National Language Advisers

Teachers can benefit from language and cultural expertise of National Language Advisers.

  • National Language Advisers are language and culture experts and give practical advice on classroom management, lesson design, teaching techniques, intercultural communicative language teaching, task-based learning and more. 
  • There are National Language Advisers for Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Our Korean Language Mentor is available to teachers of Korean.

We provide pedagogical support for international languages supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.




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National Chinese Adviser


We are awaiting the appointment of a new Chinese National Adviser and will update this page once this appointment has been made.

The Adviser will support teaching and learning of Chinese in NZ schools. The position is co-appointed by the Ministry of Education of NZ and of China.

The Adviser will work in close association with Chinese Embassy and the Consulate – General of China.

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Alexandra Toeniges

National German Adviser


I arrived in New Zealand in September 2019 to take up my appointment as Future Learning Solutions - National German Adviser.

I studied at the University of Cologne and accomplished teaching training for Modern Foreign Languages in the UK. I have worked as a language teacher in Ireland, the UK and Germany.

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Dr Kyoko Mikami

National Japanese Adviser 


I arrived in January 2017 to take up my appointment with the Japan Foundation.

I am now a member of the Future Learning Solutions - Centre for Learning Languages team and also have close working relations with the Embassy and Consulate-General. 

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Clara Gómez-Jimeno

National Spanish Adviser


I am the National Spanish Adviser, based in Wellington where I am part of the Centre for Languages Team and I also work closely with the Spanish Office of Education at the Embassy of Spain in Canberra, Australia. 

I have held several teaching and administration positions in Spain, UK and the USA and have written several articles on language and culture teaching.  I have been involved in teachers training both in Spain and the USA. 

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Hyun-Joo Kim

Korean Language Mentor


I support teaching and learning of Korean in New Zealand.

With an academic background in language teaching and over 15 years of experience, I am looking forward to engaging with teachers of Korean.

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