Primary SIG

Gwenna Finikin
Primary SIG Co-ordinator
Tel. 021 144 5635
Email

The Primary Sector Special Interest Group was formed to provide a primary perspective in TESOLANZ. Some issues noted by ESOL teachers working in Primary schools around New Zealand are:

    That the face of ESOL teaching has changed over the last few years, partly influenced by the number of International Students attending our schools. The positive effects of Cluster Groups as much needed Professional Development. The need for curriculum support for ESOL teachers, and support for NESB students in their mainstream classes. The increasing number of students who are coming to NZ with special learning needs as well as their NESB needs.

If you are a TESOLANZ member with an interest in these or other issues affecting ESOL teaching in a NZ Primary school, contact the Primary SIG Coordinator, Gwenna Finikin, to be added to the Primary SIG emailing list.

2017 Notices

TESOLANZ position statement: Staff responsible for ESOL programmes in primary
and secondary schools.


TESOLANZ believes that specialist teachers with a recognised ESOL qualification should
have responsibility for developing, planning and implementing ESOL programmes.
Programmes can be enhanced by paraprofessionals who would ideally hold qualifications in
working with ELLs. We encourage all schools to support teachers and paraprofessionals to
gain ESOL qualifications.
Qualified staff have the benefit of training to support the micro-decisions of teaching required
to accelerate the development of English language proficiency, enabling our learners to more
readily access a broad classroom curriculum, achieving academic success and a sense of
social and emotional wellbeing.

2016 Notices

It was good to catch up with so many people at CLESOL. I hope to meet even more at CLESOL 2018 in Christchurch.

Branch Representatives for the Steering Committee

AKTESOL: Maree Jeurissen, Karen Cebalo

WAITESOL: To be approached

WATESOL: Cathy Cahill

MANATESOL: Gwenna Finikin, Charlaine Spencer

CANTESOL: Margie Askin

OTAGOTESOL: Annette Tate

NATESOL: To be approached

BAYTESOL: To be approached

International Students: Penny O’Connell

2016 Minutes

2016 SIG report

2015 Notices

The SIG meeting was held during the Dunedin symposium on October 17.
We welcomed new members Jenny Albrecht and Margie Askin, on to our steering group.
Please see the 2015 SIG report for information on what we have done this year.

Branch Representatives for the Steering Committee

AKTESOL: Maree Jeurissen, Karen Cebalo

WAITESOL: To be approached

WATESOL: Cathy Cahill

MANATESOL: Gwenna Finikin, Charlaine Spencer

CANTESOL: Margie Askin

OTAGOTESOL: Annette Tate, Jenny Albrecht

NATESOL: To be approached

BAYTESOL: To be approached

International Students: Penny O’Connell

2015 Minutes

2015 SIG report

2014 Notices


At the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 we undertook a small piece of research around the parents of ELL students and how they feel about their children being reported on against National Standards. The correlation we found was that those teachers who had been able to talk to parents about the reports were the ones who noted the parents either didn't mind, or quite liked, their children being reported on against National Standards. This highlights the importance of the home-school relationship for the on-going support of our learners.

This year the primary special interest group is again carrying out a small piece of research. This time it is on what support is accessed/accessible for ELLs. Please take a couple of minutes to take part. The SIG would be really interested to hear about your experiences, stories and decision making around support for your ELLs.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZZCQFY6

Branch Representatives for the Steering Committee

AKTESOL: Maree Jeurissen, Karen Cebalo

WAITESOL: To be approached

WATESOL: Cathy Cahill

MANATESOL: Gwenna Finikin, Charlaine Spencer

CANTESOL: Judith Anthony

OTAGOTESOL: Annette Tate

NATESOL: To be approached

BAYTESOL: To be approached

International Students: Penny O’Connell


REPORTS

All PDF unless marked otherwise

2014

Primary SIG Minutes 2014

2013

Primary SIG Minutes October 2013


2012

Primary SIG Report 2012


2011

Primary SIG Report AGM 2011

Primary SIG Report July 2011

Primary SIG Report Chch 2 March 2011

Primary SIG Report AGM 2010

Primary SIG Report June 2010

Primary SIG Report March 2010

2009

Primary SIGReport June 2009

Primary SIG AGM report - summary

Primary SIG Minutes 2009

Primary SIG Report March 2009

2008

Primary SIG Report to 2008 AGM

2007

Minutes of Primary SIG Meeting at 2007 AGM

Primary SIG report to 2007 AGM

2006

TESOLANZ Primary and Secondary Sector Interest Groups. Submission on the Draft New Zealand Curriculum. November 2006.

Primary SIG report to 2006 AGM

2005

Primary Sector Issues 2005

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