Centre for Languages



Morgan Patterson, Programme Manager

Morgan leads the Centre for Languages and has experience as an HOD Languages and teacher of French. She is responsible for the overall quality delivery of all contracts and ensuring that teachers of languages throughout New Zealand are getting their individual and school needs met. Morgan invites you to contact any of our team for support with your language teaching and pedagogy needs or wants.


Lydia Thomson, Acting Service Delivery Lead

Lydia has been working in project/programme environments for the past five years and is glad to have recently joined the Future Learning Solutions team. She has enjoyed the challenge of attempting to learn new languages both at school and prior to overseas travels. When Lydia is not at work, she is most likely to be found at home pottering about in her garden.


Neena Raniga, Programme Coordinator

Neena has been with UniServices since 2007 and with the University of Auckland since 1994. She has been part of Future Learning Solutions, Centre for Languages as a Programme Coordinator for the past five months. It's been exciting and lovely for Neena working alongside members of FLS colleagues and the team of language professionals.

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Dr Jiwei Fu, National Language Adviser – Chinese

Dr Jiwei Fu provides support and advice for teaching and learning of Chinese in New Zealand schools. The position is co-appointed by the Ministry of Education of New Zealand and China. Jiwei also works in close association with the Chinese Embassy and the Consulate – General of China. Jiwei has an academic background in language philology (PhD), over 17 years’ experience in teaching Chinese as a second language, and administration experience in international education organisations.He is enthusiastic to facilitate the teaching, learning and understanding of Chinese language and culture in New Zealand. Jiwei has worked in China, South Korea, Pakistan, and the USA, in the capacity of Associate Professor, Exchange Professor and Assistant Director of the Confucius Institute of National University of Modern Languages and Western Michigan University.

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Dr Kyoko Mikami, National Language Adviser – Japanese

Kyoko arrived in New Zealand in January 2017 as a National Japanese Adviser dispatched from the Japan Foundation. She is a member of the Centre for Languages team and also has close working relations with the Japanese Embassy and Consulate-General. Kyoko has worked for many years not only as a language teacher but also as a teacher trainer in Japan, Czech Republic and Indonesia. She has written several textbooks for students as well as a guidebook for language teachers. Kyoko's role is to support the development of Japanese language education in New Zealand. She is looking forward to sharing her expertise and knowledge of Japanese language, culture and education with teachers in New Zealand.

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Juan Ramón Bautista Liébana, National Language Adviser - Spanish

Born in Córdoba, a beautiful city full of history in the South of Spain, Juan's family soon moved to Madrid, where he has lived most of his life. Juan got a degree in Classical Languages and taught Latin and Greek for a while. In Houston, Texas, Juan taught Spanish and got a Master´s degree in Second Language Teaching. Back in Spain he obtained a second degree in Education and later a Doctorate in the same field. For 15 years Juan was the deputy principal in a language school in the suburbs of Madrid. He loves travelling, reading, watching films and the good company of friends and family.


Annelise Borger, Professional Expert

Annelise recently moved to Wanaka from Christchurch with her husband. She has spent the last six years establishing and growing the Chinese language programme at Middleton Grange School. During her time at Middleton Grange, she was the lead ALLiS coordinator for a cluster of four Christian schools in Christchurch where she established and grew the Chinese programmes across the schools. Annelise has had the opportunity to participate in the TPLT programme, Chinese Immersion programmes and also received the NZ Chinese Distinguished Teacher Award (Early Career) in 2017. Annelise is passionate about learning and loves to share her experiences with others. She has specific expertise in developing resources for the Chinese classroom, Flipped Learning, eLearning, especially in regard to using Microsoft tools in the classroom and she is also keen to explore what the new Digital Technologies Curriculum looks like in the language classroom. Other interests: Mountain Biking, skiing, learning new languages and handcrafts.


Belinda Sydenham, Professional Expert

Belinda has worked in schools in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, teaching Japanese, French and ESOL to students from primary to upper secondary level for over 25 years. She enjoys working with teachers to develop their language teaching pedagogy, to make their lessons fun and engaging, and to enhance the learning outcomes for their students. She brings an understanding of the huge challenges faced by language teachers as they deal with multi-level classrooms, assessment, and the ever increasing busy-ness of the school curriculum. As well, she brings a passion and enthusiasm for language teaching and an understanding of its huge value for New Zealand students.

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Hyun-Joo Kim, Professional Expert

With her academic background in languages, linguistics, language teaching and education, Hyun-Joo Kim has been an educator for nineteen years working nationally and internationally to promote Korean language learning and teaching. She has been teaching Korean to learners of a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in both secondary and tertiary educational settings. During her twelve years of service at Korea University as a lecturer, she has developed and delivered Korean language courses of all levels, from beginners through advanced, as well as intensive immersion programmes for adult learners for professional development purposes. She looks forward to contining working closely with primary and secondary teachers of all languages to ensure that Learning Languages remains a viable and sustainable curriculum area in all schools in Aotearoa.


Janelle Wood, Professional Expert

Janelle taught languages to Year 7 and 8 students. She was an In-School Support Facilitator for the TPLT/TPDL programme for 8 years. For two of those years she was also the Language Study Co-ordinator for TPLT. In addition to studying the languages she taught, German and Japanese, Janelle has studied Chinese, Korean and Spanish.


Juliet Kennedy, Professional Expert

Juliet is an experienced language teacher of sixteen years who has taught French, German, Chinese and ESL in New Zealand and abroad. Since having children Juliet has taught and worked part-time in various TPDL, ILEP and NZQA contracts. She is now very happy to be working two days a week with Future Learning Solutions whilst completing her doctoral studies. Juliet enjoys working with teachers across all sectors and languages. She has a wide variety of professional interests including; Pacific and community language education, multilingual and heritage language pedagogy, cross-curricular programme development and culturally sustaining language teaching pedagogies. Juliet is Wellington-based.


Nathalie Bourneville, Professional Expert

Nathalie is a trained PE teacher from France who retrained as a primary teacher in NZ and taught from new entrants to Year 4。 She has worked as a French and Spanish specialist teacher, French lecturer at Unitec, French culture lecturer at the University of Auckland and facilitator for DELF examiners for the French Embassy. Most recently Nathalie was the National Coordinator and Director of the TPDL/TPLT programme. Nathalie is now one of the Professional Experts for Future Learning Solutions and is looking forward to delivering hands-on approach workshops throughout the country. 


Petra Tavener, Professional Expert

Petra has come to Future Learning Solutions from Manurewa High School, as Head of Languages with a Kaiako Japanese background. She has a sprinkling of other languages in her basket, and her not- so secret dream is to become a polyglot one day. Petra is enjoying the creativity of her new role immensely and looking forward to supporting language teachers in their journey.


Siliva Gaugatao, Professional Expert – Centre for Languages and Pacific-led Education Solutions

Siliva is an experienced language and literacy facilitator. In his role as languages facilitator, Siliva has helped to establish and sustain the success of the Cook Islands Māori, Lea Faka-Tonga and Gagana Sāmoa language clusters. He co-ordinated the writing of the Senior Secondary Guides for Cook Islands Māori, Lea Faka-Tonga, Gagana Sāmoa and Vagahau Niue and helped language teachers to fully understand the expectations of the NZ curriculum in practice. He was also part of a research team of four that reviewed and redesigned the inaugural Samoan Reading Assessment Tool (SRAT) for an Auckland Samoan Bilingual Cluster. Siliva is passionate about improving outcomes for all students, especially Maori, Pasifika. Key to achieving successful outcomes include the deliberate utilisation of students’ identities, languages and cultures in their learning. He is also a doctoral student investigating the engagement of Samoan fathers and male caregivers in the education of their children at secondary schools.