National Language Advisers

Teachers can benefit from language and cultural expertise of National Language Advisers.
 

There are National Language Advisers for Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. 

Our Korean Language Mentor is available to teachers of Korean.

 

National Language Advisers are language and culture experts who:

  • offer workshops, courses and meetings focusing on teaching materials, resources and pedagogy that promote intercultural communicative language teaching
     
  • support schools with advice and guidance on establishing and sustaining language programmes
     
  • provide information on networking opportunities for language teachers
     
  • give advice and guidance on immersion opportunities, scholarships and professional learning opportunities
     
  • participating in academic and cultural events

 

Our French, German and Spanish Advisers also provide opportunities for higher education students from their respective countries to experience life and education in New Zealand working as a language assistant in a NZ school.

Meet our National Language Advisers

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National Chinese Adviser
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We are awaiting the appointment of a new Chinese National Adviser and will update this page once this appointment has been made.

This position is co-appointed by the Ministry of Education of New Zealand and China.

The Adviser also works in close association with the Chinese Embassy and the Consulate-General of China.

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    Simon McGinley
    Simon McGinley
    National French Adviser
    +64 27 772 0080
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    Simon is an experienced teacher of languages having been involved in education for ten years. He completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Auckland and worked on the North Shore for several years before heading overseas. He has taught French, Spanish and ESOL in a number of different countries.

    One of Simon’s key interests in language acquisition is improving students’ cultural knowledge. Simon strongly believes that French is an important subject for students to learn and is looking forward to working with teachers of the language.

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    Alexandra Toeniges
    Alexandra Toeniges
    National German Adviser
    +64 27 261 4279
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    Alexandra is the National German Adviser, based in Auckland at the office of Tui Tuia | Learning Circle.

    As the National German Adviser in New Zealand, she is part of the Centre for Languages team in Auckland but also connected to the German Goethe Institute in Wellington.

    She studied at the University of Cologne and accomplished her teacher training for Modern Foreign Languages in the UK. Alexandra has worked as a language teacher, in Ireland, the UK and Germany.

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      National Japanese Adviser
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      Clara Gomez Jimeno
      Clara Gomez Jimeno
      National Spanish Adviser
      +64 27 557 3482
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      Clara is the National Spanish Adviser, based in Wellington where she is part of the Tui Tuia | Learning Circle Languages Team and works closely with the Spanish Office of Education at the Embassy of Spain in Canberra, Australia. 

      She has held several teaching and administration positions in Spain, UK and the USA and has written several articles on language and culture teaching.  She has been involved in teachers training both in Spain and the USA.  Clara firmly believes that education can change the world and that teachers do a great job anywhere in the world. 

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