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Languages Strategy

Languages in Education Strategy 2019-2033

This document sets out a 15-year plan to strengthen the learning of languages and the languages of learning in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our aim is to show politicians and policymakers what an achievable national strategy for languages education in schools could look like.

We want to take language learning out of the ‘too hard basket’ and make it an integral part of our education system and of our society as a whole. 

Our vision is a multilingual Aotearoa New Zealand where every young New Zealand can learn and use te reo Māori as of right throughout their schooling, where they are supported to strengthen and use their heritage family languages, and/or learn a community or world language.

By 2020, all Year 1 students are learning te reo Māori in schools. 

By 2033 all high school graduates will be able to converse in more than one language

Lead authors on behalf of the Auckland Languages Strategy Working Group:

Jeff Johnstone - Director, Education Consultancy, Cognition Education Group

Morgan Patterson - Director, International Languages, Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP), Auckland Uniservices

Susan Warren - Chief Executive, COMET Te Hononga Akoranga