Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Nzei Supports Language Teaching In Schools

Nzei Supports Language Teaching In Schools

Wellington – NZEI Te Riu Roa supports the idea of teaching a second language to intermediate age children but says for this to succeed the government must ensure that schools have qualified language teachers.

The Prime Minister, Helen Clark, has backed a recommendation of a curriculum stocktake report that says schools should work towards offering instruction in a second language, for students aged from 11 to 14.

NZEI Te Riu Roa represents primary, intermediate and area school teachers and principals.

“We think the idea of teaching a second language to students from Year 7, the old Form One, through to Year 10 or Fourth Form, is a good one,” says NZEI Te Riu Roa National President, Bruce Adin.

“But there is work to be done to make this happen and it will only succeed if there is a reliable supply of teachers who are qualified to teach languages.”

“If the government is really interested in pursuing this policy and will train language teachers, and help existing teachers become qualified in this area, NZEI Te Riu Roa would be happy to work with them to make it happen.”

“The union would not want learning a second language to be done at the expense of students gaining a good grounding in literacy and numeracy, or at the expense of students learning Maori, as it is clear Maori who are strong in their language are better equipped to realise their full potential.”

“But it is also clear from research that learning a second language benefits students intellectually, socially and culturally. So if this policy is well planned and well resourced it should help students build and develop their overall language skills,” says Bruce Adin.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news