Foreign Language Assistants – Case Studies
Foreign Language Assistants reflect on their experience in teaching their native language in New Zealand schools.
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
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
¡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
Bonjour ! Je m’appelle Marie. J’ai 30 ans, je suis assistante de français à Auckland, en Nouvelle-Zélande !
Travelling is an addiction: when you start, you can’t stop. I had travelled a lot - to the USA, South Korea, around Europe - and lived one year in Québec, Canada, but I needed a new challenge: to find a job which reflected my way of life and my addiction to travel. So I decided to become a French teacher! I went back to University and did a Master’s Degree in Français Langue Etrangère, and came to New Zealand!... Read more
Working as a German foreign language assistant in Auckland has been a very fulfilling and life-enhancing experience for me. Not only was I exposed to various teaching styles and approaches but I also benefited from immersing myself in the Kiwi culture and life in New Zealand.
As diverse as my experiences were the tasks I accomplished at school... Read more
"Guten Tag! Ich heiße Fabian. Ich bin 25 Jahre alt. Und ich komme aus Deutschland. Understood* Cool! (This word is used a lot in German.)
And now you: ... (you will probably need words like “Neuseeland” [nɔı'ze:lᴧnt] or “England” ['εŋlᴧnt]). Quite good, try again to say “ich”; the “ch” is like the whispered “y” in “you,” with a constantly flowing airstream. Sehr gut—very good!
A typical situation in my job, taken from the beginnings of Year 9: language modelling, language support, coaching in language use... Read more
One of my professional goals in the beginning of my stay was to learn how to make language programmes more interesting and motivating for the students. I think I'm on the right track now, because I can see more enthusiasm on the kids' faces. I also wanted to establish links between students and the Spanish-speaking world, so I have started a pen-friend programme between my year 11 students at Albany Senior High School and the pupils of an English teacher back home in Spain... Read more