English Language Training for Officials (ELTO)

The ELTO Programme, funded by the New Zealand government, brings government officials from developing countries to New Zealand for English language learning.
Accent Learning delivers ELTO programmes under contract to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of its aid development programmes.  Government officials from South East Asian countries and Africa are hosted in New Zealand for five months to develop their English language skills.

ELTO is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 
The government officials on the ELTO Asia programme study first at either Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology or Eastern Institute of Technology and then at the English Language Institute at Victoria University of Wellington.  ELTO Africa officials study in Wellington at Victoria for 10 weeks.  
The ELTO programme has been operating since 1992 and in that time over 1400 officials have successfully participated in the programme. Pictured above are 30 participants in Intake 43,on the beach in Hawkes Bay.  They were in New Zealand from July to December 2016. 

Who is eligible to join this programme?

ELTO participants are required to be government employees who use English language in their position to achieve national development objectives and who have a background of knowledge in the thematic area that is identified for the particular intake/course. 
ELTO participants must also have a current IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 4.5 - 5.5 on the Academic Module, or its equivalent, and be no older than 45 years of age at the time of commencing participation. 
In the classroom
ELTO visiting Parliament
Ha with the newborn lambs
Laptop learning
Enjoying the view of Wellington, the Capital of NZ