Promotional Material

In 2011 the Ministry of Education produced two documents designed to promote the value of learning languages for parents, principals, and teachers. The documents can be dowloaded by clicking on the images.

How will my son or daughter benefit from learning a Language? A document for parents.

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Why should I encourage my students to learn languages? A document for principals and teachers.

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Challenging the Myths of Learning a Language: A Literacy Perspective
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Martin East: Value of Language Learning

This article was written by Associate Professor Martin East from the Faculty of Education in response to an expression of opinion in the media that getting school students to learn an additional language is a waste of time, except for those who are included in a bilingual immersion teaching context. Without being surrounded by the language and compelled to use it for a considerable period each day, they would learn only the basics, which they would soon forget.

The following link will take you to the article which offers a contemporary New Zealand perspective of the
value of language learning. Assoc Prof Martin East is the current President of NZALT and is a language teacher educator at the University of Auckland
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Careers Pathways Benefits of Learning Languages Infographic

Benefits of Learning Languages

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What's the state of language in our world?

There are roughly 7,000 languages currently spoken around the planet today. As the world continues to become more interconnected, due in large part to the ever-increasing use of the internet, language use will undoubtedly evolve, as well.

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Use this link to use an interactive chart to find pathways that lead on from learning a language:

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Why Learn another Language? Knowing Other Languages brings Opportunities
This colourful and attractive brochure which can be duplicated or used to inspire your own version covers the following topics of interest to language learners:* The Job Advantage in a Global Economy
  • Learning Other Cultures: Your World and Beyond
  • Go for the Excitement: New ways of Language Learning
  • Give yourself the Competitive Edge
  • Which Language should you Learn?



Skill Matcher and Subject Matcher on the CareersNZ site is a tool that selects job ideas based on the subjects students enjoy or are interested in. If 'Languages' is entered, a range of careers will be identified. Clicking on the jobs listed links to the profile of the job and allows students to assess if they are well suited to the occupation. They can then visit the What's Next section for tips and support to take the next step.
JOBS that recommend a foreign language# Education and Social Sciences
  1. Anthropologist
  2. Secondary School Teacher
  3. Interpreter
  4. Tertiary Lecturer
  5. Linguist
  6. Translator
  7. Arts, Media and Communication
  8. Government, Law and Protection, and Defence
  9. Customs Officer
  10. Immigration Officer
  11. Foreign Policy Officer
  12. Hospitality, Tourism, Sport and Recreation
  13. Tour Guide
  14. Travel Information Consultant
  15. Travel Agent
  16. Transport, Logistics, Warehousing and Postal Services
  17. Check-in Agent
  18. Flight Attendant
  19. Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Seafood and Mining
  20. Botanist

Study Abroad for Language Learners
Study Abroad for Language Learners
Careers in Languages and Linguistics at Victoria University

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Study Abroad for Language Learners

Language students at Victoria University can now take intensive language courses at overseas universities during the summer and gain credits towards their BA. Courses are available for students of Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

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Ideas for Integrating Careers into Learning Languages Programmes

Kiwi Cards

Languages teachers can use these cards when teaching about occupations in their programmes. They also provide a simulating resource for use in do now and ice-breaker activities and card games in group and class activities. Free to download, the images on the cards have been designed to represent broad job fields and to be gender neutral. Related activity resources are also available to download.
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Do you enjoy or are you good at LANGUAGES?

Careers Bullseye Posters - Languages

Developed by the Australian Government, these posters can help students identify occupations that link with Languages studied at school with indications of what level of education is required to find employment.
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Launched in 2004 as part of the British National Languages Strategy, this popular campaign shows through individual case studies, fact sheets, promotional materials and a comprehensive website the vast array of career opportunities on offer.

Additional resources to help you make the case for languages in your school.

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Languages Work

Languages in Journalism
Video of BBC Foreign Correspondent Jonathan Charles explaining how important languages have been for his career.

There are other real-life case studies on this site which illustrate clearly how people use languages in the world of work. The case studies are presented in easy to search formats - either by language or by sector and are displayed by job title.

'It opens up so many more opportunities': How languages can lead to a dream job

From tennis tournaments to the wine industry...

'Alarming shortage' of foreign language skills in UK

This report argues that not enough people in the UK have ability and skill in cruicial foreign languages. The warnings are equally as relevant in New Zealand settings and can be used by teachers to inform their own discussions with senior managers in schools, parents and students.
The Benefits of Second Language Study Research Findings with Citations
This NEA research, published in December 2007 is a compendium of findings on the benefits of language learning.

Many thanks to Allyn Sue Danzeisen at Hillcrest High School for recommending this resource.
Other Useful sites
Foreign Languages Dictionaries
Foreign Languages Dictionaries

Learning a foreign language: Now you're talking

When it comes to learning languages in the UK, [they] are notoriously apathetic – but it is never too late to start. As Jeremy Hazlehurst from ​The Guardian ​says, it could be a great way to boost your career.
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Youth Guarantee Strong foundations, clear pathways, successful transitions

Would you like your students to be more excited about their future pathways? This website contains inspirational stories, links to support services and information on recommended assessment standards.

Vocational Pathways
Five new vocational pathways have been developed and are designed to improve the relevance of learning for students by indicating how their learning and achievement is valued by broad sectors of the workforce.

Each pathway also comes with recognised assessment standards that have been recommended by industries across the sector. Look for the pathways that recognise languages.

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Looking for ways to promote the learning of languages in your department?

Ideas from Japanese teachers

Jacqueline Hill, Colomba College has kindly shared her resources via this drop box link:
Promote Second Language Learning using YouTube and Videos
Why Learn a Language?

Hacking Language Learning: Benny Lewis at TEDxWarsaw

Hacking Language Learning: Dr. Conor Quinn at TEDxDirigo ‘We all get languages, we don’t get taught how to learn languages.’

Language learning: Bridge to a better world: Craig Charnock at TEDxCapeTownED ‘Can we use the language learning process to bridge cultural and racial divides?’

TEDxPhnomPenh - Christopher McCormick - Learning a Language Will Change your Life for Good ‘This is what I love about learning languages. The process actually changes you. Learning a language will change your life. It will give you a better mind. It will stretch your understanding of the world and your opportunities in life will increase. Languages will help you realise your potential’

In this motivational video, TV chef Simon Rimmer explores the variety of careers and opportunities available to those who speak languages. He meets people from a range of professions and chats to them about how languages have helped them to get where they are today.
The video also shows clips from popular comedy shows highlighting the embarrassment of not understanding other people’s languages and cultures.
The video is an excellent tool for language teachers, illustrating how languages can help in your personal and your professional life. Use it in language lessons, careers evenings or assemblies to highlight the benefits of studying languages. (Many thanks to Cristian Rodriguez, Woodford House for sharing this link.)
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A world of words

We live in an age of global communication, and the currency of communication is language. Experts estimate that there are a staggering 5 000 to 10 000 languages spoken in the world today, not to mention all the dialects and variants of those languages. Of these, the top 12 account for about three fifths of humanity,
while the top 30 are spoken by more than three quarters of the world.

This brochure explores what learning a language can do for you, its joys and challenges, how you can improve your language skills, and what the EU is doing to support language learning. And remember: you do not need to acquire a perfect command of a language to enjoy it.

This document can be downloaded from