Languages

Learning a new language extends students' linguistic and cultural understanding and their ability to interact appropriately with other speakers. Interaction in a new language, whether face to face or technologically facilitated, introduces them to new ways of thinking about, questioning and interpreting the world and their place in it.
Languages offered are French and Te Reo Maori. In Year 9, all students study each language for a term. They then have the opportunity to continue with one of them in an extension course in Term 4. The extension course should be taken by students who wish to continue studying French or Te Reo Maori in Year 10 and beyond.
Each of the languages is available as an NCEA subject in Years 11, 12 and 13.
During their study of French or Te Reo, students will be developing the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. At all times, relevant cultural aspects will be an important part of the course.





 


 

French

Year 9

All Year 9 students take an introductory course of one term after which they may continue with an extension course in Term 4. Students will learn how to communicate in simple everyday situations. Topics include greetings and introductions, birthdays and special occasions, family and pets, and describing people. Cultural aspects are included at all times. 
Year 10
The course is based on the four communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and simple writing. Students continue to develop their cultural knowledge as they learn about life in France and other French-speaking countries.
Year 11
NCEA Level 1 (24 credits) The emphasis is on communicative French for everyday use in familiar situations. Students also continue to learn about life in France and other French-speaking countries.  Three external and three internal Achievement Standards are offered.
Year 12
NCEA Level 2 (24 credits) Study at this level involves emphasis on developing social competence in French, with students acquiring the language skills to express themselves effectively in a range of different situations. The course offers six Achievement Standards, three of which are internally assessed.
Year 13
NCEA Level 3 (24 credits) The emphasis is on developing personal independence in French and for students to be able to express themselves confidently in a range of less familiar situations. Students will also study a French film.The course offers six Achievement Standards, three of which are internally assessed.


Te Reo Maori

Tena koutou tauira ma.
Ka nui te mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou.
Nau mai haere mai ki te kaupapa ako Maori. 
Haere mai ano ki te ako me te korero atu i te reo Maori.
'Ahakoa iti, he pounamu' 
Year 9
Students complete a 10 week introductory course covering the fundamentals of te reo as a base for higher levels of learning. In Term 4 Maori is optional. This is a more advanced class to further increase students' language skills in preparation for Year 10. 
Year 10
Te Reo Maori Yr 10: The focus at this level is language development. Students will build up their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, in preparation for NCEA Level 1.  The focus at this level is language development. Students will build up their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, in preparation for NCEA Level 1. 
Year 11
NCEA Level 1(30credits):  This course aims to further develop and consolidate the language taught in Year 10. The emphasis at this level is the development of oral communication and writing. There are three internal achievement standards that assess listening, speaking and crafted writing. Reading and formal writing are assessed externally by NZQA markers.  
Year 12 
NCEA Level 2 (24 credits): This course follows on from NCEA Level 1. At this level students will develop skills that enable them to communicate their ideas and experiences in te reo Maori. Five achievement standards in total are offered. Listening, speaking and crafted writing are assessed internally. Reading and topic writing are assessed externally.  
Year 13
NCEA Level 3 (24 credits): This course continues from NCEA Level 2. The aim is to further develop language skills which involve comprehensive reading, writing and research. There are six Level 3 achievement standards that students are required to complete. Listening, speaking and creative writing are internally assessed. Reading, formal writing and grammar are assessed externally.