News and Events for Language Teachers

Proudly sponsored by H. E. Wu Xi, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China. Organized by Confucius Institute in Auckland in partnership with International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP). Entries are due by Friday 14 September 2018. Application form is available here.

  • 2018 STANZA speech competition

Spanish Teachers' Association New Zealand Aotearoa (STANZA) is organizing National and Regional Speech competition for the students of STANZA members. Entries are due by Wednesday 5 September 2018. Application forms are available from the  STANZA website.

  • New study on iCLT

In the context of a two-year project (2016-2017) funded by the Ministry of Education through the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI), a team of five researchers worked in partnership with five primary/intermediate school teachers. Their goal was to investigate how programmes designed to fulfil the requirements of Learning Languages could enhance Year 7 and 8 school students’ intercultural capability. Their report Enhancing Language Learners' Intercultural Capability: A study in New Zealand's schools describes their findings.

  • TOPIK Test of Proficiency in Korean (Christchurch)

The TOPIK Test of Proficiency in Korean will be held in Christchurch on 20 October. Application forms are available from the Korean Education Centre website. Applications must be received by 3 August

  • Sasakawa School Trip Scholarships

Applications are now open for the Sasakawa School Trip Scholarships for 2019. Applications close on 1 September.

  • Korean language class funds

In 2018, the Korean Education Centre offers two categories of language class funds: Korean language teacher fund (applications for Term 3-4 close on 6 July) and Korean language activity fund (applications close 31 October). 

  • Free Korean classes for teachers

ILEP is pleased to have the opportunity to continue to offer Korean language courses (Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Beginner 3 and Beginners North Shore) in 2018 in collaboration with the Korean Education Centre (KEC). Term 3 courses begin during the week starting 23 July. Please register your interest by emailing

  • New Zealand Chinese Essay Competition

The theme of the 12th New Zealand Chinese Essay Competition for secondary and tertiary students is "My Chinese Learning Experience". Registrations close on 14 September 2018.

  • NZJS Haiku & Shodo Competition

Applications are open for the NZJS Haiku and Shodo competition. Entry is open to high school students between Year 10 and 13 who are studying Japanese at schools throughout New Zealand (non-native speakers of Japanese). Submissions close on 27 July 2018.

  • Chinese Short Film Contest

The 3rd New Zealand Primary and Secondary School Students Chinese Short Film Contest will start soon. This contest, hosted by ILEP and NZCLTA, encourages student interest and enthusiasm in learning Chinese and enhances their understanding of Chinese language and culture. Registrations are open 31 May - 31 July 2018.

  • Zero fees scholarships for the Master of Professional Language Studies (Language Teaching) at AUT

The scholarship for this course is available for 1.5 years of full or part-time study. It’s the perfect opportunity to combine practical classroom teaching with a sound knowledge of theory. 
•         Flexible class times fit around working hours
•         Investigate key issues and topics in language teaching 
•         Apply theory in the classroom and reflect on practice

Find out more about this programme (which is taught on-campus in Auckland) and explore scholarship requirements:
Master of Professional Language Studies (Language Teaching)
Scholarship information for this programme

Or if you would like to speak to someone, please contact the Programme Coordinator Clare Conway ( and set up a time to have a chat. 

  • My Chinese Teacher - Free trials

My Chinese Teacher, an Australian company currently delivering Chinese language programs to over 18,000 students across 160 schools in Australia, New Zealand, England and recently America, is offering free trials during Term 2 and 3. They offer a comprehensive Chinese Language and Culture Program for your school with a Beijing-based Chinese teacher. Students are taken through a curriculum that is aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum; it is scoped and sequenced to take students on a pathway from Kindergarten to Year 10.

  • New Zealand China Study Camp

The camp which will be held 3-17 December 2018, is sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing through Confucius Institute in Auckland, the University of Auckland and Fudan University in corporation with New Zealand Brighter Future Education Trust. It awards outstanding secondary students of Chinese with a Chinese language and culture immersion experience to practice what they have learned and to improve their Chinese communication skills. Opportunities are also given to the successful students to have the interaction and exchange with students from rural Chinese schools. 

Applications close 11 August 2018.

  • Free Chinese classes for teachers

For current or future teachers of Chinese in New Zealand Schools, ILEP is offering high quality and supportive beginner and intermediate level Chinese language classes in collaboration with the Confucius Institute. Beginner level classes start on 27 February, Intermediate level classes on 1 March. Please register your interest by emailing

  • English/Japanese Teaching Assistant Exchange - A report

For the past seven years, Tawa College in Wellington, New Zealand and Hannan Senior High School in Osaka, Japan have established a reciprocate programme of exchanging ex-students as English/Japanese teaching assistants. We have spoken with Steve Conroy the initiator of the programme. Here is what he said.

  • K-Pop inspires

K-Pop has proven to be the greatest inspiration for NZ students to take up Korean as a foreign language. We have spoken about it with Alena Aubrey, Head of EXO-NZ Facebook page and coordinator of the New Zealand fanclub for EXO. She is also part of the administrative team for the international EXO Fanpage and the former Head of Auckland K-Pop Events.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation provides an available download for a unit plan about Hallyu - The Korean Wave.