Features of kiwi – formations
Features of "kiwi" – educations
Study in New Zealand becomes more and more popular occupation. And all because this country can offer a rare quality combination and the low price. Education takes the fifth place in the list of the main articles of the New Zealand export. But it is necessary to mean that local – as well as any foreign – education has the features. And about them it is better to learn in advance
Originally the system of the New Zealand education was under construction on English model. Now some American elements, as, for example, system of offsets (credits) are borrowed. In other words, now education in New Zealand is a combination of English and American schemes with some unique New Zealand lines. For secondary and higher education the combination of examinations and the internal tests constructed both on British, and on the American samples is characteristic.
Training process in New Zealand more copes the student, than the teacher. Knowledge is got in more informal situation, but at the same time pupils in a bigger measure are responsible for own education. For example, to students of the twelfth class of the high school, studying design, the task to develop advertizing production for the producer of clothes is given. At first during school occupations students discuss various theories which to them should be used, then each student carries independently out research work therefore different options of design are offered. All process – from idea to finished goods is thus estimated. Such approach is new to many foreign students who got used to follow simply to instructions of the teacher, not to discuss, but only to remember the facts for the subsequent reproduction.
Other feature is that at the New Zealand school of occupation take place in pairs or in small groups, and in a class happens is quite noisy. It is controllable noise, but it can be unpleasant to the student who got used to silence on occupations, what to exchange words with each other at lessons it is forbidden. And in New Zealand "idle talks" a commonplace. Pupils of the senior classes at school and students at university "rustle", challenging the thesis of the teacher and defending own opinion, giving all new counterarguments. Such training by discussion can попервоначалу irritate the foreigner convinced that the good student is a silent student.
Education is an informative process, and the first step in this direction – definition of level of knowledge of English. In the New Zealand higher education institutions students foreigners should show a certain quantity of the points received at examination of IELTS or similar. Usually for receipt on a preparatory course it is required 5 – 5.5 points of IELTS, on degree programs – 5.5, in university – at least 6.0 points. This level of Upper Intermediate (above an average).
At high school there is no certain system of measurement of level of knowledge of language. The general recommendations are as follows: for study in the eleventh class it is necessary to have good Pre-Intermediate level, and in the twelfth – good Intermediate level. Many foreign pupils at high school do not cope with the put educational purposes not because the academic subjects are too difficult for them but because there is no knowledge of English. Therefore it would be quite good to pass intensive English language courses at first. Recommended duration – 24 weeks (can be less or more depending on level).
Having armed with understanding of distinctions in styles of teaching and the corresponding skills of English, you will make process of "kiwi" – educations joyful and fruitful.