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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    Guillaume Charton
    Guillaume Charton 
    National French Adviser
    +64 27 356 2497
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    Guillaume has over 15 years of experience teaching junior and senior French (from Year 7 to 13) at Wakatipu High School, Queenstown.

    His strength lies in having students engaged through teaching approaches that are student-centred while encouraging them to explore, take risks, collaborate and develop as inquirers.

    He strives to grow students’ independence and a higher level of thinking to help them make sense of their learning and the world around them.

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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 Future Learning Solutions.

    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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      Dr Kyoko Mikami
      Dr Kyoko Mikami
      National Japanese Adviser
      +64 27 552 0298
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      Kyoko Mikami is the National Language Adviser for Japanese. She arrived in New Zealand in January 2017 and Kyoko is a member of the Centre for Languages team and also has close working relations with the Japanese Embassy and Consulate-General.

      Kyoko has worked for many years not only as a language teacher but also as a teacher trainer in Japan, Czech Republic and Indonesia. She has written several textbooks for students as well as a guidebook for language teachers. She looks forward to sharing her expertise and knowledge of Japanese language, culture and education with teachers in New Zealand.

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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 Centre for 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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