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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 semester

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology


Do you need to improve your English language skills?

This course is for learners who wish to increase their English language proficiency for general communication.

You'll learn the language skills required to communicate independently and effectively in familiar and less-familiar situations with fluency and flexibility. This could be in community or societal settings.

We offer beginner to advanced English courses. We'll assess your English when you enrol to decide the best level for you to study at.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 4)


This course is intended for students of English as an additional language, who wish to improve their English, or who are attending NZQA-approved courses in Aotearoa New Zealand, rather than a direct pathway to employment.

Graduates of this course will have the English language skills to work in employment that involves:

  • interpersonal communication,
  • understanding of context-specific texts of a more general nature,
  • writing transactional exchanges, records, reports and letters, and
  • interaction in a team.


The course will focus on:

  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking
  • listening
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving

Topics in this course:

  • Communication 4 (General)
  • Connection 4 (General)
  • Community 4 (General)
  • Concepts 4 (General)

This course is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) mid B2.


  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5)

Entry criteria

  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3), OR
  • English Language Proficiency placement test

English Language requirements:

Your English will be assessed on entry.

Guideline for entry:

  • Academic (Level 4) entry: CEFR low B2 or IELTS 5.5

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