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Term 2m 2018 Week 2 Sharing assessments for revised and new standards

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    I am going to start with an apology! When I began to write this update I thought it had been a quiet week. I was wrong and there is lots to report - get a coffee before your start to read!


First up it is great to see out VLN communities growing in numbers almost daily. Thanks go to Athlyn for starting a conversation around preparing and sharing resources for the revised EAP standards and to Linda Todd who is promising to share new resources once she has trialled them


The VLN groups are very much active and would be a secure area to share and discuss assessments.  


I have created spaces in the VLN group for the new versions of Level 4 EAP and for the Level 3 EAP and for the new versions of the English Language unit standards. Just upload your resources in the normal way and I will make sure they are linked to the correct page.


You will also see that I have added a group for moderation and some suggestions for how this might be organised but the aim is for it to be totally teacher driven.


Kaori Smith has asked if anyone has done persuasive writing for L3 EL standards and is looking for topics I am aware that several people have.


The NZQA resources have the topic rainforests it’s the third topic on the PDF.


There are also topics in the Belonging unit on ESOL Online, one is Do teenagers have enough free time to lead a balanced life?, the second is Should parents and caregivers have the right to make decisions for teenagers?


NB the assessment resources on both NZQA and ESOL Online should not be used for summative assessment as they can be accessed by students. In addition they relate to older versions of standards and will need to be adapted to meet the requirements of the new standards.


Bullying-Free NZ Week, coming up in May, see below, another possible topic that has some resources that could perhaps be part of a reading log as well?


Shuping Liang has asked the following

Since the task of US 28070 is to write a response for a purpose, and the standard document states that evidence can be assessed against other standards. If I have students choose texts of English level 2 to read, and draft their personal response first, could I use this evidence (draft) for A.S. 2.9 before I teach them more about writing and editing an essay?


Has anyone done something similar and/or would you be able to share your thoughts?


Upcoming events


AKTESOL event and AGM this Thursday 10th May at Unitec

  • Guest speaker: Craig Thaine

  • Topic: Assessment & Motivation

  • Location: Unitec Building 170, Room 170-1016

  • Directions: Use Entry 3 from Carrington Road. Head straight down to the bottom, and turn left for the closest car park.


Please share events in your area


National events



Sociolinguistics Symposium 22

The “Early Bird” registration rate expires at 11:59 pm, Thursday 10 May 2018 (NZ standard time). Take advantage of this reduced rate by registering today and save up to NZD$200. Register online at https://www.ss22.ac.nz/registration.html


Language Testing Research Colloquium

4- 6th July Auckland University.


NZALT Conference

Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th July, 2018. Programme Auckland University.  One of the pre-conference events is a Language assessment workshop for teachers


On other communities


On English Online David Schaumann has written about feedback


About the responses to the resource I shared, with feedback codes for writing.  The resource itself is here. A number of people have asked for clarification about the amount of work that can be annotated this way, and whether any errors can be corrected.  Unfortunately, I don’t have an image of the original. However, my notes from the day specify that 25% can be annotated in this way, and 5% can be corrected, as a point of learning.  I think this is something really important, in terms of equity across the sector, so I’ve also asked for confirmation from the moderators about this and will post this on when it comes through.


I will be interested to see the reply on this from the English moderators.


On Primary ESOL Online Janet delved deeper into the ERO report on cultural and linguistic diversity in Auckland schools. If finding time to read the whole report is daunting I recommend reading Janet’s post and her questions for schools.


Secondary Literacy Online discussed how using text sets can improve literacy.


Also on Secondary Literacy Online, Dr Aaron Wilson shared insights from the research project Talking about Texts . Baseline evidence showed that “teachers dominated classroom Talking about Text. The average teacher utterance was 34 words, whereas the average student utterance had 5 words. Nearly half (46%) of teacher questions needed only one or two word answers, and only nine per cent of teacher utterances asked students to refer to text.”


Definitely something to read and share with mainstream colleagues.


Have great week.


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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