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Jun from Korea

 Jun Ho Kim

Jun Ho Kim

Jun is a young Korean guy who recently spent more than six months at COLC.  He came as a quiet and shy young man with only a little English, but he really grew in confidence while he was here.  As his English improved his willingness to talk to other students and mix with other cultures also improved and he grew into a much happier and confident person.  Often when students have a longer stay with us, the greatest change we see is the growth in the person, and in Jun's case this was so pleasing for everybody.

This is what he told me about COLC and about his life back in Korea now.  

"I had a lot of conversations with other students in COLC. That is one of the reasons why I have improved my English so fast, and then I had global friends, and I was able to share my country's culture with teachers and students."

"And I can say that I have become outgoing. Frankly speaking, I don't go home very often. That is the best change because I was very quiet before I went to NZ"

Jun is a great example of a young person who has taken on a huge challenge and used it to improve his life and his job prospects.  Learning English in New Zealand was a great choice for him.

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Steps in the Waitaia

 More steps in place

More steps in place

Even though it is winter time, the step building on the Waitaia Loop Track continues.  For those of you who know the track, this is the steep section just below the fork in the track, and we hope to have this piece finished before too long.  All the old steps have to come out and when these ones are done there are plenty more for us to work on, further along the track.

Students who are doing English plus Environment will get the opportunity to help us with this and many other environment projects that the school has running.  Winter is planting time so we have lots of plants coming out of our nursery that need to be planted back into the environment.  These include kauri, totara and other native plants.  Then as spring comes along there will be lots of work to do in the nursery preparing seedlings and cuttings for the new season.

This course is a great way to combine English learning with a love of the outdoors, and lets you really make a difference to the NZ environment while you are here.

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Trip to the Windows Walk in the Karangahake Gorge

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This article was written by Jakkrid, one of our Thai students, and it is his own account of the trip we all did together last week.  The Windows Walk is through an historic gold mining area, about one and a half hours from Whitianga.

It is a great achievement to be able to produce work like this in another language, and Jakkrid can be very proud of his effort.

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What’s coming up at COLC

As we move past the shortest day our thoughts are turning to what the better weather of the next New Zealand summer has in store.  We are starting to get inquiries and bookings for English plus Activities, and English plus Environment, both of which will run alongside our General Course this summer.

FCE Exam Course 

We are also providing an FCE Exam course this year, beginning on the 10th of September. This is a 12 week course and will finish in time for the early December exam dates. This is an opportunity to come and do your study and gain a qualification all before the very best summer weather kicks in, in NZ.  Once the exams are done you can either join the Activities course or head off on your travels around our beautiful country.

 COLC classes are fun.

COLC classes are fun.

English Plus Activities  

 

 Beach games at Otama

Beach games at Otama

Summer brings all the fun of activities to school and learning English takes on a whole new meaning.  Learning often happens best when we shift the focus away from the language.  Those who have been to COLC know what we mean by “Learning by Doing” and our summer activities programme is the best way to experience it.

 Boogie Boarding

Boogie Boarding

We will take you places and give you experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life. 

 

English Plus Environment  

 

 New life at Comers Rd fire site.  This is where we are planting our Kauri trees. 

New life at Comers Rd fire site.  This is where we are planting our Kauri trees. 

English plus Environment gives you a new way to learn.  English lessons in the mornings are mixed with 3 afternoons a week out in the environment taking part in projects that are really making a difference.  We don’t just talk about caring for the environment, we get out there and do it. From helping re-establish Kauri trees on the peninsula, to kiwi protection, and the growing and planting of thousands of native plants. You can come to NZ to learn English, and make a real contribution to nature while you are here.

English plus Environment runs all year round and covers many different sorts of conservation. Different projects may take priority at different times of the year, but you will do a variety of different things while you are here. The world is finally waking up to the fact that we all need to take care of our environment and the COLC Environment Projects are a great way for you to play your part. 

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