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Week 6: Critical literacy and ELLs

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Hi everyone,

     This week we had a wonderful opportunity to discuss critical literacy. Thank you to Lynda for starting this conversation and to Alana for suggesting ways to integrate critical literacy into our teaching. You can follow the thread here.


Alana also linked to critical literacy PD starting on18th November.


The Curriculum Progress Tools and the Learning Progression Framework identify critical literacy as a key element of learning. If you click on the blue dots you will see illustrations of learners at each level.




Lucy asked where she could find exemplars for speaking unit standards. At present there is only one speaking exemplar on the English language NZQA page.


The Ministry of Education November ESOL News Update has been published you can read it here. It includes information on

  • The next ESOL funding round. Applications are due by 1 March 2021. Schools who have reassessed students at the end of Term 4. These assessments can be used to make ELLP judgements and to send their applications before the 1st March date. o 

  • The closing date for TESSOL tuition fees scholarships for 2021 has been extended until the end of November to allow more time for applications to be made. 

  • new translated materials to help you support culturally and linguistically diverse families. “Early learning in New Zealand – information for migrants” and “Resolving problems about your child’s learning support”.

  • This months  'Spotlight on Schools', highlights the work done at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School. This  school’s has worked with Palmerston North City Library and the Manawatu Multicultural Centre, to support and celebrate bilingual learners.  


TESOLANZ is currently conducting it’s sector survey. 

The information gathered will be used to inform professional development offered in the regions, help TESOLANZ advocate for the sector, and author a strategic plan to inform our work over the next two years. TESOLANZ also intends to organise a series of 'state of the sector' articles which will be shared through TESOLANZ publications and social media channels.


All information collected will be anonymous and any identifying information included in text responses will be removed by the survey team.


This survey will take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Please make sure to click the arrow on the final page to submit your responses. You can complete the survey here.



Applied Linguistics Association of NZ (ALANZ) Symposium 2020 Saturday 28 November 2020 at Otago University,  Dunedin, 


BAYTESOL - Where to from Here? Future-proofing English Language Teaching in Aotearoa. Venue - EIT, Napier on Saturday 28th November 2020. 8.45am – 3.00pm. Cost: Free for those in BAYTESOL region/$20 for others. Registration: https://tinyurl.com/yyl6ewwu or contact Nicola Yuile nyuile@eit.ac.nz 06 830 1298


AKTESOL Saturday 28 November. Two workshops/presentations on pronunciation with Maren Behrend and Maria Treadaway. There will also be a a delicious Christmas morning tea.




CLESOL Conference St Cuthbert’s, Auckland, 08 – 10 October 2021. Call for abstracts will open in mid-November 2020. If you submitted an abstract in the first call for abstracts and would like your abstract to be considered for CLESOL 2021, you will need to resubmit, whether you have changed it or not. Our goal is to give everyone the opportunity to incorporate any new learning as a result of the events this year if they wish and, at the same time, keep the evaluation process clean and uncomplicated. Please check CLESOL 2021 Updates  for details.


TESOLANZ Research Special Interest Group - join this (and any other SIGS) by going to the TESOLANZ web page. Select My Account (on the yellow bar on the top right), select Account Details, scroll down to the bottom and fill in the last box.


On other communities

Primary ESOL Online discussed the pros and cons of Modern Learning Environments for ELLs.

Have a great week


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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