“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
NZIS understands the importance of learning languages in order to prepare our students to enter this globalized world with not only the knowledge required to become accomplished individuals and successful professionals but also to enable them to become highly skilled communicators
French is one of the six official languages and one of the two working languages in most of the International organizations worldwide. Spoken on the five continents, it is the language of daily interactions for nearly 300 million people.
Click on the following link to know more about the francophone world: http://www.francophonie.org/Welcome-to-the-International.html
Our French language program, from Year 7 to year 12 (A level) aim at developing the necessary skills in a global perspective, over the course of 6 years.
Resources for French language learners
- http://apprendre.tv5monde.com/ – A wonderful source for discovery and French practice for all levels, from complete beginner to advanced learners
- http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/french/french.htm – An excellent source for vocabulary practice with lots of fun activities
- http://lexiquefle.free.fr/ – A real goldmine for learning and memorizing vocabulary and grammar
- http://fr.ver-taal.com/ – A very rich compilation of authentic materials (video, audio and texts) for intermediate and advanced level students
- http://phonetique.free.fr/ – It’s all about pronunciation on this website, very fun and for all levels
University education and career opportunities
The following websites provides plenty of information about pursuing education and careers in the French speaking world.
Feel free to contact the NZIS French teacher M. Stephane Faucillon: Stephane.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mandarin language has more native speakers than any other language. Around 1 billion people speak Mandarin around the world and it is estimated that one out of every six people on earth speak Chinese. The Mandarin language has no alphabets and instead uses symbols called Chinese characters. Chinese characters represent the oldest writing system in the world. As China becomes an increasingly important player on the global stage, so too will the importance of learning the Chinese language. By learning Mandarin Chinese, students not only gain unique insights into the culture of one of the world’s oldest civilisations but with thousands of years of history, beliefs, and culture, learning Mandarin helps student expand their knowledge of the Chinese people and its society; thus bridging cultural differences and facilitating students to engage with the Chinese communities around the globe.
Click on the following link to know more about Mandarin Chinese. http://www.chinesecio.com/
The Mandarin language program at NZIS aims to develop the necessary skills in a global context, over a possible 6 years of study.
Successful language students gain lifelong skills, including:
- The ability to communicate confidently and clearly in the target language
- A sound understanding of the nature of language and language study, and of the skills and abilities required for further study, work and leisure
- Insight into the culture and contemporary society of countries where the language is spoken
- Better integration into communities where the language is spoken
- Positive attitudes towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and societies
- Skills, which can be, used in other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills.
Resources for Mandarin language learners
- http://english.cntv.cn/learnchinese/ – A comprehensive resource and guide to learning Mandarin, from complete beginner to advanced learners.
- http://chinesepod.com/tools/pronunciation/section/17 – All about pronunciation! Mandarin is a tonal language and pronunciation is key.
- http://learning.chinese.cn/en/node_14790.htm – Chinese word game!
The following websites provide information with regards to pursuing further education in Mandarin Chinese language, short language courses, and on careers in the Chinese speaking world.
Feel free to contact the NZIS Mandarin teacher Bianca Masrin: email@example.com
The years 7, 8 and 9 Bahasa language courses are intended for students who are beginning the study of the Indonesian language. We start from the assumption that students have never studied Indonesian before. Our students gain skills in the key areas of listening comprehension, speaking ability, reading comprehension and writing ability.
In years 10 and 11, students should become proficient in their ability to:
- Understand and respond to spoken language;
- Understand and respond to written language;
- Communicate in speech, showing knowledge of a range and variety of vocabulary and accurately apply grammar and structures;
- Communicate in writing, showing knowledge of a range and variety of vocabulary
The following links may be useful for those studying Bahasa language courses:
- http://www.mediaindonesia.com/ – Media Indonesia (The Indonesian Media) is an Indonesian daily newspaper published in Jakarta. Reports say Media Indonesia is the second largest newspaper in Indonesia after the Kompas daily, and the third is Jawa Pos. Editorial Media Indonesia can be used to source the headlines in Indonesia.
- http://hai-online.com/ – Majalah Hai is one of the magazines published in Indonesia for young men. Hai contains many articles about music, movies, education, popular places, fashion, technology, sports, psychology, and short stories and comics.
- http://www.kawankumagz.com/ – Majalah Kawanku is one of the magazines for young women between the ages of 13 and 16 years. Kawanku is published every week and provides many articles about fashion issues, psychology, short stories, movies, music, and celebrities.
- http://nationalgeographic.co.id/ – Majalah National Geographic Indonesia [New window] New! CIE Suggested
Career Opportunities for learners of Bahasa Indonesia:
Learning the Indonesian language provides career opportunities in a variety of industries:
- In communications (as a foreign correspondent, reporting or translating)
- In international finance (as an international banker, international consultant, political risk analyst)
- In private industry (oil and export companies)
- In government (as a foreign service officer, development program officer, intelligence analyst, government relations specialist, translator or interpreter, linguist)
- In law (as a contractual or corporate consultant)
- In academia (in teaching and research positions)
Schools worldwide that offer courses in Bahasa:
- http://seasia.wisc.edu/Programs/study%20abroad.htm – The University of Wisconsin-Madison
- http://www.aiya.org.au/resources/studying-indonesian/ – The Australia-Indonesia Youth Association
- http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/languageprograms/southeastasianprograms – The University of Michigan
Feel free to contact the NZIS Bahasa teacher Rahmalia Dewi: firstname.lastname@example.org