Professional Development

The New Zealand Association of Language Teachers is committed to supporting its members and their students via a range of initiatives and professional development opportunities. Conferences and LangSems, run in alternate years, provide significant opportunities for PLD. Members can meet together to share ideas and resources, and to learn from each other. Additional PLD opportunities are often organised at regional branch level. Three Professional Development Awards (PD AwardSpeak Up Awardand Special Projects Award) provide financial assistance to members to carry out PLD.

Specific Language Associations

The NZALT values our relationships with Specific Language Associations (or SLAs) and as such, we maintain a close relationship with each of them to ensure we are able to best serve you, our members. For details on each of the language associations please use the links below to access the websites.

NZ Association of Japanese Language Teachers


"We are a subject association whose purpose is to support teachers and students of the Japanese Language in New Zealand".

President: Jacky Yoshioka-Braid
Email: President

For more information including subscription and membership visit the NZAJLT website.

Spanish Teachers' Association of NZ Aotearoa


STANZA is the Spanish Teachers’ Association of New Zealand Aotearoa. We’ve been supporting teachers and the teaching of Spanish in New Zealand for more than twenty years.

President: Cheryl Van Dijck
School: St Cuthbert's College

For more information including subscription and membership visit the STANZA Website.

NZ Chinese Language Teachers Association


The New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers Association (NZCLTA) was formed to provide professional network and development opportunities for teachers of Chinese at primary and secondary level, in order to promote effective Chinese learning and teaching in schools.

President: HUANG Tian
School: ACG Senior College

For more information including subscription and membership visit the NZCLTA Website.

GANZ German in Aotearoa New Zealand


GANZ is the New Zealand association for teachers of German providing information for learners and teachers of German undertaking primary, secondary and tertiary education in New Zealand.

President: Dr. Stephan Resch
School: University of Auckland

For more information including subscription and membership visit the GANZ website.

NZ Association of French Teachers


The aim of the NZAFT is to promote the teaching of French actively, to provide opportunities to its members to network and to access professional development, as well as to communicate information relevant to the teaching and teachers of French.

President: Sue Pommerede
School: Woodford House

For more information including subscription and membership visit the NZAFT Website.

New Zealand Association of Classical Teachers


The association supports the work of teachers of Classical Studies, ancient Greek, Roman civilisations and Latin in New Zealand schools.

President: Megan Peterson
School: Hobsonville Point Secondary School

For more information including subscription and membership visit the NZACT Website.

International Languages Exchanges, National Language Advisers, and further study

International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) is a project set up by Auckland UniServices on behalf of the Ministry of Education to support New Zealand schools and teachers in implementing a successful Learning Languages curriculum area in years 7-13. ILEP runs a range of programmes with the aim of growing and strengthening foreign language learning in New Zealand schools.

ILEP works to achieve this aim through the following actions:

  • giving strategic advice on effective language learning programmes
  • providing individualised curriculum support for teachers
  • connecting the language learning community

Find out more about ILEP's services such as Professional Pathways for teachers and principals, support in setting up or restructuring a Learning Languages programme in your school, the National Advisers for Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, Scholarships and Immersion Programmes, the ALLiS team and Language Assistants.

Through these programmes, ILEP's tailored support can help you and your school build success in the Learning Languages area of the curriculum.

For more details  on the work of ILEP and contact information, please visit this link.

Under the Ministry of Education's Professional Learning and Development (PLD) support plan for secondary student achievement, the National Coordinators for Learning Languages focus on effective implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum and the NCEA achievement standards as well as the development of literacy and language practices. Contact NZALT for more information.

AFS New Zealand provides a range of professional development opportunities for teachers. These include managing the Ministry of Education supported Language Immersion Awards (LIA), hosting overseas educators in New Zealand schools, and being able to share and learn new teaching methods with educators from other countries. AFS New Zealand also provides exchange opportunities for students. Visit this link for further details.

The Sasakawa Fellowship for Japanese Language Education is a programme to encourage Japanese language education and Japanese studies in New Zealand. The Sasakawa Fellowship offers opportunities for students and teachers.  For more information, click here.

New Zealand's universities, polytechnics and Institutes of Technology provide different levels of courses that can be useful for PLD purposes. These range from short courses in individual languages to opportunities to up-skill via  qualifications at Certificate and Diploma, Masters and Doctoral levels. Visit the webpages of the individual institutions for further details on what is available in your region.   Study awards to undertake further study are available through the Ministry-funded Teacher Study Awards scheme.

The Ministry-funded programme Transforming Practice in Language Teaching (TPLT) provides teachers of languages throughout New Zealand who are teaching at least one class of Chinese, Cook Islands Maori, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Niuean, Samoan, Spanish, Tongan or Tokelauan with the opportunity to critically look at their teaching, improve the effectiveness of their teaching, and improve their own language skills and qualifications.   Visit this link for further details.