News and Events for Language Teachers


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.


Apply for Stage de Nouméa

We have extended the application deadline for your French immersion opportunity. Applications for the ILEP scholarship programme for teachers to New Caledonia, Stage de Nouméa now close on Wednesday 1 March 2017.

Apply for NZ Principal's Korean study tour 2017

The Korean Education Centre has opened applications to senior management staff as well as principals and deputy principals. Applications now close on Monday 27 February 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

Task-Based Approach and Technology Workshops 

All teachers of languages are invited to this series of workshops by Manu Menard and Morgan Patterson on task-based approach and technology as a tool. Workshops will take place in Hamilton, Napier, Christchurch and Dunedin between 15th - 23rd February 2017.

RSVP to by 7th February.

See flyer here.

- 18 January

Korean Study Tour for Principals

The Korean Education Centre (KEC) is pleased to announce the NZ Principals' Korean Study Tour 2017. The tour will take 12 principals or deputy principals to Korea, travelling around and visiting Korean schools and educational organisations between 22-29 April 2017.

Send your applications to: by 21 February 2017. Download the application form here.

You can find more information on the Korean Education Centre website.

- 10 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

New Zealand Language Teacher December 16 Publication

The New Zealand Language Teacher, Volume 42, December 2016 has now been published. The collection of articles is available to download here: New Zealand Language Teacher Volume 42.

- 20 December

Belinda Sydenham joins the ALLiS Team

ILEP are thrilled to have Belinda Sydenham join the ALLiS team as Teacher Development Adviser. Contact her at: or through the ALLiS Moodle Platform.

"I have been a Japanese language teacher for more than 20 years, working in secondary and primary schools in New Zealand and Japan, as well as teaching night classes for adults. I have worked as a pedagogy tutor for the University of Auckland, with trainee teachers of Japanese. For the past year, my work has been as a facilitator with Team Solutions at the University of Auckland, where I have been part of teams who build the professional capacity of middle leaders in secondary schools. Teaching Japanese is my passion, and I love working with teachers and students to ensure that learning is exciting and interesting for everyone. I look forward to meeting and working with teachers in the ALLiS clusters to develop strong collaborative networks and to help teachers feel confident in their language classes." - Belinda Sydenham

- 5th December

Korean Teacher Workshop

On 5th December, the Korean Language Teacher Association is hosting an all-day workshop for teachers of Korean at the Korean Education Centre in Auckland. It will be flexibly structured to allow teachers to direct the focus for their particular needs and interests.

Find out more here. And register your attendance using this Google Form.

- 26 November

ALLiS Funding Round 2

With the recently announced new round of over 60 schools who will receive Ministry of Education funding to support their Asian language teaching programmes, we spoke to Elizabeth Couchman, ALLiS coordinator at Kapiti Coast about how her cluster have used their funding this year. Read more here.

Find out about the Asian Language Learning in Schools Programme here.

- 20 October

Teacher's French Immersion Experience

Marty Hantz, Principal and teacher of French from Taradale Primary school attended the ILEP scholarship programme in New Caledonia in April and tells us about how the trip helped him as a teacher and his vision for Learning Languages at Taradale. Read more here.

- 6 October

German Teacher Scholarships 2017

Information is now available about the Goethe-Institut scholarships for next year, giving teachers the opportunity to travel to Germany for professional development seminars. Find out more information on this website.

The deadline to apply is 10th October. Email Judith Geare regarding applications;

(Don't miss a story on these scholarships in the next Learning Languages newsletter!)

- 18 September

Call for Contributions to the Learning Languages Newsletter!

- 14 September

Teacher Professional Pathways in 2017

If you are either a beginner or experienced language teacher, the funded Introduction to Language Teaching and Language Teaching Consolidation programmes run by Karen Hollis, Teacher Development Adviser are fantastic opportunities to focus on and further your teaching practice. You can now register onto the popular programmes for 2017. Discover your pathway stage and more information here. Email Karen with any questions:

- 29 August

ILEP Community

The new email address will be the central contact for the ILEP community. Here, teachers and stakeholders can liaise with ILEP related to news, events and successes in Learning Languages. For entries information and contributions related to newsletter, events calendar, TKI Learning Languages, Facebook and more, email our community!

- 26 August

Creating Global Students: Teaching and Learning Japanese

This article published in the Education Gazette features ILEP National Adviser Akiko Harada, teacher Paula Kaspar from Hereworth school and showcases successes and opportunities in Japanese language education, such as ALLiS funding and professional development. Read here.

- 23 August

French National Adviser Blog

The ILEP National Adviser for French, Morgan Patterson, has started up a blog through which she'll share snippets of interesting stories, events and information of interest to teachers of French in New Zealand and their students. You can read and follow it here, and contact Morgan about any content, or contributions at

- 12 August

ALLiS Team at ILEP

ILEP is happy to have welcomed on board 3 new staff members who will be working specifically with schools across New Zealand who have received ALLiS funding, Madlen Kunath, Juliet Kennedy and Hyun-Joo Kim. Extending upon ILEP's existing support to schools' Learning Languages programmes, the team will focus on giving strategic advice, workshops for ALLiS coordinators and teachers, online platforms, resource sharing and expertise in Asian languages to help convert ALLiS funding into success. Find out more by emailing See flyer here.

- 5 April 

Five Key Recommendations to Strengthen Language Learning in NZ

As a result of the Auckland Languages Strategy and the ILEP Summit, a draft document has been put together by a working group co-convened by NZALT and the Asia New Zealand Foundation to highlight and tackle important issues necessary to strengthening language learning in New Zealand. ILEP's Pathway Manager has been an active part of this working group. You can find the draft for consultation here

- 30 March

NZALT Student Competition 2016

The NZALT student competition for this year is on a topic that is also a big focus for ILEP this year - Languages in Careers. Students are asked to create a short video (max 2 mins) to showcase "Languages and Careers". The videos will be published online on Friday 24 June. The most popular with the community will win $500 worth of prizes, and another with the best message as selected by the NZALT executive board will win another $500 prize. See NZALT Student Competitions for more information.

- 8 March

French Workshops Announced

New workshops have been scheduled for French teachers to attend in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in May 2016. There will be a guest speaker talking about "awareness of the professional actions of a classroom language teacher and the role of a confident teacher". It will be delivered by Christine Clemens-Corbi, a doctor of educational sciences and all levels of French language will be catered to. Don't miss out of this intriguing workshop! See our workshops page for more details and registration information.

- 4 March 2016

ILEP Video - "Learn an Additional Language"

ILEP are happy to share a video that has been produced for the Learning Languages community in order to communicate the need for learning additional languages in New Zealand today. We hope that it is a helpful tool for you to use as a teacher, learner, professional or language enthusiast.

You can view the video here.

- 1 March 2016

Spanish Resource Centre

The Spanish Resource Centre, held at the ILEP office on Epsom Campus of the University of Auckland, is now bigger and better! There are multiple new resources for teachers to use, either for personal language study or classroom topics and activities. Read more here. And contact ILEP admin on 09 623 8899 ext. 48773 for information about the resources and borrowing.

Chinese Language Week: Suggestions for practice!

The team at International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) have put together some suggestions on how you can celebrate New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW) at your school. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to enhance your students Chinese linguistic and cultural knowledge. Wán de kāixīn!

Successful immersion Japanese and Chinese language programmes

Watch this audio clip from the Voices programme that aired on RadioNZ on Monday which is about the successful immersion Japanese and Chinese language programmes at Te Kura Motuhake o Tawhiuau school in Murupara outside Roturua.

LangSems 2015

International Languages Week

This special week provides an opportunity to promote international languages and cultures in your schools by assisting students with the development of their knowledge, skills, and values for them to be able to live in a world of diversity. How? Here are some suggestions!

$10 million contestable fund




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

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