News and Events for Language Teachers


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 ILEP Teacher Survey

Participate in ILEP’s short teacher survey and go in the draw for an iPad Air 2 (32GB, colour: space grey).

Click on the link or use the QR code to access the survey.
The lucky winner will be drawn on 9 June 2017.

2017 NZ ShortFilmFest for Students of German

Submissions are invited for this year's NZ ShortFilmFest for Students of German - "Yo-Yo - 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.

The New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP)

If you have educational or cultural knowledge or expertise relating to New Zealand and Japan that funding could transform into something more, apply to this programme by 15 May 2017.

Foreign Language Assistant Programme 2018

We are now inviting applications from schools for the Foreign Language Assistant Programme 2018. Applications close on 16 June 2017.

Chinese Speech Competition - Auckland Region

The 2017 Chinese Speech Competition Auckland Regional will take place on Saturday, 13 May. Registrations are open online until 15 April 2017.

NZ Schools Japanese Trivia Championships

Applications are open for the third New Zealand Schools Japanese Trivia Championships held at eight different venues across the country on 16 June 2017. This is a FREE event for our junior students (Y7-10). Final entries must be submitted by 7 May 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.

Learning Languages Newsletter Term 1

Check out the first edition of the 2017 Learning Languages Newsletter, introducing the new National Advisers for French and Japanese and featuring other stories from recent teacher and student activities in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Korean language learning, Lots of teacher stories and exciting future opportunities to get involved in!

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- 13 February 2017

Feedback from the January Japan Foundation Sydney Seminars

Three participants returned from an ILEP-granted scholarship in Sydney on 19th January where they were immersed in an intensive 3.5 day seminar at the Japan Foundation. They had an 'intensive' time improving their language skills, gaining confidence using Japanese and developing language teaching strategies and skills which they can apply in their own classrooms.

"Having to spend the majority of the seminar speaking, listening and writing in Japanese definitely helped to consolidate language knowledge and boost proficiency. The classes on culture not only introduced us to familiar and not so familiar topics, but also stood as examples of how to structure a language lesson. It's definitely something I would implore other Japanese teachers to attend."

Find out more here, and why not think about applying to attend the September seminars?

- 25 January

Free Chinese Language Classes

ILEP is offering to current or future teachers of Chinese in New Zealand in collaboration with the Confucius Institute. Beginning on Tuesday 14th February for beginners and Thursday 16th February for intermediate level, the classes will run every week at the University of Auckland, Epsom Campus.

See the flyer here for more information.

To register, please email:

- 20 January

2017 Calendar of Dates for Languages

We are sure that your calendars are quickly filling up with dates for this year, but don't miss the events and opportunities for language teaching and learning coming up in 2017. See the Learning Languages Calendar here.

- 5 January



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

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