What is learning languages about?
Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo, te tuakiri tangata. Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako. Learning a new language provides a means of communicating with people from another culture and exploring one’s own personal world. Languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used. Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal, group, national, and human identities. Every language has its own ways of expressing meanings; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users. This learning area provides the framework for the teaching and learning of languages that are additional to the language of instruction. Level 1 of the curriculum is the entry level for students with no prior knowledge of the language being learned, regardless of their school year.
At Chanel the main language offered, apart from English, is Te Reo Maori. This is a compulsory subject in Years 7-9 and is then optional up to year 13.
ELL is also offered to our students who have English as a second or other language. This is available to students of all ages and NCEA standards are offered in Years 11-13.