Languages

At Otamatea High School students are offered the opportunity to learn Te Reo Maori, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

Why learn a language?


Te Reo Maori

Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo,

te tuakiri tangata. 

Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako. 

Your voice and my voice are expressions of identity.

May our descendants live on and our hopes be fulfilled. 

Te Reo Māori is taught in Years 7, 8 and 9 as a full year course in which students learn one hour per week and build on their prior knowledge.

Year 10 and NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 Te Reo Māori  are optional through Te Kura as a correspondence course.

Māori Performing Arts is a core part of the Māori course and means that students can utilise their kapa haka skills in a practical manner.

 

Japanese        今日は

Japanese is available as an option for all Year 9 students, 2 hours per week, and to Year 10’s 3 hours per week.

Learn everyday conversation.

Learn about the land and its culture.

Take a trip to Japan to experience the language and culture first hand and / or host a short term Japanese exchange student.

Depending on student numbers, Japanese can be taken as an NCEA subject.

 

Mandarin Chinese   你们好

At Otamatea High School, Chinese is compulsory for all Year 7 and 8 students and is optional for Year 9’s.

Learn basic greetings, how to introduce yourselves and others, how to express likes and dislikes.

Learn Chinese cultural practices and make links and comparisons to your own.

Learn about the sound and writing systems of Chinese.

This course is designed to lead to an NCEA course in Chinese.

NEW: Take part in a possible sister school exchange to China and/or host a Chinese exchange student in your home on a short term exchange.