Languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used. Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal, group, national, and human identities. Every language has its own way of expressing meanings; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users.

'Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo,
te tuakiri tangata.
Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako'
'Your voice and my voice are expressions of identity.
May our descendants live on and our hopes be fulfilled.'
(Learning Languages Whakataukī, New Zealand Curriculum, 2007)

In learning languages, students learn to communicate in an additional language. As they do so, they begin to expand their own world and to open up a whole range of new possibilities. Learning one new language makes it easier to learn others.

'Those who know nothing of foreign languages, know nothing of their own.'
(Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections, 1827)

'The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language.'
(Ezra Pound , ABC of Reading, 1934)

Learning a new language provides a means of communicating with people from other cultures. As students acquire the skills of communicative competence, they simultaneously explore and reflect on their own personal world and their own culture. By reaching out, they also reach within.

'Another language opens up a whole new window on the world. It might be small and difficult to see through at first, but it gives you a different perspective, and it might make you realise that your first window could do with a bit of polishing and even enlarging.'
(Hone Tuwhare, Die Deutsche Sprache und Ich, NZCTE, Goethe Institut, circa 1997)


L1 Samoan (Wellington Loop) overview
L2 Samoan (FarNet) overview
L3 Samoan (FarNet) overview


Beginners Spanish (Volcanics) overview
L2 Spanish (FarNet) overview
L3 Spanish (HarbourNet) overview


Pre NCEA French (Volcanics) overview
L1 French (Volcanics) overview
L1 French (Welcom) overview
L2 French (NetNZ) overview
L3 French (HarbourNet) overview


Beginners German (Volcanics) overview
L1 German (HarbourNet) overview
L2 German (HarbourNet) overview
L3 German (Wellington Loop) overview



Pre NCEA Japanese (FarNet) overview
Beginners Japanese (Volcanics) overview
Beginners Japanese (Wellington Loop) overview
Japanese for Beginners (NetNZ) overview
Japanese for Beginners (FarNet) overview
L1 Japanese (FarNet) overview
L2 Japanese (HarbourNet) overview
L3 Japanese (Welcom) overview
Pre NCEA Chinese Overview (Volcanics) overview
L1 Chinese Mandarin (NetNZ) overview
L2 Chinese Mandarin (NetNZ) overview
L3 Chinese Mandarin (NetNZ) overview
L1, 2, 3 Chinese (Volcanics) overview
L3 Chinese Mandarin (NetNZ) overview


Beginner Te Reo Maori (FarNet) overview
Beginner Te Reo Maori (Volcanics) overview
L1 Te Reo Māori (NetNZ) overview
L1 Te Reo Māori 2 (HarbourNet) overview
L2 Te Reo Māori (NetNZ) overview
L3 Te Reo Māori (NetNZ) overview
L3 Te Reo Māori - 2 (NetNZ) overview


L1 Tongan (FarNet) overview
L2 Tongan (FarNet) overview
L3 Tongan (FarNet) overview



L3 English (FarNet) overview



Korean for Beginners (NetNZ) overview
L1 Korean (NetNZ) overview
L2 Korean (NetNZ) overview
L3 Korean (NetNZ) overview


L1 Pasifika Studies - Cook Islands Maori (Volcanics) overview