Policy on Language
Takapuna Grammar School will continue to promote language learning for students at all levels of the school and will enable that to occur within its curriculum programmes and assessment opportunities. It believes that language acquisition demonstrates that all cultures and their languages are valued and promotes an understanding of cultural diversity and inter-cultural understanding. It provides students with a true sense of being part of the global community. This relates to concepts of international-mindedness and cultural diversity.
“Learning a new language extends students’ linguistic and cultural understanding and their ability to interact appropriately with other speakers. Interaction in a new language, whether face to face or technologically facilitated, introduces them to new ways of thinking about, questioning, and interpreting the world and their place in it. Through such interaction, students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that equip them for living in a world of diverse peoples, languages, and cultures. As they move between, and respond to, different languages and different cultural practices, they are challenged to consider their own identities and assumptions.”
(The New Zealand Curriculum)
As part of this, the school will have a commitment to teaching two of the official languages of New Zealand, English and Te Reo.
Recognising the diverse cultural makeup of the school, there will also be a commitment to assisting students for whom English is a learned language to both maintain their own first language and to strengthen their understanding and use of English.
Procedures for Language Learning
1. Takapuna Grammar School will recognize the importance that the New Zealand Curriculum places on language learning and will reflect that importance in its curriculum provision.
2. All students in Year 9 will study 2 learned languages in addition to English from 2012. All students in Year 10 will study a learned language in addition to English from 2013 unless they are provided with an IEP.
3. A range of languages will be available as part of the Senior School programme. This will enable students to meet the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme and also to pursue languages for NCEA.
4. Te Reo will continue to be offered at all levels of the school to recognize its place as an official language of New Zealand.
5. Consideration will be given to the formal teaching of first languages other than English, for example Mandarin.
6. Students for whom English is a learned language will be encouraged to maintain their first languages and ESOL programmes will support their learning of English.
7. All teachers will recognise their responsibility for supporting language and literacy learning.