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Why should Aotearoa/New Zealand invest in producing a national language policy?

Professor Jo Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne AUT Public Lecture, Wednesday 23 August 2017, 5.15pm – 6.30pm AUT, Sir Paul Reeves Building, WG308, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place Auckland 1010 Invitations to this event will be coming out soon. To receive an Eventbrite invitation (in the meantime) please register your interest with

EVO18 is calling for proposals on any topic relevant to the teaching of English.

To find out more about this go to our affiliates page

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 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. For more information 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. To find out more about this go to our Publications page. I

Scholarship opportunity

PhD scholarship/studentship associated with the National Science Challenge – A Better Start project. Information about this is available on our Publications page.

New Publication Out

The March 2016 issue of Radical TEFL has been published, and is available as a free download at: .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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