Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Southland Girls' High school students get creative

School gates may be closed but teachers are still sharing the fabulous work that went on behind those Frenchie doors. Check out this video made by two of Elizabeth Roy's Year 10 students earlier this year at Southland Girls' High School in Invercargill...that's right French is being taught in NZ from Cape Reinga to Bluff - how many teachers of French do you know outside of your region?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Need some inspiration to get through this paperless classroom thing?

Shelley McKay is teaching French at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and I can confirm that she is someone we need to spend more time getting to know. Shelley established her own inquiry learning project in 2016 researching and implementing a paperless classroom and has worked through it in detail and with roaring success. I know Shelley would tell us that this is still a work in progress and all of those things that modest people say, nonetheless I encourage you to put aside some time this Summer and read through Shelley's blog to discover her progress on going paperless in a languages classroom.

I know there is a lot of emphasis going on in schools in using technology in the class and perhaps not as much support for the practicalities of that. Shelley reflects on her journey in making this transition and while she herself and her students ask some pretty tough questions it is refreshing to read the positive potential solutions to the hurdles as they arise.

Those of you in Hamilton, Auckland and Bay of Plenty could meet Shelley in a full day workshop to be held in February 2017 in Hamtilon. Watch this space for more details. Anyone outside of these regions could contact Shelley with your questions via her blog.

Keep up the brilliant work people, we have a lot of young people to inspire!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

NCEA - qu'est-ce que vous en pensez ?

I know that you're on holidays and your mind has (hopefully) switched off from school but I do encourage you all to take the time to complete the available surveys that NZQA is offering us to give our feedback on the 2016 NCEA exams.

I encourage you all to be honest and constructive in your feedback in order to have your voice heard.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Learning a language has a lot of benefits, including making you more tolerant

Click on the heading to take you to a link with some fantastic justifications for learning languages that we all know already but that we can use to back up our constant battle to keep languages alive in schools in Aotearoa. 

I suggest sharing this as professional reading with your senior management as well as within your languages department. If you're keen you could even take it along with you to your HOD meetings! 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Learning languages...Avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre !

What a pleasure it was to recently meet a young Kiwi woman who has learnt languages in NZ and is using them to her advantage as she tackles a busy job market and exciting future. Megan is currently the right hand woman to the Alliance Française French Film Festival Director, gathering a huge amount of skills and experience to add to her CV...all thanks to learning languages.

Megan Fernandes shares her story with us below. Feel free to share this with your students as food for thought over their holiday period and remind them of the pleasure of language learning as well as the immense benefits.

It all started in high school where I first developed my love for languages. I took French and Mandarin, and went on to continue with French until year 13. Learning another language opened up a new exciting world for me, a world where it was possible to speak with locals and get to know the true French culture. In 2011 I first visited France for a few days. In that time I fell in love with the country and the culture, I knew I had to go back but the next time be more fluent! So I worked hard at my French and the next year I went on an exchange to the South of France for 6 months. The exchange allowed me to experience a whole other culture and not just from a tourist point of view but by becoming one of the locals. My French improved drastically as there was no one there to speak English with and I made many friends. It was truly an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.

I love how learning languages opens up the doors to so many opportunities and unique experiences. I am currently working on learning Spanish and German. The feeling I get when I hear someone speaking in their own language in which I can understand, excites me and makes me want to go up to them and start a conversation. There are countless benefits of learning languages but one I find the most enjoyable is connecting to people. Learning another language allows you to extend beyond your current circle and make connections with all types of people. Through my language-learning journey, I have made friends with people all around the world and hope to continue this as my journey continues!

Lisa shares her house in Quillan, France

Lisa is a Francophile, therefore lover of all things French, that I met last week through a mutual friend. She recently treated herself to a house in France so now she has a great excuse to buy a ticket to the country she so loves...yes we're all very jealous!

If you're off to France and would like to check out this wonderful region please don't hesitate to contact Lisa and find out more information about hiring her house. She has shared a flyer that she made below so you can see more about her house.

You may bump into Lisa at the Alliance Française soirées and activities as she is on the committee of the AF Auckland so this could be a great chance to speak some French and even ask her about the process of buying a house and cutting through the French bureaucracy.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sarah Collins partage l'esprit de Noël

Voici un film que partage Sarah Collins de Napier Boys' High School. Il n'y pas de sous-titre mais on peut facilement déduire l'histoire donc mettez-la sur la page Facebook/google/365 de tes classes, ou envoyez-la par email pour que les élèves puissent continuer à trouver du bonheur de la langue française pendant les vacances. Merci Sarah.

L'avant-veille de Noël 

Et voici quelques d'autres de la part de Sarah...il y a même une lettre à Pere Noél à faire avec vos élèves.

Sauvons le Père Noël

Le Père Noel et le bonhomme de neige

On a volé les rennes de Père Noël

Superb job opportunity in Hawke's Bay - don't miss this one!

There's a fantastic French-teaching position on offer in sunny Hawkes' Bay... 

We are looking for a motivated, innovative and enthusiastic teacher to join the Languages Department. It is well-resourced with great colleagues, lovely girls and a modern learning environment. 

The role is teaching Y9–13, full-time, fixed-term position. Commencing term 1, 2017.

Applications close Monday 19 December. Send a cover letter and CV, listing 2 referees to Evert van Florenstein, Acting Principal; email pparvin@nghs.school.nz

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Caledonian teacher looking to join Kiwi Physics and Chemistry classes in 2017

A teacher of Physics and Chemistry from New Caledonia is currently undergoing studies in order to deliver her subjects in English. As part of her preparation she would like to spend her time in NZ during the New Caledonian April school holidays (April 1-17) in a Kiwi school observing classes of Physics and Chemistry. There is no financial commitment required from anyone, simply a willingness to invite this teacher into your school into the class of your Science teaching colleagues where she can get the maximum benefit leading into her new endeavour.

If you work with some inspiring teachers of Chemistry and Physics who you think would be interested please don’t hesitate to forward this email and my contact details so we could discuss this option further.
There has been no specification about regions of NZ so schools from Cape Reinga to Bluff are welcome to jump onboard and invite this teacher in.

Lindisfarne College does New Caledonia !

Check out the report written by students at Lindisfarne College who recently travelled to New Caledonia and had a blast. Their teacher Marian Campbell shared this report and it is thanks to her that this group of boys from Hastings got to go on the trip of a lifetime.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Stage de Nouméa 2017

The time is here to apply to come to Nouméa for three weeks to be immersed in a wonderful linguistic, cultural and pedagogical experience.

Check out the information on the ILEP website and email Jennifer (programmes@ilep.ac.nz) to get an application form.

You can apply even if you've been before so get in quick! Why wouldn't you go?

An extra bonus is that there is no cost to the participant in 2017 as there has been in previous years - all you need is your spending money.

Feel free to contact me to talk this through further.

DELF Scolaire information 2017

The French Embassy has released important dates for us to put in our diaries concerning the DELF scolaire 2017.

DELF Scolaire exam for students: Saturday August 26th
Please note that if there are a lot of students enrolled on this date that the oral component could be completed at another more convenient moment. More specific details will be available here from February 2017.
Costs are as follows:
DELF Prim: $50
DELF Scolaire A1 &A2: $65
DELF Scolaire B1 & B2: $80

There are several dates that you can take advantage of to either train to become an examiner for DELF or complete your refresher if you are already a trained DELF examiner.

Being an examiner means you can deliver and assess the DELF exams in your region. This may make DELF scolaire possible in your region and/or will enable you to share valuable information with your students about the structure and expectations of this exam.

See the table below for training dates in your region and contact me  or complete the form found here to express your interest in becoming an examiner. There is NO COST i.e FREE!! All you need to do is get to one of the venues for Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday...too easy huh?!?

Auckland 10-12 March
Tauranga 19-21 May
Wellington 24-26 March
Christchurch 19-21 May
Queenstown 24-26 March
Dunedin 10-12 March