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Free ESOL Resources

Text books (whole sets), cassettes - a general disposal of old books. Must be picked up from Porirua. Contact Marty Pilott at Whitireia on 04 237 3103 Ext.3726.

Auckland Languages Strategy group

The ALS working group is calling for the next Government to back an independent, nationwide consultation for a National Languages Policy. Read the Media Release here.

Radio New Zealand items about ESOL students in schools.

TESOLANZ contributed to the research for the two RNZ news items which can now be read and listened to by clicking on the links. The first article is about teachers ‘taking on’ underfunded ESOL without training and the second article is about how more and more children need English as second language lessons

English New Zealand Conference

The inaugural conference - "The Future Face of ELT in New Zealand" - will be held in Auckland on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of November 2017. Go to our Conference page for more information.

NZQA English Language Roadshow

In November & December of 2017, NZQA will present a series of Saturdayroadshow events in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. The purpose of these events will be to build sector capability by increasingawareness of the NZCEL qualifications, unit standards, and the MoE's ESOLresources. During the day there will also be workshop sessions on identifyingEnglish proficiency level (via the CEFR) and assessment design. These eventsprovide a platform for professional exchange within and across the secondaryand tertiary sectors. The programme will be made up of interactive sessionsgiving teachers and providers the information and tools necessary forconsistent assessment practice.

At this stage we are attempting to gauge interest in such an event in yourarea. Please respond to the this survey so that we may ascertain yourinterest.

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.

The 2017 Tertiary Education in New Zealand Conference

The TERNZ conference will be held at Massey University in Palmerston North. Look here.

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.

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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