Learning Languages

In Learning Languages, students learn to communicate in an additional language, develop their capacity to learn further languages, and explore different world views in relation to their own.


We believe that learning a new language provides a means of communicating with people from another culture and exploring student’s own personal world.

Learning Goals

Through our teaching and learning programmes our students should:

  • Understand how languages link people locally and globally.
  • Understand how 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.
  • Know that Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) are official languages of New Zealand
  • Appreciate that languages and cultures are systems that are organised and used in particular ways to achieve meaning.
  • Interact in a new language
  • Acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that equip them for living in a world of diverse peoples, languages, and cultures.
  • Develop their understanding of the power of language