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New Zealand Curriculum and supporting resources

Learning Languages area of the New Zealand Curriculum – This learning area provides the framework for the teaching and learning of languages that are additional to the language of instruction. Level 1 of the curriculum is the entry level for students with no prior knowledge of the language being learned, regardless of their school year.

Learning languages curriculum guidelines

These guidelines are designed to support teachers to develop programmes of learning for specific languages.

Learning languages: A guide for New Zealand schools provides schools and teachers with information to support the introduction, delivery, and enhancement of languages programmes.

Learning Languages Resources | Asian languages – ChineseJapaneseKorean

Hăo! An introduction to Chinese – Part of the Learning Language Series, this resource is designed for year 7 and 8 students and supports Level 1 and 2 achievement objectives in the curriculum of the respective languages. It provides multi-media materials designed for teachers and students who are new to language learning. This resource is available to New Zealand schools free of charge.

Confucius Institute and Asia New Zealand Foundation

The Asia:New Zealand Foundation and Confucius Institutes at Auckland, Victoria, and Canterbury Universities provide support for schools, teachers of Chinese, and students. Their services are available to schools that are introducing or have introduced Chinese language programmes. This support includes advice and support, introductory programmes, networking and information exchange, conferences, professional development, and online resources.

Resources for schools and Chinese language teachers – Resources range from teaching resources to costumes and decorations. Schools can read or photocopy relevant sections of books or order class sets. Available from Confucius Institute at University of Auckland

Mandarin language assistance programme – The Chinese government funded MLA scheme is open to Primary, Intermediate, Secondary, or Tertiary Institutions for new or existing Mandarin programmes. 

Future Learning Solutions – Centre for Languages

Future Learning Solutions – Centre for Languages supports schools and teachers throughout New Zealand to implement the Learning Languages curriculum area and promote improved student learning outcomes.

  • Curriculum support for language teachers is a five-stage professional learning pathway for schools and teachers in years 7–13.
  • Chinese National Language Advisor offers support to teachers of Chinese. The support includes:
    • offering workshops and courses and meetings focusing on teaching materials, resources and pedagogy that promote intercultural communicative language teaching in Chinese
    • advice and guidance for schools on establishing and sustaining Chinese language programmes
    • providing information on networking opportunities for teachers of Chinese
    • providing advice and guidance on immersion opportunities, scholarships and professional learning opportunities both in New Zealand and abroad.

Resources for teachers

New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT) – is a professional association for over 500 teachers of languages (other than English or Māori) from the school and tertiary sectors. They have information on conferences, professional development awards, news alerts, and the specialist international language associations and advisers within New Zealand.

New Zealand Chinese language teachers association (NZCLTA) promotes the study of Chinese language and culture in New Zealand. Its members include teachers and community members. NZCLA undertakes conferences, speech and reading competitions, and language and cultural events.

The Confucius Institute | International Chinese language teachers scholarship encourages international students and currently-employed Chinese language teachers to study International Chinese Language Education or related majors in Chinese tertiary institutions.

New Zealand–China scholarship annually provides up to ten New Zealanders the opportunity to study in China. It funds a full academic year’s study of Chinese language and related subjects at a tertiary institute in China.

Future learning solutions

  • Advancing success in learning languages – tailored support programmes to grow and strengthen language learning in New Zealand schools.
  • Programme for Asian Language Collaboration in Teaching – A programme of cluster-based, teacher-led action research offered by Future Learning Solutions. There are no costs for participants on this programme, as TRDs and travel to workshops are covered by Future Learning Solutions – Centre for Languages. Your school will need to agree to one hour of teacher release following each of the two in-school support visits as part of the registration process.

Resources for principals

Principals experiencing China first-hand – is an opportunity for principals and senior management to experience China first-hand with visits to sites of cultural and historical significance, schools, business and the Confucius Institute's partner University, Fudan University in metropolitan Shanghai.

Chinese teaching and learningConfucius Classrooms are school-based hubs for Chinese teaching and learning. New Zealand schools or clusters can apply to the Confucius Institute in Auckland to establish a Confucius Classroom. Once approved by the Confucius Institute and Hanban in China, the host school is eligible for establishment funding from China and further annual funding for school or cluster projects relating to Chinese language and culture, on a 50:50 basis.

Resources for students

Chinese language examinations – Confucius Institute in Auckland is an approved exam centre for the internationally recognised HSK (Chinese language proficiency exams for non-native speakers of Chinese), YCT (young non-native Chinese language learners), and BCT (Business Chinese Test) exams.

Confucius Institute Study Camp aims to award outstanding secondary students of Chinese with a Chinese language and culture immersion experience to practise what they have learned and to improve their Chinese communication skills. Opportunities are also given to the successful students to have the interaction and exchange with students from rural Chinese schools.

Asia:NZ Leadership Network brings together young and talented people who are forging New Zealand’s future relations with Asia. 18-35 year olds can join.

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