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Ministry of Education.

New Zealand Curriculum

New Zealand Curriculum

Learning areas and Language

Each learning area has its own language or languages. As students discover how to use them, they find they are able to think in different ways, access new areas of knowledge, and see their world from new perspectives.

For each area, students need specific help as they learn:

  • the specialist vocabulary associated with that area
  • how to read and understand its texts
  • how to communicate knowledge and ideas in appropriate ways
  • how to listen and read critically, assessing the value of what they hear and read.

This diagram shows how curriculum levels typically relate to year at school for students whose first language is English. Within every year group however, new learners of English vary greatly in their English language competence. The diagrams on page 13 of The English Language Learning Progressions: Introduction show how the stages of the ESOL progressions for oral language, reading, and writing relate to the levels of the New Zealand Curriculum.

The Years and Curriculum Levels diagram.