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TESOLANZ Survey and Facebook page for Instructional Series

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    Some interesting questions last week.


Our community gave sound advice regarding what to do if a students doesn’t quite meet the time requirements for  the formal interview unit standard. Good to be reminded to take a holistic response. Thank you to those who contributed.


Damon asked about using Grammarly. Nicki replied that she doesn’t allow this and certainly some of the guidance information in the EL standards indicates that it perhaps shouldn’t be used. Do you use it for formative work? What does your school do regarding summative assessment and such tools. ? Is there a difference between what is allowed in ESOL and other departments or is there a school wide policy?


Thanks to all those who helped Monique source an assessment task for us 28050.


We also continued our discussion of comparison writing.


I posted a link to the TESOLANZ survey - please take time to complete it. You DO NOT have to be a TESOLANZ member to do so. The purpose of the survey is to help us to gain a better understanding of the current professional state of ESOL teachers and provide some insight into the challenges they face.


More responses would be welcomed to the following question:


  • I’m currently teaching Near Neighbours to my Year 10 Social Studies class and had an idea of a reciprocal, in class exchange whereby Social Studies students converse with ESOL students to find out more about them and where they have come from.  I was wondering if I could then record their conversations to assess the speaking unit standards listed above. Has anyone tried this before and is it a viable and reliable way to assess these unit standards? Many thanks,


Over on Facebook there is a new page for the Instructional Series.  We will be sharing new content as it comes online as well as highlighting content as it relates to themes and special days in our calendar. Please like our page and join the conversation. https://www.facebook.com/instructionalseriesontki/




On other communities

Secondary Literacy Online had a busy week. Alana shared links for

Primary ESOL Online discussed Bilingual Resources.

Have a great week.


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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