The Canterbury branch of the TESOL Association of Aotearoa New Zealand


Kerstin Dofs



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Latest Newsletters

CANTESOL Newsletter September 2018

Upcoming events

Cultural Responsiveness Workshop

Mid-March, 2020

Technology in the Classroom Workshop

Late May, 2020

Annual General Meeting

Late August, 2020


October 2-4, 2020

Click here for the website.

Dates & details will be finalized in the coming weeks, so check back here soon!

Past Events & Notices

Annual General Meeting - The Great Get-together


29 August 2019 - Starts at 4:30 p.m.


Visions On Campus Restaurant (Click for a link to a map)


Free for CANTESOL members


Free finger food and drinks will be provided along with trivia.

Dinner is also available for an additional charge, and menu will be sent out for those who RSVP.

Come along for a great night of food, drinks, fun and networking.

See the poster



When: Saturday 15 June 2019, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Ara Institute of Canterbury, 2nd floor W block, follow the signs
Cost: Members Free, non-members $15, non-waged - gold coin(Cash payment on the day)

Morning tea will be provided!

Promotional poster with more detail available HERE.Event programme HERE.

Please share this poster at your workplace.

For catering purposes please RSVP to kerstin.dofs@ara.ac.nz

CANTESOL Technology Workshop 31st May 2018 at ARA

Topic: Technology to activate and engage students in the classroom
Presenter: Cheryl Brown, PhD
Associate Professor of e-learning & co-director e-learning lab, University of Canterbury

In this presentation Cheryl drew on her experiences of e-learning, in particular mobile learning from the multi-lingual context of South African education. She presented research from her national project on personal mobile devices in learning and unpacked ways in which provision of technological access, even at the most basic level, can change pedagogy both in and outside the classroom. She also offered some ideas and suggestions for how to simply and effectively use educational technology to enhance engagement, motivation and learning in your own teaching and learning contexts. As this was a fun and interactive session, participants were encouraged to bring their personal mobile devices (cell phones, tablets etc) with them to try out some tools during the session.

Aspects of performance workshop 22nd March 2018 at PEETO

Topic: Voice Management
Presenter: Kaylene Worral and Margi Memory
Teachers at PEETO

The first CANTESOL event for 2018 was held on a wet Thursday evening in March. The event proved to be an active, practical learning and networking session for many. See the newsletter for more details.


Coming to Christchurch on October 5-7 (More details to follow)

Please register to receive updates

Contact Kerstin Dofs kerstin.dofs@ara.ac.nz or Daryl Streat daryl.streat@lincoln.ac.nz with questions

Sociolinguistics Symposium 22 (SS22)

27-30 June, 2018
University of Auckland.


2-6 July, 2018
University of Auckland.

New Zealand Association of Language Teachers Conference

8-11 July, 2018

Public Lecture by Prof. Lo Bianco
On August 23rd, a public lecture was held on the topic of national language policy.
Watch the lecture HERE

CANTESOL - Mini-Conference

A big thanks to all those who attended our mini-conference this past Saturday. As presentations become available, they will be posted here:

Saturday, 2nd September (2017), 8:30am-12:30pm
Ara Institute of Canterbury, L233

TESOLANZ Membership

Please remember to renew your membership (April 1)


The Applied Linguistics Conference (ALANZ/ALAA/ATLAANZ)

27 - 29 November, 2017
Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

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Contact List for the Refugee and Migrant Service Sector

Find the updated list here

Past 2017 Events


13th June, 2017 from 4:30pm-6:00pm

PEETO - 80 Rattray St, Riccarton

Navjot McCormack (Linwood College) will lead a session on approaches to teaching vocabulary and some of the issues associated with these approaches.

Technology Workshop

Thursday, 9th March, 2017 @ 4:30pm

This session will look at technology in English Language Education and will investigate the role of apps and computers in supporting learning opportunities. It will also outline a couple of frameworks for determining suitability of technology in Education. This presentation is based on a workshop which was done at CLESOL 2016 in Hamilton.

2016 Events


Your CANTESOL will be holding its 2016 AGM towards the end of the year. It would be great to see all of our membership together and share on the past year, as well as prepare for the next.

Thursday, 3 November, 2016 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm - At Riccarton High School - Staff Room

This event will encompass the following:

  • A short ice-breaker
  • Current Issues in TESOL - a facilitated discussion
  • Interactive activities
  • AGM
  • Tea, coffee, & snacks

We also encourage NEW MEMBERS of the CANTESOL COMMITTEE!"CLESOL Conference - Bridging the Gap: Mini-conference"

Keynote Speaker - Sue Sullivan

Sue had the amazing opportunity to attend the previous IATEFL conference and will be sharing her experiences from IATEFL in the UK.

CANTESOL will hold a follow-up meeting based on this year's CLESOL Conference at University of Waikato. Should you be unable to attend CLESOL, or wish to share what you have learned, this is the event for you. In addition, if you are presenting at this year's conference, this is a great opportunity to share with those who were unable to attend.

Saturday, 20 August

Place: Ara Te Puna Wanaka, Coventry Street, Christchurch


  • 9:00 am Registration and Food
  • 9:45 am Keynote Presentation (Sue Sullivan)
  • 10:35 am Concurrent Colloquia
  • 11:25am Mini-presentations
  • 12:00 Neworking
  • 12:30 pm Close

Post CLESOL Conference 2016 Flyer

"Teaching in the Dark" - Karyn Paringatai.

CANTESOL is proud to bring you this amazing event. Dr. Paringatai is the winner of a Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award and will be joining us to share teaching methodology. You can read more here. Also, here.

Thursday, 16 June

Place: University of Canterbury, College of Education, Jack Mann Theatre complex, Drama Room

4:00-4:30 - Refreshments (cold drinks and snacks)

4:30-5:30 - Karyn Paringatai

5:30-6:00 - Questions

We sincerely hope to see you there!

Teaching in the Dark Flyer (with time, date, address, and information!)

2015 Events

Presentations of great ideas in 5 minutes only

The next event will take place at PEETO, 80 Rattray Street in Riccarton on Thursday 10 September. We are planning to tap into the many years of language teaching in our region by inviting teachers to do a five-minute sharing of good ideas. Come along and share or just participate and learn new ideas from your colleagues.
This event is yet another networking opportunity. We will have some snacks and drinks and at the end all members will have the opportunity to participate in the AGM.
Let us know if you have a good idea to share by emailing kerstin.dofs@cpit.ac.nz

The CANTESOL EXPO took place on Saturday 9 May, 10am - 1pm in the Wheki building at Canterbury University.


We had some interesting speakers lined up on the theme of bi- and multilingualism: Stephen May, Una Cunningham, and three community language providers: Mijung Kim from the Korean School, Qi Lubao from Rewialley Chinese School, and Takuya Yamaguchi from the Japanese School. A Maori welcome; a Mihi, including morning tea, started the event. This was an excellent PD opportunity, where the participants could learn about and discuss how TESOL teachers can benefit from knowing more about bi- and multilingualism. It was also a very good network opportunity as we met new and old colleagues and friends.

See our latest Newsletter for more details.

The CANTESOL branch of TESOLANZ organised a stimulating talk and discussion.


This was the question in focus for the firstpublic meeting of the CANTESOL branch of TESOLANZ on a sunny but cold Thursdayevening in March. Around half of our members turned up, so the committee felt that it is actually worthwhile to work for CANTESOL. However, we felt a bit sorry for the rest of the members who for different reasons could not attend and missed out on this very interesting event and networking opportunity.

Hamilton Jet has added larger jets to their product range, including the HT1000 in order to keep up with the demands of the marketplace and changes in engine technology. http://www.newzealandeducationguide.com/tamatea/thumbs_dsc04764%5b1%5d.jpg

Grant Cameron, Human Services Manager at Hamilton Jet, gave an opening talk on the ways in which this company supports its migrant workers and their families. This was followed by questions and discussion exploring issues for migrant integration in business, social and educational settings in Canterbury.

This happened on March 19th 2015.

There were refreshments and networking from 4.00 to 4.30pm and Talk and questions from 4.30 to 5.30pm.

It all happened at PEETO, 80 Rattray Street, Riccarton and participants paid a gold coin entry fee

2014 Events


Special session:

TALK & DISCUSSION with Richard Cauldwell

Wed 5 Nov 3.45 - 5.30Room E2 Papanui High Langdons Road Christchurch​


Enhancing Pasifika Student Learning

Wednesday 16th April 2014

2013 Events


The CANTESOL AGM took place on Thursday, 21 November 2013 at the Riccarton Baptist Church,
80 Rattray St at 4:15pm

Guest Speaker: Associate Professor Una Cunningham



Associate Professor Una Cunningham

School of Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Canterbury

The Digital English Teacher, with practical demonstration of ideas

English language education has long been an area where technology has been brought to learners
and there is considerable potential for using widely available technology to work with learners'
proficiency in English. Technological development has accelerated and many classrooms are well
equipped. Nonetheless, the needs of the learner are more important than what we can do with the
technology. Learners of English still need to hear, view and read a lot of English, and sometimes to
focus on form, and there are digital tools that can help with this. Likewise, technology offers ways to
meet the need for learners to engage in meaningful communication (spoken as well as written) in
English and interaction with both native speakers and other learners who do not share their first
language. English teaching is a natural arena for the implementation of flipped classroom thinking,
where students access digital and other materials outside of class and use classroom time for
interaction with the teacher and fellow students. In this talk I will look at some tools and ways that
digital practices can be usefully applied to enhance English language learning in New Zealand and
empower English language learners and their teachers.

2013 Cantesol Expo


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CANTESOL AGM Minutes 2016

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CANTESOL Statements 2016

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