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The New Zealand Curriculum.

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Introduction and rationale

Learning languages is the learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum that sets the direction for learning languages other than English in English-medium schools.

Learning languages is a valuable part of the education of young New Zealanders in the 21st century. It enables them to participate in and contribute to the global community and to develop their personal identity. Students are encouraged to be reflective life-long learners.

The achievement objectives for learning languages in The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) help teachers to design flexible teaching and learning programmes. This flexibility is essential, both because the needs and interests of individual learners differ and because languages are taught in a variety of contexts.

The guidelines that follow are intended to stimulate and empower teachers to design student-centred, interactive, and effective teaching and learning programmes. It is expected that teachers will gather and use evidence to make professional decisions in order to improve language learning outcomes for their students. Effective pedagogy requires teachers to inquire into the impact of their teaching and then analyse and interpret the information.

Why learn another language?

Learning languages embraces the vision, principles, values and key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum, for example, by:

  • enabling students to participate and contribute to New Zealand’s multicultural society
  • enabling students to become capable at self management 
  • providing students with cultural and linguistic experiences that help them develop the knowledge and awareness needed by global citizens
  • motivating students to become lifelong learners of languages.

Aims of learning Latin

The guidelines for Latin identify additional aims, specific to the teaching and learning of Latin, which include that students will:

  • develop an understanding and appreciation of the Latin language and ancient Roman civilisation
  • develop communication skills for a range of purposes, including reading and appreciation of authentic Latin literature, and enhance literacy skills in English
  • experience and respond to a range of simulated, adapted, and authentic texts (visual, aural, and written) from ancient Roman civilisation
  • develop diverse approaches to learning, using Latin in a range of contexts.

As they progress towards more advanced levels, students will:

  • develop an understanding of the functions, structure, and conventions of Latin, and learn how the language was used in a variety of ways by different authors for different purposes
  • respond personally to, and think critically about, a range of texts written in Latin
  • use their language skills to process and analyse information
  • extend their understanding of the European component of New Zealand’s cultural heritage
  • extend their understanding of Roman history and culture in national and international contexts
  • acquire a range of skills that may extend into other curriculum areas
  • acquire values and competencies fundamental to The New Zealand Curriculum.

To read more on Latin, go to the  Latin language.


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