National Language Advisers

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

  • National Language Advisers are language and culture experts and give practical advice on classroom management, lesson design, teaching techniques, intercultural communicative language teaching, task-based learning and more. 
  • There are National Language Advisers for Chinese,  French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Our Korean Language Mentor is available to teachers of Korean.

We provide pedagogical support for international languages supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.




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Dr Jiwei Fu

National Chinese Adviser


I support teaching and learning of Chinese in NZ schools. The position is co-appointed by the Ministry of Education of NZ and of China.

I also work in close association with Chinese Embassy and the Consulate – General of China.

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Alexandra Toeniges

National German Adviser


I arrived in New Zealand in September 2019 to take up my appointment as Future Learning Solutions - National German Advisor.

I studied at the University of Cologne and accomplished teaching training for Modern Foreign Languages in the UK. I have worked as a language teacher in Ireland, the UK and Germany.

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Dr Kyoko Mikami

National Japanese Adviser 


I arrived in January 2017 to take up my appointment with the Japan Foundation.

I am now a member of the Future Learning Solutions - Centre for Learning Languages team and also have close working relations with the Embassy and Consulate-General. 

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Juan Ramón Bautista Liébana

National Spanish Adviser


I am the National Spanish Adviser and education attaché at the Embassy of Spain in Wellington.

I have a Master´s Degree in Second Language Education and a PhD in Education, and have worked as a language teacher, a teacher trainer and a language adviser in Spain, Ireland and the USA.

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Hyun-Joo Kim

Korean Language Mentor


I support teaching and learning of Korean in New Zealand.

With an academic background in language teaching and over 15 years of experience, I am looking forward to engaging with teachers of Korean.

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