News and Events for Language Teachers

  • Free Chinese classes for teachers

For current or future teachers of Chinese in New Zealand Schools, ILEP is offering high quality and supportive beginner and intermediate level Chinese language classes in collaboration with the Confucius Institute. Beginner level classes start on 13 February, Intermediate level classes on 15 February. Please register your interest by emailing

  • Free Korean classes for teachers

ILEP is pleased to have the opportunity to continue to offer Korean language courses (Beginner 1, Beginner 2 and Beginner 3) in 2018 in collaboration with the Korean Education Centre (KEC). Courses begin during the week starting 19 February. Please register your interest by emailing

  • Teach English in Germany

The PAD (German Pedagogical Exchange Service) is offering 12 places for Kiwis to assist with teaching English at German secondary schools from September 2018 to May 2019.

Applications close 9 March 2018.

  • Teach English (and play rugby) in Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Education offers scholarships for New Zealand and Fiji university graduates and students (majoring in any subject) to support the teaching of English in primary, secondary or languages schools from from October 2018 to May/June 2019, or alternatively from January to May/June 2019. For assistants playing rugby in New Zealand the programme also includes the possibility to join some of the top Spanish rugby teams.

Applications close 6 April 2018.

  • 2018 Korean language programme fund

The Korean Education Centre (KEC) is proud to support NZ schools to establish and develop a Korean language programme. Currently, over 30 schools are running Korean language programmes financed by the Korean Government. 

To request 2018 Korean class fund, please fill in and submit the 2018 application form by 23 January 2018.

  • STANZA (Spanish Teachers’Association New Zealand Aotearoa) Immersion Weekend 2018

Registrations are open for the STANZA Immersion Weekend 2018 (23-24 February).

  • Ministry of Education - Language Immersion Award for Teachers

AFS New Zealand is contracted by the Ministry of Education to deliver the Language Immersion Awards (LIA). The Awards are fully funded by the Ministry to improve language teaching and learning in NZ Schools.

Award applications are open to all language teachers currently teaching a second language within the New Zealand curriculum; French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Cook Island Maori, Samoan, Korean, Gagana Tokelau, Tongan and Vagahau Niue. 

Email or call 0800 600 300 to get an application form sent to you. Round Two applications close on 9 March 2018 for Awards taken in 2018.

  • NZALT Newsletter and PLD financial award opportunitites

NZALT have sent out their first newsletter. It includes information about four key PLD financial award opportunities from NZALT (funded by the Ministry of Education). 

  • 2018 NZALT conference

The biennial NZALT conference will be held in Auckland from 8-11 July 2018. Call for Presentations and Online Registration are open. 

  • Congratulations Dr. Anne Moir Scott

Anne Moir Scott, currently the Director of Languages and HOD French at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, has been a dedicated and effective mainstay of the international languages community for many years.  Not only a great supporter of colleagues’ work across several languages (EGGS itself offers six), Anne has always had a keen interest in her own professional learning and development. Anne recently completed her Doctor of Education degree at the University of Auckland, supervised by Martin East and Constanza Tolosa.  

  • K-Pop inspires

K-Pop has proven to be the greatest inspiration for NZ students to take up Korean as a foreign language. We have spoken about it with Alena Aubrey, Head of EXO-NZ Facebook page and coordinator of the New Zealand fanclub for EXO. She is also part of the administrative team for the international EXO Fanpage and the former Head of Auckland K-Pop Events.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation provides an available download for a unit plan about Hallyu - The Korean Wave.

  • ILEP Language Course Grant

ILEP Language Course Grant offers teachers of languages in New Zealand the opportunity to continue upskilling in their target language. Grants of up to $500 per applicant are available to contribute towards further target language study in a course identified by the applicant. Applications for Round 1 and 2 2017 are now closed.