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Week 9: How does your school provide for ELLs

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

  I have attached further details regarding the Robert Jones Scholarships including details on the application process.


Last week saw our community sharing different ways they support ELLs in years 9 and 10 in response to Rachel Hartles request.


Elizabeth told us about One Tree Hill College’s innovative approach with a reception class, a whanau class where ELLs attend mainstream subjects as a group and NCEA classes


Other arrangements include:

  • Reception classes for new learners which can be attended full time initially

  • Junior ESOL in option lines  (Linda reported using a double option line)

  • NCEA focused classes for seniors e.g. EL, EAP or literacy focus

  • Teacher aide / bilingual teacher aide support in mainstream classes

  • Withdrawal that provide ESOL and subject support


The number of lessons vary as schools have different timetable patterns but generally reception can be full time and options classes 3-5 lessons a week.


Ngawai Hooker is also running an innovative programme that combines ESOL and Religious Education.


My own experience shows that combining content and language tuition can be very successful. Several years ago I ran, in co-operation with the Commerce Department at Mt Roskill Grammar School, a Year 11 Accounting class for ELLs. I’d be keen to hear form anyone else who is combining content and language tuition.


I’d also be keen to hear what support mainstream teachers need to be able to provide for such classes.


Content instruction for ELLs contains a number of articles and videos on the topic. I enjoyed the video How vocabulary can get in the way of solving a Maths problem.



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 shared Easy peer learning strategies. 

Have a great week.

Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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