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Hi everyone,

    Discussion this week focussed in the proposed changes to NCEA literacy requirements. Bev Steward has been very proactive in writing and received a response to the issues she raised. You can find her post here. It is good that the voice of ELLs and their teachers is being heard and, from what I see, there is a genuine commitment from all parties involved to ensure equitable pathways for all learners. It is great to see such active engagement from all apries in this issue.


There are now new workshops on the NCEA changes in Christchurch and Wellington and I believe others in main centres are going to be announced. You can register here. I also understand that a workshop may be videoed and of course you can read about the changes and find out how to share your views on this web page.


Also in our posts, I shared the news that the external assessment of Korean and Lea Faka-Tonga is changing for 2019. You can find the NZQA circular here.


We also have an unanswered question. 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. My feeling is that the Guidance Information of the standard tells us what we need to do. It states that:


The assessor must be satisfied that the candidate can independently demonstrate competence against the unit standard. 


I imagine that this leaves it to teacher discretion as to the exact method teachers use to verify that students have independently read the texts but that it is requirement to ensure that this is the case. What do you think?




Tongan Language Week 1-7 September 


Māori Language Week, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Sept 9th - 15th Resources from


Chinese Language Week 22nd - 28th September


Tuvalu Language Week 29th September - 5th October


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


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.


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"


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


The LIANZA Conference 2019 will be held in Auckland from October 21-23 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. The conference theme is ‘Our families, our communities, our libraries’ represented in our logo by the rope bindings to represent the physical, cultural and spiritual elements that bind us together in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific; the land, the water, air and our cultural values, languages, knowledge, relationships, communities and families which not only connect, but also sustain us.  Thanks to Alana Madgewick for sharing this link.


Shared with us

TESOLANZ Talk shared a blog that asked "If foreign-born newcomer students who aren't fluent in English can access and excel in STEM courses here, why aren't some U.S.-born English-learners, specifically longer-term ELLs, afforded those same opportunities? Read it here.


and discussed the merits of reading on paper and reading on screens.


On other communities

Secondary Literacy Online also discussed NCEA literacy changes. Alana shared Bev post and response above and discussed the importance of literacy being a component of every lesson and the importance of professional development to enable that. This link will take you to Alana’s post. I’d like to add that literacy needs to be absolutely to the forefront of initial teacher training too.


Have a great week




Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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