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Week 5: Thinking of our Auckland colleagues and students

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    Well we are facing another week where we will have to plan on the run but hopefully many of us will be able to use strategies that worked well for us last year many of which we will have continued to use in our classroom.


The issue of looking after our students, our whanau and our own well being remains paramount. Be realistic about what can be done at short notice.  Extensive reading programme, reading logs, vocabulary learning are all tasks that can be done relatively independently with minimum input from parents. You might also like to review my blog where I discussed remote teaching. These blogs are in reverse date order with the most recent at the top so scroll down to 23rd March, 2020


We also need to be aware that not all students have access to devices and internet. So consider what works on a phone. Quizziz is one such programme and it is relatively easy to set up vocabulary learning or test content or comprehension using this tool. I’m sure that you will have many more suggestions. 


Of course today is the 1st March. The day that ESOL funding applications have to be in. Please don’t panic if you are an Auckland school and are unable to complete your application. At the recent Ministry webinar, we were told that the Ministry is aware that applications from Auckland schools may be delayed


Dates to be aware of


TESSOL further study awards, in 2021 the MOE is offering a limited number of additional awards for further study in the TESSOL field. These awards are targeted at teachers who have successfully done the TESSOL scholarship funded courses of a New Zealand TESSOL qualification but have not completed it, or teachers who have completed a TESSOL qualification and wish to do further study.  Keep a look out on the TESSOL Further Study Awards information page.


The closing date for abstracts for the October 2021 CLESOL conference  has been extended to 5th March. Friday this week - do think about putting in a submission.



Virtual TESOL Convention 2021 TESOL International Association. Convention & English Language Expo, 24-27 March 2021. 


Language weeks for Term 1, 2021

Rotuman Language Week 10 – 16 May

Rotuman Language Week takes place in 2020 from Sunday 10 May to Saturday 16 May. The theme for this special week is "Putua ‘os fäega ma ‘os ag fak Rotuma. Nurturing our Rotuman identity through language and culture". 


Samoa Language Week Sunday 24 May - Saturday 30 May 2020

Samoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Samoa helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and to different beliefs and cultural practices. Everyone who learns Gagana Samoa helps to preserve it as a living and rich language.


International Languages Week Monday 25 May – Friday 29 May 2020

This week provides an opportunity to showcase and promote languages and cultures in your school and communities

On other communities

Primary ESOL Online has discussed initial assessment and supporting students to learn the sounds of English. 


John McCaffery contributed to the conversation stating that 


“The Better Start project has all this material coming our way. However it is not designed for bilingual speakers or their languages i.e., biliterate students. We just  need just to remember though that except for students who do not speak any English at all or are very new arrivals with very limited English, or have learning difficulties;  extensive scientific published peer reviewed, International research in Sth Auckland/ Manukau has shown that most students need help with turning the sounds into writing i.e. sounds to symbols and with understanding what they are reading by helping make meaningful links between their own lives and experiences and the worlds of books and texts - as the Pacific Early Literacy Project(PELP) Va’atele Consulting Dual language texts do every successfully on a scientific evidence base  as one of its primary goals.”


The following texts were suggested on this community,


How do you approach this issue in your context?


Noho ora mai - Stay well



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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