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One of the greatest benefits of learning a language is the extended appreciation and understanding of diversity, locally, nationally and globally. We aim to give all students at AJHS the opportunity to learn Te reo Māori and an array of foreign languages. Students gain confidence, enhance their communication skills and make links to the world around them.

Japanese, French, Mandarin, Spanish and Te reo Māori at AJHS

Spanish, French, Mandarin, Japanese and Te reo Māori are taught at all levels at AJHS using the communicative approach to learning, which focuses on students having the ability to communicate and interact appropriately with other people. Teachers use an inquiry based approach to teaching and a variety of ICT strategies are integrated throughout all year levels to enhance language skills.  

Across the students’ Year 7 and Year 8 learning at AJHS, students will be introduced to all five languages. The students have two  20 week courses each year to introduce them to the basics of the target language. Cultural learning is integrated within language learning. They learn how to have basic conversations with others about themselves and can describe themselves and the world around them. In Year 9 and Year 10, students have the option to take  Te reo Māori, Spanish, French, Mandarin or Japanese.

These options extend their linguistic and cultural knowledge to make them more effective communicators. Students will develop more explicit knowledge of the language while further increasing their receptive and productive skills. Students will learn to speak, read and write about their family, school, community, adolescence, and make comparisons and contrasts of New Zealand and their chosen languages communities. 

More importantly, students will be provided with the cognitive tools and strategies to learn further languages and increase their understanding of their own language and culture.

Students who choose to take Spanish, Te reo Māori , French, Mandarin or Japanese often carry on studying it at Year 11 NCEA Level 1. All languages are subjects that can be studied up to Year 13 NCEA Level 3 and can also be taken at University where it can be studied as a degree or as part of a degree.