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Term 3 Week 3: The future of examinations

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Welcome to Term 2

         I hope you are all rested and are thoughts are with colleagues who are struggling as a results of last week's storms  


I am looking forward to you suggestions of things to discuss and questions this term. In the meantimes here are two important dates


Asia New Zealand Foundation Korean Workshop provides New Zealand educators the opportunity to travel to South Korea and learn about the country first-hand.  The deadline for applications is Friday 28 July.


Upcoming lecture - Why should Aotearoa/New Zealand invest in producing a national language policy? Speaker - Professor Jo Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne

AUT Public Lecture Wednesday 23 August 2017 5.15pm - 6.30pm. AUT, Sir Paul Reeves Building, WG308

Invitations to this event will be coming out soon. To receive an Eventbrite invitation (in the meantime) please register your interest with kristie.elphickaut.ac.nz


New resource


Rays of Sound is a new resource for University Of Victoria that  offers a selection of recorded stories and songs in Samoan, te reo Māori and Cook Islands Māori. Check it out at Rays of Sounds.


On other communities

A number of English Online posts concerned the conference Weaving Words. I was particularly interested in the reports on Alan Newall’s presentation on the future of exams.  You can access Dayna Walker’s notes on this here. I noted the following


      2020 aiming for all exams, where appropriate, to be on-line.

     2022 goal to have no paper exams...


This is not very far away at all!  

Some things that occurred to me included the following questions:

  • How will this change impact on ELL’s?

  • What access to online environments do ELLs have in school?

  • Are our ESOL Department resourced  to ensure that all ELLs are being prepared for method of assessment?

  • Will all of our students have sufficient prior access to computers so that their familiarity with working online and typing speeds will be comparable to other groups of students?

  • Do our ELLs have equity of access outside of school?

  • If not, how will this be addressed by our schools?


I’m sure you will have more questions to ask and perhaps this should be considered at you local TESOLANZ Branch meetings.



Have a great week.



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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