English Teaching College (ETC) is one of New Zealand’s most multi-cultural English language schools with students from up to 40 different countries at any one time. We have been preparing domestic and international students for General English, academic studies and employment since 1993.

ETC is registered with the New Zealand Government and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). With over 25 years’ experience and up to 1,000 full-time enrolments each year, we are recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading language schools.

Students can choose to study either in Wellington, Palmerston North or at our newest campus in Lower Hutt. All campuses are centrally located and equipped with the latest multi-media facilities. Class sizes are on average 12 students and maximum 16 students. Between the 3 campuses we have native language support in Japanese, Spanish, Hindi, Chinese, Swedish, French, Russian (limited), Tagalog, German and Thai.

John Brunsden
John BrunsdenDirector
MA Dip Teaching
Interest: yoga, sailing and International travel
Language: English

Our Staff


Barbara Gallagher-Forbes
Barbara Gallagher-ForbesBusiness Manager
B.A. – (Ongoing study)
Interest: International travel
Language: English
Jonathan Harman
Jonathan HarmanRegional Manager, Wellington & Lower Hutt
MBA (Distinction); Cambridge DELTA
Interests: cycling, running, movies, Scotch
Language: Russian (pre-int), English
Simon Sparling
Simon SparlingDirector of Studies
B.A. Major in English Linguistics and Education
Interest: swimming, cycling and theatre
Language: English
Nat Kantanon
Nat KantanonTechnical Manager
BCom. Information Science –
University of Otago
Interest: Linux, Android, cooking, running and travel
Language: Thai, English
Rozina Yusuf
Rozina YusufOffice Administrator - Wellington Campus
Business Admin and National Cert in Computing
Interest: cricket and gardening
Language: Hindi, English
Hanna Brookie
Hanna BrookieDirector of studies
PG Dip Second Language Teaching
Master of Applied Linguistics (ongoing study)
Interest: reading, walking and baking
Language: Swedish, English
Fiona Bennett
Fiona BennettQuality Systems Manager
B.A. English (ongoing study)
Trinity College (London) and New Zealand Speech Board Advanced Qualifications in Speech and Drama and Communication.
Interest: Performance Arts and International travel
Language: English
Miyuki Masuko
Miyuki MasukoOffice Administrator - Palmerston North Campus
Diploma Fashion Design at Tokyo Mode Gakuen
Language: Japanese, English
Shiho Shindo
Shiho ShindoInternational student director
B.A. Psychology and Chinese – Massey University
Interest: Chinese and Arabic language and culture
Language: Japanese, Chinese(mandarin), English


Chris Watson
Chris WatsonESOL Tutor
B.A. Latin, English Literature, Linguistics
B.A. Hons Linguistics
Interest: Jazz music, swimming and bush walking
Language: Latin, English
Dennis Eden
Dennis EdenSenior Tutor
PhD (Geology) Victoria University of Wellington
Grad. Dip. Tch. (Primary) Massey University
Trinity, TESOL
Interest: cycling
Language: English
Marie Wilton
Marie WiltonSenior Tutor
B.A. Soc.Sci.
PG Dip SLT – Massey University
Trinity TESOL Cert.
Interest: travel, film, gardening and reading
Language: English
Karen Rosenbrook
Karen RosenbrookSenior Tutor
Dip. Teaching. B.A – Major Psychology
Interest: reading and travel
Language: English


Jenny Elliott
Jenny ElliottHomestay coordinator (Palmerston North)
Interest: travel and gardening
Language: English