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Week 4: All things assessment

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    Last week we shared a Mixit Opportunity for Auckland Based ESOL Youth.


Bev Steward started a conversation on the changes to NCEA. Read her questions here. What are your thoughts? How will these changes affect your learners?


I have been wondering about the move to more external assessment. At present all English Language and English for Academic Purposes Unit standards are internally assessed. Has this been considered?


And a somewhat related issue - TESOLANZ Talk has been discussing the news item, that appeared over the last week or so,  on ghost writing in New Zealand universities. ESOL Departments and schools have considerable experience in managing authenticity. Unit standards are very explicit on assessment conditions and the need for assessor to be sure that learners “can independently demonstrate competence against the unit standard” (this statement appears in the Guidance information of unit standards)


What tips and strategies can you share on this issue? I’d love to hear your thought either on issues at tertiary or secondary level.


As I finished writing this I saw that Kathy Robins has started the very same discussion on the VLN EAP group.  I have copied her post here.


I saw an article on the evening news about students buying their essays in order to pass university classes. It prompted me to review US22750, and considering how I teach it with a real view to students being able to repeat the research and writing process for different subject areas at University. Is anyone else concerned and/or interested in this focus??

Creating independent learners is essential to tertiary success. Students are more likely to cheat, if what they are being asked to do is beyond their competence. What are your thoughts? Are New Zealand students adequately prepared for the demands of tertiary study? What role do ESOL teachers have in this preparation? Will the NCEA changes contribute to this preparation? Lots to think about!



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




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). Find the email and registration details here.


Matariki from 10 June 2019


Upcoming languages weeks

Sāmoa Language Week 26 May–1 June 2019


On other communities

Secondary Literacy Online have also discussed changes to NCEA as have English Online.

Have a great week.


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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