Sunday, July 16, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

L'Odyssée - l'ouverture du Festival du Film à Auckland

Nous étions ravies d'assister à l'ouverture du Festival du film de l'Alliance Française d'Auckland à Newmarket la semaine dernière. Nous avons visionné le film L'Odyssée. C'est un biopic par Jérôme Salle qui est basé sur la vie de Jacques-Yves Cousteau, officier de la Marine Nationale, capitaine de la Calypso et explorateur océanographique français. Le film nous a beaucoup plu grâce à la photographie exemplaire, dont le beau message écolo résonne au fond de soi. Plongez-vous dedans!    
Les marins de la Vendémiaire était présents aussi!

Film review en français par le Figaro here

Malala Yousafzai - la Journée des Femmes

For the seniors:

Ressources en ligne -

Une discussion intéressante autour des origines de la Journée des Femmes ici 

Et est-ce vous avez visionné Women are Heroes, par JR, une artiviste - ici - j'adore! More great stimulus for discussion.


Monday, March 6, 2017


Bonjour à tous,

Je fais des visites dans les régions suivantes en mars.

New Plymouth 9 mars 2017
South Canterbury 13-15 mars 2017
Wellington 21- 23 mars 2017

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me at if you would like to book a visit!

Au plaisir de te lire bientôt,

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Future-proofing our profession...

As part of a regular Friday future-focused post...

1. Have you seen this tool used by Marian Campbell’s classes?
You speak into the computer and it transcribes. Great for pronunciation drilling in the focus on form stage or to cater for students with different learning abilities.

2. 21st Century Skills here - What is one focus area in your classroom? Comment below! Are we equipping our students with skills for university or the changing world beyond?

3. Have you seen this draft document released by the Ministry of Ed in 2015? Check out what Education could look like in NZ in 2025 here

Monday, February 27, 2017

Alliance Française Film Festival - Education Outreach Programme

Our friends at the Alliance Française have been working hard...

Don't forget to access the vast array of educational resources for these children's films in the upcoming Alliance Film Festival... coming soon to a town near you!!

The link to resources for Adama, Fanny's Journey and My Mummy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill is here. There are different levels available (A1-A2 is good for Y9 and Y10s while B1 is good for Y11 and 12). The answers are found in the Teacher's Guide.

N'oubliez pas that you can also reschedule a film for a time that suits your students best. Consult the cinema showing the film here.

Bonne séance!!

A sneak peek at Marty's French library

Great things are happening in Napier in the French-learning world...

Watch this space as three schools form a partnership in a sustainable language programme in Taradale.

Mary Hanz, Principal at Taradale Primary, is imparting his passion for all things French to these juniors and is very resourceful with his use of time and space for making this happen. He is also a wonderful supporter of the Stage de Nouméa and you can read more about his experiences here.

He has collected a wonderful array of resources in his travels and it is encouraging to see his passion grow! Bravo Monsieur!

Takapuna French Day

Takapuna put on a stunning day for the French festival on Saturday the 25th of February.

There was even une course d'escargot!! Who is game to try this Escargot-go for Languages' Week?

It is one to amuse children and adults alike. In the snail race pictured, the winner snail took out the record time in 4 mins 47 seconds. With plenty of 'hourrah!' and music to race to, there was great rivalry amongst the onlookers. Our friends at the Alliance Française d'Auckland were also there offering mini French lessons.

One of our lovely French assistants, Justine Engel, was amongst the crowd... and invited her students along to attend this day of Francophile festivities.


La Découverte se découvre

jeudi, le 22. février 2017

This day marked a special day for Christchurch residents who commemorated the earthquake of 6 years ago. 

The French community also heralded the opening of la Découverte school - a bilingual school in Halswell, in the outskirts of Christchurch. Special dignitaries included Madame l'Ambassadeur, Florence Jean-Blanc Riesler, the Christchurch Central MP, Nicky Wagner, and FRENZ representatives.

There are 6 students beginning here in a totally immersive environment. Find out more about this exciting project - the first French-speaking school in the South Island - here.

P.S. Did you know that the weeping willows in Victoria Square in Christchurch were from the same trees as those that surround the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte in Corsica? C'est fascinant! Pour plus d'informations, cliquez ici.

Bonne continuation!


Merci mille fois Manu!

Wow... what a busy few weeks in the French-teaching world in Aotearoa. 

Here is a résumé from Manu's workshops in four regions, which were well-subscribed with teachers from all languages. The best turn-out by far was from Dunedin, with a significant representation from Columba College. Bravo!! 

We learnt some valuable tips around how to design tasks and embed them in a coherent framework. We also looked at how to weave the SAMR model and different thinking taxonomies into TBLT. And added a social outcome to give the tasks meaning to our students beyond the classroom.  

Do your tasks (Meaningful End Products) contain one of the 'four tricks'? 

- ideal (e.g. the ideal pet) 
- as much as... (who has the most similar...) 
- superlative (the best, the worst...)
- a tangible product (e.g. video, meal, boardgame) 

Manu has an empowering style and effectively challenges and critiques current teaching practice. His reinvestment into our community in the delivery of these workshops is a noble act to follow. 

The link for his Task-based learning book is here and if you wish to follow his writing journeys in France, don't hesitate to get in touch with him here. He would love to hear from you! Merci mille fois Manu. 

And... there will be more task-based literature workshops with a different literary presenter, Janine Kotwica, to follow... watch this space on the blog soon! 


Friday, February 17, 2017

DELF training - sign up now!

Bonjour à tous et à toutes!

Would you like to be trained to assess the internationally recognised DELF scolaire examination?

This could be a wonderful opportunity for you and your students to upskill in the language, gain a very reputable qualification and improve your ability to assess au même temps!!

It is also a fabulous way to showcase success in French to your local community (in assembly, newsletter write-ups, media reports etc). What a great way to promote cette belle langue!

The deadline for applications is just around the corner... for Auckland and Dunedin, the deadline is the 20th of February (this Monday).

It involves a weekend of training, so you would need to get half a day of relief on the Friday afternoon (or more if you need to travel to a major centre). The training is free, however accommodation and travel expenses to the venue are at  your own cost.

Language assistants are also encouraged to sign up.

The link to sign up online is here. Various levels are also on offer.

Auckland 10-12 mars 2017
Dunedin 10- 12 mars 2017
Wellington 24-26 mars 2017
Queenstown 24-26 mars 2017
Tauranga 19-21 mars 2017
Christchurch 19-21 mars 2017

N'hésitez pas à me contacter ou envoyez un mail directement à Inscrivez-vous au plus vite!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Danielle Cooper - our French superstar!

Danielle Cooper has launched a new French Facebook page entitled Francophone des Herbes. See her link below for more information!

She has written about it here...

Francophones en herbe
He aha te kai ō te rangatira?
He kōrero he kōrero he kōrero
What is the food of the leader? 
C’est la connaissance, c’est la communication.
It is knowledge, it is communication
The programme inspired me to start a group called Francophones en Herbe.

It is for French learners throughout New Zealand. Last June when I met the other Ambassadors I thought to myself how great it was to talk and to connect to so many other young people taking French from around New Zealand. I loved bonding with the others over our shared challenge of learning French, and meeting the enthusiastic Morgan Patterson and Pascale Hyboud Peron, made me think of what I could do as a learner of French for other learners in New Zealand. So I had a think and send a few messages out and after numerous emails, skype meetings, and one fabrication of a short video later voilà... Francophones en herbe was born!

Francophones en herbe is a Facebook group for senior level French students to encourage a community of young learners of French in New Zealand.
To create discussion about everything regarding learning French in New Zealand, a place where students can communicate with each other and share things that have helped them, made them laugh. And also a space to share what they find difficult or need help with.

I want to post what’s happening in New Zealand with French and the opportunities that one can have with the French language, including testimonies from people who have been on an exchange and have done something with French in uni or later on in life. If you have any content regarding French in NZ, have had any opportunities thanks to learning French that you’d like to share,  or have any questions to do with the group please don’t hesitate to message me from the group page.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Podcast + something great...

Bonjour à tous et à toutes!!!

J'espère que la rentrée s'est bien passée! 

Here is a snippet of a podcast that I recently completed with Joanna Smith from Language Fuel here. Check out the Resource Room also here. Joanna is a passionate language advocate, doing amazing things for our Language Learning community in New Zealand. It was a pleasure speaking to her and I hope that you enjoy listening to it! If you listen, you may learn of our exciting projects for 2017. This will be shared more explicitly soon!! 

Also, here's a little image to inspire you when creating anything GREAT in our language classroom. We have a fantastically supportive network of teachers who are our family. Don't forget that a little humour can go along way!! 

Please keep me posted on anything great that is happening in your classroom.

I look forward to organising visits with you soon!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Stage de Nouméa

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 ( 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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Une jeune femme tout à fait extraordinaire !

Je vous présente Hannah Prior, un vrai rat de bibliothèque qui passe ses journées à Wellington Girl's College avec ses profs formidables, Annabelle, Janet et Rebecca. J'ai rencontré Hannah l'année dernière quand ses profs m'ont parlé d'une fille qui lisait tellement de livres qu'elles n'en ont pas assez pour continuer à lui en prêter.

Hannah est née en Angleterre et à 3 ans elle est venue en Nouvelle-Zélande avec sa famille. Grâce à sa maman qui a étudié le français en Angleterre, Hannah est motivée par les langues depuis son enfance. Hannah se souvient des phrases que sa maman répétait souvent <souffle, souffle, c'est chaud !>. 

Hannah est polyglotte, elle parle trois langues - l'anglais, le français et le chinois - elle est impressionnante n'est-ce pas ?!?

Après un vide-grenier du département de langues à Wellington Girl's College au début de 2016, Hannah a découvert sa passion...dévorer des livres français ! Elle a commencé avec un vrai classique, Madame Bovary de Flaubert - quel défi ! Elle l'a trouvé choquant et triste. Hannah adore lire jusqu'au point qu'elle a tout lu de la bibliothèque de ses professeurs. Heureusement, la bibliothèque de Wellington a plusieurs titres en français mais Hannah cherche toujours de la littérature française donc si vous avez fini vos livres et vous avez envie de partager/prêter/donner des livres à Hannah, n'hésitez pas à lui écrire un email .

Hannah a comme but de faire ses études de français, chinois, linguistiques et sciences à la fac. En plus, elle veut voyager en Chine et en France avant de devenir professeur ou traductrice...on ne sait jamais hein ?!?

Elle vous conseille d'apprendre des langues parce que quand on étudie des langues on ouvre des portes aux autres cultures et sociétés et en plus, ça donne des avantages sur le cv ! Hannah partage une citation d'un professeur de la faculté de Victoria <Parler une seule langue, c'est vivre dans une maison avec une seule porte>.

Quel énorme plaisir d'avoir passer du temps avec Hannah, une élève magnifique. Bonne continuation Hannah, tous nos vœux de future réussite dans tes projets professionnels et personnels ! 


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Le début de l'année scolaire

Ça y est! Bientôt la rentrée...

Voici quatre idées pour briser la glace:

  • a visual French mihi - mine here :-) (developed from Debbie Watt's resources) Pour les élèves aussi. A partager!
  • an idea for a digital and globally connected classroom... Google Tourbuilder - to map the French learning journey of your students, assistants or you :-)
  • How can you incorporate Blooms Taxonomy and task-based learning into your first few weeks? Check out Claire-Lise's fabulous planning here for some inspiration. Feel free to email us if you would like some support with this - it took 2 days to plan this. Un très beau travail collectif! 
  • Et bien sûr! Tis the season to celebrate la fête des rois - Voici une recette pour les galettes. N'oubliez pas les fèves!

Feel free to add a comment en bas if you have other creative suggestions for activités qui brisent la glace...

Culturethèque - devenez membre!


De très bonnes nouvelles de l'Alliance Française d'Auckland...

L'AF d'Auckland vous offre une carte de membre avec accès gratuit à la Culturethèque. C'est une immense source de plaisir en ligne pour ceux qui adorent la lecture, la musique, les films etc... Check out this online French library here.

This would be a great addition to your classroom, and if you live 'dans le coin' your membership will allow you to visit the fabulous Alliance in Grey Lynn, and even earn special discounts from French businesses in the Auckland region, y compris l'Atelier du Fromage et beaucoup plus...

The Alliance Française d'Auckland has a lot of new exciting initiatives, with lessons for different aged students in three locations in Auckland now.

Qui plus est, it's only $45 for a registered teacher membership for a full year!! Why not get your school to fund this as part of your Professional Development. Regardless of where you live in the country, ça vaut la peine...!

Alors abonnez-vous au plus vite :-) Ici! (On adore le site-web aussi!)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Gallic flavour in Gisborne


Morgan et moi venons de passer quelques jours formidables à Gisborne. Quelle jolie ville!

On a rencontré par hasard le patron du beau restaurant, the Marina, qui donne sur la rivière. Ça vaut la peine de visiter! Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus.

On that foodie note, je recommande le film, les Saveurs du Palais avec Danièle Delpeuch, la cuisinière de François Mitterand. She even bought une truffière ici en Nouvelle-Zélande!

Notre but était de visiter Claire-Lise, an energetic French teacher at Gisborne Boys' High, who is doing a fabulous job at planning her Junior Programme. Her creative 9 week programme for her Juniors is going to have an East Coast flavour - le surf, le rugby, le foot, la pétanque... Ça nous donne envie de participer dans sa classe!

We would love to assist you where we can in your Junior planning for this year, to share tools such as Blooms Taxonomy, task-based learning and innovative digital and collaborative practices. In our next post, we will share some planning ideas avant la rentrée...

Simply email us at for resources or to book a visit. We would love to see you and support you where we can.

Bon week-end!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Bonjour de la nouvelle Conseillère

Bonjour à tous et à toutes!

It's my pleasure to assume the role of National French Adviser, so capably led for the last seven months by our lovely Morgan. It is with heartfelt thanks that I take this opportunity to thank her for her superbly passionate contribution to French teaching and learning in New Zealand. She is a superstar, whose act will be a hard but worthwhile one to follow!

Morgan has graced many a school, management included, with her optimistic approach and her expertise in enabling and developing capacity. Now, she is off to empower many more budding educators in the wider language teaching realm as ILEP's new International Pathways Manager and we wish her all the very best.
Merci mille fois Morgan!

En tant que votre nouvelle Conseillère Nationale de français, j’ai l’immense plaisir de continuer l’excellent travail que Morgan a effectué jusqu'à présent. Je voudrais saisir cette occasion pour remercier Morgan du fond de nos coeurs pour tout ce qu’elle a mis en route pendant les sept derniers mois. Elle s’est beaucoup investie dans ce rôle et on lui offre tous nos meilleurs voeux en sa nouvelle capacité. Son grand sourire, ses paroles encourageantes et sa conscience professionnelle nous manqueront. Mais comme elle dit, ce n'est qu'un au revoir...

Suivre les traces de quelqu’un d’aussi capable représente un défi valorisant. Je compte sur votre soutien afin de faire évoluer ce travail. C'est-à-dire, je suis prête à organiser les visites et ateliers au gré de vos besoins et envies où que vous soyez en Nouvelle-Zélande. (Je perfectionne l'art de faire les madeleines cette fois-ci...)

I am looking forward to getting out and about to visit you and observe the wonderful work that is happening in your classrooms over the course of this year. I would love to hear from you... There is so much potential to enrich our teaching practice through digital (and human!) collaboration and I am excited to continue this. Do not hesitate to email me if you would like support to connect with other schools, help to organise exchanges, plan a Junior programme etc. Je suis à votre entière disposition!

There are also number of exciting professional development opportunities coming up, including Manu Menard's upcoming workshops, the Stage de Nouméa (more on the blog soon), the Alliance Francaise Film Festival and much more. Enjoy the holidays... I hope that they are a time of refreshment and reflection!

J'espère que vous profitez au maximum de vos vacances. Qu’elles soient revigorantes et pleines de convivialité. Bon courage pour le planning pour 2017 (l'année du coq!).

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer bientôt!

Rosaria Campbell. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

One French Adviser out and a super fabulous one in.

What an absolute blast the last 7 months have been. I have met so many wonderful, inspiring and hard working teachers of French in NZ and feel privileged to have started some exciting projects, shared (globally) many of the fantastic initiatives and work that you are all doing in your classes and supported the teaching and learning of French in NZ schools.

I am mixed with excitement and sadness as I let you know that from the first of February I will no longer be the National French Adviser. I am an incredibly ambitious person and so when I was offered the secondment position of co-manager of ILEP (the French Adviser works for ILEP so I'm not entirely moving away) starting February 1st 2017 I decided that it was the best next step for me in my career. While this decision seemed clear cut from a career point of view I must say that the thought of moving out of the National French Adviser seat so soon after having arrived was a very difficult one. I am loving every single minute and challenge of this Adviser role - creation of projects, support for PLD for you all, supporting the Language Assistants, working with the French Embassy and Alliance Française, contributing on the NZAFT discussion forum and the listserv and so much more - my job is my passion and I have loved coming to work every day - I don't intend that to change in my new role.

Thankyou all for the part that you have played in giving me endless support and encouragement since I took this position and for being tireless in the energy you give to your students and schools in the delivery of wonderful French programmes. You are truly a wonderful community of teachers and I have loved working with you since my first day as a beginning teacher all those years ago to now as the outgoing National French Adviser. I will follow your journeys with interest and encourage you to stay in touch.

The French language and culture is a huge part of who I am and while I will not be directly involved in the day to day goings on of the French teaching world I will certainly be present on our networks, at gatherings and generally chatting in French and baking delicious French treats. I will also be part of the workshops led by Manu Menard in February and hope to see many of you then.

In my new role as co-manager of ILEP I will be responsible for the curriculum support ILEP offers through the MoE contract and will be able to have more influence on what it is to build sustainable and engaging language programmes within NZ schools. For me, it will be a pleasure to have an influence across all languages and especially with senior managers and the MoE to keep raising the profile and direction of learning languages in Aotearoa.

C'est avec le plus grand plaisir que je vous présente Rosaria Campbell, la nouvelle Conseillère Nationale pour le français en Nouvelle-Zélande. Elle était enseignante à Napier Girls' High School à Hawke's Bay et elle a hâte de faire votre connaissance. Rosaria est travailleuse, dynamique et très ouverte à vous soutenir avec vos besoins pédagogiques. N'hésitez pas à contacter Rosaria: l'addresse email est la même, c'est à dire Rosaria et moi travaillons ensemble jusqu'au premier février.

Je vous souhaite une excellente année 2017 sachant que ce n'est qu'un au revoir ! Gros bisous mes chers collègues.


Job opportunity in Christchurch

Starting ASAP (ideally Term One) a position at Cashmere High School in Christchurch is available for you to make the most of. Join a multi language department in a decile 9, year 9-13 co-educational environment. This is a perfect opportunity for a teacher looking to manage a small staff of teachers of French while being supported by the Head of Languages Faculty and a senior leadership team that has a languages specialist in the ranks!

Management units and a time allowance can be negotiated by applicants so this is a brilliant time for you to step up in your career and start 2017 in a fresh new environment.

What do you need for this job? A great level of French language and cultural knowledge, experience in teaching French and developing programmes that reflect a modern pedagogy as well as an ability to work cohesively in a team environment.

Contact Linda Tappenden for more information and to find out how to apply.

This youtube clip is a few years old now but will give you a look into what life at your new school will be like.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Curriculum support from the very beginning of 2017

J'espère que vous passez de très belles vacances et qu'il y a énormément de soleil où que vous soyez ! Moi, je suis de retour au boulot et cela me rend heureuse. 

Check out the flyer for an upcoming workshop in February run by our very talented Manu Menard. 

Manu is heading back to France later this year and so February 2017 is your final chance to gather as much of his expertise and knowledge before he leaves our education system and country. I encourage those of you outside of the workshop centres to make the trip to the nearest centre as this will be a fantastic workshop with loads of ready to use resources to take away. 

You will need to sign up quickly for this workshop as they start mid February so it may pay to get your PLD application form into management before the students arrive. ​