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Week 10: TESSOL Scholarships

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

   Last week Elizabeth Smith kindly shared an assessment schedule for the revised 28062 unit standard. This is on the VLN. I have updated the VLN pages so that we now have a space specifically for the revised and new unit standards - see the screenshot below. Please continue to upload your resources in the normal way and I will link them to the appropriate page.




Rakesh asked about teaching speeches and Katherine Boomer directed is to Speech New Zealand for ideas on presentation skills. Thanks for both the question and answer.


Bev Steward started a conversation around reworking a student’s essay from another subject for  assessment against Level 4 EAP writing. Great to see this discussion taking place. There are many issues involved and I’d love to hear from schools who use work from other subjects in this way - what are the pros and cons?


A reminder that applications for  2019 TESSOL scholarships are due by Friday 2nd November.  Please encourage colleagues in both ESOL and mainstream Departments to make use of these excellent courses.


You are eligible to apply if you:

  • currently teach new migrant, Pasifika or international students in a state-funded school

  • have at least two years’ teaching experience

  • have a permanent position in a mainstream class or a specialist ESOL class.


The full criteria and requirements for support from your school are explained on the applications. In October these are posted out to schools, along with course information from the providers.

TESSOL tuition fees scholarships are offered for study at:

  • University of Auckland Faculty of Education for teachers from Auckland schools

  • Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) for teachers from Waikato schools

  • Victoria University for teachers from Wellington schools

  • Massey University for teachers from schools in rural areas and provincial cities

  • University of Canterbury College of Education for teachers from schools in Christchurch.



It is NZ Chinese Language Week. The Asia New Zealand Foundation  have some very practical teaching ideas and resources to support the celebration.



On other communities

Primary ESOL Online shared PLD opportunities.

Secondary Literacy Online looked at revision strategies - some of the links could be used to support the topic and create alternative assessment tasks on the same topic as the Level 3 EAP assessment resource materials on NZQA.


English Online discussed the use "they" and "their" when referring to an unknown person - one person. For example, "A student put their bag on the bench."  The community linked to this blog.


Have great week everyone.


Kind regards