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Week9: More on assessment changes and resources

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

   Last week we continued to discuss the proposed subjects list and the possible inclusion of ESOL as a subject. Julie encouraged us to complete the NCEA Proposed Subjects survey. Julie kindly attached the relevant documents and I have reattached them to this email.


There were lots of questions on this topic and Anne McCarty has organised a TESOLANZ Secondary SIG meeting via Zoom on this topic. The details are below under Events.


Laura asked for suggestions for topics to assess unit standard 28069. There were some great ideas - thanks to all who replied. Follow the thread here.


Kathryn is looking for a unit or exemplars for students studying for us 22749. Do we have any ideas or suggestions?


Mandy asked for ideas on teaching pronunciation and several suggestions were made. Follow the thread and find the suggestions here.


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Language weeks and events for schools


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


Kiribati Language Week: 11-17 July 2021


Cook Islands Language Week: Sunday 1 August to Saturday 7 August 2021



TESOLANZ Secondary SIG Zoom. Registration is NOT necessary.




Refugees as Survivors NZ: Welcoming Schools for Students from Refugee Backgrounds: Last workshop for 2021. Monday 2nd August, 9.30-2.30pm – Kohia Centre, Auckland. This event is free of charge. For more details phone 021 838 351.


Registration for CLESOL  is now open- St Cuthbert’s, Auckland 08 - 09 October 2021. Funding is available to attend for PPTA members. Find out more here. As other funding options become available I will let you know.


On other communities

English Online have continued to discuss strategies to improve accuracy in writing. 


Primary ESOL Online are discussing parental concerns that their child is not speaking enough English.


Secondary Literacy Online shared an Evaluation Associates blog on Growing the vocabulary kete of our junior scientists from Claire Fyfe, which comments on the  importance of developing learner ability to use scientific vocabulary and strategies to foster this ability.


Have a great week.



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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