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Term 4, Week 7: The Draft Literacy Standards

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Hi everyone,

   This week Sue asked where she could buy graded readers. Thank you to all who replied. Suggestions included


Our other main discussion centred around the release of the Draft Literacy Standards for consultation. 

  • Consultation is open from 18th November to 18th December only.

  • In 2021 assessment tasks will be developed and trialled

  • In 2023 the standards will replace the current literacy standards  


A couple of questions have come up regarding the EAP standards. Currently the EAP standards can be used to credential literacy in a similar way to evidence from other subjects. This will no longer be the case after 2023 BUT the EAP standards will continue to be offered and, I hope, used in schools.


This consultation is your only opportunity to provide feedback. At this time there are no plans for a further round of consultation which is why taking this opportunity is essential.


TESOLANZ will be holding an online Zoom meeting to discuss the draft standards. All are welcome to attend.


The other topic of interest is the NCEA Change Package. I am keen to hear your thoughts.




TESSOL Tuition Fee Scholarship Applications Extended until 30th November. If you are considering further study at all I highly recommend this course. The online application form for TESSOL tuition fees scholarships for 2021 is available on the Ministry website.


Don’t forget to complete the TESOLANZ 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 TESOLANZ’s work over the next two years. You can complete the survey here.


Professional development for teacher aides

Wintec is able to offer fees scholarships for teacher aides/learning assistants to study on the Grad Cert TESOL in 2021, They are having an information afternoon about the programme on Tuesday 1st of December. The link for people who want to come to that is on the Wintec web site.



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 delicious Christmas morning tea.


TESOLANZ Face-to-face Assessment symposium 13 Feb 2021 University of Auckland, Epsom Campus. This event will feature practical workshops on a range of topics, delivered by experts in assessment. Workshops will be streamed by sector (primary, secondary, tertiary)..


Virtual TESOL Convention 2021 TESOL International Association. Join our global community of English language professionals for the virtual TESOL 2021 Convention & English Language Expo, 24-27 March 2021. Registration for TESOL 2021 will start on 25 November 2020.


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. The 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.

Have a great week


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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