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Week 9 Still thinking about the draft EL standards

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    Well we’re in the last week of term. How has it gone for you? What have been the highlights?


Please remember that the final date for feedback on the draft EL standards is 10th October. This is in the school holidays.


Have you had time to look at the draft reading standards? If so what do you think about:

  • The inclusion or  ‘wide reading’ standard from Level 1?

  • The relative positioning of the General (graded standards) and the Applied standards which includes the Level 3 EAP standard?

  • At Level 3 General do you agree that understanding of overall purpose / main idea sits better at Excellence that achieved

  • Do you agree with the removal of separate PC (ERs) for vocabulary and language features?


I am keen to hear your thoughts or any additional questions you might have.


I thought I would look at writing this week. The strands  are:

  • Strand A - write texts.

  • Strand B - write texts for practical purposes

  • Strand C

    • Levels Foundation 1 and 2 complete forms

    • Level 3 General write a response

    • Level 3 Applied will use the EAP standard


Text length and level of work required

  • Level 1 Text length 75 words / CEFR Level A2

  • Level 2 Text length 150 words / CEFR Level mid-B1

  • Level 3 General Text length 250 words / CEFR Level high-B1

  • Level 3 Applied Text length 300 words / CEFR level low-B2


You might find this link useful when thinking about CEFR.





WHEN: Saturday, 21 October 2017. 8.30am - 2.30pm

WHERE: Tauranga - Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, 70 Windermere Drive,Level 2, Te Ara o Mauao (M Block)

COST: $20 for non-members (members free). Cost covers morning tea & lunch



  • Averil Coxhead (Keynote speaker)What do learners and teachers need to know about vocabulary in speaking?

  • Marty Pilott - Pronunciation - what should we be teaching?

  • Daryl Streat - Technology in English Language Teaching; an introduction to frameworks for guiding implementation of technology

  • Breda Matthews - Multi-levelling assessment and learning (Secondary)

  • Annette Tate -Raising the status and influence of ESOL (Primary)

  • Liz Signal -Practical strategies for teaching adult learners (Tertiary)

  • Mark Dawson-Smith - Effective assessment

Please RSVP by Friday, 13 October 2017

Reply to Lynn Nicholls, call 0272457660 or email boptesolanzgmail.com


NZQA The English Language (EL) roadshows will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, on the following dates:

  • Auckland – 4 November Unitec Institute of Technology

  • Wellington – 25 November Whitireia New Zealand

  • Christchurch – 2 December Riccarton High School


Online registration is now open.  Register and find out more details via the EL Roadshow events webpage.


On other communities


Primary ESOL Online have discussed teaching writing and shared information about new oral language resources.

Secondary Literacy Online looked at kinesthetic learners

Have a great week


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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