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Weekly update 10th August

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Last updated by Breda Matthews
Hi everyone,
      Last week was a busy week in our community with lots of discussion.
Discussed changing to version 2 of the EL standards - these are now available on NZQA

Sue Edwards asked a question about alignment between NZCEL, ELLP, CEFR and the EL unit standards. It is possible to map NZCEL, CEFR and unit standards however  ELLP applies across a wide range of ages and mapping would not necessarily be helpful or possible.

Shared news of the upcoming BAYTESOL event.
We shared details of Best Practice Workshops in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland and Julie Luxton has encouraged us to apply. Julie also let us know that NZQA will run workshop in additional venues if there are sufficient numbers.
Bev requested a Biography assessment and judgement statement for the English Language Level 2 Writing 27999 and offered to share an information report and a description.
A huge thank you to all those who posted and answered questions this week. It is heartening to see how collaborative and supportive our community is.
One further question came from a teacher who is supporting a student in mainstream English classes that is not quite up to the level of the English standards. I suggested the following possible matches - do you have any other ideas?
  • 28058 with the English wide reading standards
  • 28068 with writing for formal writing, film or extended text
  • 28064 for  speeches
Have you see the following sections on ESOL Online?

The new ESOL Online Impact section provides guidance on the assessment of students including your initial diagnostic assessments. Check out 



Schools and teachers new to working with English Language Learners will also find the new section  Getting Started section really useful.


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Other events
WATESOL Wednesday, 19th August Topic: Teaching listening and speaking skills to ELLs in secondary school and providing additional support through the use of Apps

Presenter: Linda Todd - Wellington East Girls' College

On other communities
English Online have discussed ways to assess reading responses including recordings. This post from Lara Liesbeth caught my eye and made me wonder if this approach could be used in EL standards and what the benefits or drawbacks might be.
On Primary ESOL Online, Janet shared her thoughts on taking a longer term view of student's language development. There is plenty to reflect on in Janet's post particularly her comment 



In your school how do you ensure that ELL’s rate of language acquisition continues to grow and is sufficient? How do you track this across their time at your school and communicate with classroom teachers about their progress, especially at transition points and beyond their involvement in an ESOL programme?



It can be challenging in secondary schools to track students once they 'move out' of ESOL yet their language learning needs will continue.
Have great week


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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