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TESOLANZ is the New Zealand association of ESOL teachers in all areas of education. We offer you an opportunity to network with others in the ESOL field, professional development, conferences and expos, and we are also a major representative of the ESOL sector lobbying for the language needs of migrants and refugees. 

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Finnish Education System

Please see the information here about a talk offered at the University on Wednesday 21 March. Anne Pitkanen-Huhta is visiting the school for a few months. Her talk will be about the Finnish education system, which is renowned for its innovation and teaching methods. It should be both interesting and inspiring.

Doctoral Dissertation Grants

TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG) competition. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants investigating a range of topics in English language education. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Frequently asked questions, and much more can be found here: TIRF and its Trustees are grateful to be working in partnership with Cambridge Assessment English and the British Council, as well as individual donors, in support of the 2018 DDG competition. Please email if you have any questions about this announcement.

Essay Competition

Language Teaching and Cambridge University Press have announced the Christopher Brumfit Essay Prize 2018. The essay competition honours one of the founding editors of the journal. For more information go to their website here.

TESOLANZ position statement

Staff responsible for ESOL programmes in primary and secondary schools. See the Primary or Secondary Sig page.


Planning for CLESOL 2018 in Christchurch is well underway so keep your diaries free. The date will be from Thursday 4th October to Sunday 7th October. Further details, and email updates, can be found at www.clesol.org.nz Also keep checking our page for more information as it comes through.

Refugee Quota

New Zealand's annual refugee quota will be increased from 750 to 1000 from 2018 - the first increase to the quota in close to 30 years.

English Language Best Practice Workshop (BPW)

Tertiary ESOL teachers who are assessing against the English Language unit standards - or designing assessments along similar lines - would find a workshop useful. There is also an online English Language BPW option. See for details. For further information about NZQA Best Practice Workshops go here

Which Qualification?

Which qualification do you need to become an EFL or ESL teacher in New Zealand or overseas? Find some suggestions on our Directory of programmes. Any institution offering a TESOL programme can advertise their course free.

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