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Week 4 NZQA Roadshow and VLN group membership contd.

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

This week is International Languages Week 14 to 18 August 2017. Check out links, ideas and resources here and even more information and links on TKI

 

Last week we responded to

  • Thuy’s request for a moderation cover sheet. Thanks to all who shared these.

  • Annette’s questions regarding assessing the CEFR level of texts

    • Rosemary suggested using Rewordify

    • Julie recommended Text Inspector but pointed out that there is a limit to the number of words you can process with the free account.

 

Hilary Smith shared bilingual resources and an article on the same topic

 

And Rita asked for an assessment task on the Millennium Development Goals for 22751. I hope you have found one either from a colleague or on the VLN, Rita.

 

Annette also commented on the currency of NZQA assessment materials. A number of the changes to to the EL unit standards for version 2 were quite minor and did not affect the task and for this reason the assessments tasks remained online. For reading standards the most common a change from the General Service List to the New  General Service List and the removal of the percentage of vocabulary required at each level.

 

There were several other questions regarding the CEFR last week and in particular in relation to ELLP.  These CEFR links may be of interest:

 

ELLP judgements relate to not only to level of English language but to a student’s age and place within the NZC so a direct correlation is difficult. A beginning learner who is in Year 1 is much closer to cohort than a beginning learner in Year 12.

 

In a similar post Heather asked about relating ELLP to reading ages. As with the CEFR, it is difficult to align a reading age with ELLP. A Year 4 with a reading age of 7 is much closer to cohort than a Year 12 student with a similar reading age and they would both therefore have different ELLP levels. Refer to the Nautilus diagram on this page.

 

The NZQA Roadshow also generated lots of discussion this week.  Thanks to Athlyn Watts  for filling us in on the background and rationale for this event.

 

I agree that meetings on a Saturday are a big ask but understand why this decision was made. Why not ask your school for a day in lieu? This should be possible as the roadshow is going to take place after senior students leave. I understand that NZQA is going to send a circular to principals’ nominees explaining the benefits of the workshop, so that should support your request. NZQA are also exploring the possibility of recording the roadshow.

 

In the meantime, please fill out the survey as the roadshow will only take place if there are enough people attending.

 

Our other survey is about membership the VLN groups. Results indicate that people are happy to open the groups to tertiary providers. Please ensure that your voice is heard by completing the survey. Click here to find it.

 

Would you be willing to open membership of the English Language unit standards group to tertiary providers?

Yes - 76%

Would you be willing to open membership of the EAP VLN group to tertiary providers?

Yes 78%

Would you be willing to open membership of the EAP unit standards group to private training establishments e.g. language schools?

No 62%

Would you be willing to open membership of the English Language unit standards group to private training establishments e.g. language schools?

No - 62%

 

On other communities


Secondary English Online have continued their lively conversation on the standard of written English and who should be responsible for teaching accuracy in writing. Read the conversation here.

 
Have great week
Breda

 

Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 

 

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