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English Tutoring

One-on-one English Tuition in Christchurch



Why English Tuition with AHeadStart?


  • Personalised English tutoring in Christchurch - one-on-one or in small groups
  • English tuition for all levels - primary (reading & writing for Years 1-8), secondary (Year 9, Year 10, NCEA, Cambridge & IB) and adult students
  • Expert English tutors - high achieving, excellent communicators with a passion for learning
  • Choice of English tuition plans - select your desired level of guidance, including progress reports
  • Convenient Christchurch locations - private home tutoring or at a convenient local library

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About English

The study, use and enjoyment of the English language.




English is an academic discipline taught at all levels of education in English-speaking countries. English includes: the study of English literature (particularly novels, short stories, and poetry); film studies and other media studies; English composition, including the formal writing of essays, and the creative writing of short stories and poetry; public speaking and speech-writing; and the study of English grammar and usage.

English is the study of communication. This means that English students learn effective communication skills for their writing, speaking and use of visual images. English students also learn how to analyses a range of texts that are communicated to them.

Students develop English skills by: reading written and viewing visual texts, learning the language to confidently communicate, writing both formally and creatively, speaking in front of classmates to gain confidence, and investigating how the English language works and is used in a range of mediums.

The literacy skills learnt in English are put to use every day by students in subjects at school, as well as in whatever career they choose to work towards. It is very important to have good communication skills and to be able to fully understand others. Potential careers that English can lead to include: copywriter, public relations professional, actor, director, film and video editor, television presenter, author, editor, journalist, technical writer, primary or secondary school teacher, school principal, tertiary lecturer, management consultant, or lawyer.

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Primary & Adult English/Literacy

Reading, writing and comprehension are core skills for everyone to master, as these are the foundations of our society.

At AHeadStart, our tutors will help you or your child to learn reading comprehension and spelling, as well as broader skills like creative writing required in higher years.

Our primary and intermediate school students, as well as adults, develop important English skills such as:

  • Spelling and word structure
  • Reading and comprehension
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Creative writing
  • Research skills
  • Essay writing


NCEA English

Level 1
In Level 1 English, students explore and develop a range of essential skills and key competencies. Students have the opportunity to influence what they will learn through the year by choosing their own writing topics, selecting their own written and visual texts studied (where possible), and deciding the topic of their oral presentation. Skills developed in the course are writing on a range of genres and thinking critically about a range of oral, written and visual texts.

Level 2
Level 2 English is a well-rounded, vibrant course, which will further extend students' skills in writing, literacy analysis through the study of written and visual texts, and speech presentation. Students  are able to achieve the 10 Literacy credits they require as a prequisites for entry into university. Skills developed in the course include: writing, critical literacy, visual analysis and written analysis.

Level 3
Like Level 2 English, Level 3 is a well-rounded, vibrant, general course, which further extends students’ skills in writing, speaking and analytical literacy through a range of thought-provoking topis in the texts they study. The course includes the detailed study of at least two literary genres (from novel, film and drama), as well as close analysis of shorter texts (including poetry and non-fiction). Students study critical literary theory and deliver an oral presentation. English students at Level 3 are usually expected to sit at least two external standards, in addition to numerous internal standards throughout the year. 

English with AHeadStart

“Hi Melanie… pls pass on our thanks to Anna…Oliver and Madeline both got Excellence in their English externals giving them Excellence subject endorsements… we are all thrilled as at the beginning of the year neither would have dreamt that would be possible!! Thanks again!”

Madeline’s and Oliver’s mother Louisa
Year 11 & Year 13, Level 1 & 3 English


ENGLISH Resources


All of the following book resources can be purchased at leading bookshops or the following websites:

ESA Publications Store:



Level 1
ESA Level 1 English Study Guide
ESA Level 1 English Learning Workbook
ESA Level 1 English AME Workbook

Nelson Cengage Achievement English @ Year 11 NCEA Level 1
Nelson Cengage Achievement English @ Year 11: The Close Reading of Unfamiliar Text

Pearson English NCEA Level 1

Level 2
ESA Level 2 English Study Guide
ESA Level 2 English Learning Workbook
ESA Level 2 English AME Workbook

Nelson Cengage Achievement English @ Year 12 NCEA Level 2 Revised
Nelson Cengage Achievement English @ Year 12: The Close Reading of Unfamiliar Text

Level 3
ESA Level 3 English Study Guide
ESA Level 3 English Learning Workbooks
ESA Level 3 English AME Workbook

Nelson Cengage Achievement English @ Year 13 NCEA 3
Nelson Cengage Achievement English @ Year 13: Close Reading