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Weekly update 28th January

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Welcome to Term 1, 2014,

     I hope everyone has had a wonderful break with the appropriate amounts of rest, fun, sun and rain - for the gardens and water tanks!
 
     To start the term I thought I would share a link to the Office of Ethnic Affairs. Take a look at the dates for conferences in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. The theme for the 2014 conferences is encouraging civic participation by ethnic people, and the programme will feature a range of inspiring and motivating speakers. This page also links to the Language Line interpretation service which can often be useful at the start of year.
 
We already have one conversation this term started by Sophia Panayiodou. Sophia would like to know if anyone has an ELLP matrix written in Chinese characters. Sophia already has Japanese and Korean versions of the matrix. It would be great to get these, and any others, on the Teachers Resource Exchange.
 
At the end of last term Michelle Daley asked if anyone had a unit of work around understanding short stories. I did track down one task on English Online that could perhaps be adapted, it is called City Life. I have often found it a useful exercise to use fairy tales which are common across cultures to teach short story structure. Little Red Riding Hood seems to be know by everyone. I then ask student to apply this structure to other stories or to write their own tales.
 
And finally Goong Hee Fatt Choy for 31st January (Chinese New Year).

Have a great start to the term.

Breda

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community