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

Marie Testud
Marie Testud
Foreign Language Assistant – French, 2015

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

Lisa Hielscher
Lisa Hielscher
Foreign Language Assistant – German, 2015

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

Fabian Prolingheuer
Fabian Prolingheuer
Foreign Language Assistant – German, 2015

"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

Elena Vazquez
Elena Vázquez
Foreign Language Assistant – Spanish, 2015

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