National Spanish Adviser
Cristóbal Gutiérrez Carrera
P: 04 802 5665 Ext 217
Cristóbal Gutiérrez Carrera is the National Language Adviser for Spanish and is also the education attaché at the Embassy of Spain in Wellington. As the Spanish National Adviser in New Zealand, he is part of ILEP’s advisory team and therefore linked to the New Zealand Ministry of Education. He has been the head of the international programmes unit at the Spanish Ministry of Education, and has worked as a language teacher, a teacher trainer and a language adviser in Spain, Canada, Belgium and Portugal.
Cristóbal’s role is to support the promotion and development of Spanish language education in New Zealand. In particular his focus is on:
Teachers of Spanish 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 five-stage professional learning pathway for schools and teachers in years 7-13. For more information contact the Spanish National Adviser.
Spanish Teachers’ Association New Zealand Aotearoa (STANZA)
STANZA is a subject association which provides support for teachers and students of Spanish in New Zealand. Visit www.stanza.org.nz.
ELENZA list serve
This email group for teachers of Spanish 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, email the Spanish National Adviser.
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. To join NZALT visit www.nzalt.org.nz.
Embassy of Spain
Spanish National Adviser
The Spanish National Adviser provides teachers with information on teaching resources and sustaining Spanish language programmes.
For more information on resources, contact Cristóbal Gutiérrez Carrera by phone (04 802 5665 ext 217) or email.
- ¡Sí! An introduction to Spanish. 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 Spanish.
- RedEle (red electrónica de didáctica del español como lengua extranjera). A public resource that the Ministry of Education of Spain offers to teachers interested in teaching and learning Spanish worldwide.
- Redele web page offers different materials and resources published by the international offices of Education of Spain in different countries.
- Instituto Cervantes and useful resources that the Institute offers.
- DELE examinations for those interested in the examinations the Ministry of Education of Spain and Instituto Cervantes offer, contact Cristóbal.
- Spanish Phrase of the week poster
- Why learn Spanish?
Spanish Resource Centre
This library of teaching materials, readers, textbooks, dictionaries, CDs and DVDs located at the ILEP office in Auckland. Teachers of Spanish are welcome to borrow books in person, via email or phone (09 623 8899 ext 46355).
Biblioteca Letras Latinas
Letras Latinas Community Library, the only Spanish and Portuguese library in New Zealand, holds over 6.300 volumes, including 1.300 for children and young people. Information and catalogue can be sent upon request.
Letras Latinas also organise music and cultural events, book presentations with their authors, readings and intercultural conferences among others.
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. Visit http://learning-languages.tki.org.nz/.
RedEle (red electrónica de didáctica del español como lengua extranjera)
RedEle is a public resource that the Ministry of Education of Spain offers to teachers interested in teaching and learning Spanish worldwide.
Immersion and scholarship opportunities are available to teachers of Spanish:
Scholarships at Spanish Universities
A scholarship is currently available to New Zealand teachers of Spanish through ILEP to Salamanca, Spain. As part of the scholarship, teachers of Spanish participate in a two-week course on language enrichment, methodology, culture and special topics at a Spanish University. Contact the Spanish National Adviser for more information. Find out about the Salamanca Programme here.
The Spanish Ministry of Education offers positions to New Zealanders to work as English Language Assistants for a school year. Read more.
Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards
AFS Intercultural Programmes provides teachers with an opportunity to undertake long or short term immersion experiences in Spanish-speaking countries. Visit the website.