Chinese Language Framework
For NZ Primary Schools
The current New Zealand Curriculum contains generic guidelines for Learning Languages and specifies Proficiency Descriptors for Curriculum Levels 1-8. Chinese in the New Zealand Curriculum, 1995 is outdated and there has been no replacement document offering teachers of Chinese a curriculum framework to guide their planning. The Confucius Institute in Auckland has been working closely with local Chinese language teachers to develop a Chinese language framework for primary schools (year 1-8).
According to the Ministry of Education’s June 2017 statistics, 64,874 primary school students (from year 1 to year 8) in 354 schools are learning Chinese. It makes Chinese the highest ranked ‘foreign’ language taught in New Zealand schools. The framework provides a guide to support teachers in the development of Chinese in their schools and instructing their students.
The Chinese Language Framework document is free for download below.