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Case Studies

Read some case studies of New Zealand schools that run Chinese language programmes and hear from those who are involved in Chinese language learning in New Zealand. They provide some insights, advice and tips for principals, teachers and students.

Glenfield Intermediate: Supporting language learning through a cluster

Glenfield Intermediate started running a Chinese language learning programme a few years ago and has grown from small beginnings. Various initiatives are encouraging the growth in Chinese language learning – not just at this school, but in surrounding schools as well.


Rutherford College: Engaging students to learn Chinese

Having taught Chinese for over ten years, Rutherford College has one of the country’s longest running school-based Chinese language programmes.



Te Aro School: Tips from Te Aro

Joseph, a Year 8 student at Te Aro School in Wellington, just started learning Chinese this year and tells us his thoughts.



Columba College: Student achievement and opportunities

Columba College has a strong Chinese language learning programme, which currently runs from years 6 to 13.

Read more here.

Henderson Intermediate: Partnering with Chinese Language Assistants

Henderson has a comprehensive languages programme and introduced Chinese to the languages programme 2 years ago. It now involves three classroom teachers supported by a Mandarin Language Assistant.


Kaitao Middle School: Fostering sustainability

Kaitao has taught Chinese since 2000 and aims for all students to be learning Chinese. Ensuring their Chinese language programme is sustainable and involving the community in its development are key factors to ensure success.



Laytee George Interview: Fostering community links

Laytee George’s involvement with Chinese language teaching in Rotorua goes back 20 years. She is now a core part of the New Zealand Chinese Language Teacher's Association (NZCLTA).



Lincoln High School: A strong commitment to Chinese

Despite low numbers of students learning the language at times, Lincoln has maintained its commitment to teaching Chinese and undertakes a range of strategies to integrate Chinese language within the school.


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