National French Adviser

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Simon McGinley

P: +64 27 7720080


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. He has lived in Australia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Spain and the UK. 

One of Simon’s key interests in language acquisition is improving students’ cultural knowledge. He thinks that language learning should be accessible to all students and that multilingualism should be commonplace. As well as English, he speaks French and Spanish fluently. Simon strongly believes that French is an important subject for students to learn and is looking forward to working with teachers of the language.

The Ministry of Education fund their work through Tui Tuia | Learning Circle and their role is to support the development of French language education in New Zealand.

Professional Support

Professional support for teachers of French in New Zealand is offered by the following organisations:

New Zealand Association of French Teachers (NZAFT)

NZAFT is a subject association which provides support for teachers and students of French in New Zealand. For more information or to join NZAFT, visit Their email group for teachers of French 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, contact NZAFT.

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

French Embassy

For more information, visit

Alliance Française

The Alliance Française is a worldwide network of nonprofit associations dedicated to the promotion of the French language and the cultures of France and of the many French-speaking countries abroad.

For more information, visit

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

Shared Histories

The Shared Histories project is about students in New Zealand schools partnering with students in French schools to carry out projects of remembrance for the duration of the WW1 commemoration period 2014-2018. For more information, visit