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As New Zealand becomes more multicultural, there is no better place to witness this diversity than in the school environment. However, with many families coming to the country without English as a first language, it highlights the importance of ESOL teachers – as AIS graduate Melissa Heng understands.

Melissa Heng. AIS, August 2017. Photo:Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images

Melissa is currently working as a part-time teacher at Wakaaranga school in Auckland, teaching international groups.

Being an ESOL teacher is one of the greatest joys personally for me as I am not only able to help those who want to learn English but also through that interaction process, I have learnt so much about different cultures. Meeting people from different cultures is one of the benefits of an ESOL teacher that one can’t get from other jobs.

Melissa Heng. AIS, August 2017. Photo:Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images

Melissa graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor degree in Asian Studies and Korean language. As a second language learner myself, Melissa was always intrigued about languages and looking for effective ways to learn them. Therefore, Melissa decided to take CertTESOL as a challenge to herself to help English languages learners learn and master the language more effectively.

For me, the decision to do CertTESOL at AIS was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. The programme helped me discover talents that I never knew I had.

Tony O’Braonain – Language Teacher Training.
Copyright: Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images

Melissa thought the programme was well structured and included a good balance of both theory and practical. Moreover, the lecturers were extremely helpful throughout the course and for her that was one of the things she liked most about AIS.

Definitely! I was very pleased with the entire programme and felt that the teachers were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Especially with TESOL, it was a pretty intense programme but I never once felt that I was alone. I knew that if I needed help, Tony and Pam would be more than happy to guide me and support me.

Everything taught during the course was very relevant and Melissa was able to put what she had learnt to practice when I got a job.

I was lucky enough to find a job rather quickly. My first teaching job was through Pam-our teacher and subsequently, I just applied to a few schools and was called back for an interview.

Go for it! It’s worth it and you won’t regret it.


Start Dates in 2018: 12 February, 21 May, 10 September

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