• This course was originally offered in 2022 Term 4 as a live course. It is currently being offered as a video only course at a discounted rate so that others may view this course at anytime at their leisure.

Date & Time:

  • This course is now available as a video-only course that can be viewed at anytime from anywhere.


  • If you’re an author, teacher, researcher, creative or simply feel that there is a lot more to words than straightforward messages, then this 3-hour workshop is for you! Come explore the language mechanisms behind word formation and learn how to express yourself creatively through building your own, exclusive and unique words that anyone will understand. Learn about the fascinating field of etymology; how the seeds of words travel through time and different languages, creating strings of meaning that reveal how we think and see the world.

Meet our Instructor

Portuguese Instructor Cristina Schumacher, MA

Cristina Schumacher is a Brazilian linguist based in New Zealand and an expert in language learning and teaching, having completed her Masters Degree in Administration from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1995. With 28 titles published since 1999, she is also a coach, translator, evaluator and consultant to large international companies. Her work is focused on language awareness and on how language knowledge can become a highly effective self-development tool. In addition to her native Portuguese and the knowledge of a range of other linguistic systems, Cristina is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish. As our Director of Language Programmes and key member of our organisational team, Cristina oversees the growth of our language offerings, sees to the needs of our language students, and is helping to design a standardised methodology and pedagogy for our language programme. She also teaches Portuguese for EarthDiverse.


In addition to our live seminars, this course is currently offered as a video-only session available to anyone, anywhere and at any time. Register now for instant access.

All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance-Learning options:

In addition to our live seminars, this course is currently offered as a video-only session available to anyone, anywhere and at any time. Register now for instant access.

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options

Prices are in New Zealand Dollars, (Includes GST + online registration fee)

Course Outline:

  • Introduction & Overview

  • The “new” words of other languages

  • Deconstructing pre-selected worddot

  • Viewing language as a tool

  • Etymology and the dynamic of meaning

  • Creating words

  • Understanding words as mini sentences

  • Identifying four ‘possible’ kinds of words to be coined

  • Your new words in your sentences

  • The WHAT, the HOW and the WHY of creating new words


  • There are no prerequisites for this course.