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Week 3: Course planning and changes to NCEA

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    Some interesting conversations in the ESOL world this week.


Christopher’s question about unit plans has given us the opportunity to share resources for course planning and the units that are on ESOL Online. It also allows us to discuss the components of a course.


Teachers will obviously have the main topic their students are studying and this will involve reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks. But what are the ongoing parts of your programme? Rosemary responded by recommending the EAP unit standards and noted that she supplements this with a vocabulary programme and a personal (wide) reading programme.


Are there any other ‘parts’ of a course that you would recommend and how do you implement these? Please share your ideas.


Unit standards Cheryl Brownlee -asked how many task students need to do if they have failed only one of two tasks. My understanding is that they only need to complete a further assessment for the task they got not achieved for.


You can find information about further assessment opportunities and resubmission on this NZQA page.


Requests for resources

I am not sure if this request has been met so here it is again

  • Thuy Grinter  is looking for an additional assessment task for EAP 22751 version 4 preferably on the Millenium Development Goals or the Sustainable Development Goals.


In the news

Have you seen the a href="https://conversation.education.govt.nz/convNCEA Change package out today? Some key changes that may impact ELLs include


  • The removal of all NCEA and Scholarship fees.

  • Changes to special assessment conditions including simplifying the application process - see page 4.

  • Changes to literacy and numeracy standards including external marking of these

  • Fewer larger standards

  • 50:50 balance between the number of internal and external standards

  • A greater focus on Pacific knowledge

  • A review how learning towards industry-derived standards could be better aligned to NCEA and the National Curriculum

  • Workload changes including no resubmissions other than for Not Achieved grades.


What questions do you have? Here are two to get you started.

  • How can we ensure that any change to SAC takes account of the needs of ELLs with additional learning needs?

  • Is there an opportunity to include EL unit standards in the review of how industry-derived standards could be better aligned to NCEA and the National Curriculum?



Experience Asia Funding - current round closes 7th June. This funding can be used to cover the cost of organising cultural activities or sharing about communities.




Ramadan - there are useful resources on the British Council’s site Learn English Teens  and Learn English Kids - videos, worksheets and transcripts.


Refugee Symposium Monday 26 August, AUT Refugee Education Centre Cost $30.00 email sarah.paget@aut.ac.nz


Expanding Oral Language in the Classroom Dr. Jannie Van Hees. Date: Thursday 23rd May 2019 Venue: The Hub Toitū Pōneke Community and Sports Centre (next to the Wellington Aquatic Centre) 49 Kilbirnie Crescent Kilbirnie Cost: Wellington Literacy Association members - $35.00 Non-members - $50.00 Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm. TO ENROL, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR NAME, SCHOOL AND THE NAMES OF TEACHERS ATTENDING TO Melinda: wgtnlitassoc@gmail.com


TESOLANZ symposium  "Building the Knowledge Base" connecting research and practice in assessment and EAP across all sectors of ESOL. Date: July 13th, For further information please email either to Mark Dawson-Smith (mark.dawson-smith@wintec.ac.nz) or Daryl Streat (daryl.streat@lincoln.ac.nz).


Bullying Free NZ Week 13–17 May 2019


Matariki from 10 June 2019


Upcoming languages weeks

Sāmoa Language Week 26 May–1 June 2019


On other communities

Secondary Literacy Online discussed Teaching Listening Skills which included a great analysis if ‘active listening’ - a term that has often left me puzzled!


Primary ESOL Online shared a link to More of Us, Edited by Adrienne Jansen with Clare Arnot, Danushka Devinda and Wesley. A collection of poems by 46 writers who have come to New Zealand as migrants or refugees. Including some writers who are High School Students. Read a sample of these poems here.


This community also discussed supporting Muslim students during Ramadam.

TESOLANZ Talk shared videos from Jeremy Harmer, are discussing NCEA changes and blended learning.

Have great week


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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