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Term 4. Week 1: Reviewing teaching and learning

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

     Last week David Riley shared some rugby related resources - many thanks. 


Our community has several new members - welcome to you all. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and especially if you are new to ESOL, do  link up with your local PLD cluster. If you run a cluster can I encourage you to post the dates of your meeting to this forum?


TESSOL Scholarship Applications for 2020 close on 1st November. These scholarships are for teachers of new migrant, Pacific Island background and international students in state-funded early learning centres, primary, intermediate and secondary schools.

More than one teacher from each school can apply for a scholarship; in fact, this is recommended, as studying together provides collegial support. The scholarships are open to ESOL and teachers of other subjects so p[lease share details about the scholarships with your colleagues. 

For more information: Scholarships for people working in schools – (TESSOL)


Term 4 is often a time when we begin to review our courses and think about next year.  In this context I often recall a John Dewey quote “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience”

  • What guides your review?

  • What changes do you expect to make next year?

  • How will you ensure that these changes are manageable in your already busy lives?



Tokelauan Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau. There are around 2,500 speakers of Tokelauan in New Zealand, which is 40% of our Tokelauan population. Find links and resources on  

  • TKI

  • Christchurch Libraries

  • AUT has linked Tokelauan Language Week with the topic of climate change. This page includes a video of  staff and students talking and discussing the importance and relevance of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13 - Climate Action as well as a down loadable teaching resource. Do have a look and share with your students.

  • Ministry of Pacific Peoples. Tokelau Fact sheet


Diwali from 27th October acknowledges our  many students with Indian heritage.. Find resources on


The Ministry of Education are seeking experienced practising teachers and experts from a range of educational settings and backgrounds to join subject expert groups to review achievement standards as part of the NCEA Review Change Package. Sound like you? Get more information here: https://bit.ly/2VCKywh


CLESOL 2020 2 – 4 October 2020, at St. Cuthbert’s College, Epsom, AUCKLAND. The theme for CLESOL 2020 will be: Making connections: Reaching across borders. You can now register for updates on their web page https://clesol2020.org.nz/.


Wellington Literacy Association Meeting THE READING BOOK Launch workshop with Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey. 6th November 2019, Venue: Lower Hutt Events Centre, Laings Road, Lower Hutt. Time: 4-6.30pm (Afternoon tea from 4-4.30pm). Non-members $65.00 each Members $45.00 each or $40.00 per person for five or more from the same school. To enrol please email Melinda at wellingtonliteracy@nzla.org.nz 


TESOLANZ Branch meetings Find more details here.

Cambridge University Press have a series of free online webinars designed for teachers of Academic English.

Have a great week everyone.



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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