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Enabling language for life success 

Languaging Minds Ltd is an educational consultancy with Dr Jannie van Hees, a leading New Zealand language learning expert. Language is at the heart of learning and developing as humans. Explore with her the why, how and what of language learning that is intentional and fully participatory. All learners and families, diverse culturally and linguistically, can access and participate fully in education and society when they are language enabled.

The kaupapa of Languaging Minds Ltd is underpinned by major pedagogical – language – learning understandings that underpin Jannie's work with educators, learners and families. You can find out more about these here: 


Behind Languaging minds:

I am a researcher, project director, trainer and facilitator with over 30 years of experience in the field of language development in Aotearoa New Zealand. Socio-linguistic-cultural theory and practice has shaped my strong interest in addressing the on-entry and persistent language gaps of many learners attending low socio-economic schools, and learners who are learning in and through English as an additional language.

Throughout my career, I have developed and been responsible for a number of Ministry of Education national professional development programmes, including The Home-School Partnership Programme, English Language Assistants’ Professional Development Programme, and Bi-lingual Assessments and Training. In 2005, I was awarded a NZCER Beeby Fellowship in 2005 resulting in my most recent publication, “Expanding oral language in the classroom: What every primary teacher should know about vocabulary (van Hees, J. & Nation, P. 2017)



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