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Week 6: Events, workshops and conferences

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing long weekend. It has been somewhat wet for those of us in the North Island!


Perhaps the wild weather is a good lead into the fact that Tuesday is World Environment Day!


Laura Curwood is hoping to organise an NZQA workshop at Long Bay College in Term 3 and is asking who would be interested in attending. If you are keen to attend please email Laura at this email LCurwoodlbc.school.nz


Those of you who attended the workshop organised by Athlyn at Pukekohe High School will know how Immensely useful these workshops are.


CLESOL Scholarships The Ministry of Education is offering scholarships for PLC members to attend CLESOL Conference 2018 of up to $1,600.00. To apply, you need to:

  • belong to an active ESOL PLC cluster

  • be a member of TESOLANZ http://www.tesolanz.org.nz

  • commit to attending all three days of the conference

New Zealand International Education Conference (NZIEC) 9-10 August (pre-conference workshops 8 August), Te Papa, Wellington. Registrations now open. Register here.  The theme is “Inspiring Global Leaders” and they have a multitude of different speakers lined up. If you want to grow your International Student numbers and learn more about how to care for them and how to market abroad then this is the conference for you.


Also coming up soon


Matariki - the Māori New Year - 15th June

Cook Islands Language Week  - 29th July


On other communities

Secondary Literacy Online discussed fake new and the importance of students developing critical literacy.


English Online shared a new way to give feedback, using tools such as Screen-cast-omatic, to give oral rather than written feedback. Bev Steward also shared her experience of this type of feedback


These post made me reflect on why this type of feedback is often so different and to reflect on the written feedback I give students. Typically I focus on what they need to improve and I I’m sure this comes across to students as as ‘what I did wrong’. I suspect it is much harder to be a relentlessly critical, albeit with good intentions, using spoken feedback! Oh dear - another thing in my list of things to work on!


What feedback do you find effective for your students?


Have great week.

Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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