Chinese Language Teacher’s Assistant Programme


Support the learning of Mandarin in NZ schools with local resources

With Covid border restrictions, CI’s Mandarin Language Assistants (MLAs) programme has been halted since 2020. An alternative local Chinese Language Teacher Assistants (LTA) programme has been introduced to the schools in the wider Auckland region. The programme recruits local personnel to support NZ Chinese language teachers in schools. The LTA’s role is to help to raise the quality of Mandarin language provision in NZ schools.

With the absence of Mandarin Language Assistants due to Covid border restrictions, the Chinese language programmes in NZ schools should still continue. As an alternative and to utilise local resources, the Confucius Institute in Auckland has introduced the Chinese Language Teacher’s Assistant (LTA) programme to provide annual grants of up to $10,000 for the costs of a Chinese Language Assistant to support Chinese in schools.

The grants are open to CI’s network schools only, including Confucius and Chinese Classrooms, in the Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions. With the grants, the schools can recruit someone from their local community and/or contacts who they think will be suitable. Note the LTA is to assist Chinese language programmes only – NOT for other school programmes eg ESOL.

The LTA grants for 2022 is now open to schools for application.

• Deadline for applications: 19 November 2021.
• Schools notified: by 26 November 2021.
• LTA in schools: from Term 1 2022 or as per agreement.


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