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29 September 2020

Tapasā – Cultural competencies for teachers of Pacific learners

Free PLD for all educators across a series of 5 workshops

Future Learning Solutions-Centre for Languages invites ALL educators - teachers, senior leaders, middle leaders, Kahui Ako Leads, Pacific co-ordinators, Deans - to explore the Tapasā framework and consider the implications for their own schools/settings.
Tapasā (Cultural competencies for teachers of Pacific learners) is a tool that can be used to enhance teachers’ cultural capability and capacity when working with Pasifika learners, parents, families and communities. This series of five short workshops aim to unpack the key components of Tapasā to empower teachers to contextualise quality teaching and learning within a Pacific learner setting. 
Features & advantages of this workshop:

  • Explore the Pasifika Success Compass, Ngā Turu (The Competencies), Tapasā framework and implications for practice
  • Unpack case studies 
  • Discuss links with the Code for Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession.
  • Identify next steps
  • Evaluate teacher learning


  • develop a richer understanding of effective practice for Pasifika learners
  • understand the links between Tapasā and the Code for Professional responsibility and Standards for the Teaching profession. 

These workshops will help you:

  • gain an overview of the Tapasā framework
  • share ideas of current effective practice for Pasifika learners
  • explore the implications for language teaching and learning

Workshop 1: 14 September 2020 -  What is Tapasā?  A walkthrough
3.30pm to 4.30pm
Workshop 2: 16 September 2020  - Ngā Turu – The Competencies
3.30pm to 4.30pm
Workshop 3: 21 September – Tapasā – the Framework
Workshop 4: 29 September 2020 - Tapasā in action. What does it mean for me?
10am to 12pm

Workshop 5: 29 September 2020  - Tapasā and the Standards for the Teaching Profession
10am to 12pm

Please note, combined workshops 4 and 5 on Tuesday in the first week of the holiday. 

On-line via zoom


12 October 2020

International Language Proficiency Tests

Are you aware of the internationally recognised language proficiency tests which are available?

Join this online workshop if you would like to hear an introduction to what is available in the way of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish proficiency tests.

You will gain an understanding of whether they are something you would like to aim for (if you are not a native speaker), and whether there is also a relevant qualification your students could aspire to.  

For those teachers learning or upskilling in a language, they can be a very motivational goal, and can also be a good way for you to reflect on language learning assessments.

On-line via zoom

3.30pm to 4.30pm

Languages Roadshow 2020

Our National Language Advisers and Professional Experts will be delivering a range of workshops designed to support and enhance your classroom teaching.  They will be suitable for all languages and both primary and secondary teachers.

This year we are bringing a range of workshops to the following centres around the country:


Christchurch - Monday 7th September

Dunedin -Thursday 10th September

Invercargill-Friday 11th September (1pm-5pm)

Tauranga - Wednesday 16th September

Hamilton - Thursday 17th September

Napier - Tuesday 22nd September

New Plymouth - Thursday 24th September

Auckland - Tuesday 13th October

Wellington - Wednesday 14th October

Nelson -Thursday 15th October

Closer to the time we will advise the actual content of each location.

Each event will be from 8.30am to 3pm at venues to be confirmed.  Tea/coffee/morning tea will be provided but please bring your lunch.

Principal approval is required in order to confirm that your school will cover your release for the day


13 October 2020 


19 October 2020

Exploring online Spanish listening resources

In this online workshop you will:
•    Explore online Spanish listening resources 
•    Look at how to utilise online resources 
•    Increase your listening resource bank
•    Prepare students to feel confident with their listening abilities 

Online via zoom


12 October 2020 

20 October 2020

Exploring online Spanish reading resources

In this online workshop you will:

  • Explore online Spanish reading resources 
  • Look at how to utilise online resources 
  • Increase your reading resource bank
  • Prepare students to feel confident with their reading abilities 

This workshop is available on two separate dates, register for the date that suits you best.

On-line via zoom

3.30pm to 4.30pm



22 October 2020 and 

23 October 2020

Sharing of resources and practices for teachers of French-English bilingual units in New Zealand

This free 2-day workshop is in partnership with the Embassy of France and is for French-English Bilingual Unit teachers (FRENZ) only.

The aim of the workshop is to have teachers of French-English bilingual units in New Zealand:

  • Share their schemes of work, programmes and practices
  • Explore how students are evaluated 
  • Further develop their understanding on how to engage students in learning and using French
  • Grow their repertoire of production activities
  • Grow understanding of Ellis Principles, extensive and comprehensible input in the French classroom 

To view a copy of the programme Click Here 

Morning tea and lunch will be provided. 

If you have any questions and/or to advise us of any special dietary requirements please email:

Registrations close Thursday 8 October, 2020.

Mercure Hotel 

169 Willis Street


Times and Dates:
9:00am to 8:00pm, Thursday 22 October and
9:00am to 3:40pm, Friday 23 October 

27 October 2020 - Christchurch 10am to 3pm

28 October 2020 - Dunedin 10am to 3pm

30 October 2020 - Auckland 10am to 3pm

Chinese intercultural understanding and competency in the language classroom

Delivered by Grace Qi, Lecturer from Massey University
In this workshop you will learn to design and  facilitate to accommodate diverse learners, providing you with an opportunity to brainstorm ideas and share experiences in designing and facilitating activities drawing upon intercultural understanding and competence in Chinese language classrooms.

Topics covered:

  • Introduce relevant intercultural theory
  • Share teaching experiences
  • Design teaching resources 
  • Benefits of this workshop:

Help teachers keep diverse students engaged and motivated
Collectively work with other teachers and create teaching resources


Venue to be confirmed




19 November 2020

Supporting Teaching and Learning French in Primary and Intermediate Schools

This free workshop is open to teachers of French.  Primary and intermediate teachers are the target audience, however secondary teachers are welcome. 

In this workshop you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding about learning French in primary and intermediate schools
  • Share primary and intermediate French programmes and resources
  • Share and explore different practices to enable your students to meaningfully learn French
  • Connect and network with primary and intermediate school teachers

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Cost to teachers: None.  For those travelling by car to the event, FLS can assist with mileage reminbursement for those driving more than 80km.  If flights are required, these will be booked and paid for by FLS - Centre for Languages. 

Accommodation: If there are no available flights on the day of the workshop, accommodation will be booked and paid for by FLS - Centre for Languages. 

Please email us at if you have any questions and/or to advise us of any special dietary requirements.

Registrations close: Thursday 5 November, 2020

Venue: University of Auckland Epsom Campus, details TBA

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm