Howick College offers French and Te Reo Maori (New Zealand's second official language) at all levels from Years 9 to 13.
We believe all students should study a language for the following reasons:
Learning a language benefits all students intellectually, socially, cognitively and culturally.
Learning a new language gives students a better understanding of their first language.
Learning a new language gives students the skills to learn further languages they will increasingly need.
Exploring language helps students to gain new language skills, reinforce their own identity, become more confident and encourages them to take learning risks.
Learning a new language enables students to take their place in a multi-cultural community and a multi-lingual world.
Learning a language increases students’ chance to have access to better job opportunities.
The programmes offered at Howick College all lead into courses at tertiary level. Young people who combine the study of a foreign language or Maori with business, law, commerce, science, engineering, technology, tourism or politics may find increased career opportunities. Many tertiary institutions now offer combination degree or diploma courses which include a language component.
TE REO MAORI
Why learn Maori?
Te Reo Maori is the language of the tangata whenua (People of the Land) and an official language of New Zealand alongside English. It is the distinctive vehicle of communication of a distinctive culture. At more than one eighth of the population, Maori people make up the country's largest ethnic minority.
Learning Maori as a second language contributes to cross-cultural understanding and social harmony. By learning Maori, students have access to the indigenous culture, to its customs, to its oral traditions and growing literature. Most importantly, they are able to speak with and listen to Maori people in Maori - in the language in which the essence of Maoritanga is expressed.
Where does Maori lead?
Maori is taught at a wide range of levels in many types of institutions. It should not be difficult for a student to find a suitable course to continue their studies at higher levels if they wish.
Persons with an ability to communicate in te reo Maori and to understand the Maori perspective are increasingly finding that they have an advantage in career areas as diverse as: broadcasting and the media, tourism, hospitality, the Public Service, nursing and medicine, law and justice and teaching.
Why learn French?
French is an important language of the world. It is spoken by around 300 million speakers (native and second language speakers) across five continents. It is the second most widely studied language in the world after English and is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. French is spoken in over 50 countries and it is the official language in over 20 of these including Switzerland, Haiti, Togo, Vanuatu.
French is also an official working language of numerous international and non-governmental organisations such as the Red Cross and the United Nations. Learning French can also be a door into the world of fashion, the wine-making industry or simply being able to communicate French speakers and appreciate their culture.
Where can French lead?
French can be an end in itself, part of an Arts degree or as a means of enriching one's personal life through personal contact with French speakers, culture, literature and films. More often these days, it is a valuable additional skill when combined with qualifications in: commerce, law, publishing, human resources, tourism and hospitality. In these days of multi-national corporations, it is increasingly important to be able to speak one or more languages besides your own.
From 2021, Howick College will be offering Spanish at Year 9.