About Us

January 4th, 2007

I Love French , is a project of the French Embassy in New Zealand, aimed at providing information about the use and image of the French language in New Zealand and in the rest of the world.

The French Embassy wishes to draw to the attention of the general public, the NZ authorities and all professionals involved in educational activities some elements about the way the French language is perceived and used by New Zealanders currently living in New Zealand or in France, whether they consider French as a professional, a cultural or a leisure asset.

It aims to demonstrate that, for a New Zealander, using French might be a dominant factor in anyone’s professional and private life, especially in today’s world where it is now widely acknowledged that speaking one or several foreign languages increases opportunities and opens new doors.

It also aims to illustrate the fact that French, being the most widely taught foreign language in the world (as it is taught in every education system all over the world), endorses a reputation for embodying culture, discernment and education.

This Embassy is part of France’s diplomatic and consular network, administered by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

The Embassy makes every effort to provide accurate and up-to-date information. However, the material contained on this site is given for informational purposes only.

The Embassy shall not be responsible for any errors or delays in the content in its Web site or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. This Web site contains links to third-party Web sites that are not under the control of the Embassy. The Embassy makes no representations whatsoever about these third-party Web sites. When you access a third-party Web site, you do so at your own risk and the Embassy is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any information, data, opinions, advice, or statements on these sites. The Embassy provides these links solely as a convenience and the inclusion of such links does not imply that the Embassy endorses or accepts responsibility for the content or use of such Web sites.

Learning French Language in New Zealand

December 18th, 2006

There are many ways for learning French language in New Zealand:

1/ The Alliances françaises
The Alliances françaises of New Zealand are part of a worldwide network dedicated to French language and culture. Check what type of classes the nearest Alliance offers
Please note that a few of the Alliances françaises of New Zealand, due to some constraints, may not always offer French language classes. All of them offer cultural or social activities.
Find out more about the Alliance française worldwide network

2/ Primary and secondary schools:
Search a school anywhere in the country to find out which foreign language it provides:
To find out more about learning French language in New Zealand:
– contact the National Adviser for French Language at ILANZ (International Languages New Zealand Aotearoa)
– or contact the Regional facilitators for second language teaching and learning

And if French is not taught in your school, why not ask the Principal if French could be offered? The teachers of French master the most up to date methods and technologies. Many of them have spent time in France or French-speaking countries, and some of them are even French native speakers.

3/ Virtual Learning Network (VLN)
Schools in rural areas or other schools whose numbers of students of French are too low to open a course can regroup and create clusters through which they will be able to register their students to online classes (+ teachers support and resources). Easy to use, and definitely the best option for small schools or small numbers. It’s growing fast now in NZ.

4/ French language schools in Universities
University of Auckland
University of Canterbury
University of Otago
Massey University
Victoria University
University of Waikato

5/ The correspondence school
The correspondence school offers French classes at different levels, whether you are a complete beginner or already have some knowledge of French. Find out more

6/ Richmond Road school, Auckland
There is a bilingual French-English unit in this primary school: an opportunity for children to learn French from a very early age.

a language for studying in France and abroad

January 7th, 2005

v13Speaking French opens up study opportunities at prestigious French universities and business schools ranked among the best higher education institutions in the world.
French teachers are renowned for their dynamic, inventive style and high expectations. Since French education has a reputation for excellence, students excel and are highly motivated.
At primary and secondary levels, France operates a unique system of international French schools outside its borders, with some 235,000 pupils enrolled in a network of 430 French schools in 130 different countries. As 56% of these students are non-French, this network is truly unique. It caters to the needs of professionals working abroad who demand a high standard of education for their children.

Read more about the love story between French and English

The list of all interactions between French and English is way too long to be shown here, but a famous French linguist, Henriette Walter, has written the most comprehensive books on the subject:

– In English
French inside out, by Henriette Walter, Routledge ed., translated from French by Peter Fawcett, 1994

– In French
Honni soit qui mal y pense, L’incroyable histoire d’amour entre le français et l’anglais, by Henriette Walter, éd. Robert Laffont, 2001