Foreign Language Assistant Programme

Applications for 2019 have closed.

Arriving from France, Germany and Spain at the start of each year, Language Assistants bring up-to-date cultural knowledge, authentic language and tonnes of enthusiasm. Language Assistants are a fantastic addition to the foreign language classroom.

The Foreign Language Assistant Programme, administered by Future Learning Solutions - Centre for Languages and the respective donor government organisations, enables young native speakers to be employed as Language Assistants in New Zealand schools for 12 contact hours per week. This provides an invaluable source of up-to-date language and cultural input for New Zealand students of French, German and Spanish.

The scheme is available to schools offering languages at secondary, intermediate and primary level. 

"They are a fantastic resource in every way - students love interacting with LAs and find their presence in the classroom motivating and encouraging".

"Beside regular conversation practice, sometimes the students need help or supervision of their writing, at other times facts about Germany and German culture are discussed". 

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Language Assistant Experiences


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From my own experience, there is so much to discover in New Zealand. Without a doubt, the position of the Language Assistant will help you to realize how much  world has to offer,  so don’t miss it!


Mariam T., Foreign Language Assistant- Spanish, 2018




Being able to use what they’ve learned in the classroom, being understood by a native speaker and being able to understand certain phrases a native speaker says resulted in a growing self-assurance among the students to actually use the language. 

Ina Terhaar, Foreign Language Assistant – German, 2017


From all the work done, bringing the Spanish culture to the classroom is what I loved the most. It was really exciting for me to talk about festivities and traditions that take place in Spain or in some South American countries.

Carmen Vilchez, Foreign Language Assistant – Spanish, 2017

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Too often we focus on the role of a teacher in the learning process. However I definitely think that schools profit from having a native speaker language assistant who enriches lessons not only with the spoken language but also with a variety of cultural aspects.

Justine Engel, Foreign Language Assistant – French, 2017





Are you interested in bringing a Foreign Language Assistant to your school for a subsidised cost?

Are you interested in becoming a Foreign Language Assistant in New Zealand?