Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world and is one of the essential foreign languages for New Zealand’s business, trade and cultural links.
Learning Chinese enables students to learn about and understand a very different culture from New Zealand, to travel around China in the future without any difficulty and gives them the opportunity to communicate with Chinese people in their own language – both in New Zealand and in China.
China currently boasts the fastest growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as the potentially biggest global market nowadays. Knowledge of Chinese is an advantage for careers in various fields such as business, government, international relations, information technology, tourism, education and translation.
Spanish is the world’s third most widely spoken language and is of immense cultural and economic importance. It is the official language of Spain and of 19 Latin American countries. It is also widely used in the United States. Spain is a member of the European Union.
The learning of Spanish gives students an insight into the diversity of Spanish and Latin America cultures and societies, in addition to language skills.
Knowledge of Spanish language and culture is an advantage for careers in diplomatic and government service, trade and exporting, particularly to South America, management, banking, marketing, travel and tourism, journalism, library work, education, translation and interpreting.