Thursday, June 26, 2014

Teen season starts this month !

This month we have opened our teen programmes which are designed especially for students aged 12 - 17 years old.  

We offer 3 different courses:
- Teen Super Intensive English: full-time
- Teen English Plus Activities: the most popular
- High School Combi programmes are designed to suit each individual student, and they allow you to combine English Language preparation at our school with time in a real New Zealand High School.

So, this June, July and August, let's welcome students from Tahiti, New Caledonia, Russia, Brazil, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Japan and China.

Come and have fun with us! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Oscars come to Dominion

This month we had a video competition.  We asked our students to make a 2 minute video marketing Dominion to future students and to upload it to our Facebook page.  The video that received the most likes by 3.30pm on 29 May would win 2 free movies tickets.

Well, we were amazed at the entries we received.  All of the videos that entered were so professional, creative and represented Dominion perfectly, so we decided that we couldn't have just one winner.  We awarded 3 prizes in the end, for 3 very special videos:

Adipong (Arty) Suwannachairob (Thailand) - Most Popular Video - Arty's Video
Shingo Tokugawa (Japan) - Most Professional Film Making - Shingo's Video
Gwangho Yoon (Korea) - Best Interpretation of the Dominion Message - Gwangho's Video

You can watch all 3 of the videos on our YouTube channel, just follow the links above.

Here are the 3 lucky winners with their prizes.  Congratulations again guys and thank you so much for giving us these amazing videos!!

For more information about our school and our courses, please visit our website

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Exciting Courses Starting!

TESOL started Monday

On Monday, we started our TESOL/TKT course with 11 students from 6 different countries - Japan, Korea, Colombia, Thailand, China and Switzerland. A perfect mix of students striving to improve their English and learn the techniques to be a successful English teacher. This training course lasts only 4 weeks. So, if you want to teach English too, the next TESOL/TKT course starts on 13 October.

Lower level IELTS course


For the first time, we opened a lower level IELTS course on 19 May for 6 weeks with an entry of 3.5 - 4. Its popularity is proven by the fact that it was full a month before the course even started. This class is composed of 15 students from 7 different countries - Japan, Korea, Thailand, Russia Vietnam, Colombia and Brazil. This is an early preparatory course to help students prepare for the IELTS exam and is an excellent course to do before our regular IELTS course.  We will announce the start date of our next lower level course very soon.  Our next higher level IELTS course (entry level 5 -5.5) starts on 23 June.

For more information on any of our courses, please visit our website or contact us at

Written by Hinarau Lin, Intern from Tahiti.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Special Guests

Last week Dominion had some very special visitors.  A group of VIP agents from countries all over the world visited our school as part of their IALC tour, after the conference in Brisbane 10-13 April.  The group included agents from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Ecuador, Spain and Germany. 
Our guests were given an extra special Dominion welcome, which included an informative presentation, a mingle with our students and a tour around Auckland's best tourist sites.  The highlight of the day was our student mingle activity in the morning.  We invited students from our Cambridge classes to attend a "speed dating" session with our guests.  The session consist of 5 minute long mini-interviews with the students. The agents were allowed to ask the students anything they wanted about our school, courses and teachers.  At the end of the 5 minutes, the students moved to a new group so the agents could talk to a new group of students.  The activity was highly enjoyable for both the students and the agents.  There is nothing like real-time testimonials to show what it is really like at a school. 
We would like to say a big thank you to all the agents that visited us as part of this IALC tour and, of course, a special thank you to our students who participated in the day, making it an unforgettable experience for all.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Competition Time!!!

At Dominion English Schools, we hold regular competitions and award our students with great prizes.  This month we had a "selfie" competition.  We asked our students to get out and about in Auckland and take some photos of themselves in front of some iconic Kiwi backgrounds, with a Dominion logo.  The winner would receive free tuition for one week!! The competition was run via our Facebook page (  The winner was the photo with the most "likes". 

We had some great entries, but Carolina Henao from Colombia won in the end with over 160 "likes".  Congratulations Carolina, we hope you enjoy your prize!!! Thank you to everyone else who entered. 

The best bits from the competition (including Carolina receiving her prize) are below: 

For more photos of our students around New Zealand or to find our more about our school and our courses, please visit our website

Friday, March 14, 2014

‘Mum, Dad, I am not ready to go back home yet!’

When deciding to study in an English speaking country, there were plenty of destinations to choose from, but it was New Zealand that caught the eyes of Lucas da Silva Fontes, a young teenager from Brazil. Lucky us, as we had the opportunity to welcome him to the Dominion family – and what a great student Lucas has turned out to be!

Lucas started his studies at Dominion as a General English student. His dedication and commitment soon led him to our Cambridge course, which he successfully completed last week. The beautiful country of New Zealand alongside the high quality education and student support Dominion provides, made Lucas realise that his studies were bound to help him in his future goals and that he could count on us to support him.

‘Mum, Dad, I am not ready to go back home yet!’ The more, the better! After all, English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world! From General English to Cambridge, Lucas is now part of our IELTS class and we are very proud of him and even happier to have him longer!

Studying English abroad is a big decision and requires a lot of work, but equally can be the best experience of your life. No matter what your goal is, Dominion will work with you towards achieving it and provide you with an outstanding language education!