Workplace English Courses


Who can apply?

You must complete an application form. See How to Apply 

  • You must be 16 or older.
  • You must be a resident of New Zealand or have applied for residency.
  • You must want to focus on learning the language of the workplace and applying for jobs.
  • You must be able to come to every class session (except when you are sick) and arrive on time.

Level of English required

Course A (Hutt City, Porirua and Wellington): you must be able to use English to say your own contact details and write the letters of the alphabet.

Course B (Hutt City, Porirua and Wellington): you must be able to use English to read and write simple paragraph

Programme Structure

  • The programme is in two levels. MCLaSS will enrol you in the right level for you.
  • Each level is called a course.
  • Each course is 19 weeks long, with 15 hours per week. There are 5 sessions a week.
  • Some students on the course will undertake 2 weeks of work experience. The hours of work experience may be longer than the usual class hours.
  • The courses start in February and July. Late enrolments can be accepted if the classes are not full.

 What will you learn?

  • English for low to semi-skilled jobs
  • English for the workplace
  • New Zealand workplace cultures
  • English for job-seeking and writing a CV
  • English to engage in social conversations with workmates / colleagues

When you have completed the top level of the programme you will be able to:

  • Understand and talk to English speakers if they use familiar words
  • Understand common workplace language used in low to semi-skilled jobs
  • Understand what a CV should have
  • Talk about yourself and common conversation topics with people in your job

You will be confident that you can learn more English and apply for jobs.

You will be ready to enrol in a post-beginner English course at another school or to get a low-skilled job.

Tests and Assessments

At the end of each semester you will be tested by the teacher.

  • You will fill in a self-assessment form to help you think about what kind of teaching helps you learn best, and what you need to do to help you learn best.
  • You will get a report that shows you how well you have been doing and tells you some things to work on next semester.

You can give us your feedback

Two times a year all the learners meet in their own language groups with a teacher and an interpreter. At this session, you can tell us what you think MCLaSS is doing well and what you think MCLaSS is not doing well.

View the MCLaSS Learner Handbook here to find out the rules about studying with MCLaSS.