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Hi everyone

   Last week Averill Coxhead shared a link to access Tongan Language Week: Bilingual English-Tongan Trades Education word lists: Carpentry, Plumbing, Automotive Technology and Fabrication which are available from Victoria University.



Helen Nicholls is looking for practice assessment materials for unit standard 30986 - any recommendations would be welcomed.

As we head towards the end of term I’d like to ask what your hot topics for next term are? Please share.

Applications for TESSOL scholarships - Information about each of the TESSOL providers will be available on the Ministry website next term. The deadline for these is early next term (October).


TESOLANZ Catch-up/Kōrero (Zoom) – Secondary ELL Mainstreaming. 

Date 15th September Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM  

The session will consist of a short powerpoint from Anne McCarthy on mainstreaming from her doctorate study, followed by breakout rooms where people discuss their views, then feedback for summaries and future planning. More information is available on TESOLANZ Talk and on the TESOLANZ website.


Webinar:Jannie van Hees is running 4 Zoom sessions on language assessment .  Starting today,  14th and 15th September. The four sessions are:

  • Zoom meet 1 = ELLP stages assessments

  • Zoom meet 2 = VOCABULARY assessment

  • Zoom meet 3 = SPOKEN LANGUAGE assessment

  • Zoom meet 4 = WRITING assessment

Please contact Jannie for details and to register your interest. She will need a contact email, and it is helpful to share what level of school you teach in. To register your interest if you are not already on her mailing list email  j.vanhees AT languagingminds.co.nz . There is a fee to attend.


AKTESOL online event: Keeping connected in COVID times. Thursday 17 September 2020 at 6:00pm.  To register, please email Leslie Robertson, Chair, AKTESOL Committee. 


TESOLANZ What's On- plus Branch Meetings,  and TESOLANZ Talk their public Facebook group


Critical Literacy Online PLD Opportunity hosted by Educatalysts. More details here.


The TESOLANZ Assessment Symposium was scheduled for 10th October in Auckland. In the current situation there are plans afoot to move some of the programme online and defer other parts. Further details will be posted here.


Applied Linguistics Association of NZ (ALANZ) Symposium 2020 Saturday 28 November 2020 at Otago Uni in Dunedin, Website and further information here.


CLESOL Conference St Cuthbert’s, Auckland, 08 – 10 October 2021.


Language Weeks


This week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori in schools and as a nation. Check out

or ideas and ways to celebrate


Upcoming language weeks


  • New Zealand Chinese Language Week: 20-26 September 2020

  • Tuvalu language week, Sunday 27 September - Saturday 3 October 2020

  • Mid-Autumn Festival: 1 October 2020

  • Fijian language week, Sunday 4 October - Saturday 10 October 2020

  • Niue language week, Sunday 18 October - Saturday 24 October 2020

  • Tokelau language week, Sunday 25 October - Saturday 31 October 2020

  • Bunka no Hi (Culture Day) Japan: 3 November 2020

  • Diwali 12-16th November, main celebration on Sat, 14 November 2020


On other communities

On Primary ESOL Online Janet posted on underachievement. Her thoughtful post included links to an article by Tan Huynh based upon a podcast interview with Jim Cummins summarising the evolution of his work over the past forty years.

Reversing Underachievement for Students from Minority Backgrounds. Janet also linked to Stuart McNaughton work  The literacy landscape in Aotearoa, New Zealand: What we know, what needs fixing and what we should prioritise


On Secondary Literacy Online Jacqueline Goble recommended  Task, Text, and Literacy for All Subjects by McConachie et al from 2006 discusses the principles of Disciplinary Literacy using a 10th Grade history class as the example. She stated that disciplinary literacy is "based on the premise that students can develop conceptual knowledge in a discipline only by using the habits of reading, writing, talking and thinking which that discipline values and uses."


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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