News & Events
Cambridge for Young Learners Study & Activity Programme
On July 24th, the third and final week of the Cambridge for Young Learners Programme came to an end. Cambridge for Young learners at DynaSpeak is tailored especially to the needs of junior learners (14 - 18 years old), offering an opportunity to take a real Cambridge English Examination and receive a Cambridge English Certificate at the end of the course. Young Learners can choose to continue to study longer in our regular DynaSpeak English classes or return home in time for the next school term.
Matariki is the Māori name for the constellation also known as the Pleiades, commonly referred to as the "Seven Sisters". Matariki has two meanings, both referring to a tiny constellation of stars: Mata Riki (tiny eyes) and Mata Ariki (eyes of God).
For centuries, Maori and other Polynesian peoples of Pacific Oceania observed the rising of Matariki above the horizon as the start of the New Year. Matariki is a time of remembrance, celebration and thanksgiving.
DynaSpeak staff and students celebrated Matariki together with a big party on 10 July. Students prepared cultural presentations from their various traditions, including Japanese "Rajio Taiso", Russian and Tahitian dance and Saudi Arabian singing among others.
A popular highlight of DynaSpeak's Matariki is the huge feast of traditional New Zealand fare, including roast meats, fresh salads and cooked vegetables, followed by a delicious dessert with New Zealand ice cream.
Everyone left very happy and received a gift of a DynaSpeak Matariki Calendar 2015-2016. The calendar this year celebrates more than 200 years of cultural exchange between Aotearoa, New Zealand and France.
Tailor-made Group Study Tours
In July 2015, DynaSpeak welcomed 30 students from the highly respected Hanyang University in Korea. The name HanYang derives from the ancient name of the Korean capital, used during the Chosun Dynasty. Its motto and educational philosophy is "Love in Truth and Deed".
The Hanyang University students were fully integrated into English classes with other DynaSpeak learners from across the world, according to their English level. They established, according to Dynaspeak's promise "real global friendships" for a truly rewarding international experience.
The HanYang Group enjoyed their DynaSpeak study abroad experience, but also a full programme of activities arranged for them by DynaSpeak staff. Korean Business Development Executive, Ms Jihyun Park co-ordinated the programme, supported by DynaSpeak's Dean of Pastoral care, Ms Stella Kim, who is also Korean.
DynaSpeak Social Club: Trip to Sheep World
On Saturday, DynaSpeak students and teachers traveled north from Auckland to wonderful "Sheep World" in Warkworth. Luckily for us the weather was beautiful and the bus trip very comfortable.
We arrived at our destination at 10.30am where we were promptly ushered to the show room. The show room was built like a sheep shed, which included a platform for the farmer to demonstrate sorting and shearing sheep. The speaker (who was a genuine New Zealand farmer) informed us all about methods of farming in New Zealand and what a farmer's job entails. He then gave us an example of shearing a sheep and invited students to approach the platform to give it a go! After much excited squealing (from the students, not the sheep), the farmer then showed the group what has to be done to sort sheep. The farmer let the sheep run through and when he wanted to split the group he separated the sheep by changing gates. Again, the students had the opportunity to put what they learnt into practice, and after a few injured sheep, we were doing a good job. At the end of the show, small, cute little lambs were released and we had the opportunity to bottle-feed them. We then were able to wander around the farm and the farmer showed how his faithful dog 'rounds' up sheep on the farm.
After departing Sheep World, we traveled south to Wenderholm Regional Park; a beautiful natural beach on the East Coast. We enjoyed a picnic under the trees and beautiful weather. After splashing in the sea and playing in the sandy beach, we boarded the bus again and travelled back to Auckland City.
It was a great day and a very popular excursion, with more then 50 people attending. We learnt about sheep family, enjoyed fantastic scenery and took lots of photographs!.
DynaSpeak’s mission to Europe with English New Zealand
Our School Director, Patrick, recently attended workshops held by English New Zealand, the association of 26 members exclusively devoted to representing the English language industry in New Zealand. Patrick, as one of the 10 representatives from English New Zealand schools, visited three European metropolises in a row - Madrid, Milan and Prague, from 28th September to 2nd October 2015 where they held a total of 430 individual meetings with 43 agencies from Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Switzerland and Albania.
The trade mission is expected to improve the demand and underscore the performance of New Zealand as an ELT destination for European customers. It was also attended by representatives of the Embassy of New Zealand in Madrid, including the Ambassador, and the Consul General of New Zealand in Milan.
DynaSpeak Training: Teacher Professional Development September
In the past month DynaSpeak staff participated in the fourth in a series of 5 annual professional development workshops, in this case to upgrade various skills ranging from use of new software, through communication techniques, to better time management.
Guest Speaker Shayne Wihongi, from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, DynaSpeak's parent institution, hosted a workshop about principles and values in an educational context. Chris Richardson from DynaSpeak's Albany campus trained teachers in the use of social media to increase learning and interaction with students. After the seminars the DynaSpeak participants completed a questionnaire and 90% rated the training "useful" or "very useful".
DynaSpeak Social Club: Lantern Festival in Albert Park - February
Thousands of Aucklanders including DynaSpeak students and staff welcomed the Chinese Lunar New Year at the annual Lantern Festival, held over several warm summer nights in Albert Park. Apart from the beautiful lights, cultural performances and amazing food, what was the best thing about the festival? Albert Park is only 100 metres from DynaSpeak’s Queen Street school, so teachers and students could walk up there together after Friday classes!
DynaSpeak Social Club: Lost in Time Mini Golf 2014
On the 9 October DynaSpeak Social Club played Mini-Golf at “Lost in Time”, Auckland central city.
The dinosaur themed Mini Golf course made it difficult to concentrate on the putting but with some practice things got easier. The scores were very close but Toyoko showed everyone how it was done with a great technique, winning by four shots.
After 18 holes and plenty of laughs students shared golf stories over a coffee at a nearby café.
DynaSpeak Social Club: Rangitoto Island 2014
On 29 September the DynaSpeak Social Club spent a fantastic day discovering beautiful Rangitoto Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland.
Students enjoyed a scenic 25 minute ferry ride from Auckland city to the island before hiking to the summit. Along the way students had a picnic in the sun and had the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the native New Zealand bird, the “Tui”. Other highlights included the beautiful Manuka and Kowhai flowers and of course the spectacular view from the summit. A fantastic day !!!
July Graduation at DynaSpeak Albany campus
A graduation ceremony was held at DynaSpeak’s Albany campus. During the event, students demonstrated a traditional Colombian dance wearing traditional costume, whilst a group of Level 3 students performed a number of songs. Students and staff members celebrated together the end of semester and successful completion of the English language programmes.
DynaSpeak and the French community say “Kia Ora Bonjour”
On May 15 DynaSpeak strengthened its links with the local French community by hosting a welcome at Queen Street for some visitors from France. Representatives from French language academy CAVILAM and the Alliance Française in Paris were here to visit the Auckland branch of the Alliance Française, a French government-sponsored organisation which promotes French language and culture around the world.
The visitors were given a taste of Aotearoa by kaumatua Tu Williams and DynaSpeak staff members. Welcome and reply speeches were followed by a DynaSpeak waiata, and then the French responded by singing their traditional song ‘Alouette’, to which everybody joined in.
Excerpts from ‘Kia Ora Bonjour’, a television documentary produced in the 1980’s to promote friendship between New Zealand and France, were screened. The film’s presenter, the late Sir Howard Morrison, gave a distinctive Maori perspective, and injected plenty of humour into his look at France and the long history of relations between our two countries.
Many DynaSpeak students have come from neighbouring French-speaking territories French Polynesia and New Caledonia, so such cultural exchanges are important for DynaSpeak.
Tau Ora Competition
DynaSpeak staff are competing in “Tau Ora”, a fitness and wellbeing programme/ competition, initiated by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Groups of 5 people team up and wear a pedometer, recording their daily steps for a period of 13 weeks. This all started on May 12 and finishes on August 8. Team "Fruit Salad", picture, are well on their way to reaching their target. Awesome !!!
DynaSpeak Social Club: Italian Dinner
On the evening of February 5 DynaSpeak Social Club organised a dinner for students at the wonderful “Pane and Vino” Italian restaurant, in the heart of Ponsonby, Auckland.
Students and staff enjoyed a fabulous evening of Italian food, including an assortment of antipasti, pasta, pizza and delicious desserts such as Tiramasu.
The friendly warm atmosphere and great service provided by Tito, the restaurant owner, and his team, had the students wanting to come back for more.
It is sure to be a regular event on the DynaSpeak Social Club calendar for years to come. Magnifico !!!
Russian Group in Cambridge for Young Learners Programme
Young Learners from across Russia joined young students from other countries in DynaSpeak's Cambridge for Young Learners Study & Activity Programme during January.
The visitors, happily avoiding the coldest season in their homeland, enjoyed a combination of study with afternoon summer activities, culminating in taking a Computer Based Cambridge examination at PET level in DynaSpeak's Cambridge Examination Centre.
DynaSpeak Staff Event: Staff Christmas Party 2013
Colleagues from the DynaSpeak English language centres across Auckland enjoyed a beautiful evening together at the Grace Hill Vineyard Estate in West Auckland on Thursday 12 December. It was a time to celebrate the end of a successful year and look forward to the Christmas holiday season and the New Year 2014.
DynaSpeak Staff: IELTS Teaching Team
DynaSpeak's IELTS Teaching Team has the skills and knowledge to make you an IELTS champion. Angela, Anahina, Madeleine and Deborah want every IELTS student to achieve top results! They work with you for your success in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing - and a great IELTS band score!
DynaSpeak Staff Event: Cambridge & English New Zealand Workshops
A seminar on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) sponsored by Cambridge Language Assessment for language teachers was held at DynaSpeak on Friday, 6 September. This event, featuring guest presenter Mary-Jane Hogan from Sydney, Australia was followed by English New Zealand Professional Development Workshops for teachers. A highlight of the evening was an outstanding cultural performance by the group Te Roopu Raukawa from Auckland Museum.
DynaSpeak Staff: Interns
Romain Finot (left) and Maui Marechal (right) from Tahiti, French Polynesia, are completing business internships at DynaSpeak. They experience an English-language office environment, as part of both the Registration & Administration Group and the Marketing & Communications Team. They have participated in a formal business meeting at our Head Office with finance and administration staff, as well as attending other actual business meetings within the organisation. Before returning to resume their business studies in Papeete, they will each deliver a formal presentation in our AV Training Room and receive a report based on their performance during their internship.
DynaSpeak Training: Teacher Professional Development – July
Forty-five DynaSpeak teachers from across Auckland gathered for our July Teachers’ Professional Development Workshops, held over two days. Apart from a convivial occasion for staff to socialise and share their experience, highlights included research-based group presentations by all teachers sharing best practice, sessions on reflective teaching and learning processes from an indigenous Māori perspective and a “Webinar” by leading expert in applied linguistics at Victoria University (Wellington), Professor Paul Nation, on the 10 best vocabulary building activities!
DynaSpeak Staff: Administration Team
Our friendly administration team works behind the scenes to keep all DynaSpeak system running smoothly.
Manan (left) looks after the financial administration and Lukasz (centre) maintains the IT system with our IT administration team. Christie, as the Senior Administrator, is responsible for ensuring all office functions are well coordinated and for supporting the Senior Management team.
DynaSpeak School Event: Matariki Party 2013
On 19 July DynaSpeak celebrated the Māori New Year, Matariki, with a wonderful party. After a traditional greeting and waiata (song) performed by special guests from Open Wānanga, then a magnificent dinner, international students performed songs and dances from Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Spain as well as singing some beautiful Māori waiata and demonstrating the Māori “Haka”, made famous by the All Blacks!
DynaSpeak Staff: Registrar's Team
Stella (left) is DynaSpeak's friendly Registrar, working closely with our Quality Systems Manager Sally (centre) and Reception Administrator Sriya (right) making sure that every aspect of your enrolment, from the initial enquiry to the first day of school goes smoothly. Once you start your studies, we'll support you with study extensions, visa information, accommodation advice among other things. With our years of experience supporting international students you know you'll always receive the help you need.
DynaSpeak Class Event: New Zealand Prime Minister meets DynaSpeak Students!
DynaSpeak students from our New Lynn Language Centre participated in an Art Project on 29th April at Lopdell House. Working with multi-coloured sands from various beaches was an original way to stimulate practical communication skills. It was a wonderful experience when the Prime Minister, Mr John Key showed up and everyone was invited to have a chat and morning tea with him. Most of the students actually chatted with the PM. They answered all his questions, speaking English with confidence!!! DynaSpeak teacher Monica Bajaj also explained to John Key all about English Courses for New Migrants at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s DynaSpeak, and the valuable educational connection with Lopdell Gallery.
DynaSpeak Social Club: Picnic at Wenderholm Beach - March
On Saturday 16 March the DynaSpeak Social Club organised a day trip to Wenderholm Regional Park attended by 28 international students and DynaSpeak staff. The picnic marks the end of one of the longest and driest summers for many years in New Zealand, however the weather was very warm but a bit changeable for a time with some fine drizzle and long sunny spells. Highlights included swimming in the sea, volleyball and cricket in the park, a visit to the original farm homestead (now a museum) and an energetic hike through the native bush up the hill for a fantastic view of the Puhoi valley, Puhoi river mouth, beach, headlands, ocean and islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
DynaSpeak Training: Teacher Professional Development - February
With 51 permanent English Language Teachers deployed in 5 DynaSpeak language centres across the Auckland Region, professional development for staff is paramount. DynaSpeak Teachers gathered for two days of workshops during February, with a special focus on using new technology in the classroom. There are 5 major Professional Development opportunities at DynaSpeak every year, with the emphasis on developing teacher skills and knowledge. Teachers research and present topics themselves, and invited speakers contribute specialist knowledge. This time we experienced an outstanding webinar presented by Gary Anderson, former Pedagogical Director of the language programme at the American Center in Paris, France, now International Teacher Trainer with Cambridge Language Assessment.
DynaSpeak Social Club: Fish & Chips on Takapuna Beach - February
A warm summer evening is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the quintessential New Zealand fast food tradition of “Fish ‘N Chips” – fried fillets of fresh fish with a pile of piping hot potato fries, salted and wrapped up in a paper parcel. On the soft sand beach, eating with our fingers, with the smell of the sea and the fresh air – what could be better?
DynaSpeak an authorised Cambridge Examination Centre - January
The DynaSpeak Examination Centre based at Queen Street in central Auckland is recognised as an authorised Cambridge Examination Centre by Cambridge Language Assessment. The Examination Centre offers a full suite of internationally respected Cambridge Examinations on fixed dates throughout the year, and other dates are also available for groups by arrangement with the Examination Centre Manager. DynaSpeak is the first Cambridge Examination Centre in New Zealand to offer both Paper Based and Computer Based Cambridge Examinations. As an open examination centre, DynaSpeak accepts applications from anyone wishing to take a Cambridge Exam, but the school also offers Cambridge Examination Preparation to enrolled students within the DynaSpeak English course. For more information, please go to www.dynaspeak.ac.nz
DynaSpeak's 20th Birthday 2012!
Celebrate DynaSpeak’s 20th anniversary with our friendly, experienced staff, and students from around the world. DynaSpeak is part of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, a leading tertiary institution within New Zealand’s state education system. Enjoy special events throughout 2012, first-class facilities, and spectacular city and sea views across the heart of Auckland.
Every two weeks DynaSpeak intermediate students present a seminar. They have prepared over the previous two weeks. This activity has proved very successful and popular. It prepares students in the art of presentation and teaches them some very important skills for further study at University. It is also very useful to everyone, as it develops confidence. Students who have already participated in the presentations often comment that they feel more confident and comfortable in expressing themselves in spoken English.
DynaSpeak Social Club: Trip to Piha Beach
Auckland's west coast is a wonder of nature where the great Tasman sea rolls into vast black sand beaches along a rocky coastline. The famous NZ movie "The Piano", winner of the Prix d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, was filmed near here.
After a one hour bus trip across the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland, the group stopped for an educational experience at the Visitors' Centre high on a mountain overlooking the Manukau Harbour, with Auckland City on the other side. Next was a bush walk of 45 minutes into the great Kauri forest with ancient trees, jungle-like foliage and bridges across swampy streams. The group enjoyed the magical atmosphere of a true New Zealand rain forest.
Our journey then continued down to the coast where we enjoyed soccer on the huge beach and some of the group climbed an unusual rocky hill behind the beach. After a picnic on the sand dunes and a walk along the beach we returned to Auckland by 4:30pm.
English New Zealand trade mission to Europe
In September and October 2016, DynaSpeak took part in the English New Zealand trade mission to Europe.
Agent workshops were held in Madrid, Milan, Prague and an Education New Zealand organised event was held in Paris.
There was a marked increase in interest in New Zealand as a long term study destination. Students were realising the benefits of studying English in a native environment and also having the opportunity to work as a way to fast track their English competency.
Agents expressed interest in DynaSpeak's business and workplace elective as it offers practical English for business and real life communication. Working Holiday and business-oriented students experience live interviews, write résumés (CV), present seminars and practice face-to-face, phone and video communication. These skills set our students up for success in the New Zealand workplace both in New Zealand and globally.
DynaSpeak's Cambridge Examinations Centre
DynaSpeak's Cambridge Examinations Centre offers Cambridge FCE and OET Examinations to students and the general public. Immigration New Zealand has announced that both examinations are to be recognised for all visa categories from 21 November 2016.
The tests that INZ will now accept are:
Cambridge English: First (FCE) and FCE for Schools*
Occupational English Test (OET)*
(*Available at DynaSpeak)
Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)
Occupational English Test (OET).
Pearson Test of English: Academic (PTE: Academic).
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
For information about how to take the Cambridge FCE or OET Exams at DynaSpeak, please contact email@example.com
English New Zealand Professional Development Workshop
The 2016 English New Zealand Professional Development Workshop was held at DynaSpeak for the second time in the last four years. Over 120 teaching professionals and 15 administrators from the industry attended this professional development workshop.
DynaSpeak was proud to have two of our teachers Shonagh Clark and Seyhun Ogut give presentations at the workshop. Focusing on "streamlining FCE preparation" and "dealing with digital natives - how to keep students busy with their mobiles" respectively, which were well received by all attendees.
Student Profile: Berly Young NZCEL, Level 3 (Work Place)
Introducing, Beryl Young a 36- year - old student here at Dynaspeak based at the Albany campus. She is currently enrolled in the New Zealand Certificates in English Language, level 3, specialising in Workplace English.
She has been a student with Dynaspeak since August 2016 and is currently loving the program. Beryl found Dynaspeak through her friends who had previously enrolled and after great reviews she decided to seek more information and enrol.
Through her classes Beryl has learnt a range of skills for example: how to learn in a all English forum; how to write a kiwi style C.V; discovering employment opportunities and how to build relationships in the workplace.
Support is a big deal here at Dynaspeak and Beryl is a top advocate for her tutor Roland Merder. She says that he is an amazing teacher who is always prepared, his pronunciation is clear, he is really encouraging and is very personable as he shares stories of his own learning experiences. During her studies in China, Beryl did have an English teacher who pushed and forced the subject which made it impractical for her to learn. However, she said that since attending Roland’s class and the learning environment he provides, she feels that she is in a positive and safe space to fully reach her learning potential.
Upon her completion of the Certificate in English level 3, Beryl is hoping to re-enrol in the level 4 certificate, continuing to specialise in Workplace English. Beryl says “if you want to be confident to find a job or improve your English, come to the Dynaspeak workplace class, what you want, they have!” She goes on to say, that she is confident she will complete her Certificate and will be a great ambassador for Dynaspeak.
DYNASPEAK ALBANY – Campus Visit
My name is Nitika Erueti-Satish and I am a new recruitment advisor for Te Wananga o Aotearoa/Dynaspeak and today I had the chance of stepping inside the tall walls of the Dynaspeak campus here in Albany. Mesmerised by the sounds of both teaching and learning, the liveliness of this space took me back to the days of when I was a student, making me feel like I was right at home. The energy flowing throughout the Albany campus resonates a positive, warm, friendly learning environment that is very inviting and most of all safe.
As soon as you walk into the building you are greeted with friendly smiles beaming from all corners of this site. At receptionI was greeted by Ijin who is on the front desk. She is the receptionist here at the Albany campus, but we all know what that means; she’s the real boss, the go to for all admin, staff and student needs. With her beautiful Korean vibe and work ethic, Ijin keeps this place running like clock work.
Soon after I was introduced to Engin Yenidogan who is the Lead Tutor here at Dynaspeak Albany and let me tell you; for someone that has never ever been to this campus before, he made me feel so welcome. His passion for this job and how he believes in the amazing programmes that Dynaspeak offers is really inspiring. He also really cares about the students that come here and it shows by how well known he is around campus. During our campus tour he was ‘fist pumping’ students as we went around which showed me how he connects with the students on a much deeper level.
During my campus tour I was very lucky to go into some classes and introduce myself to the students. The diversity of ethnic backgrounds is something I noticed straight away. What an awesome way to meet new people and network with many from all walks of life. This is also what makes Dynaspeak so special. Lots of people working towards the same goal to improve their English and at the same time gaining multi world and ethic perspectives is just amazing and all in one place.
I really didn’t expect to come on my campus visit and be this inspired and excited about the role I will be playing for Dynaspeak. I look forward to working closely with Engin and his team to effectively contribute to the success of Dynaspeak and Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
John Li & Nayyereh Kazemi (Certificate in English Language Level 4 General)
John Li comes from Taiwan and has been living in New Zealand for the past 3 years. He made the move to New Zealand to be with his family who migrated before him to pursue better education opportunities.
Nayyereh is from Iran and has been living in New Zealand for just 15 months. She came here to join her family who have been living in New Zealand for some time now. She says she has over 100 family members currently in New Zealand, but her sister was the biggest influence on her decision to move here.
Both John and Nayyereh are well educated having gained high-level qualifications in their own countries before coming to New Zealand. John has a Masters of Mechanical Engineering and Nayyereh graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Psychology and both are already an inspiration to our organisation.
John and Nayyereh both began their classes in April 2016. John found out about DynaSpeak through mutual friends who had previously studied at DynaSpeak Albany campus. He says: “Through studying with DynaSpeak I have met many students from all over the world and have made many close friends”. John’s knowledge of the English language greatly improved as he progressed from level 2 through to level 4. Currently studying in the level 4 General English class, John is improving his speaking skills so that he can develop more confidence in public speaking.
Nayyereh had a similar experience to John. She discovered DynaSpeak though a recommendation from her sister. She was told it was a great place to study English. She enjoys group work and interaction with other students, and says that her lovely teacher provides a friendly learning environment where students are encouraged to practice their language skills. She also says her teacher is very patient and hardworking which, in return, gives her great confidence in her studies. Nayyereh is working towards improving her listening skills and hopes that adding this qualification to her list of achievements will help her to find a great job in New Zealand.