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Term 3, Week 10: Revised NCEA subjects list

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone

  I hope you are all planning for a well deserved rest and hopefully a return to face-to-face teaching for everyone next term. Fingers crossed that we are nearly there!


In the news this week was the Ministry of Education release of the new subjects list for Level 2 and 3 which can be viewed here. Sadly the decision to include ESOL has been deferred but on the brighter side the various feedback document indicate strong support for ESOL as a subject, refer to Annex 1, page 27 - 28. 


Of the 54 comments about ESOL, 48 were in favour of the proposed subject and ongoing support for the acquisition of the English language. Reasons for concern related to the subject’s naming and placement in Learning Languages, given it is not technically a language and does not match language curriculum levels.


There does also seem to be a commitment to develop ESOL as a subject, refer to Annex 2 


...deferring English as a Second Language, Comparative Language, Applied Mathematics, and Science until after the current Review of Achievement Standards to allow for further scoping work … (page 3.)


Scoping work prior to development will also need to account for the relationship of the proposed new subject with existing ESOL unit standards. ESOL will require a bespoke development process, involving its simultaneous development at all three levels of NCEA, similar to the approach taken with Te Ao Haka and planned for New Zealand Sign Language. (page 15)


Although some people will be disappointed in the deferment, there is merit in taking a considered approach to developing ESOL further within the NZC.


Time to focus on the positives and see how our community can contribute to this development?


Language weeks

Fijian Language Week: Sunday 3 October to Saturday 9 October 2021, Perhaps you have already celebrated Fijian Language week rto plan do do so next term.


Niue Language Week: October 17, 2021 - October 23, 2021


Gagana Tokelau Language Week: October 24, 2021 - October 30, 2021.




TESSOL scholarships- Applications for 2022 are now open. TESSOL (Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages) scholarships are available for study at the University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington and Waikato Institute of Technology. Online applications for 2022 TESSOL scholarships will be open from 6 September 2021 until 16 November 2021. Information about who is eligible and what the scholarship covers may be helpful for guidance and can be accessed on this link.  Please encourage your colleagues in all subjects to consider applying.


The CLESOL Conference is fast approaching. The online format  is a great opportunity for teachers around the country who might have found attending in person to participate. Virtual attendees will be able to attend live sessions and will have 30 days to watch any of the recordings. Further details are available on the CLESOL website. I look forward to seeing some of you virtually!


On other communities

Literacy Online linked to the National Library blog on Mental health, schools and kōrero.


Secondary Literacy Online linked to Keeping it real for kids on misinformation which was aired  on RNZ and looked at the need to upskill adolescents and children on detecting fake news and information - very pertinent at this point in time!. 


Have a well deserved break everyone.



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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