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Shared ideas, tips and suggestions from our members


Kit de survie ~ links to important documents for teaching and assessing in New Zealand



Foreign Language Assistant Programme for schools

2017 Foreign Language Assistant Programme

The Foreign Language Assistant Programme, administered by ILEP and the respective donor government organisations, enables young native speakers to be employed as Language Assistants in New Zealand schools for 12 contact hours per week. This provides an invaluable source of up-to-date language and cultural input for New Zealand students of French, German and Spanish.

Some of the specific ways that Language Assistants can support teachers and students

 working with individuals and groups,

 general in-class support,

 sourcing and adapting materials and resources for the target language,

 preparing presentations for the class,

 language support for teachers.

Employing a Foreign Language Assistant:

Foreign Language Assistants are employed on a part-time 0.6 FTE basis on an Individual Employment Agreement (IEA) for a total of 15 hours (12 hours class contact plus 3 hours’ preparation and administration time) per week. It is preferable for a Language Assistant to be employed by one school, however, groups of schools often cooperate in sharing a Language Assistant with one of those schools technically the ’employer.’ Particular focus is placed on the Ministry of Education’s priority groups: Maori and Pasifika students and students with special learning needs.

The scheme is available to schools offering languages at secondary, intermediate and primary level. ILEP covers 1/3 of the overall cost of employing a Language Assistant. Participating schools cover the balance but often share these across a cluster of schools. In a typical scenario of four schools sharing one Language Assistant, the costs for each school would be approximately $169.00 – $197.00 per fortnight.

The Language Assistant Programme is for the 2017 school calendar year commencing Tuesday 7th February 2017 (the day after Waitangi Day), through to the end of Term 4, 2017.

For more information on registering for the employment of Foreign Language Assistants through this scheme please contact our Intercultural Programmes Coordinator, Jennifer Thomson by

email: or by phone: 09 623 8899 Ext. 46-377.

Applications for schools to apply close on Friday 1 July, 2016.

ILEP and French National Advisor ~ information and contact details

International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) is a project set up by Auckland UniServices on behalf of the Ministry of Education to support New Zealand schools and teachers in implementing a successful Learning Languages curriculum area in years 7-13. ILEP runs a range of programmes with the aim of growing and strengthening foreign language learning in New Zealand schools.

Tips for answering External Exam questions ~ Manu Ménard

This Powerpoint is self-explanatory.  Just go through it with your students.


Auckland Interschool Senior French Quiz ~ 31 August 2016 ~ hosted by St Mary’s College

Eight schools were represented at this fun evening.  The questions were interesting and perfectly chosen for the students to all have a good shot at winning.  Excitement ran high and competition was fierce.  It all came down to a tie-breaker between St Mary’s and King’s.  The question, “How many medals did France win at the 2016 Rio Olympics?” proved to be St Mary’s undoing with Danuja Thilakaratne’s guess being the closest.  Priscilla Lynch threw down the gauntlet with her comment to Simon Curnow:  Look after the trophy and enjoy it, you won’t have it for long…

We’re looking forward to next year’s quiz and the students and teachers involved say a “Grand merci!” to St Mary’s and to Priscilla.

If you’re thinking of running a quiz night, Priscilla has kindly shared all her documents (including the questions and answers for all the rounds) which will be most helpful.


First place ~ King's College
Rita Shasha, Jonathan Ta, Danuja Thilakaratne, Tom Yates, Giorgio Antoci
Second place ~ St Mary's College
Olivia Boyd, Anika Norton, Gabrielle Borne, Jade Boyle, Josefien van Dael
Dinnertime group photo


FIPF conference in Liège ~ feedback from Sue Pommarède

In July 2016 Sue Pommarède, our Senior Vice President, attended the international conference of teachers of French in Liège, Belgium, where she presented a workshop on Using Google Websites to deliver Curriculum and Assessments.  You can read her presentation here.

Sue also shares some of the memorable presentations with us here:


Language Immersion Day ~ Nelson, 10 July

Our grateful thanks go to Morgan Patterson, National Advisor for French, for organising this wonderful day.  We had great fun, learned plenty and shared so many great ideas.  The enthusiasm for French teaching was palpable and contagious – bien merci à toutes et à tous pour avoir partagé vos idées et des trucs sympa pour la salle de classe!

More to follow…

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Belinda Cooper accepts the NZAFT Trophy on behalf of Sacred Heart Girls’ College for winning the Education Perfect World Championships (French)

The trophy was presented to Belinda by Hilary Clark at our BGM this morning, 12 July 2016.


Classroom resources

LOTE teaching aids ~ Australia
Language Fuel NZ Resource Room ~ New Zealand
Visual Education Media ~ French DVDs
Monde Bayard-Milan ~ for a wide range of French magazines
Great games ~ international

Proposals for stronger links between Alliances Françaises and schools

At a meeting, held on 13 May 2016 of the network of Alliances Françaises in NZ and the Cook Islands, a workshop was held where the representatives of the Alliances around the country discussed ways in which their organisations could become more involved with French teachers and their students. Glenda Palmer (ILEP), Estelle Seaman (NZAFT) and José-Marie Cortès (DGAF) led groups who made proposals in this regard.  Here are some of their ideas:

  • Projet Cinéma – AF showing films in schools
  • Alliance Française French Film Festival – prolong the effectiveness of this programme by exploiting the films of the Outreach Programme later in the year, not necessarily only during the festival. Films and pedagogical material to remain available throughout the year to be used with the aid of the Alliances.
  • Councours de Cuisine – in Alliance associated schools; Super Gastronomy Competition online, using Facebook, YouTube, best recipe, best crêpe-tosser etc.
  • Accueil par les écoles de workshops conçus par les Alliances: quizzes, literature, French cooking.  Possible survey to find out what workshops schools would like.
  • Semaine des langues – organise a day of games and activities around a French theme; talent show, learn a song, treasure hunt, rally
  • Having a Youth Committee in the Alliances?
  • Assistance with NCEA exam preparation
  • Hosting visits, in the Alliances, of Shared Histories ambassadors.

Tips and ideas for multi-level classes

    • Andrea Gohns ~ Bethlehem College
      This year I had 3 levels in one class.  11/12/13.  I saw them 4 times a week.  I decided the best thing would be to input language I wanted them to learn first before I could ask them to produce it.  So one lesson we would do reading activities (they all read different texts according to their level), the next listening (see below for an explanation of this), the next writing (different tasks according to their level) and the last speaking.  This was a rough guide and for the most part it worked.  Feedback from my students this year (as it was the first time with 3 levels in one class) was that they liked it, it worked well and I should stick with that ‘formula’ so to speak.For the ‘listening lesson’ I booked a computer room as my timetabled room because not all my students have devices (but when they do it will be great because there will be no need for a computer room and we will be more flexible) and I had differentiated listening tasks set up for them to go, so they worked individually with headphones on listening tasks – like a language lab.  And/or I would get them to do listening, French – English on Education Perfect.  The feedback again was that they liked this and it worked well.I had to be ridiculously organised (maybe it’s just how I do things) but basically, this time last year, I sat down and planned (wrote unit plans, researched resources – such as listening activities/websites, made up booklets etc.) the whole year’s programme for the multi-level class.  I planned all the units and lessons so I knew roughly when each group would be doing what and when other groups were doing ‘quiet activities’ I would perhaps do some teaching with one of the other groups.  I’ve also used the older students to teach the younger ones.  The ‘speaking’ Fridays would either be conversation activities in their year level groups tailored around their learning or just general games/activities where the minimum requirement was just that they spoke in French.  Feedback was that they liked this too.


French Club ~ ideas from James Donaldson and Anne Scott

  • pétanque, films, karaoke, cooking, tourist French, guests, food tasting
  • The French Club in our school loves food.  They celebrate all the occasions on the French annual calendar in culturally significant ways but always have food.  They seem to also enjoy French movies and board games.  We have a cupboard at the back of the room that has been filled over the years with such.
    A senior student organises and leads it each week, and that is the secret to its success.  It is also linked into the club, committee, and leadership programme in the school, so they have an account and can fundraise, purchase etc.  Occasions like athletics day, international languages week we have food stalls that they also participate in and raise money from.
  • And of course, there are badges and mentions on testimonials.

Embassy of France in Wellington ~ 17 good reasons to learn French


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