Languages

Head of Languages
Cultural Coordinator
Guten Tag, bonjour, ni hao, hola! "To speak another language is to have another soul" Charlemagne.
To be a truly global citizen, the ability to communicate and connect with people from other cultures is important. Learning another language also enables us to reflect on our own culture and language. 

Year 7 and 8

At Years 7 and 8 you have the opportunity to experience Te Reo Māori, Mandarin Chinese, French and German languages in ‘taster’ courses. A different language is the focus of each term and each is taught by a specialist language teacher. This experience will help you select the language or languages you may later wish to study in greater depth. Language learning is a requirement at Marsden until the end of Year 9 and many students choose to continue it into their senior years.

Year 9

Communicating with people from other cultures is an important skills in this age of global mobility. Learning a language also helps you analyse and understand your own culture and language. All students may begin learning any of the languages offered without prior knowledge. You must take one language, but are welcome to take more than one. Maybe you already have prior learning of a language. We can help you work out the right level of study for you.

French (full-year option)
Learning through a range of oral, aural and written tasks and being actively encouraged to use the language, you will learn about the language and culture of France. Basic conversation skills and grammar are taught and we encourage you to practise speaking as much as possible.

German (full-year option)
You are introduced to the language and culture of Germany through a range of oral, aural and written tasks. Basic conversation skills and grammar are taught and we encourage you to practise speaking as much as possible. You also have the opportunity to enter the Goethe Language Competition to extend your conversational skills.

Chinese (full-year option)
You are introduced to the language and culture of Chinese speaking countries by learning basic greetings, conversation skills and grammar. You will also learn chinese calligraphy and experience chinese culture through activities such as dance. Confident speakers have the opportunity to enter the New Zealand Chinese Speech Competition.

Te Reo Māori (half-year course) compulsory
Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria. My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.Te Reo Māori is our indigenous language. As part of our commitment to growing culturally competent young New Zealanders, with an understanding of our place in the world, all students are given a basic introduction to Te Reo Māori (Māori language) and protocols. The insights and experiences that you gain will enrich and broaden your understandings of the uniqueness and complexity of te ao Māori (the Māori world).
NB: The other half of the year students complete a Remarkable Time project.

Year 10

Marsden offers three full-year language options at Year 10. You are welcome to study one or more of these. Maybe you already have prior learning of a language. We can help you work out the right level of study for you. If you wish to pick up a language in Year 10 that you have not studied in Year 9, we can provide language resources over the summer for independent learning. An entrance test in Term 1 will determine your readiness for Year 10 language study.

French (full-year option)
Students study grammatical constructions in greater depth. You will further develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in preparation for Level 1 NCEA. Cultural studies are integrated into the course.

German (full-year option)
We continue our focus on developing your confidence in spoken German. You will complete extension work in reading, writing and listening. Grammatical constructions are examined in more depth as a sound basis for Level 1 NCEA. You have the  opportunity to enter the Goethe Language Competition to further your spoken German.

Chinese (full-year option)
You are invited to actively use spoken Chinese and encouraged to listen to and engage with the language as much as possible. You are introduced to more Chinese characters to aid your reading comprehension and written work. You will have the opportunity to participate in the New Zealand Chinese Speech Competition in Term 2.

Te Reo Māori (half-year course) compulsory
Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria. My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.
Te Reo Māori is our indigenous language. As part of our commitment to growing culturally competent young New Zealanders, with an understanding of our place in the world, all students are given a basic introduction to Te Reo Māori (Māori language) and protocols. The insights and experiences that you gain will enrich and broaden your understandings of the uniqueness and complexity of te ao Māori (the Māori world).
NB: Perpectives of Aotearoa (half-year course) sits alongside Te Reo Māori and aims to build an understanding of cultural practice and its significance in New Zealand society.

Year 11

Chinese
You will consolidate and expand on material covered at junior level, with an emphasis on both written and spoken Chinese. Through both internal and external assessment you will work towards oral, listening and reading standards. A range of topics is covered in this course to develop communication skills. Throughout the year, you will assemble a portfolio where spoken interactions are submitted. We recommend solid achievement in both external and internal standards as a prerequisite for Level 2 study. You will have the opportunity to participate in the New Zealand Chinese Speech Competition in Term Two.

French
You will consolidate and expand on material covered at junior level, with an emphasis on both written and spoken French. The course comprises both internal and external assessment covering oral, reading and listening skills. A variety of topics and materials is used to develop your communication skills. Throughout the year, you will assemble a portfolio where spoken interactions are submitted. You have the opportunity to reinforce vocabulary acquisition through Language Perfect which is an effective online learning resource. We recommend solid achievement in both external and internal standards as a prerequisite for Level 2 study.

German
You will consolidate and expand on material covered at junior level, with an emphasis on both written and spoken German. In Term 3 you have the opportunity to participate in the Goethe Language Competition. The course comprises both internal and external assessment covering oral, reading and listening skills. A variety of topics and materials is used to develop your communication skills and equip you with strategies to decode meaning. Throughout the year, you will assemble a portfolio where spoken interactions are submitted. You have the opportunity to reinforce vocabulary acquisition through LanguagePerfect which is an effective online learning resource. We recommend solid achievement in both external and internal standards as a prerequisite for Level 2 study.

Year 12 and 13

‘‘Language is the road map of a culture.It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” Rita Mae Brown

Chinese (Option)
Year 12
This course provides an opportunity to increase students’ awareness of the Chinese culture and language. The teaching of Chinese at this level is theme-based. We focus on synthesising your linguistic skills so that you can communicate in authentic language situations. Students have the opportunity to participate in the New Zealand Chinese Speech Competition in Term 2. Standards in speaking, writing, listening and reading develop the linguistic skills you acquired at Level 1. Youwill assemble pieces throughout the year for a portfolio of spoken interactions and a written portfolio of texts.

Year 13
The Chinese course is theme-based including topics such as tourism, current social issues, education and cultural difference. Vocabulary, grammatical constructions and idioms are consolidated at Level 3 to enable you to use the language with more flexibility. There is an emphasis on a total immersion environment in the classroom.

Assessment develops your linguistic skills in preparation for tertiary study. You will assemble pieces throughout the year for a portfolio of spoken interactions and a written portfolio of texts. You have the opportunity to participate in the New Zealand Chinese Speech Competition in Term 2. Students interested in pursuing Scholarship have the opportunity to synthesise their linguistic skills and apply language in an authentic context.

French (Option)
Year 12
Level 2 French provides you with a sound base of vocabulary and structures for communication in a variety of everyday situations at a mature level. It also aims to deepen your awareness of the French way of life. There is an emphasis on both written and spoken French.

Standards in speaking, writing, listening and reading develop the linguistic skills you acquired at Level 1. Throughout the year you will assemble pieces for aportfolio of spoken interactions and a written portfolio of texts. You are encouraged to reinforce your vocabulary acquisition through regular use of Language Perfect, an effective online learning resource.

Year 13
The course is theme-based and students are introduced to a variety of literary genres, including the study of a French film and novel. You are encouraged to speak French at all times in class. Assessment develops the linguistic skills you acquired at Level 2 in preparation for tertiary study. Throughout the year you will assemble pieces for a portfolio of spoken interactions and a written portfolio of texts. You are encouraged to reflect on your learning as well as reinforce your vocabulary acquisition through regular use of Language Perfect, an effective online learning resource.

If you are interested in pursuing Scholarship, you have the opportunity to synthesise your linguistic skills and apply language in an authentic context using native speakers to assist.

German (Option)
Year 12
This course aims to deepen your awareness of the German culture and language and is theme-based. There is an emphasis on extending your ability to communicate in both written and spoken German. The repertoire of vocabulary, idiomatic expression and grammar is extended and a more creative approach is encouraged.

Standards in speaking, writing, listening and reading develop the linguistic skills you acquired at Level 1. Throughout the year you will assemble pieces for a portfolio of spoken interactions and a written portfolio of texts. You are encouraged to reinforce your vocabulary acquisition through regular use of Language Perfect, an effective online learning resource.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Goethe Language Competition in Term 3. In addition, a two-month exchange to Germany (December/January) is available to students. If you participate in this exchange, it is expected that you will continue German studies until the end of Year 13.

Year 13
The teaching of German at this level is theme-based including topics such as tourism, Berlin, the environment and a film study. Vocabulary, grammatical constructions and idioms are consolidated at Level 3 to enable you to use the language as flexibly as possible. You will present class seminars in German and are encouraged to develop a critical approach to the language and culture. There is an emphasis on speaking German as much as possible in class. You are encouraged to reinforce your vocabulary acquisition through Language Perfect, an effective online learning resource.

Assessment develops linguistic skills in preparation for tertiary study. Throughout the year you will assemble pieces for a portfolio of spoken interactions and a written portfolio of texts. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Goethe Language Competition in Term 3.

Students interested in pursuing Scholarship have the opportunity to synthesise their linguistic skills and apply language in an authentic context using native speakers to assist.
Please feel free to contact our Languages Department.