Community Language Association of New Zealand (CLANZ)

Community Language Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) encourages and supports initiatives that celebrate the diverse cultures and languages of this country. The organisation represents the many community based language schools that are striving to maintain and develop their own mother tongue by offering services to their own communities and others who want to learn another language. CLANZ current objectives are to create a database of Community Languages; provide Community Languages with a voice; build networks with other organisations that have a similar focus; support the development of a common workable framework for teaching, including teaching strategies for Community Languages; develop and pool support resources; and assist in finding classrooms for community language classes.

Projects 2012
Community languages framework

CLANZ sees the need for a NZ community languages framework, to guide promotion of community languages. In 2011 CLANZ circulated a discussion paper about the Community Language sector and what is needed in future. In 2012 CLANZ will develop the framework further, reflecting community feedback received and in consultation with government agencies.

Teachers and Learning framework for pre-schools

In 2010 CLANZ ran a survey collecting information on teaching and use of community languages in pre-schools.  CLANZ will use that information to develop a framework on teaching and learning community languages in pre-schools as part of the Community Language Strategy.

Website building and database

CLANZ continues to update its website with information and resources. CLANZ will continue publishing its newsletter. It will gather contact information from organisations working in the community language sector for a nation-wide database. The database will enable organisations to advertise key information and contact details.

International Mother Languages Day and Race Relations Day

International Mother Languages Day will be celebrated on 21 February and Race Relations Day on 21 March. English Language Partners will partner with CLANZ (Community Language Association of New Zealand) to celebrate the days by producing a new poster with the slogan “Aotearoa: we all belong” translated into 15 languages. The poster will encourage people to speak their mother tongue and try words from a different language.

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