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English & Learning Languages

ESOL class


This faculty incorporates English, Te Reo Mãori, Japanese, Spanish and ESOL throughout Horowhenua College. Our aim is to encourage a lifelong interest in language and languages. We have twelve highly qualified staff many of whom have command of various languages including: French, German, Spanish, Mãori, Serbo-Croat, Mandarin and Japanese.
Language courses differ from English insomuch as they are optional subjects whereas English is compulsory right up to Year 12.


The faculty uses ten classrooms including the school Wharenui in its capacity as a teaching space. It also has use of library facilities and computer rooms. English is also taught to the various Trades and Services Academies now operating within the college.


Year 13: English, Te Reo, Foreign languages, ESOL
Year 12: English (Including Foundation English), Te Reo, Foreign languages, ESOL
Year 11: English (Including Foundation English), Te Reo, Foreign languages, ESOL
Year 9 & 10: Compulsory English where classes are broadly banded; Te Reo and foreign languages presented as part of the school-wide option system

Course structure


Mr Simon Smith - Head of Faculty
Mrs Claire McCormick - Assistant Head of Faculty
Mrs Deb Northern - English and Academy
Mrs Sue Corbett - ESOL
Mr Steve Tong - English
Miss Sharon Moerkerk - English
Mr Greg Cvitanovic - English and Teacher in Charge of Te Reo
Mr Chris Wilton - Te Reo and Tikanga
Mrs Monique Gunther - English
Ms Crystelle Jones - Spanish
Mrs Louise Matheus - Japanese