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Week 4: New Level 3 EAP resources are online

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

     We have had a quire week on ESOL Online - no posts! In most schools senior students are leaving or have left and you will be working with the multitude of documents that need filing at this time of year.


Many of you will be thinking about assessing junior students’ learning and progress and recording this for your own records, reporting to parents and for Term 1 ESOL funding applications. If there are any teachers new to especially the latter process, please do ask questions on this forum.


It is also a key time to breathe deep and think about next year. Most people will be reviewing unit plans and associated assessments. This ESOL Online page has a great ESOL Department Self-review Document along with lots of other useful links.


Decisions will need to be made if departments should continue to use the now ‘old’ unit standards (version 2) or move to using the new and revised unit standards or a combination of both. NZQA encourages schools to use the latest version of standards wherever possible but allows time for schools to make the transition. Version 2 of the standards can be used until December, 2019.


If your department has already made their decision, why not share the rationale for your choice with our community - others opinions often help to clarify our own thoughts.


As part of this process, you might want to spend some time reviewing texts to see how well they fit with the CEFR levels indicated in unit standards. Some tools to do this include:



And the Ministry of Education’s new units for the Level 3 EAP standards are now online.


The topic of these Teaching and Learning Sequences is’ Belonging’ and lead to formative assessment on an aspect of the same topic. Each of the modules for the EAP unit standards (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) provides two sections:

  • Teaching and learning sequences with an overview of learning tasks, a number of separate teaching and learning sequences outlining the strategies and learning activities followed by the templates for those strategies and learning activities.

  • Formative assessment with an overview of the standard, assessor guidelines, student checklist, formative assessments and formative exemplars (these are exemplars for the purpose of giving feedback before students complete their summative assessments).



ALANZ Symposium 1st December, 2018. Wintec, Hamilton


Diwali begins on 7th November. Find resources here. Check out this book on Diwali.


And three Best Practice Workshops are coming up two in Auckland and one in Nelson. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you ate the Lynfield event. An a BIG shout out to the organisers Annette Vartha, Athlyn Watt and Chris Bangs for making these events happen.


Coming up in Auckland will be a CLESOL Retold event for those that couldn’t make the conference. AKTESOL will publish details soon.


Goodness - and I didn’t think there was much to write about this week!


On other communities

Secondary Literacy Online discussed evaluation and impact.


Secondary English Online discussed voice typing tools. This is an interesting thread where on DP opined  that “with voice recognition software - writing had become obsolete as students no longer needed it other than for a handful of English writing achievement standards.  In his words; the important thing was that students were able to “display their knowledge” and the medium through which they did this was unimportant. ... We then went on to theorise as to whether external exams might be able to use this technology in the future.’  

What are your thoughts?


Have a great week



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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