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Janelle Wood is a Facilitator for Tui Tuia | Learning Circle’s Languages Team.
Janelle taught Year 7 and 8 aged children German and Japanese at two full primary schools and currently teaches adults beginner level German for the Goethe Institut in Auckland.
After completing the TPDL programme in 2010, Janelle became a part-time In-School Support Facilitator for TPDL and later also the Language Study Coordinator for the TPLT programme. Janelle has had years of working with teachers as they reflect on and transform their language teaching practice and particularly enjoys hearing success stories from teachers about how new strategies have impacted positively on learners’ outcomes, in particular with regards to learners feeling motivated from the success they experience when they can communicate with others in an additional language.
Janelle enjoys being a life-long learner of languages herself. When possible she spends time up-skilling in German and Japanese and building on her elementary skills in Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish and more recently te reo Māori. Janelle also loves to hear from teachers when they have obtained international language proficiency test certificates, as she appreciates the efforts it takes for teachers to also learn/upskill in a language, given the busy lives they often maintain.
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