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Week 5: Graded readers

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

   Last week Heather started a conversation on finding suitable graded readers. Several people  made suggestions and you can follow the thread here. Thank you to all who have collaborated.


I wonder if anyone has tried getting their students to create ebooks or even audio books? Books written by students would seem to provide both a purpose for writing (and correcting) and texts that were at fluency level for the students. Don’t forget that our doc Online tools for ELLs and their teachers has useful suggestions and please add your favourite to the doc as well.


Unanswered questions 

Rachel asked about the Level 3 wide reading standards, 31008. She asked if the new standard requires teacher evidence of students having independently read their texts as was required by US 28058. How have you interpreted the standard?


Shared with us

The latest links from Many Answers


TESOLANZ Talk shared


CORE Education - Voices from the Pacific - Lost in translation


Educatalysts shared a link to a reading on effective group work



NCEA Workshops - a series of workshops are being held around the country to discuss the NCEA changes. Make sure that you register and represent the voice of ELLs in your area. Find out about the workshops and register here. I understand that more workshops are being organised for the larger centres soon. Bev Steward attended the Takapuna workshop and made some very pertinent observations - read them here and drill down the thread to see comments for other teachers.


Understanding the changes to NCEA - former refugee & migrant families. The date for the meeting is on Thursday, 5/09/2019 from 5-7 pm at The Ministry of Education, 19 Home Straight, Te Rapa, Hamilton. Catering will be provided. Please RSVP before Saturday, 31 August 2019.  If you are interested or you know someone who is, please click the link below to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScm2k78C6AjiPizXjnGQ_2YcS045lm4bBy5H_FPjBJi9jyAdg/viewform 


NZATE workshops - country wide - more information here.


The TESOLANZ AGM will take place on Saturday 12 October at  Wintec, Nisbet St, Hamilton.


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. 


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


On other communities

Primary ESOL Online discussed social and emotional learning (SEL)


Secondary Literacy Online discussed inequities in literacy opportunities.


And can the Learning Progression Framework reduce inequities?


Secondary English Online discussed the use of the PaCT Tool to assess literacy in years 9 and 10.  If you’d like to read more about PaCT click here.


The same update also discussed the importance of writing models and scaffolding.


Have great week.



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 

Email: bredamatthews@gmail.com


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