Foreign Language Assistants – Case Studies

 

Foreign Language Assistants reflect on their experience in teaching their native language in New Zealand schools.

 

Justine Engel
Justine Engel
Foreign Language Assistant – French, 2017

While I was studying for a Master degree named “French as a foreign language”, I thought that becoming a French language assistant in New Zealand would represent a great opportunity for me to write my thesis. New Zealand always represented a dream to me. As a small country located so far away from my home in France, I was especially very curious to see the importance of languages in Kiwi schools... Read more

Ina Terhaar
Ina Terhaar
Foreign Language Assistant – German, 2017

In July 2016, I graduated in Music and English from the Folkwang University of the Arts/University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, with a qualification to teach these subjects at grammar and high schools. I believed that, before entering the professional work life as a foreign language and music teacher in German schools, gaining more educational and hands-on experience on how to teach a foreign language
would be of great help. Thus, I applied for a position as a foreign language assistant in New Zealand... Read more

Carmen Vilchez
Carmen Vilchez
Foreign Language Assistant – Spanish, 2017

¡Hola! My name is Carmen and I am about to tell you why it came to my mind to travel from Spain to the
other part of the planet and what I achieved here, in New Zealand.

Back home, I finished my degree on Primary teaching a year ago. However, I did not feel either prepared or keen on taking the required
examinations to start teaching in a Primary school. Instead, I decided to take a gap year... Read more