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Week 3: Initial and diagnostic assessment

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

   I delayed this week’s post to report back on the Focus on Assessment Symposium organised by TESOLANZ. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear a range of speakers and reconnect with colleagues. I’m sure TESOLANZ will be sharing a number of presentations. I spoke on creating assessment task and as soon as Possible I will upload a copy of my presentation for those who were not able to attend.


Last week Klasina asked about  basic entry assessments.  I’d love to hear other people’s suggestions and advice. I linked to my blog but also recommend that teachers with the same questions visit the ESOL Online page Getting Started for further suggestions. Certainly ELLP will be your go to resource for identifying where your learning is, what their learning needs are and for tracking progress. Make sure that you download and view the ELLP matrices available on the same page.


Annette Mortense shared links to support for welcoming students from refugee backgrounds. May thanks Annette. For further information contact RASNZ Training and Research Manager, Dr Annette Mortensen phone: 021 838 351, email: annette AT rasnz.co.nz


Applications for the Term 1 2021 PLD round close at 5pm onFriday 19 February 2021. If you are applying and approved for cultural capability PLD, you will be required to select an approved facilitator from a PLD provider organisation that is approved to deliver cultural capability PLD. More information on this can be found on the PLD website.


CLESOL - call for abstract submissions is closing on Friday 26 February For further details, including the online submission portal, please visit the CLESOL 2021 Conference website www.clesol.org.nz




Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year 11th - 26th February - The Year of the Ox see last weeks update for suggested resources.


Mother Language Day: 21 February Find out more here.


Don’t forget the Ministry of Education ZOOM event: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) funding application professional support – Zoom information sessions. The Ministry of Education ESOL team will be hosting two optional Zoom sessions explaining how to apply for ESOL funding. The 45 minute sessions will begin with a step by step explanation of how to apply for ESOL funding followed by an opportunity for Q & As. These sessions are targeted at those who are new to the role of applying for ESOL funding, or those who would like a refresher. Those who are familiar with the ESOL funding process do not need to attend.

The Zoom sessions will be held:

3:30 – 4:15pm, Wednesday 17th February 2021. The Zoom link for this session is: https://moenz.zoom.us/j/82509184371?pwd=VzNpUkxFY0pSZHV2VnJkRlJ6eHdWUT09

3:30 – 4:15pm, Thursday 18th February 2021. The Zoom link for this session is:  https://moenz.zoom.us/j/82308301706?pwd=bGUwTVpkMnRERlFueFZ4T1d4eDhTUT09

You only need to attend one of the two sessions, as both sessions will cover the same information.


This is an open invite and anyone is welcome to attend. Please pass on the details to colleagues who may be interested.You do not need to register for these sessions. If you are interested in attending, we recommend you block out the time in your calendar as a reminder. Please join the Zoom link to the session you wish to attend at the time specified above.


Virtual TESOL Convention 2021 TESOL International Association. Convention & English Language Expo, 24-27 March 2021. Registration for this event is open


On other communities

Primary ESOL Online shared a link to the MoE School leaders bulletin outlining the regulations regarding fixed term contracts. This is interesting reading for anyone who is in this situation.

Have a great week everyone.


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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