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Weekly update 12th September, 2015

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Last updated by Breda Matthews
Hi everyone,
     Welcome back to Term 4 - another year almost over!  First up some very exciting news.

The first English Language exemplars – all biographical recounts - have been posted on the EL subject page. These are for the graded Level 3 EL US 28068, commonly used in the secondary context. NZQA wishes to acknowledge the teachers who have contributed assessment materials for feedback only moderation. These have provided a bank of student samples from which more exemplars will be selected.

Thanks need to go to all at NZQA who have made these exemplars possible as this work  falls outside of the normal NZQA remit.
I followed the conversation we had over the holiday on choosing textbooks with interest. Many of you may want to check this conversation out and I am sure will be keen to add your own suggestions to the list of suitable resources. You can find the conversation here.

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There are lots of PD opportunities coming up including:
Connected Educator Month - online events
There are also 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 page.

WELTA workshop. All welcome, regardless of region. Tuesday 10th November, St Peter's School, Cambridge 3.30pm - 5.30pm. (The first half hour is networking and light refreshments.) Focus: NCEA create visual and create oral internal standards.
RSVP: joannetstpeters.school.nz (by Tuesday 3rd November for catering purposes) Koha: gold coin

Is your school planning it's PD for 2016? What are you doing to ensure that your department's PD needs are going to focus in your school? Check out the latest Ministry bulletin on PD for 2016 - ELL are a Ministry focus.
On other communities
On English Online David has provided  a link to a recording of his webinar  on breaking assessment tasks down into a series of ‘little questions’ to aid with scaffolding and offer variety of assessment product.
Primary ESOL Online have been discussing reporting against National Standards.
On Secondary Literacy Online Alana shared her reflections for the NZLA conference - well worth reading and made me reflect on my own goals and practice.
Have a great week.


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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