French - Term 3, 2020

A note from Guillaume Charton

Comme dirait Victor Hugo ‘Les feuilles d’automnes sont dissemblables en leur ressemblance’. Every day in the language classroom brings its own spin and is unique because of the uniqueness of our students and their growth. Touring around New Zealand I have witnessed so many French teachers  who should receive kudos, they were able to naturally and organically adapt their practices swiftly to ensure their students were enjoying French while learning beyond their potential, to me this is the real challenging nature of teaching.

As the National French Adviser I am all yours to support, help, observe, set up workshops etc… and only an e-mail / phone call away!

If you wish to subscribe to the P’tit Bulletin which is the monthly French newsletter e-mail me:

Bonne chance, kia kaha!

Guillaume Charton – National French Adviser

Learning French while embracing tikanga Māori

Pepeha in the French Class

Through this excellent website students are given an opportunity to develop understanding of the Māori culture while learning French.  This is a great co-teaching opportunity where both French and Te Reo Māori help students to create their Pepeha. Later on the French teacher guides students through putting this into French. Students then learn their Pepeha which can be delivered as a speech. This would be appropriate with primary school students  and up to Year 9.

Another great site:

DELF Scolaire 2020 

Bon courage to all candidates enrolled in the 2020 session of DELF Scolaire which will be held on Saturday 29 August 2020.  A huge thank you to the participating schools and their French teachers and above all to the accredited examiners who make this exam possible.

You can find more information on Delf Scolaire at

Concours Oral National 2020 

The Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande Inc. is once again organising the Concours Oral which is open to Years 12 and 13. This is a great opportunity to extend advanced students who have performed well in DELF scolaire. Prizes include a term of French lessons at the Alliance Française of the winner’s choice and a variety of bandes dessinées.

For more information, contact Lisa Caron, (Alliance Française Nelson-Tasman) at Enrolments close on Thursday 24 September 2020.

2020 International French Teachers’ Day

Thursday 26 November 2020 is the day for teachers of French to celebrate around the world.
Do you have an idea for an activity with the potential to connect teachers around NZ? Let us know! 

More information visit

2020 call for proposals - French related events organised by student associations in NZ

The 2020 call for proposals is open from now until 6 September 2020 to support student associations to organise events with a French connection. The French Embassy in New Zealand and the New Caledonia delegation in New Zealand will award four grants to cover expenses of up to NZ$1500.

For more information visit

Opération Dis-moi dix mots

In the context of the 50th anniversary of the Francophonie, write a poem related to your island based on the theme Au fil de l’eau.

The final date for submissions will be 15 September 2020 and entries will be displayed during the Journées Francophone du Pacifique in Noumea in late-October. This is a great opportunity to get creative with French and establish ties across the Pacific region.

This project is a partnership between the CREIPAC and the New Caledonian Ministry of Education. For more information, see