They're speaking French in Millers Flat

By Jane Blaikie 16 August, 2016

With little previous experience, Hilary Spedding, principal of rural Millers Flat Primary, has introduced a French language programme for her 21 senior students. “Seniors will be learning French”. The small…

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On the wings of TPDL  

By EA Staff 13 July, 2016

They lived with locals, visited schools in Nouméa and in rural New Caledonia, learnt to cook a ‘bougna’, attended community events, and even gave speeches to education authorities in French.…

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Learn (and learn to teach) a new language – for free

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2016

A free programme run through Auckland University enables teachers to boost their own and their students‘ language learning. Learn (or learn more) Chinese, Cook Islands Maori, French, German, Japanese, Niuean, Samoan,…

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The spark for bilingual education

By Michelle Nixon 20 January, 2015

It’s a Polynesian festival of languages in the Finlayson Park playground, plus a smattering of English and a dash of Mandarin. With a roll of 1100 it’s the biggest primary…

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Oral language – to think, shape, convey ideas

By Jannie van Hees 9 January, 2015

‘The limits of my language means the limits of my world’ (Wittgenstein, 1922). Ponder on this a little. Conceptual and cognitive growth depends on language availability. Language availability grows conceptual…

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When English isn't spoken at home

By Michelle Nixon 7 January, 2013

Linda Milton was always interesting in teaching but for various reasons followed another career path until seven years ago when she became a teacher aide at Miramar Central School, in…

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More kaiarahi, not fewer!

By Heni Collins 22 October, 2010

  Maori children do better in schools when they are strong in their cultural identity and language, says NZEI Te Riu Roa Matua Te Riu Roa Takawaenga Laures Park. “It…

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Standards miss the richness of our kids

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2010

“There’s a great deal of confusion,” says Jan Tinetti, principal at Merivale School, which has a 98 percent Maori role. “Four years ago our kids were failing, we were one…

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Monoglots no more?

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

Around 1100 early childhood centres around the country offered Te Reo Māori, as well as English, as the language of communication at least part of the time in 2008-09, according…

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