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Term 3, Week 2 Assessing students at an appropriate level

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

   Last week Kerry asked which students can sit English Language unit standards.


Thank you to all who replied and to Julie’s reminder to make sure that we assess learners at the appropriate level and to Rosemary who encouraged us to think about appropriate pathways for this learner.


Whilst any student whose first language is not English, and this includes speakers of Māori and NZSL, can be assessed against these standards, it is essential that learners are assessed at an appropriate level. It would be highly unlikely that a student who had completed  all of their education in a New Zealand school where the language of instruction was English, would be best served by assessment against English Language unit standards.


Thank you to all who responded to Moyeen's query regarding ESOL funding status lists. What a great community we belong to! 


Period 2 (terms 3 and 4) funding applications are due on Monday 3 August. 



The latest Ministry ESOL Update has now been sent out. You can view it here. This update 

  • farewells and welcomes new Ministry team members

  • analyses the statistics from the latest ESOL funding payment

  • introduce the draft ELLP Pathway resources and seeks feedback on this 

  • and the 'Spotlight on Schools' focuses on the important role that the ESOL teacher plays in integrating the use of digital tools and resources for teachers and learners at Papatoetoe East School.  



Applied Linguistics Association of NZ (ALANZ) Symposium 2020 Saturday 28 November 2020 at Otago Uni in Dunedin, notification about this conference came from Hilary. The keynote speaker is Dr Minh Nguyen who will talk on her latest research initiative, a longitudinal study of five multilingual immigrant families, drawing on conversational and interview data: "It’s time to talk - Family language policy and heritage language maintenance." Website and further information here.


TESOLANZ are organising a symposium on Assessment on 10th October in Auckland. Find out more here. 9 :00 AM  to  5:00 PM Location: University of Auckland, Epsom Campus. Workshops will be streamed by sector (primary, secondary, tertiary) and will feature topics such as:

o   The ELLP Pathway

o   Formative assessment

o   Writing test tasks and items

o   Test reliability and validation

o   And many others


On other communities

Last week Primary ESOL Online discussed the Flexible Funding Pool and Janet posted the following


"The Refugee Flexible Funding Pool offers schools additional resources to address broader issues that may prevent refugee background students from participating and achieving in mainstream schooling.Contact your nearest Senior Advisers for Refugee and Migrant Support for more information about this funding.Senior Advisors: Refugee and Migrant Support contact details"



This community also shared the following


Teacher Aide PLD pilot fund Teacher aides can apply for professional learning that supports the development of their skills and knowledge in a way that contributes to the vision of their school or kura and the learning needs of students and ākonga. The fund pays for professional learning offered by private providers, polytechnics, universities, schools, kura, Kāhui Ako or clusters. It covers both face-to-face and distance or online delivery. The fund will pay approximately $1,500 per teacher aide for course and time costs, plus up to $500 for travel and accommodation costs


The linked page provides all the information and links to approved courses including in the area of ESOL training. See Professional Learning and Development page on the NZEI website. 



Have a great week everyone.


Kind regards



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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