ESOL - Academic Skills Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

English Language Learners

The Academic Skills Centre offers a range of support services to students who have English as an additional language. Along with our general workshops, we run courses specifically for English language learners:

July 2018 Programme for International Students

At this free academic orientation, you will meet other international students and participate in workshops to prepare you for your studies. This event is designed for students from non-English-speaking countries, but all international students are welcome to register. The event includes academic writing, avoiding plagiarism and understanding university expectations.

When: 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, Thursday 12 July

Where: Room 308, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight (Central Library)

To register email note enrolment is limited to the first 30 registrations.

Avoiding Plagiarism - Learn how to avoid plagiarism in your academic writing.


The English Language Support Programme is a year-long programme designed to help students to improve their academic English. Workshops are 50 minutes long and take place once per week during term time.

The Reading and Writing for English Language Learners workshops focus on key reading and writing skills. These stand-alone workshops are a more flexible option than the English Language Support Programme and may be better suited to undergraduate students.

The Speaking and Listening for English Language Learners workshops provide opportunities for students to practise conversation and discussion with native and non-native English speakers.

Giving an Oral Presentation helps students to improve public speaking and presentation skills. This 2-hour workshop is open to all UC students but is particularly useful for English language learners who would like to practise their speaking in a supportive environment.

Students who wish to improve their written English may also benefit from attending The Writing Process and Making Sentences Work.


Students can book one-to-one consultations with a learning advisor to discuss their written assignments. Topics covered in consultations include analysing essay questions, essay and report structure, thesis structure, grammar and punctuation, and referencing. Consultations are held at the Academic Skills Centre, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight Library.

To book a one-to-one consultation, phone (03) 369 3900 or email


Download Succeeding at University in New Zealand: An Academic Guide for International Students


  • Academic Skills Centre
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140
    +64 3 369 3900
    When contacting us, please use your
    University of Canterbury email address.
  • Our location
    Level 3,
    Central Library (Puaka-James Hight)