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Professional Development opportunities for 2017/2018


Ministry of Education Language Immersion Award for Teachers

Applications for 2017/2018 awards are invited

AFS New Zealand is contracted by the Ministry of Education to deliver the Language Immersion Awards (LIA). These Awards are fully funded by the Ministry to improve language teaching and learning in NZ Schools. An LIA is an invaluable opportunity to be immersed in the culture of the language as a teacher, a chance to prepare students for languages, to challenge learning through total immersion in a unique and fully-funded programme.  A professional development experience for language teachers to help enhance language learning opportunities and outcomes for students.

Email Prue Elwood for an information pack and past participant case studies.

Awards are available for teachers who are currently delivering one or more of these languages to their students in the primary or secondary sector: French, Cook Islands Maori, Vagahau Niue, Gagana Tokelau, Chinese, German, Korean, Japanese, Gagana Samoa, and Spanish.

Applicants must be fully registered New Zealand teachers by date of departure (provisionally registered teachers can apply but must be on track for their registration and fully registered by departure, a letter from your Principal must be included stating this).

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All Awards are for language, not country destination.  The funding includes: all teacher relief for the programme dates, programme airfares, insurance and related costs that are integral to the programme.  All participants remain on their New Zealand salary.

For more information or an application pack, email Prue Elwood or call 0800 LIA AFS (0800 237 542) follow us on Facebook to keep up to date.

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FAFTA-NAFT conference ~ Sydney, Australia, 27 – 30 September 2018

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Défis pédagogiques d’aujourd’hui, solutions pratiques de demain.

Pedagogical challenges of today, practical solutions for tomorrow

The biennial and bilingual Federation of Associations of Teachers of French in
Australia (FATFA) conference will be held in 2018 in conjunction with the New
South Wales Association of French Teachers (NAFT) at the University of
Sydney.  The conference will cover all three sectors: primary, secondary
and tertiary. We invite paper, workshop (20 minutes) and panel (three x 20
minute) proposals related to the theme of Mapping French in Australasia.


The “Stage de Nouméa” programme ~ ILEP

See our Discussion Forum thread for more details


“Stages et formations” ~ Cavilam


Teacher Professional Development Languages ~ University of Auckland



Campus France ~ for assistance with language and cultural visits to France

The Mark Williams Award ~ NZAFT


Professional Development Award ~ NZALT ~ closing date 3 October 2016



creipac60highCentre de Rencontres et d’Échanges Internationaux du Pacifique
French brochure/English brochure


FIPF conference in Liège, July 2016 ~ 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.
  • You can read her report back to members here.

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


The relationship between culture and language ~ research report by Alison Dickinson, Palmerston North Boys’ High School

2015 Sabbatical Report
Alison Dickinson, Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Term 2, 2015

Included in her report Alison has kindly shared some posters and teaching material suitable for Years 9 to 13.

Read Alison’s report here