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Weekly update 8th June, 2015

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Last updated by Breda Matthews
Hi everyone,
We have had a quiet week, I suspect we are all into making assessments and writing reports!
We have one ongoing question - Sarah has asked if there are any moves to make EAP and approved subject.
In a similar vein last week I also discussed NCEA course endorsements with a group of teachers given that ELL standards are now graded NAME. We eventually remembered that in order for there to be a course endorsement, there must be an externally assessed standard in the subject. Hmmm!
Upcoming events
  • WATESOL Expo on Saturday, June 13th Details attached.
  • AKTESOL Expo on Saturday June 20th see here for further information and to register.
  • 2015 New Zealand International Education Conference in Hamilton on 20-21 August  http://enz.govt.nz/news/register-now-for-nziec-2015
  • the next Auckland “Light the Fire” meeting . It will be held on Wednesday June 10th, 4.00pm-5.00pm. The host school is McAuley High School, 26 High St, Otahuhu. You do need to register. See the attachment for details.


In 2015, Matariki will start on 18 June. There are many celebrations happening around New Zealand to celebrate this festival. These links will help you to find out what is happening in your area



Other useful links include 

Many of these links came from Janet McQueen - thank you Janet.

On other communities

On Primary ESOL Online Janet has been discussing reading skills and you can find her latest update here.
On English Online David Schaumann shared How to Read English Like a Professor by Thomas C Foster, and a ‘For Kids’ version of the same - that’s well worth a look to expand the complexity of your own, and your students’ reading of a text.  


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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