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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 Executive 2016-7

See the Contacts page - updated March 2017.


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)

NZQA had scheduled an English Language Best Practice Workshop (BPW) in Hamilton early this month. It was, unsurprisingly, cancelled in mid-February because of a low number of registrations. However, if the quorum of 18 registrations can be met - the BPW could be held, probably in May. Please note that the content of this workshop will be the same as the 2016 BPWs, including the Auckland workshop.

Tertiary ESOL teachers who are assessing against the English Language unit standards - or designing assessments along similar lines - would find this workshop useful. If you would definitely attend a BPW in Hamilton in or before May, please complete the very quick survey. If the quorum is reached, NZQA will then post the date on its Assessor Support web page and you will have to register. I understand that the registration process is less cumbersome that it was last year! This is the only North Island EL BPW this year. However, there is also an online English Language BPW option. See for details.

Alternatively, ESOL PLCs, schools, TESOLANZ branches and tertiary institutions can request a moderator as a guest speaker on a topic related to internal English Language assessment. This is more expensive, but has the advantage of being tailored to teacher needs / requests. Last year, for example, the combined Wellington secondary ESOL PLCs asked for a PLD session on English Language reading unit standards assessment. Further information is available for this option.

NZQA is inviting applications for panellists

Those who are interested in being on a panel to review English for Academic Purposes unit standards click here to find out more.

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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