National French Adviser



Manu Menard


Emmanuel (Manu) Menard supports schools and teachers of French in implementing Learning Languages curriculum area of the New Zealand Curriculum. Manu works in close association with the cultural and educational departments at the French Embassy and other bodies, including the Alliance Française and the New Zealand Association of French Teachers. 

In his 22 years teaching career, Manu has been teaching French in Mexico, Kenya and New Zealand, where he also taught German, Social Studies and Digital Learning. He has a strong interest in the task-based approach and published the book “The Task-Based Approach: An interpretation of how to use it in a classroom”. Manu is looking forward to engaging with teachers of French in NZ and applying the most effective and transformational practices to the language classroom. 

His focus is on:  

  • Offering Workshops and courses on teaching materials, resources and pedagogy that promote intercultural communicative language teaching in French 
  • Supporting schools with advice and guidance on establishing and sustaining French language programmes 
  • Providing information on networking opportunities for teachers of French 
  • Offering advice and guidance on immersion opportunities, scholarships and professional learning opportunities both in New Zealand and abroad 
  • Participating in academic and cultural events, such as speech competitions, LangSems and national conferences 
  • Implementing a shift in teaching practice to accommodate a rapidly changing world through an innovative delivery of the NZ French curriculum


Professional Support
Resources and Support
Immersion and Scholarship Opportunities

Professional support for teachers of French in New Zealand is offered by the following organisations:

  • International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP)

ILEP supports schools and teachers to implement the Learning Languages curriculum area through the promotion of a five-stage professional learning pathway for schools and teachers in years 7-13.

For more information contact Morgan Patterson, ILEP Director.

  • New Zealand Association of French Teachers (NZAFT)

NZAFT is a subject association which provides support for teachers and students of French in New Zealand. For more information or to join NZAFT, visit Their email group for teachers of French is an excellent source of information and resources. It is also the primary medium through which organisations advertise opportunities, scholarships, grants and other important information for teachers and students. To register, contact NZAFT.

  • New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)

NZALT is a professional network of language teachers with over 500 members. It runs a number of initiatives designed to support teachers in the classroom including competitions and professional development opportunities.

For more information or to join NZALT, visit

  • French Embassy

For more information, visit

  • Alliance Française

The Alliance Française is a worldwide network of nonprofit associations dedicated to the promotion of the French language and the cultures of France and of the many French-speaking countries abroad.

For more information, visit

  • French Teachers’ Website

This website is a source of support, resources and information on all aspects of teaching French. A fortnightly newsletter is generated from this website containing updates from the Ministry of Education, shared resources, tools for teachers and tips for the classroom.

For more information, visit

French National Adviser

The French National Adviser provides teachers with information on teaching resources and sustaining French language programmes.

For more information contact Manu Menard. He will be happy to visit your school upon request.

Have a look here for latest workshops offered by the French Adviser and read the blog. 

Many organizes live webinars that cover Task- Based Approach. Follow the link to see past  Webinars.

Manu can assist you with selecting resources for your classroom. Contact him, and have a look at the resources available on the ILEP website.

TKI Learning Languages

The Learning Languages Community is a portal to professional learning opportunities, professional support for the New Zealand Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, resources and key links for language teachers. Learning Languages publishes regular newsletters to keep language teachers informed about important deadlines and events.

For more information, visit

Shared Histories

The Shared Histories project is about students in New Zealand schools partnering with students in French schools to carry out projects of remembrance for the duration of the WW1 commemoration period 2014-2018. For more information, visit

Immersion and Scholarship opportunities available to teachers of French in New Zealand are:

Teachers can participate in a 2/3-week immersion and study experience in Nouméa. The programme includes school observations, intercultural inquiry and formal language classes at the University of New Caledonia. For more information, visit Stage de Nouméa.

  • English Language Assistantships to France

The French Ministry of Education offers a number of positions to New Zealanders as English Language Assistants in France.

These are generally of 7 months duration from September to March. There are also positions available in New Caledonia (April - October) Applicants need to have a University degree or be in their final year of undergraduate studies at the end of the academic year. Further information and application forms are available on the Embassy of France website: