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During this time of self-isolation and uncertainty, the Centre for Languages team at Future Learning Solutions shares our best wishes for you, your family and friends here in Aotearoa and internationally. We understand that there are many challenges that come from being at home and we want to offer our support to you all.

We are all working from home and business is ALMOST as usual. Our team has experience in online and remote environments so rest assured that we will be even closer to you to support you during these unprecedented times.

Please note that the events shared in this newsletter either took place before the current nationwide isolation, otherwise have since been cancelled.

Check out our website, keep watching our Facebook page and your inbox for details about our:
  • online helpdesk
  • online workshops
  • screencasts to watch in your own time
  • details about free support from partner organisations and much more.
Warm regards,

The Centre for Languages whānau


  • March 12  – 8 April: 2020 French Film Festival, nationwide
  • April 28: German Short Film Night, Auckland
  • April 29: German Short Film Night, Wellington
  • May 4  – 10: New Zealand Sign Language Week
  • May 10 –17: Rotuman Language Week
  • May 24 – 30: Samoan Language Week
  • July 3 – 5: NZALT 2020 Conference, Wellington
  • July 6: Immersion Day for Teachers of Languages, Wellington

Media Corner – by Professional Expert Annelise Borger

Our team at Future Learning Solutions – Centre for Languages is working hard to deliver useful and engaging professional learning and development content to help you in your language teaching practice. 

To stay up to date with current best-practice content make sure you are following our Facebook Page and subscribed to our YouTube Channel – new content released weekly!

PLD doesn’t have to take long, commit to watching one of these videos a week or even one a term. Need accountability? Make a time with your colleagues once a fortnight to sit down and watch a video or read an article together.

Check out our latest videos to get some new ideas to re-energise your lessons!

Let’s Play the Noodle Game! – A short video by Annelise Borger who shares how to play the Noodle Game – a super fun vocab revision game!
Teaching Beginner Learners Series – Janelle Wood highlights some key Ellis principles to help teachers practically support their beginner learners
Tapasā - The Pasifika Success Compass – Do you teach Pasifika learners? This video by Siliva Gaugatao shares an overview of the Pasifika Success Compass – share this with all teachers in your school! 
Accent in Japanese – Our previous National Japanese Language Advisor breaks down the importance of accent in Japanese. A great video for newer learners of Japanese!
Plus more!

FLS- Centre for Languages Team Day

Our Centre has the great privilege of having a team day four times each year. This is a chance for our whole team, some based in far-flung corners of the country, to meet together and do some in-depth PLD. For Term 1 2020, we had a focus on culture and also on Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy! 

As part of this day, we were privileged to take part at a traditional Korean tea ceremony.  


Profile of Emma Rennie, Policy Officer - Europe Division at NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT)

Emma is passionate about languages and culture, speaking several languages fluently.  She shares her journey with us and describes how learning languages can unlock unlimited study and work opportunities both here in New Zealand and overseas. 


Fluency through TPR Storytelling (8th and latest edition)

A literature review by Karen Hu, Professional Expert, Future Learning Solutions



  • Movie review of 《两只老虎》Two Tigers


  • Profile of Guillaume Charton, French National Language Advisor
  • DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française)  
  • Le Francais Dans Le Monde – features latest news and anecdotes about teaching and learning French
  • 50th Anniversary of La Francophonie
  • 2020 French Film Festival
  • FAST! – France Aotearoa Science, Technology and !nnovation
  • Documentary review – Sur le chemin de nos ancêtres / Following Family Footsteps
  • Book review –  No Glory Without Effort/Pas de Gloire Sans Effort


  • Alaaf und Helau in Neuseeland(Karneval)
  • Neuseeländischer Verdienstorden für Judith Geare/ To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit - Judith Geare
  • Life in former East Germany
  • Kaleidoscope Of Contemporary Germany - German workshop in Christchurch
  • New boost for German-New Zealand relationship
  • German Short Film Night 2020 in Auckland and Wellington



  • Simon Richardson from James Hargest College tells us about his experience of the Japan Foundation Sydney Intensive Seminar, January 2020
  • “Uku Auaha”: The Melting Pots of New Zealand and Japan by 2019 NZJEP Recipients Kumiko Jacolin and Dennitza Gabrakova

KOREAN | 한국어

  • Results of the the 2nd Korean Language Award in New Zealand Schools 
  • Global LYNCs (Linking Youths through Net Communications) - Online cultural exchange opportunity between New Zealand and Korea
  • The 69th TOPIK in Auckland and Wellington


  • 2020 Fotu o Mālama - Samoan Language Conference 
  • Useful Pacific Resources
  • Pacific language resources a passion project
  • Rotuman Language Week & the Festival of
    Rotuma 2020


  • Nueva Zelanda y España, polos que se atraen
  • A documentary that shows the connection between people and counties


“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini
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