Who we are...

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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TESOLANZ position statement

Staff responsible for ESOL programmes in primary and secondary schools

See the Primary or Secondary Sig page.

Opportunities for Students from Diverse Backgrounds

At the AGM in Hamilton, 2016, the following remit, proposed by CANTESOL was approved: That TESOLANZ communicates with the Ministry of Education and NZQA requesting that they evaluate current language learning and assessment opportunities for secondary school learners from culturally and linguistically rich and diverse backgrounds, and investigate ways to enhance the opportunities. In response to this remit, a working party was set up and a submission was then sent to NZQA and MOE. The submission and the response from MOE can be found here


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.

International Diploma in Language Teaching Management

The upcoming IDLTM (International Diploma in Language Teaching Management) course will be in Auckland from 10th – 14th July. Head to commercial links to find out more. Click on links for information regarding enrolment.

Reports from CANTESOL

Go here to see the reports on International Mother Language Day, EAP Review and NZCEL Review

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.

TIRF Competition

The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) established the TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts to honor the contributions of their educator and association founder. They are inviting nominations for the 2018 TIRF Alatis Prize competition. Nominations are invited for outstanding articles or chapters that were published during calendar years of 2016 or 2017. There is a prize of $500 to be awarded for an article or chapter published in English and dealing with some aspect of language policy or planning in educational contexts. To find out more go here.

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

Research Projects

Bilingual or multilingual ESOL teachers with intercultural teaching experiences wanted as Research Study Participants for a PhD research project. It involves sharing intercultural classroom experiences in a Focus group discussion (about 60-90 minutes) and/or in a One-on-one interview (about 45-60 minutes). You will receive a small koha (petrol voucher) for your participation. Your name or that of your workplace will not be used in the study. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact Rohan Willis at: 022 657 1451 or Email: gyv8330@autuni.ac.nz

Rachel Matthewman is a third year student at Ara Polytechnic doing a research project on students from Japan and China to discover whether they change their learning styles once they begin studying in New Zealand. To do this Rachel needs to survey ESOL teachers who have taught here in New Zealand. The survey is completely anonymous and only takes a few minutes. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2SRRTKS

Scholarship opportunity

PhD scholarship/studentship associated with the National Science Challenge – A Better Start project.

‘A Better Start: E Tipu E Rea’ National Science Challenge is a New Zealand-wide research project investigating the impact of culturally responsive literacy, health, and well-being interventions to improve outcomes for children from vulnerable communities. Researchers in this project are seeking an appropriate candidate to undertake work in the area of emergent bilingualism and digital technologies with vulnerable children, in the eastern communities of Christchurch.

For more information contact
Amy Scott, PhD
Research Assistant to 'A Better Start' E Tipu e Rea - Literacy

New Publication Out

The March 2016 issue of Radical TEFL has been published, and is available as a free download at:http://radicaltefl.weebly.com .This issue contains four full-lesson role plays for secondary class teaching, with teaching notes and permission for use in the classroom. Radical TEFL hopes to publish work which probes problems of secondary school EFL teaching:

Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy 2015-19

See Tertiary SIG page

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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