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Week 7: Course planning and NCEA changes

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

  We have had an exciting week online!


Last week Kathryn started a great conversation on how schools provide for English Language Learners. You can follow the thread here - there are several posts. Schools provide for their learners in many different ways. Best practice indicates that the first step in planning learning is to know your learner and plan according so that  students can reach their full potential.


Without doubt there are constraints in any school context including resources both physical and staffing, numbers of students etc but the National Education Goals are clear about our responsibilities to students 



The highest standards of achievement, through programmes which enable all students to realise their full potential as individuals, and to develop the values needed to become full members of New Zealand's society.



Equality of educational opportunity for all New Zealanders, by identifying and removing barriers to achievement.


Denise is looking for a copy of the Diagnostic Assessment Kit. If you can help, please let Denise know.


The big announcement this week was of proposed changes to the position of ESOL in the NZC.  The Fact Sheet, attached, looks at Level 2 and 3 suggested subject areas. There is a proposal to introduce two new subjects: Comparative Language and English as a Second Language (or ESOL).  After consultation, and if it is agreed that subjects will proceed, 


“further work will be done to confirm the development timeline for each subject. We are working towards most subject changes being in schools in 2024 (Level 2) and 2025 (Level 3). Some new subjects will be on longer development timeframes.” 


You can provide feedback here or by using the QR code on the attached document.


A further discussion document, Learning Area 4: Learning Languages, also attached, unpacks this development a little further.


A new subject, English as a Second Language is also proposed. This would be developed to complement or (if appropriate) replace English Language Learning unit standards. This will provide ākonga learning English, such as international students, an English as a Second Language pathway that counts towards course endorsements and University Entrance. Developing English as a Second Language as Achievement Standards will also mean the introduction of external assessment which will reduce workload pressures on teachers compared to the current Unit Standards.

The Discussion Document has additional information, and a link for feedback. Please take time to share this development with your networks and discuss the implications both in your networks and continue the conversation already started on this community.


Issue raised so far include:

  • How teachers can be involved in this development

  • Ensuring a clear pathway for students, especially those intending to go to university 

  • The benefits of ESOL becoming a subject


What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you agree with the changes? What are the advantages or disadvantages? Are there any flow on effects that should be taken into account? 


I’m sure that there are many more questions out there. I’d love to hear them.


Language weeks and events for schools


World Refugee Day: 20 June 2021


Matariki Dates: Setting 2 June 2021, Rising 2-5 July, Period 2-10 July 


Kiribati Language Week 11-17 July 2021



Ministry of Education Zoom sessions on how to apply for ESOL funding. These Zoom 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. Registration is not necessary. The next session is


3:15 – 4:00 pm, Tuesday 22nd June 2021. The Zoom link for this session is: https://moenz.zoom.us/j/85882546021?pwd=eFBPUE9EQlkwUE1meG53SHFBYmdJQT09

Meeting ID: 858 8254 6021

Passcode: 048760


2021 NZLA Conference Registration is now open. 


CLESOL - St Cuthbert’s, Auckland 08 - 09 October 2021. Many of you will be beginning to make plans to attend and finding the funding to do so. Teachers who are members of PPTA can access funding to attend CLESOL - NB TESOLANZ is listed as a subject association by PPTA. Find out more here.


On other communities

Primary ESOL Online discussed teaching listening strategies that are available on ESOL Online resources plus in listening and speaking strategies.  I always find it helpful to be reminded of teaching strategies to spruce up my box of ideas!


English Online have discussed equity and  E-asTTle assessments. An interesting conversation. What are your views on the use of  E-asTTle with our learners?


Have a great weekend everyone.



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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