Languages 

Massey High School offers you the following languages:
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  • Te Reo
  • Japanese
  • Spanish 
  • Chinese
  • French

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 Maori, but it is also possible to study two languages.

The introductory course in Year 9 is a one-semester course that gives you 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 French Japanese Spanish Chinese
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 Full Year Full Year
Year 12 Full Year Full Year Full Year -
Year 13 Full Year Full Year 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 the latest IT equipment and with lots of activities happening. We promote the use of devices for learning, and all our classrooms are equipped with computers and interactive Smart Boards.

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, L1-L3, are situated on the western side of the school site, overlooking the sports field.  

Contact
You can contact the Languages teachers via email:
 
Mr J. Gines (Spanish and HOD) - jgines@masseyhigh.school.nz
Ms K. O'Grady (Spanish) - kogrady@masseyhigh.school.nz
Mr. C. Bidois (Japanese and Chinese) - cbidois@masseyhigh.school.nz 
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(L-R:  Carl Bidois, Dalila Quiroz and Joaquin Gines)

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(Barbara from France is our French Assistant)

Language Study Tours  
Learning Languages does not only take place in the classroom. Over the last years, the Department for International Languages organised several study tours overseas. To find out more, please click on the links here:
 
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 make you competitive because it gives you an edge.

The New NZ Curriculum states:

Languages 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).

Courses
For information about courses offered in the Languages Department, please click here to refer to all Course Booklets.