NZ teachers visit Wales to pick up tips on language teaching

castillo-de-cardiff_2312669Four teachers from New Zealand are visiting Wales in order to learn more about bilingual education. The ladies won a British Council sponsored Linking Minds scholarship for their emerging leadership skills and interest in te reo. The winners are Piata Allen, who teaches at Massey High School in Waitakere, Viki Exter from Roslyn Kindergarten in Palmerston North, Nichola McCall, who teaches physical education at Manurewa High School in Manukau, and Stacey Reriti-Smith, from Natone Park School in Porirua.

The group will visit bilingual schools around Wales during the second week of their trip. The schools include Gynradd Gymraeg Lon Las School in Swansea, Plas Coch School in Wrexham, Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno and Ysgol Treganna in Cardiff.

Simon Dancey, director of British Council Wales, said

“These teachers will have an amazing opportunity to look at parallels between the education systems of New Zealand and Wales. They’ll find out more about language immersion in Welsh schools and understand the role of the Welsh language in society as a whole. British Council prides itself on supporting links between leaders in education from across the world and this collaboration will help teachers from New Zealand further the development and implementation of te reo Maori teaching.”