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Week 2: TESSOL Scholarships and some interesting reading

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    Last Week Catriona Pene posted a link to gather feedback from teachers about the Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages (TESSOL) tuition fees scholarship initiative, which currently offers tuition fees scholarships for teachers to study towards a TESSOL qualification at five tertiary institutions around New Zealand.


If you have never applied for a Ministry of Education TESSOL scholarship , please take a moment to complete this brief, anonymous survey: 


Find further information about the TESSOL scholarships here.

Thanks to Alison Moncreiff for posting details of the North Shore (Auckland) ESOL PLD cluster.


If you have a cluster meeting in your area, please let us know on ESOL Online


Worth reading


Key dates

MOE ESOL funding applications are due by 1 August. Visit the MOE website to find out details about the ESOL funding eligibility criteria. If you are not clear about the ESOL funding application process, please download the ESOL Funding Application Flowchart.


  • Updated status list must be submitted in Excel format to info.esol@education.govt.nz . 

  • If you require the status list from Terms 1 & 2 2019, email info.esol@education.govt.nz

  • If your school did not apply for ESOL funding in the last funding period, download the ESOL funding application form from MOE website


TESSOL scholarships - It is time to start thinking about TESSOL (Teaching English in Schools for Speakers of Other Languages) study plans for next year. Information about each of the TESSOL providers will be sent to schools and will be available on the MOE website next term.



Cook Islands Language Week 4–10 August 2019


Oral Language 1-Day Workshops: The Pedagogy and the Practice Auckland  26th July and 27th September.


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


CLESOL 2020 - You can now register your interest to receive updates on the webpage  Venue and date - St Cuthbert’s, Auckland 02–04 October 2020


On other communities

Secondary English Online discussed books they love to read and the benefits of debating in helping students craft arguments. Find the discussion here.


Literacy Online shared a link to the ERO National Evaluation Report: Keeping Children Engaged and Achieving in Writing: Teaching strategies that work. You can download a 2-page summary of ERO report or the full ERO report here.


Secondary Literacy Online discussed responding to student voice.


Have great week



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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