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Term 3 - Week 3 Preparing students for assessment against unit standards

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

      Apologies for the late arrival of this update.


Last week Sherilyn asked if students could do SATs, an American assessment, in New Zealand. Thank you to all who replied. I  was interested to note that Otago Boys and Wakatipu College are both test centres for the SAT. Thank you Nicki for the information.


Christopher asked how teachers prepare students to meet the demands of unit standards assessments.


I’d love to hear your suggestions but here is my tuppence worth!  I think that teaching and learning should always be based on your students’ learning needs. Appropriate assessment will follow on from that. For example, if you are teaching speaking skills for conversations and interactions in everyday lives, you would be likely to include how open and close conversations, make requests and respond to requests as well as how to clarify and confrim information.  However it is also probably wise to read the unit standard you intend to use carefully to make sure that you have incorporated all aspects that will be assessed as well as making sure that students are familair with possible question types. 


There are some good examples of how this has been done for previous unit standards on ESOL Online. These teaching and laerning sequences could be adapted for current use. Take a look at how this has been done for the current EAP standards and for previous unit standards assessments, try Belonging and Our Changing World.


I shared information on upcoming NCEA Workshops. Some of these are already full!



AKTESOL event 12 September 6:00pm

Location: ACG Parnell College, 2 Titoki Street, Parnell, Auckland 1052

  • Presentation by Dr. Emily Saavedra, Academic Coordinator for Foundation Education, Massey University. "Making a Case for the Use of Mobile Devices: Influences and Challenges"

  • Follow on workshop by Dr. Faezeh Mehrang, Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE), Massey University. "Teaching EAP through technology: Introduction to an online interactive teaching tool"


Wonderful news that AKTESOL have agreed to video these presentations and share on TESOLANZ. 


MANATESOL is hosting a number of speakers on August 10 at ETC in Palmerston North. Please join us, if you are in the area. Morning tea provided. 

  • Dr Hilary Smith: Lessons in the International Year of Indigenous Languages from a language revival project in Australia 

  • Ramola Ladge: How and what do tertiary TESOL teachers identify as their professional development needs?

  • Mastura Abd Rahman: Narratives of Agency: Afghan refugee background students’ experience of schooling in New Zealand


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


Shared with us

TESOLANZ Talk presentations from the EAP Symposium in Hamilton. Thank you TESOLANZ!


On other communities

Primary ESOL Online discussed the Tapasā Cultural Competencies Framework as well as sharing many interesting links.


English Online shared information on digital exam practice materials.



Have a great week.


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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