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Week 8: Scholarships and resources

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone

Last week we continued our conversation about ELLP reporting


We also shared information about bilingual dictionaries.  Thank you for posting suggestions of preferred dictionaries and where to find them.


I posted links to some articles on the usefulness of translation in ESOL classes and shared my own experience of students writing their essays in L1 and then using an app to translate it!


I was interested in Marie’s account of when and how she uses translation.


Catriona posted about the Elsie Locke writing prize and linked us to an upcoming text on Climate Change. This looks like a great text that many teacher will want to use.


We also shared a clarification on the use of dictionaries with Level 4 EAP standards which I am copying again here.


The conditions of assessment that are in the NZCEL apply to the EAP standards. Here's what it says in the NZCEL:


At all levels of NZCEL, monolingual or bilingual dictionaries may be used. It is recommended that electronic devices are not used for summative assessment purposes, except for word processing. Assessors need to ensure that usage of devices does not compromise authenticity and independent demonstration of competence. It is important that dictionaries used by learners are at an appropriate level.


So since 22751 and 22750 are part of NZCEL, the same conditions apply. There will be a clarification on the NZQA website soon to include this. In the meantime I will add it to our VLN EAP group.



There are changes to the Robert Jones Scholarship for Refugee Daughters. This changes take account of the changes to university fees.

  • From 01 July 2018, applications will be open for students who are currently enrolled in a degree level course and who wish to continue their tertiary study in 2019.  Applicants must have completed and passed their university level course work to date.

  • Students in their last year of school in 2018 should enrol at their preferred institute of study for 2019 under the fees free arrangement and apply for the scholarship after their first semester of study.


A flyer is attached giving details. Please share this information with any students who might qualify.




Do you have an event in your area coming up or one you’d like to report back on? I know teachers in more isolated areas find it difficult to get to PLD opportunities and would love to read reports of PLD from the larger centres.

Cook Islands Language Week  - 29th July


Sociolinguistics Symposium 22

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 assessm


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.

On other communities

Secondary Literacy Online discussed how to help students attack a question and shared a link to the resource How writing works.

Have a great week


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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