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Week 7: More on initial assessment

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone

        Last week saw another round of great support and sharing. Athlyn initiated a conversation about initial and diagnostic assessment and using assessments normed for English speakers with ELLs - for example e.g. e-asTTle reading. You can follow the conversation here. Thank you to all who contributed.


General practice outlines that the following are commonly used:

  • a writing sample measured against ELLP

  • a vocabulary assessment


Lesser mentions went to 

  • reading assessment - a reliable, commercial tool will deliver an accurate reading age

  • listening and speaking - often combined in the form of an interview

  • or separate listening and speaking assessments


I’d love to hear any reports back from last week’s Manukau ESOL and Refugee PLC meeting. This meeting was held via Zoom. Is there a recording? The website looks great. What a wonderful resource you have created.


This is a great model for ESOL teachers in more isolated areas to follow. Any takers?


Shared with us

Alana Madgwick alerted us to a series of weekly ZOOM sessions - Talanoa With Scientists. A range of Māori and Pacific scientists will speak about their work and answer questions.  Register here.


David Riley shared alink to his wonderful Wahine Toa resources -  these resources also include texts on Māori and Pacific scientists.




Save the date - AKTESOL Workshop -Thursday 25 March at Unitec, Mt Albert

Miranda Howell and Stephanie Layec , will provide a hands-on workshop demonstrating a range of useful, free, digital tools for literacy support and assessment in the classroom. 


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.


Virtual TESOL Convention TESOL International Association. Join the global community of English language professionals for the virtual TESOL 2021 Convention & English Language Expo, 24-27 March 2021. Registration for TESOL 2021 is open.


Term 1 Language weeks and links 


Rotuman Language Week 9 – 16 May 2021.


Samoa Language Week Sunday 24 May – Saturday 30 May.


On other communities

Primary ESOL Online shared a variety of resources form the Asia New Zealand Foundation - thank you Janet. These resources could be adapted for your context.


Distance learning Resources Years 5-7


Resources for Years 7-10

Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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