National Language Advisers

ILEP provides pedagogical support for the international languages supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Education. Teachers can benefit from the language and cultural expertise of National Language Advisers for Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. They are experts in language pedagogy and through workshops and school visits can give practical advice on classroom management, lesson design, teaching techniques, intercultural communicative language teaching, task-based learning and more.

Also, part of the support provided for the Asian Language Learning in Schools (ALLiS) initiative, ILEP Korean Language Mentor, Hyun-Joo Kim is available to support teachers of Korean in schools that are receiving ALLiS funding.



National Adviser Workshops

See this page for upcoming National Adviser workshops. 

Contact the National Advisers or email if you would like to be kept informed about upcoming workshops for your language.


 National Adviser for Chinese - Jiwei Fu 

I am Jiwei Fu, the National Adviser for Chinese in New Zealand and a part of the ILEP team of languages advisers to support the teaching and learning of Chinese in NZ schools. The position is co-appointed by the Ministry of Education of NZ and of China. I also work in close association with Chinese Embassy and the Consulate – General of China. Read More

 National Adviser for French - Rosaria Campbell

I am Rosaria Campbell, the National Adviser for French. I am employed by UniServices as part of the ILEP contract for the Ministry of Education. I work in close association with the cultural and educational departments at the French Embassy and other supporting bodies such as the Alliance Française and New Zealand Association of French Teachers. Read More

  National Adviser for German - Heike Papenthin

Mein Name ist Heike Papenthin und ich bin direkt aus dem hessischen Schuldienst hier nach Neuseeland gekommen. Geboren bin ich im hohen Norden Deutschlands, in Flensburg. Aber ich hatte viele Stationen in meinem Leben, u.a. habe ich in Berlin, Kopenhagen, Tokyo und Sapporo gelebt. Read More


   National Adviser for Japanese -  Kyoko Mikami


I am Kyoko Mikami, the National Language Adviser of Japanese. I arrived in New Zealand in January 2017 to take up my appointment with the Japan Foundation. I am now working as a member of the ILEP team and I also have close working relations with the Embassy and Consulate-General. Read More.



  National Adviser for Spanish - Cristóbal Gutiérrez

I am Cristóbal Gutiérrez Carrera, the National Language Adviser for Spanish and the Education Attaché at the Embassy of Spain in Wellington. I have been the head of the international programmes unit at the Spanish Ministry of Education and have worked as a language teacher, a teacher trainer and a language adviser in Spain, Canada, Belgium and Portugal. Read More

  Korean Language Mentor - Hyun-Joo Kim


I am Hyun-Joo Kim, the Korean Language Mentor working as part of the ALLiS (Asian Language Learning in Schools) team to develop the teaching and learning of Korean in ALLiS funded schools in New Zealand. With an academic background in language teaching and over 15 years of experience, I am looking forward to engaging with teachers of Korean within the network of ALLiS clusters. Read More