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Week 10: The latest MoE ESOL Update and applying for TESSOL scholarships

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone

     Last week Janette Ryan asked if anyone had moderated examples of student work for the EAP unit standard 22749. If you can help please contact Janette or perhaps upload to the VLN group.


Anne McCarthy shared information about university scholarships for international students.


We also shared David Riley’s new books in the Reading Warriors series.


Last week I attended both the TESOLANZ Kōrero on Zoom led by Anne McCarthy and the AKTESOL online event: Keeping connected in COVID times. Great to see so many of you in the Zoom sessions. If your TESOLANZ branch is organising a Zoom event please let the rest of the community know.


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). A couple of people have asked about eligibility. You can email info.esol@education.govt.nz  for further information and with any questions you have.

The September Ministry News Update English For Speakers of Other Languages has been published and sent out to schools. Here is the link for the online version. I always find this to be an interesting read. In this issue there are articles on:

  • The latest ESOL Funded Students Statistics, 2020 Period 2 funding allocation , currently 55,090 students in 1,524 schools.

  • TESSOL scholarships- details on who is eligible to apply and the application process.

  • Professional learning workshops on supporting former refugee

  • ELLP Pathway resources- The ELLP Pathway resources have been released as drafts and will be reviewed over the next year. ESOL PLC clusters were invited to apply for a day of release teacher funding for a cluster member to familiarise themselves with the resource and present their initial thoughts back to the group.

  • Spotlight on Schools- Using the ELLP Pathway at Glenfield School




Student resources on TKI for the General Election


Critical Literacy Online PLD Opportunity hosted by Educatalysts November 18th and December 8th. 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 wqeeks and cultural events


On other communities

English Online have been discussing how to assist students with limited literacy and have alos been discussing the new English achievement standards and the implications of these on teaching and learning.


On Secondary Literacy Online Jacqueline Goble shared Lisl Fenwick's Initiating and sustaining learning about literacy and language across the curriculum within secondary schools. She noted that ‘results indicated that quality training in "literacy and language, coupled with mentoring, can effectively support secondary school teachers to analyse subject-specific literacies and incorporate the teaching of texts and language into their subjects.’


I’ve been thinking about .... the intersection between literacy, mainstream subjects and ESOL. To what extent do mainstream teachers in your school see themselves as responsible for the development of subject specific and more general literacy? Will this change when the new literacy standards are rolled out into schools? If so, how? What role do ESOL teachers have in whole school literacy initiatives? How can we ensure literacy pathways for ELLs are in the forefront of planning in our schools. BIG questions. What are your thoughts?

Enjoy the last week of term everyone.
Kind regards


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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