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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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Literacy Programmes

English Language Partners have now got their 2018 programme out which includes a Police Recruits courserunning from the end of February.

Possible additional EL Roadshow in Auckland

Following the great success of the English Language Roadshow (kindly hosted by Unitec) in Auckland last year, NZQA are looking at organising another show in Auckland in February this year to cater for all those who missed out (at least 40 on the waiting list were unable to attend). At this stage it looks like February 24th is the likely date.

If you could please share this information with your staff/colleagues/network so that we can get an idea of whether it will be worth holding an extra event, that would be much appreciated. I know many of you have already attended (or will be attending in Tech tomorrow!), but if you know of anyone still wanting to attend, could you let Mark Dawson Smith know by email asap.

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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