Chinese National Adviser


Dr Jiwei Fu 付继伟

Phone: 09 623 8899 Ext 48 613
Mobile: 021 819 286

Dr Jiwei Fu is the Chinese National Adviser in the ILEP team and provides support for the teaching and learning of Chinese in New Zealand schools. The position is coappointed by the Ministry of Education of New Zealand and China. Jiwei also works in close association with the Chinese Embassy and the Consulate – General of China.

With an academic background in language philology (PhD), and over 17 years’ experience in teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as administration experience in international education organisations, Jiwei is enthusiastic to facilitate the teaching, learning and understanding of Chinese language and culture in New Zealand. Jiwei has worked in China, South Korea, Pakistan, and the USA, in the capacity of Associate Professor, Exchange Professor and Assistant Director of the Confucius Institute of National University of Modern Languages and Western Michigan University. 

Jiwei’s role is to support the development of Chinese language education in New Zealand. In particular his focus is on:

  • Offering workshops, courses and meetings focusing on effective language learning pedagogy, teaching materials and resources that promote intercultural communicative language teaching in Chinese.
  • Supporting schools with advice and guidance on establishing and sustaining Chinese language programmes.
  • Offering school visits and providing feedback in terms of improvement and professional development pathways.
  • Providing information on networking opportunities for teachers of Chinese.
  • Advice and guidance on immersion opportunities and scholarships   
  • Connecting you with professional learning opportunities both in New Zealand and abroad.

Professional Support for Teachers of Chinese

Teachers of Chinese in New Zealand may benefit from the professional support offered by the following organisations:

International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP)

ILEP supports schools and teachers to implement the Learning Languages curriculum area through the promotion of a fivestage professional learning pathway for schools and teachers in years 7-13.

For more information about the professional support, professional learning and development, as well as scholarship or immersion opportunities for Chinese, you can contact Jiwei Fu directly at

New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers Association (NZCLTA)

NZCLTA is a subject association which organises events for students and provides professional network opportunities and professional development opportunities for teachers of Chinese at primary and secondary level, in order to promote effective Chinese learning and teaching in schools.

For more information or to join NZCLTA, visit

NZCLTA list serve

This email group for teachers of Chinese is an excellent source of information and resources. It is also the primary medium through which organisations advertise opportunities, scholarships, grants and other important information for teachers and students.

To register, send an email to

New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)

NZALT is a professional network of language teachers with over 500 members. It runs a number of initiatives designed to support teachers in the classroom including competitions and professional development opportunities.

For more information or to join NZALT, visit

Chinese Embassy

For more information, visit

Confucius Institute in New Zealand

The Confucius Institute in New Zealand promotes Chinese language and culture study in New Zealand through educational programmes, exams, events, and scholarships.

Confucius Institute at University of Auckland
For more information, visit

Confucius Institute at Vitoria University of Wellington
For more information, visit

Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury
For more information, visit

Asia New Zealand Foundation

A leading non-government organisation on Asia-New Zealand relations, the Asia New Zealand Foundation’ s education programme provides information, resources and professional development opportunities to help school leaders develop students with the skills and knowledge they will need to embrace future prospects in Asia.

For more information, visit

Resources and support for establishing and sustaining Chinese Language Programmes

Chinese National Adviser

The Chinese National Adviser provides teachers with information on teaching resources and sustaining Chinese language programmes. Upcoming workshops and events offered can be found here.

National Coordinators

The National Coordinators for Learning Languages focus on effective implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum and the NCEA realigned achievement standards as well as the development of literacy and language practices. Contact Jeni Lemberg for Central South and Southern regions and Belinda Sydenham for the Northern and Central North regions.

TKI Learning Languages

The Learning Languages Community is a portal to professional learning opportunities, professional support for the New Zealand Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, resources and key links for language teachers. Learning Languages publishes regular newsletters to keep language teachers informed about important deadlines and events. For more information, visit

Confucius Institute Online

The Confucius Institute Online provides a wide variety of Chinese learning resources, covering interactive live classes, video & audio courses and Chinese character writing tools. For more information, visit


Hăo! An introduction to Chinese. This resource provides multi-media materials designed for teachers and students who are new to language learning. The series is designed for year 7 and 8 students and supports Level 1 and 2 achievement objectives in Chinese. Schools may request free copies of the two folders of units for each teacher of the specified language in the school. Either phone 0800 660 662 or email to request copies. A digital version is also available through Digistore.

A few selected resources:

For more resources and advice, contact Fu Jiwei directly: / 09 623 8899 ext 48613.

Immersion and Scholarship Opportunities

The following immersion and scholarship opportunities are available to teachers of Chinese:

Chinese Scholarship Programme

The Chinese and New Zealand Ministries of Education offer up to 15 scholarships to New Zealand teachers of Chinese to attend a 3-week intensive language and culture programme in China. For more information, visit China Scholarship.

Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards

AFS Intercultural Programmes provides teachers with an opportunity to undertake long or short term immersion experiences to China.

For more information, visit