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Assessment, PD Opportunities and Niuean language Week

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By Janet McQueen

Fakaalofa lahi atu

Welcome back to school and to the start Niuean language week which takes place from 11-18 October. 

Reporting and Evaluating English language learners

 I have loved the rich discussion that has taken place over the school holidays on how to report using ELLP in relation to National Standards and evaluation of ELLs. This is an important topic and one that we all face. Thank you to everyone who has participated and especially to NanBarb, and Linda who shared their report templates in response to Cath’s request. Each template offers something different and has ideas which we may want to include in how our own school reports. 

Term 4 is a great time to be thinking and reflecting on your reporting and assessment process. Karen continued this discussion by sharing a collaborative approach to reporting that she is in the process of developing and trialing. Teachers will select either a regular report or an ELLP report on etap. Both the class teacher and the ESOL teacher/coordinator will access the report and add their comments collaboratively. They will still report against National Standards as a letter will accompany the report starting that because the child is an ELL and new to English, they are still working towards National standards in these areas. 

We look forward to hearing more in the future about the success/or not of her trial.

Cookie continued this discussion by asking; should we put ELLs through the stress of the online E-Asttle testing ? There is an important reflective process to take about any assessment tool that we might be thinking of using with ELLs. The esolonline impact section,http://esolonline.tki.org.nz/ESOL-Online/Impact/Assessment-processes-tools-and-resources  has some important questions to think about before assessing.

  • What do I need to know?
  • Why do I need it?
  • How and when will I get the information I need?
  • What will I do with the information?
  • What do I need to notice? (overall organisation, cohesion, grammar, syntax, sentence structure, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling, clarity, fluency and so on)
  • How will this information be used to inform my teaching? 

If we consider these questions before we test it will help us decide whether an assessment is useful or required. You will also find more in this section http://esolonline.tki.org.nz/ESOL-Online/Impact/Tracking-progress-and-reporting .

Please continue any of the above discussions by using an appropriate subject line and posting to primaryesol@lists.tki.org.nz .

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Learning about Korean Culture

The other current discussion is around material to support teachers about Korean Culture in response to a question asked by Julie. I especially loved the two TESOLANZ articles that Maree shared and Kathy’s Asia NZ Foundations Korean scoop it resources  . It has some useful links and great activities that you ca use with both students and teachers.

I know that in my last school we had a large number of Korean student’s and that we were able to get someone from the local Ministry of Education to speak at a staff meeting about the differences and similarities between New Zealand and Korean/Asian  culture/s and what that might look like in the classroom here in New Zealand.  

Please continue this conversation by sharing what you have used or find helpful using Korean Culture as the subject line.  

Niue language Week

The goal of the week is, “Ke fakamau, fakamanatu mo e fakaaoga tumau e Vagahau Niue”, that is, “the maintenance, retention and development of Vagahau Niue (Niue language).” This special week gives speakers of Vagahau Niue the chance to be experts in the classroom, and allows whānau and the wider Niue community to see their language and culture being treasured in New Zealand schools.

This TKI NZ curriculum resource page offers ideas and resources to help you celebrate Vagahau Niue Language Week with your students and school community. I was surprised to learn that:

·         Niue peoples are the fourth largest Pacific community living in Aotearoa New Zealand, comprising 22,473 or eight percent of the Pacific population.

·         Most Niue peoples in the world (74 percent) were born in New Zealand; and most live in the Auckland region.

I especially like the school journal links as the stories can be used in so many different ways during this coming week and are an easy starting point to use in your classroom.

You may also find these links useful

·         Christchurch city library

·         Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Niue salutations

·         Pasifika Education Centre – Niuean Language Week pages which includes a word for the day spot and the words for the NZ national Anthem in Niuean.

·          Vagahau Niue trust including this poster resource of key words.

PD Opportunities

There are lots of PD opportunities coming up including:

1. A symposium in Dunedin - Transitions in TESOL  17th October as part of the TESOLANZ AGM. 

2. Connected Educator Month - online events

·         Universal design for learning - today at 3.45

·         Using technology to provide literacy support Thursday 15th 3.45

·         Panel Discussion:  Students, Computers, Learning & Us - Karen Melhuish Spencer - Thursday 15 4:00-4:45pm.

There are also some amazing podcasts, blogposts and twitter conversations to connect with - all advertised on the Connected Educator website.  And if you miss any CORE led event, it will be on the CENZ 2015 archive pagesIs your school planning its PD for 2016? A lot of schools are not aware that English language learning is part of the literacy PLD on offer from the Ministry, which is still available in 2016.  Check out the latest Ministry bulletin on PD for 2016. Maybe this would be a good time to talk to your principal English language learning being a PD focus in your school next year. 





​3. Language, Education and Diversity Conference  23-26 November in Auckland 

 Many of you attended a conference over the school holidays we would love to hear what your key take home points were that you picked up?

      You may also like to follow the recent in-depth discussion on literacy online about ipad users in schools . This discussion also delved into the subject of teaching handwriting and the link between handwriting with thinking.

Have a great start to term 4.

To feleveia