Languages lead on to a wide variety of tertiary courses and jobs in commerce, tourism, education, media industry and any positions requiring advanced communication skills. A second language is becoming more beneficial when applying for jobs. There are opportunities to travel to French speaking countries in order to improve students’ language and cultural skills.
There are many job opportunities in both Japan and New Zealand, using Japanese, in the tourism and business sector. Learning Japanese also facilitates the learning of other languages. The discipline and skills used to learn Japanese have been proven to benefit further study with increased memorization, listening and concentration.
Knowledge of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga (Māori Language – Traditions and Protocol) will enable students to:
- Gain knowledge of New Zealand’s founding culture and to play a part in the retention of this unique language and culture.
- Understand and respect cultural differences in Aotearoa.
- Enable students to feel comfortable with Tikanga Māori as they participate in a variety of Māori situations, eg Marae visit, Powhiri, Kapa Haka.
- Improve career prospects in education, health, social services, indigenous private sector, tourism, law, politics, ministerial work.
Spanish is widely spoken around the world and an ability to speak this language proficiently is invaluable in tourism, education, the media industry and government departments. Students’ English skills and cultural awareness are improved, both of which are an asset to any future vocation.