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Language Self Access Centre

The Language Self Access Centre (LSAC) at both our Christchurch and Timaru campuses is where you can come to practise and improve your English. There is always a trained staff member available to help you select appropriate resources for your level and your needs. 

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Resources available to you include:

  • CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMS
  • Multimedia computer programs
  • Newspapers, TV news and online news programmes
  • Course books, worksheet/audio packs, readers and dictionaries
  • New Zealand English materials and information about life in this country
  • English for specific purposes (e.g. nursing, hospitality, business, engineering) and English for academic study
  • Preparation materials for IELTS, Cambridge, OET and Pearson examinations

As well as English resources, we also have a small selection of materials for students learning Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.


Our service is free and available to all students enrolled at Ara.

Entry requirements

A current and valid student ID card.


  • Monday to Thursday - 8:30am to 6pm
  • Friday - 8:30am to 3pm
  • Saturday - 12pm to 4pm

During term break we have reduced hours. These are displayed at the LSAC.


Christchurch: L246, Level 2, Library, Rakaia Centre, City campus

Timaru: Library, TA building, Timaru Campus