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Week 9: NZC reset and funding for CLESOL

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    I imagine everyone is now looking forward to the Easter break and keeping fingers crossed for some good weather! I do hope that you all get time for some well deserved R and R.


That said last week we began a conversation around the New Zealand Curriculum reset. I asked for your thoughts on


  • the place should English language learning hold in the NZC

  • how the NZC can best meet the needs of ELLs 

  • And any other questions or thoughts you have.


In response Sandra Aitchison advocated for increased alignment with the Language stand of the NZC and asked if we need a statement or expectation placed in the curriculum that requires schools to make ESOL available at the level of hours that is suggested by the Migrant Funding?


What are your thoughts on English as an additional language and it’s position in the NZC either in response to Sandra or my original questions?


Key information can be found at the following links


Many teachers will be thinking of attending CLESOL and thinking about the cost of attending. Local branches of TESOLANZ do fund a number of teachers to attend as do PPTA. PPTA fund teachers to attend subject association conferences, details here. Please note that TESOLANZ is on the PPTA list of subject associations and therefore attending CLESOL would come under the regulations.


I will keep you informed of other funding options as I become aware of them.


Term 1 Links and language weeks 


Earth Day – 22 April 2021 


ANZAC Day  – 25 April 2021 The NZ Curriculum online provides some links and resources.


Ramadam begins on April 12th, 2021, at the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate one of their major holidays called Eid al-Fitr or the “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.” In 2021 the holiday will be held on May 13th.

An easy way to make your Muslim students feel connected is to wish them a “Ramadan Kareem” or “Ramadan Mubarak” which both loosely translates to “Have a Blessed Ramadan.” (Ramadan Considerations for Teachers During Distance Learning, Nagla Bedir. April 18, 2020. Teaching While Muslim.org.)


Rotuman Language Week 9 – 16 May 2021.


Samoa Language Week Sunday 24 May – Saturday 30 May.


On other communities

On Primary ESOL Online Janet shared a  Sabbatical Report Term 3 2020 Chris Meynell that investigated culturally responsive pedagogies and learning approaches that are creating positive learning outcomes for priority learners. Gather information about how cultural relationships are reflected in the pedagogy and curriculum of schools.  The links for Ramadan were also contributed by Janet - many thanks.

Have a great week and enjoy the upcoming break.


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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