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Week 9: All things PD

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Hi everyone,

      This week Juliet shared a template to unpack text for the EAP standard 22751 - many thanks Juliet


Our lockdown has led to an increase in online professional development (as well as considerable upskilling for ourselves). These provide great opportunities for us all but especially for those teachers in more remote areas who find it difficult to access professional development. Three webinars this week are below. They cater for the full school age range from Year 0 to Year 13. Please share the links with colleagues who might be interested.


Last week Jackie was asking for teachers to share ways to gather information on ESOL students and report to parents and teachers in a meaningful way.  I wonder if you can find the time to share your ideas on this topic. It is always good to see a range of different ways to gather and share information on student learning. 


This topic links to the Primary ESOL Online discussion on completion of the ELLP matrices. In a primary context it is likely that the ELLP matrices will be completed by the classroom teacher supported by the ESOL specialist. In a secondary context we need to gather data from a number of specialist teachers to determine how ELLs are coping in other subjects. 


How do you do this and what support do your mainstream teachers need to understand and complete the ELLP matrices? There is a lot of information on ESOL Online to support this. Would now be a good time for some in-house PD?  Here are some resources you could use.


Upcoming free PD events - NB all events are New Zealand dates and times


Introductory  Learning Village webinar  on  Wednesday 10th at 7 pm New Zealand time. This free webinar talks about the basics of the Learning Village and what it could offer your Primary or Secondary learners. The intended audience are teachers interested in finding out more about the Learning Village and those who are starting to use the Learning Village.


TESOLANZ Catch-up/Kōrero (Zoom) – Date: 11 June 2020 Time: 7:00 PM  to  8:00 PMEarly Childhood & Young Learners: Supporting linguistically diverse children and their families. Hosted by Jo Knudsen and Jocelyn Wright This event will look into issues, solutions, and future scenarios for young learners from linguistically diverse backgrounds. This event will be hosted on Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on TESOLANZ Talk on the day of the event.


Wellington ESOL Cluster meeting- Thursday 18th June, Newtown School,

Speaker, Jae Major, a senior lecturer in Teacher Education of Victoria University, will be speaking on: Literacy teaching and learning cycle for teaching/supporting language and literacy across the curriculum. The speaker will start at 3:45 but you are welcome to arrive from 3:15 to connect with each other. Please RSVP to Wanwan Liao if attending wanwanl@newtown.school.nz to assist with catering purposes. 


Free online webinar: Thursday, June 25th, 7 pm Critical literacy: why these skills are more important than ever! Panel discussion hosted by Alana Madgwick to discuss the value of critical literacy and how we should teach critical literacy in every classroom in every school/ kura in Aotearoa. To register your interest click here.




Kiribati Language Week: Sunday 12 July – Saturday 18 July 2020 - no links yet I will keep you updates


Matariki is from 13 July 2020. Find teaching ideas and links here.


On other communities

Primary ESOL Online have discussed who should fill in the ELLP matrices. 


Have a great week.



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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