The College – Category 1
Southern Lakes English College is a modern Category 1 school in the heart of beautiful Queenstown. Our status of Category 1 is the highest possible classification for an English as a Second Language school, and it has been given to us by the New Zealand Qualification Authority. Southern Lakes English College is also a member of English New Zealand and Quality English (QE).
Southern Lakes English College offers a wide variety of top-quality English Language courses. Our most popular courses are General English and General English Plus Examination Preparation, as well as our range of English Plus courses which include English Plus Skiing/Snowboarding (June-Oct), English Plus Adventure, and much more. We also customise group timetables to include English Language and a variety of activities.
Our staff are well-qualified, experienced and caring. We pride ourselves on our supportive ‘family’ atmosphere where students make lifetime friendships as they study, play sport and have fun together.
On their first day, students are given a placement test so we can ensure that they are placed into the most appropriate class. We then monitor students’ progress carefully, to ensure they are maximising their own learning potential.
Mr Blaise Barham, Principal of the College, has a Master’s Degree in TEFL and over 25 years’ experience of Teaching English as a Second Language in different countries. He is responsible for all the students’ welfare and directs the College’s academic programme.
“I feel that our College is really special because it is a very caring and friendly college where our students receive a great deal of individual attention. We have an excellent team of administrative and teaching staff who are dedicated in helping students achieve their individual aims.”
Mrs Sarah Barham, Administrative Director, is a Diploma-qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience in TESOL. She directs the organisation and administration of the wide range of courses that the college offers.