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EL and EAP unit standards assessment

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

      We have had quite a busy week on ESOL Online.


Sandra reignited our discussion on reading assessments. You can follow Sandra’s post and the replies here.


Jude asked about Level 4 EAP unit standards, in particular 22751  Read and process information for an academic purpose. Read the post and the responses here. For many students the journey form Level 3 El standards to Level 4 EAP will take two years so don’t forget the level 3 EAP standards which are an excellent bridge. ESOL Online has teaching and learning sequences and formative assessments for the level 3 EAP standards on this page.

Julie shared the latest MoE Bulletin that included a reference to ELLs. Thank you Julie.

Laura asked about the use of dictionaries in unit standards assessments. Find the post and replies here.  Thanks go to Jude who dug down into the clarifications for standards to find further information. Read those here. Clarifications for standards can be found on the NZQA EL page - bookmark this page you will use it lots!

The issue of finding bilingual paper dictionaries and of cost is a fraught one. When teaching in school. I would have a computer on my desk where students could look up words while I watched. I felt that this fulfilled the spirit of the standard whilst mediating the equity issues. However even with online dictionaries there are gaps.

Mandy asked if there were levelled dictionaries. TESOL International has a blog on this topic. For paper dictionaries I used Collins Cobuild and  Collins New Zealand School Dictionary. I am sure everyone has their own favourite!

This week I would like to ask what success and questions do you have about our current teaching situation? Please share. I know that there is some great work going on out there.


Shared with us

Madlen shared a recording of a presentation eTeaching 101 - be ready to teach online.


The Ministry of Educations’ Learning from home Messages (attached in English) have been translated into 17 different community languages. Translations of this document are available under the ‘Home Learning Messages in different languages’ heading on this page.

 Don’t forget

TESSOL further study awards available. Applications close Friday 15th May. If you have questions as to whether you would be eligible to apply please ask the Ministry directly, contact details are on the linked page.


The Education Gazette will only be available online this month. Find it here.



New Zealand Sign Language Week is 4-10 May - This may lend itself to an information report or giving and following instructions.

Samoan language week, Sunday 24 May - Saturday 30 May.

On other communities

English Online discussed a clarification from NZQA on the use of digital tools in writing assessments posted on the NZATE website. This prompted a variety or responses around how and if this could be monitored in an online environment. Hopefully we will be back at school soon which will allow us to focus on formative assessments and postpone summative assessments until that happens.

Janet’s update for Primary ESOL Online included a link to Teaching Online - Ways to assess students. Some great and easy ideas that we will be able to use on return to school as well as now.

Keep well and keep safe.



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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