News and Events for Language Teachers


ILEP Language Course Grant - Round 2

Language teachers are invited to apply by 22 September for the opportunity to continue upskilling in their target language with the ILEP Language Course Grant.

Jeunes Ambassadeurs 2018 est lancé

Entries are open for the young ambassadors for 2018. Contact Pascale Seignolles for more information.

Spanish Speech Competition

Registrations are open for the annual Spanish speech competition. This is open to all students in schools with STANZA membership. Registrations close on 16 August 2017.

English Language Assistant in Valencia

From January to June 2018, the candidates selected as English Language Assistants will assist Spanish teachers at primary schools with the teaching and practice of oral English. They will receive a monthly stipend of €1,000 to cover accommodation and food expenses, a medical insurance and an induction course on arrival. All travel costs will be borne by the selected candidates.
To find out more about this perfect opportunity for teachers seeking to upskill in Spanish, no matter what level they teach at, please contact the Spanish National Adviser.

K-Pop inspires

K-Pop has proven to be the greatest inspiration for NZ students to take up Korean as a foreign language. We have spoken about it with Alena Aubrey, Head of EXO-NZ Facebook page and coordinator of the New Zealand fanclub for EXO. She is also part of the administrative team for the international EXO Fanpage and the former Head of Auckland K-Pop Events.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation provides an available download for a unit plan about Hallyu - The Korean Wave.

Teacher Workshop Roadshow (15-30 August 2017) - UPDATE

The ILEP Advisers have finalised the dates and locations to take the workshops of your choice across the country. Have a look at the ILEP Calendar or the ILEP Facebook Events for details.

2017 Fukushima Kizuna Revitalization Programme

Applications are open for the 2017 Fukushima Kizuna Revitalization Programme, 2-11 October 2017. This Programme invites NZ teachers of Japanese to visit Fukushima in order to promote cultural exchange and increase mutual understanding of people from NZ and Fukushima, expanding their international views. Applications close on 4 August 2017.

Korean Studies Workshop

In October, ten educators (priority given to secondary school teachers of history and social sciences) will be able to travel to South Korea on the Korean Studies Workshop, which is sponsored by the Korea Foundation in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Applications close on 28 July 2017.

11th New Zealand Chinese Essay Competition

The 2017 Chinese Essay Competition is now open for registration and submission

This year’s registration has been changed to online registration, that is, each student needs to register online by their own. A summary of school registrations will be sent to you after registration deadline Friday 12 August.

Korea Festival in AKL 2017 School Programme

New Zealand schools in Auckland (Hamilton) have the opportunity to apply for a special event that enables their students to experience Korean cultural activities and/or increases their students’ knowledge and understanding of Korea. 

The professional instructors will visit your school and run the activity for your students. The programme can be arranged in your regular timetable (e.g. Taekwondo as a PE and K-pop workshop as a Dance class etc.) or some activities can also be arranged as holiday/after school programme and school club/extracurricular activities. 
All costs are covered by the Korean Consulate in Auckland, and the schools need to meet all the requirements and the number of participants when applying

ILEP Language Course Grant

The ILEP Language Course Grant offers teachers of languages in New Zealand the opportunity to continue upskilling in their target language. Grants of up to $500 per applicant are available to contribute towards further target language study in a course identified by the applicant. Application deadline is 28 July 2017, 5pm.

Workshop upon request

ILEP will bring the free workshop " Maximising the value of language learning for our students" to you. Once you book this workshop, we will organise a venue in your area and advertise it to your local teachers. All you need to do is get in touch with Stephanie Mortimore.

2017 Kansai Immersion Programme

The dates for the Kansai Immersion Programme are 1-14 October 2017. Applications are now open and close on 7 July 2017, 5pm.

ALLiS - Online Q&A Sessions

Online ALLiS Q&A Sessions with ILEP Advisers are offered every Monday, starting 12 June, 12-2pm. Those sessions are open to all teachers and leaders within ALLiS clusters. Please contact an ALLiS team member or visit the moodle page for the link to access the workshop.

2017 International Languages Week

The dates for this year's International Languages Week are 14-18 August 2017. To help you plan for the week, have a look at this website.

2017 NZ ShortFilmFest for Students of German

Submissions are invited for this year's NZ ShortFilmFest for Students of German - "Jo-Jo - Mehr als Auf und Ab". Entries close on 22 September 2017.

2018 NZALT conference

The date for the 2018 NZALT conference has been announced: 8-11 July 2018, more details to follow. 

Language Immersion Awards

Applications are open for Language Immersion Awards for Students until 19 May 2017, for Language Immersion Awards for Teachers until 21 July 2017.

National Calligraphy Competition

Registrations are open for The 8th New Zealand Chinese Calligraphy Competition oganised by the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury and ILEP. Deadline for submission of work is 18 August 2017.

Free Korean Language Course for Teachers at ILEP

ILEP is pleased to have the opportunity to offer a beginner level Korean language course at its offices in collaboration with the Korean Education Centre (KEC). Classes will be held every Monday, 4.30-6.00pm from 1 May.

2017 Distinguished Teacher Awards for Chinese Language Teachers
in New Zealand Schools

Applications are now open for this year's Distinguished Teacher Awards for Chinese Language Teachers. Please submit all materials and video by 30 June 2017.

Chinese Short Film Contest

The 2nd New Zealand Elementary and Secondary School Students Chinese Short Film Contest is now open for registrations. Let your students get creative in a group and produce a "Fun with Chinese"-themed video, animation, or cartoon. Seven awards are awaiting their proud recipients. Registrations close on 31 May 2017. Film entries need to be submitted by 31 July 2017.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

A Guide to the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test is available online.

The tests will be held on 2 July and 3 December 2017. Applications open 6 March 2017.



Find out about upcoming workshops for teachers of Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish by the ILEP National Advisers.

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