We provide overseas opportunities, professional development, information and resources so educators can equip students to thrive in their future with Asia
Support for Asian language learning in schools
Ministry of Education
ILEP supports schools and teachers to implement the learning languages curriculum through the promotion of a five-stage professional learning pathway for schools and teachers of Years 7-13.
TPDL is an in-service year-long professional development programme available to teachers at all New Zealand schools. Languages supported include Chinese and Japanese.
This is the Ministry of Education’s portal for teachers to access language learning information about professional learning opportunities, professional support for the New Zealand Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, resources and key links.
AFS has a range of professional development programmes, including managing the Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards (LIA), hosting overseas educators in New Zealand schools and being able to share and learn new teaching methods with educators from other countries.
- Prue Elwood (Educator Programmes Coordinator)
NetNZ is a community of schools that work together to provide online learning opportunities based around the New Zealand Curriculum.
The VLN Primary initiative aims to extend learning opportunities for students by enabling online collaborations between schools. VLN Primary offers online classes, tools, and access to professional development and support.
- Rachel Whalley (e-principal)
Chinese language providers
NZCLW is a Kiwi-driven initiative that aims to increase Chinese language learning in New Zealand. It is celebrated during the second week of September each year to coincide with the Chinese Moon Festival. Schools celebrating NZCLW are encouraged to register their event and apply for funding under the Educators Network Experience Asia Events initiative.
My Chinese Teacher is the world's largest online Chinese learning program and is designed specifically for schools. Utilising technology already available in the NZ classroom, the My Chinese Teacher program broadcasts Beijing-based teachers into the classroom for weekly live and interactive Chinese lessons. It is this ability to connect with locals on the ground in China and see the real Beijing via video-conference that has made the My Chinese Teacher program a popular choice for schools. More details from www.mychineseteacher.org.
The Confucius Institutes in New Zealand support schools to offer Mandarin language and culture classes. This support includes advice, introductory programmes, professional development, principal delegations to China and Mandarin language assistants. There are three Confucius Institutes in New Zealand.
- Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland
- Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington
- Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury
Colourful and engaging digital resources in the form of PDF files which are compatible with all devices. The series follows a cartoon character called Wiremu - a New Zealand high school student of Maori decent who has just started an exchange to a school in Beijing.
This is a specialist qualification for people who teach or wish to teach Chinese in schools.
Japanese language providers
A programme to encourage Japanese language education and Japanese studies in New Zealand.
Korean language providers
The Korean Education Centre promotes Korean language and culture in New Zealand.
Korean language assessment opportunities for NCEA Levels 1-3.
Other Asian language providers
Language Perfect is a digital tool which supports language vocabulary learning.
Online reciprocal language learning between New Zealand schools and schools in Asia.
Please email our education director Jeff Johnstone regarding the learning of other Asian languages in schools.
- New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)
- New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers (NZAJLT)
- New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers’ Association (NZCLTA)