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Academic English

For adults who want to take IELTS or any other English exam, or who want to improve their English for university


In Academic English, students learn the necessary language for English exams, with a particular focus on IELTS. Our experienced teachers, some of whom are IELTS examiners, employ engaging class activities and respected texts to help students achieve the scores they need.

In Academic English, you will study:


  • Grammar
  • Academic vocabulary
  • Strategies for listening exams
  • Speaking (interviews and monologues)
  • Essay writing (Task 2)
  • Process/graph writing (Task 1)
  • Reading strategies
  • Pronunciation

Small classes

Take practice IELTS tests

English-only lessons

Use our study centre


We have an experienced team of teachers who can teach a variety of English classes. Here are a few who teach Academic English:


Academic English teacher

I love nothing more than seeing my students achieve their goals.

Learn more about Jane

Not only am I an Academic English teacher, but I'm also the Adult Dean, and so co-ordinate Unique's Adult teaching team.

I started teaching at Unique more than a decade ago. Before working here, I was a high-school teacher in Zimbabwe.

I adore reading, cooking and spending time with my grandchildren.



Academic English teacher

We are all here to help you settle into your studies and your life in New Zealand.

Learn more about Linda

I’ve been involved with Unique since it was first established over 25 years ago. I’ve been teaching here since 1999. For the past few years I’ve been Assistant Academic Director. Unique has changed so much over the years – we’ve grown bigger, of course, and our students now come from many different countries. This means that the job is always changing and is never boring.

Course times

Students can start Academic English any Monday.

The course is available full time (morning and afternoon) or part time (morning only).

Morning class

0900 – 1030 – Morning class

1030 – 1045 – Break

1045 – 1200 – Morning class (continued)

Afternoon class

1300 – 1400 – Afternoon class

1400 – 1405 – Break

1405 – 1500 – Afternoon class (continued)

IELTS test days at Unique New Zealand for 2018 

15 March
7 June
2 August
1 November


Book early to avoid disappointment