does depend on the student’s motivation and ability. We have progress tests in class every week.
Are textbooks included in the fees?Students pay a course materials fee per week. If you stay 4 weeks or longer at LSI you will receive books to keep. If you stay 1 – 3 weeks this fee will cover the handouts and use of class text books.
Do you receive a free certificate once the course has ended?Yes, as long as you have attended at least 80% of the course. All students who are studying on a Student Visa (longer than 12 weeks), will have their attendance noted on their certificate.
Can I switch my course type/length once I have started it, or decide to add an additional course?Course changes are generally not permitted after the course has started. (e.g. changing from 30 lessons per week to 20 lessons per week, or shortening courses is not permitted). However, students may add extra lessons e.g. afternoon or individual lessons. Students can add additional weeks to their course. The student can make arrangements to do so through the LSI Registrar or with his / her booking agent. Bookings should be made as early as possible. If students wish to extend their accommodation, this is fine too, but is subject to availability. If they extend late, it is possible that the host family may be booked up with other students, however in this case we can usually find another host family.
When are the school holidays?The school is closed for two weeks at Christmas time (usually the last week in December and the first week of January). We are also closed on NZ Public holidays. Please check our current brochure for dates.
When are the start dates?We also offer students the opportunity to spread a long-term course over 2 or more of our centres worldwide! Ask about our Multi-Centre Courses for more information. The courses must be booked before leaving your own country, so the correct visas can be obtained.
For more information and course descriptions please visit our website at: http://www.lsi.edu/en/general.shtml, http://www.lsi.edu/executive/en/auckland.html, and http://www.lsi.edu/en/auckland_fees.html , www.lsi.ac.nz
What is a typical class time table like?
|Hours||Standard 20||Intensive 30 with Conversation, IELTS / TOEFL iBT / TOEIC Exam preparation, or Business English / EAP/ Cambridge Courses / Intensive 24*||Afternoon10|
|9:00 - 10:45||Lessons 1 & 2 (with 5-minute break)||Lessons 1 & 2 (with 5-minute break)|
|10:45 - 11:10||BREAK||BREAK|
|11:10 - 12:45||Lessons 3 & 4 (with 5-minute break)||Lessons 3 & 4 (with 5-minute break)|
|12:45 - 13:45||FINISH||LUNCH|
|13:45 - 15:30||Lessons 5 & 6 (with 5-minute break)||Lessons 1 & 2 FINISH|
What time should I arrive on my first day and what should I bring?Please arrive promptly just before 9:00 for testing. You will have a listening test, a speaking test, and a grammar test from 9:00 – 10: 45. From 11:10 – 12:45 you will have an orientation where we will give you information about the school, and Auckland city. Each student is presented with a Student Card, which will enable them to get discounts around the City. There are no discounts on buses for international language school students, unless you are enrolled for a minimum of 12 weeks.You will need to bring something to write with, your passport and proof of your travel and medical insurance. If you have booked a full-time course, your classes will start on your first day at 13:45. If you have booked mornings only, you will start class the following day at 9:00.
Are AIRPORT TRANSFER]s available?
Yes, at an additional cost. Please let us know the date, time of arrival, flight number and prefix, airport of departure and airport of arrival. Eg. 12th March 2010, arriving at Auckland International Airport at 13:00 on NZ91 from Tokyo. If you miss your plane or connecting flights, please contact the school immediately (on the Emergency phone if necessary), so we can inform the pick-up person and the host family. If you do not inform the school of changes and you do not arrive on the stated flight, we will need to charge you again for an additional transfer. Please meet in the Arrivals Hall as you come through the doors after leaving customs. Your pick-up person will be holding a sign with your name on it. Please call the airport service on 027 445 3778 (or the LSI Emergency number: 021 644 033) if you cannot find the pick-up person at the airport.
|Auckland (one way)||NZD 100.00|
|Auckland (return)||NZD 200.00|
Who meets me at the airport and where?After booking the airport meet and greet service, we will send you a letter which explains the airport procedure, including information on how to identify the driver.
What alternative transport is there from the airport to the City or my host family accommodation?Students who wish to make their own way from the airport should catch an "Airport shuttle bus", from outside the main exit of the airport terminal. Some mini-buses, also situated outside the airport terminal, will take you directly to individual addresses on request, while other larger buses go directly to the city.
You can also take a taxi. A taxi from the airport will cost you between $70.00 and $85.00.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM
Bus SystemBus System
The main public transport system in Auckland is the bus system. Some outlying suburbs to the west and south of Auckland central city are also serviced by the train system.
On the first day at school, students will be given information about the appropriate bus pass for them to buy, as well as costs, and where they can buy the passes.
Alternatively each trip can be paid for individually with cash on board the bus. Bus passes cost approximately NZ$160 per month.
Bus timetables and bus pass information are available at the school, and staff is available to help with any transportation needs the students may have. Timetables are also available in Visitor’s Information Centres.
Homestay families generally live within one to three stages from the city.
The homestay families will teach the student how to travel to and from the homestay to school either the day before the course starts or on the first day.
Other Travel Options• Train (to a limited number of destinations)
• Taxi (prices reasonable within the inner city area)
• Rental car (useful for weekend excursions)
• Purchased car (suitable for long stays only, and limited by available car-parking in the city). Car parking near the school is $10.00 - $20.00 per day.
PAYMENTS/ CANCELLATIONS/ REFUNDS
How do I pay for my LSI course?Course fees must be paid before your course starts. Payment can be made in cash, by bank transfer or by providing us with your credit card details. Once payment is received, we will send you a letter of acceptance. If you do send a bank transfer, please quote your agency name and the student name, and fax/email a copy of the bank transfer receipt to us (NB. a bank fee of $25 will be added to payments made by bank transfer). Alternatively, we also accept payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Please ask us for a credit card authorisation form. A credit card bank fee of 2.5% will be charged if paying by credit card. If you would like to pay in Euro or US$, please let us know at the time of booking. Please note that we can only accept credit card payments in NZ$.
Our bank details are as follows: