News and Events for Language Teachers

  • Year 12 German Scholarships

The Goethe-Institut New Zealand will be able to award several scholarships in 2018/19 for New Zealand Year 12 students who are studying German. Applications close on 4 May 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.

  • Spanish Dance Video Project

The Spanish Programme of the University of Canterbury is delighted to invite you to participate in the Spanish Dance Video Project 2018. Video entries must be sent by 8 June.

  • NZALT Student Competition

NZALT Student Competition: Students are invited to create a social media campaign on Facebook to promote the message: "Why it's important to learn a second language".  Entries must be received by 4 May.

  • 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.

  • Chinese Bridge Speech Competition (Auckland)

The Auckland Regional Competition 2018 will be held at the Business School, University of Auckland on 12 May. The winners will represent Auckland in the National Finals on 4 August 2018.

Registrations close 2 May 2018.

  • ILEP Language Course Grant

The ILEP Language Course Grant offers teachers of languages in New Zealand the opportunity to continue upskilling in their target language. Grants of up to $500 per applicant are available to contribute towards further target language study in a course identified by the applicant.

Applications close 21 March 2018.

  • French immersion weekend for teachers

"Une escapade francophone sur la Péninsule" - Un weekend d'immerson pour les profs de français aux alentours d’Akaroa will be held 6-8 April 2018 at Wainui YMCA Park.Applications close 15 March 2018.

  • German Immersion Day

The Goethe-Institut offers a German Immersion Day in Auckland on 8 July 2018 before the start of the NZALT conference.

  • Teach English (and play rugby) in Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Education offers scholarships for New Zealand and Fiji university graduates and students (majoring in any subject) to support the teaching of English in primary, secondary or languages schools from from October 2018 to May/June 2019, or alternatively from January to May/June 2019. For assistants playing rugby in New Zealand the programme also includes the possibility to join some of the top Spanish rugby teams.

NEW Application deadline: 13 April 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

  • Free Korean classes for teachers

ILEP is pleased to have the opportunity to continue to offer Korean language courses (Beginner 1, Beginner 2 and Beginner 3) in 2018 in collaboration with the Korean Education Centre (KEC). Courses begin during the week starting 19 February. Please register your interest by emailing

  • NZALT Newsletter 

Here is the link to the NZALT National Newsletter, February 2018.

  • 2018 NZALT conference

The biennial NZALT conference will be held in Auckland from 8-11 July 2018. Call for Presentations and Online Registration are open. 

  • 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.