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Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards
Language Immersion Awards are offered for students and teachers of languages that have curriculum support in NZ schools. The awards are funded by the NZ Ministry of Education and AFS.
The purpose of the immersion experience is to provide a professional development experience for teachers of languages that will build quality language teaching to enhance language learning opportunities and provisions for students.
Teacher professional development languages (TPDL)
This Ministry of Education funded programme supports schools to cater effectively for learning languages.
80 places are available for teachers of Cook Islands Māori, Gagana Sāmoa, Tongan, Gagana Tokelau, Vagahau Niue, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Language study, pedagogy, and in-school support are the three components of TPDL.
Auckland UniServices delivers this programme nationally. Principals or teachers should contact the TPDL Coordinator, Nathalie Bourneville for further information email@example.com. Schools are encouraged to register more than one teacher. Applications for next year are requested by 30 November.
TPDL brochure (PDF, 422 kB)
Online version of Learning languages: A guide for New Zealand schools. This guide provides schools and teachers with information to support the introduction, delivery, and enhancement of languages programmes.
Support for language teachers and principals
If you are new to language teaching and need support, please contact Karen Hollis.
If you are a principal or middle leader and need support to set up a language programme at your school, please contact
Or ring 09 623 8899 Ext 48 506 for more information.
Under the Ministry of Education’s Professional learning and development (PLD) support plan for secondary student achievement, the national coordinators for learning languages focus is on effective implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum and the NCEA realigned achievement standards, and the development of literacy and language practices. Contact Jeni Lemberg for Central South and Southern regions and Deborah Ward for the Northern and Central North regions. Or download their latest newsletter here.
The New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT) offers a nationwide network to support language teachers. This includes regional meetings, in-service opportunities, professional development awards, newsletters, a professional journal, a biennial conference, representation on official committees and panels, and advocacy on key issues.
Gazette focus: Professional development
Popular programme boosts student language options
Lata Langi, teacher of Tongan at Southern Cross Campus, was recommended to professional development as a teacher of languages by her colleague, Lala Tu’ua, who completed a year-long programme in 2010.
Strengthening the classroom kete
Free scholarships are offered to teachers wanting to upskill with a TESSOL qualification. Education Gazette talks to a primary school enriched with skilled language teachers, and a secondary teacher who is applying her recent study to improving intercultural communication in her school.