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Week 6: Using MoE and NZQA materials

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

  This week we shared several posts for Samoan Language Week - I hope you and your students enjoyed a week of great events.


Corine started a discussion about resources for a beginner ELL. There were several replies - many thanks,  and a reminder to check our our document Online Tools for ELLs and their Teachers.


Marianna asked who could use the NZQA Assessment support materials to which the answer is everyone.


The same applies to all of the materials on ESOL Online. Teachers are also free to adapt the materials to the contexts and needs of their learners. ESOL Online teaching and learning units encourage teachers to select the teaching and learning tasks that are most appropriate to their learners and to recycle and supplement these as required. There are several web pages with ESOL Online Teaching and Learning resources including:



NZQA assessment support materials could be used as models for teachers to adapt to the topic their students are studying.


In a related post we have discussed the issue of assessing the suitability of a text for a specific unit standard level - see these threads started by Bev Steward. Unit standards refer to a CEFR level and for some unit standards e.g, reading, a vocabulary level. However the wording at in the standards is ‘comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference ..(level) …. “Must be guided by the first…. Words of the New General Service List. I think the key words are ‘comparable’ and ‘guided by’, making an exact and scientific match would require extensive and costly analysis.


There are a variety of text analysis tools online and I have added details of these to our document Online Tools for ELLs and their Teachers. However a distinction needs to be drawn between those tools that analyse vocabulary only and those that analyse a wider range of features. If you have more suggestions please post  and tell us about them and add them to out doc.


And also shared with us Kathryn has recommended Freckle Education. I’d be keen to hear other reading suggestions and see them added to our doc. I have been using Newsela, and will continue to do so, but it has now moved from beta mode, to a paid subscription. Students can still access the texts but the quizzes have disappeared from the students pages although teachers can still print them out. What are you using for extensive reading?




Waikato TESOL Wednesday 5th June, Wintec Teaching Writing Join this session to hear from speakers teaching across a range of levels and ages.


CANTESOL CLESOL Mini-Conference When: Saturday 15 June 2019, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.Ara Institute of Canterbury, 2nd floor W block. Please RSVP to kerstin.dofs@ara.ac.nz Event programme HERE.


WATESOL (Wellington) Expo Thursday, 6th June, 4:00-7:15 pm Wellington High School in Taranaki St

  • Opening keynote address: Dr Sara Cotterall speaking on A pedagogy for academic writing.

  • Closing keynote address: Dr Rachael Ruegg speaking on Providing effective feedback on ESL students’ writing

  • Six workshop presentations

  • Great spot prizes

  • Refreshments will be provided before the opening keynote address and pizzas will be provided during the networking session, prior to the closing keynote address.

Free for TESOLANZ members; non-members fee: $10 waged/$5 unwaged

contact nicky.riddiford@vuw.ac.nz for further details


TESOLANZ branch meetings- for days see their webpage.


VirtuEL A free, online conference for teachers of English Learners. Presenters Going live on June 15, 2019. To check out who is presenting when go to this link. The opening keynote is by Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld & Dr. Maria Dove 10 AM EST - 12 PM EST.


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


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.


Shared with us


TESOLANZ Talk recommended the British Council online course Language Assessment in the Classroom and a discussion on using the phonemic chart


On other Communities

Text analysis has also been a topic on Literacy Online along with Acceleration vs. Remediation.


NCEA changes continue to be a hot topic on English Online.  Ross Stevenson, commented that, ‘I think one of things to continue to remember is the difference between assessment and the curriculum. By reducing what is assessed does not mean you reduce what you teach. The challenge will be to provide a course with all that English can offer students with the assessment sitting inside that.’

Primary Literacy Online discussed Adopting a Critical Literacy Approach. Some great suggestions.

Have a great week.


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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