Massey High School

International Languages


Massey High School offers you the following international languages: 

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Spanish 

Learning Languages is one of the eight Learning Areas of the New Zealand Curriculum and an important part of our curriculum at Massey High School. In Year 9, it is compulsory to study one International Language or Te Reo Māori, but it is also possible to study two languages. Why learn Languages? The study of languages opens up career opportunities in economics, international business and trade, international law, education, tourism, hospitality, communications, arts, journalism, governmental and foreign affairs and many other areas. They are also valuable in many research areas like science and environmental studies as the world is moving closer and business and research is done internationally. Languages enhance any career path and will give you a competitive edge. The New NZ Curriculum states regarding languages, that “they 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.  As they learn a language, students develop their understanding of the power of language. They discover new ways of learning, new ways of knowing, and more about their own capabilities. Learning a language provides students with the cognitive tools and strategies to learn further languages and to increase their understanding of their own language(s) and culture(s).” The introductory course in Year 9 is a one-semester course which gives you the basic skills to make yourself understood in everyday situations. From Year 10 to Year 13, international languages are option subjects which lead to the three NCEA levels and to the Scholarship Examination.  

Level

Japanese

Chinese

French

Spanish

Year 9

Half Year

Half Year

Half Year

Half Year

Year 10

Half Year

Half Year

Half Year

Half Year

Year 11

Full Year

Full Year/

Correspondence 

Full Year

Full Year

Year 12

Correspondence

Correspondence

Correspondence

Full Year

Year 13

Correspondence

Correspondence

Correspondence

Full Year

 

Our language students can also take part in the Spanish Debate Competition, the Alliance Française Speech Competition and the Japanese School Essay and Shodo Competition and the French DELF (Diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education). The Department The Department of Languages is a very vibrant department with IT access and with lots of activities happening. We promote the use of devices for learning, and all our classrooms are equipped with   Wi-Fi, computers and access to computer labs. From time to time we are also fortunate to have the help of Foreign Language Assistants who come to us for one day a week to do speaking exercises with small groups of our students or present cultural topics to the whole class. This year we have Barbara from France and Maria from Spain. Classrooms The Languages classrooms are L1-L3 and are situated on the western side of the school overlooking the sports field.   Contact

You can contact the Languages teachers via email:   Mr C. Bidois - HOD - [email protected] Ms K. O'Grady - [email protected]  Ms S. Wilson - [email protected]   Language Study Tours   Learning Languages does not only take place in the classroom, it also happens overseas. The Department of International Languages has organised several study tours overseas and are planning more yearly.