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Welcome to Languages

                                       He taonga nga reo katoa - All languages are to be treasured

Learning a new language provides a means of communicating with people from another culture and exploring one’s own personal world.

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 ways of expressing meanings; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users.

Languages link people locally and globally. They are spoken in the community, used internationally, and play a role in shaping the world. Oral, written, and visual forms of language link us to the past and give us access to new and different streams of thought and to beliefs and cultural practices.

The rewards from studying languages are many and last a lifetime. There is the personal satisfaction from taking on an intellectual challenge. There is the practical payback that Language graduates have in the job market - that 'something extra' that employers look for in a competitive environment. There is also the ability to actively participate in the issues and events that shape the social, political and economic direction of the entire world.

Languages offered in Year 7 & 8 are French, Spanish, Te Reo Maori and Mandarin. All students have a two term taster course for each language in Year 7 and Year 8 so they can choose the language they want to study in Year 9.  All students learn a language at Year 9. They can choose between Te Reo Māori, French, Spanish or Mandarin.

From Year 10 students begin to work towards Levels 1 to 3 in their chosen language.


In addition to jobs where languages are central to the job such as a translator, interpreter and languages teacher, languages add value to other work skills. For example website designers need linguists in order to reach global markets. 'Website localiser' has emerged as a job title.

Languages are particularly valuable in industries which are global in focus such as:
- importing/exporting services or products
- education
- media, publishing and entertainment
- professional and research based organisations.

Sample of Job Roles where knowledge of Languages can be useful:

- events coordinator
- hotel manager
- researcher
- journalist - print, TV, radio
- travel consultant
- information officer
- customer support/helpdesk personnel
- conference organiser
- immigration officer
- tour guide
- art historian
- actor
- mediator
- restaurant manager
- police officer
- advertising or marketing manager
- and many more........!

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