English + Barista Class FAQ – Kelly’s 2 weeks intensive class

20 June is the next start date for our intensive English + Barista. The new intake is filling fast, with a limit of 6 places.

Here are some questions students ask about this course:

Q: Will I enjoy the course?

A: Tutor Kelly says that the students really enjoy the course because of the mix of “hands on” and theory.

Q: Is my English good enough?

A: Students need a level of IELTS 4.5 to enter, or an equivalent score on the Canterbury College‘s internal test.

Q: What are the dates of the exam?

A: The tests are all included in the intensive 2 weeks of the English + Barista Course. Still, it is good to know that there is a back up plan – if a student does not pass the test, they have the opportunity to resit the test in the following week (resit fee applies).

Luckily, the college has had 100% success in students attempting the theory tests as well as the practical coffee-making.

Q: Will it help my English?

A: In preparing for assessment, the students can’t help improving their English reading and writing skills. 

Coffee Culture


Coffee Beans



The amazing, titillating aroma of freshly ground coffee beans can once again be enjoyed by everyone in the building at Canterbury College.

The enticing smell is wafting throughout the office and classrooms.  Your choice of Cappuccino, Mocha, Hot Chocolate, Macchiato, Americano, Flat White, Short/Long Black or Latte for only $2 a cup! Life doesn’t get any sweeter than this. This is really a bargain and a blessing from our baristas in training on level two.

Here’s what some people had to say about the coffee:

“The coffee is good and the atmosphere is good for students to mingle and it creates a real harmony. It’s a good chance for the baristas in training to learn and it’s a good deal because the coffee is cheap!” – Andre Nunes

“The coffee is good. Shiori (one of the baristas in training) makes the best hot chocolate in New Zealand.” – Kate Petero

“The coffee has improved so much – nice taste and nice presentation. Let it continue everyday! – Heather Yaxley


Beautiful Coffee



If you’re interested in learning the art of coffee making and becoming a barista, Canterbury College offers a course of General English plus 2-weeks Barista training aimed to teach international students Barista industry skills and knowledge which can be applied to worldwide standards.

The Barista Course is taught in the afternoons, with English in the mornings.  The certificate is delivered at NZQA level 2 and is made up entirely of unit standards. After completion, International students have the opportunity to:

– Find a job at a Coffee shop, Restaurant, Pub, Bar, and more

– Qualify to work in the hotel & hospitality industry. Student visa holders will be able to change their conditions to work 20 hours per week

– Study hospitality at diploma level confidently with knowledge and experience.

Barista + English Course Brochure


Our Barista classes have just ended, but will be starting up again on 28 March 2011. In the meantime Barista students and teachers are volunteering their time so that nobody in the building has to suffer from CWS (Coffee Withdrawal Symptoms). Show your support and gratitude for our kind volunteers and keep Canterbury College’s Coffee Culture alive. After all, it’s only two dollars!


For the Love of Coffee



‘Seeing things’ linked to high coffee intake



making coffee makes people smile:)

People who drink more than 7 cups of coffee a day are 3 times more likely to see visions or hear voices than those who drink 1 cup, suggests research from UK’s Durham University.

However, a great deal of research shows that “moderate caffeine intake, 400-500mg per day, is safe for the general population and may even confer health benefits”, according to Dr Euan Paul, of the British Coffee Association. Suggested benefits include preventing skin cancer and reducing nerve damage from multiple sclerosis.

Whether for mental or health benefits, coffee-drinking is becoming ever more popular in western countries. A growing number of cafés compete fiercely for this spending. By learning the history and culture of coffee, and the secrets of brewing the perfect cup, you can become a desirable employee, or open your own business.

Café owners and baristas need to charm customers with retail sales skills, sensitive cultural communication to establish rapport, and the technical skill to get the best out of sophisticated (and expensive) espresso coffee machines. International students have flown in from Japan and other countries to do the Barista + English course now running at Canterbury College, which has established a reputation for quality language and business training. Start a new career as a barista!

Check out the Barista Prospectus at www.cancan.com to learn more about the Barista Training