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NZALT 2021 Newsletter no 40

Tēnā koutou!  你好!  안녕하세요  Kia orana!  Bonjour!  Guten Tag!  こんにちは。Salvete!  Faka’alofa lahi atu!  Talofa lava!  Buenos días!  Malo e lelei!  Malo ni!
We have enjoyed connecting with so many of you over the year at the NZALT Conference, in Webinars, at Cluster meetings or online in 2021. 
We wish you all a relaxing and safe holiday season from the NZALT team!
See you in 2022!

Meri Kirihimete! 

Focus of this newsletter: 
  • NZALT 2022 Conference: John McGlashan College, Dunedin - Saturday 9 - Tuesday 12 July
  • Languages Week 2022: Week 7, Term 2 (13 - 17 June)
  • Research on the Use of Digital Technologies in a Languages Classroom
  • Research on Heritage Language Maintenance in Waikato
  • Useful Links


NZALT 2022 Conference

The NZALT 2022 Conference will take place from late afternoon Saturday 9 July until mid-day Tuesday 12 July at John McGlashan College in Dunedin.  
A variety of accommodation offers will be available ranging from budget to deluxe, including onsite at John McGlashan College. 
All details around registration costs, awards and submissions of presentations will be available early in 2022.
If you require any information about the NZALT Conference, please email
Our congratulations to Aimie Stokes from ACG Tauranga. Second place in Years 7 and 8 NZALT Languages Week Poster Competition.

Research on the Use of Digital Technologies in Language Class Teaching

Do you use digital technologies for teaching language?
Do you want to share some thoughts about using digital technologies for teaching language?

My name is Yi (Vicky) Liu, a doctoral student in the Institute of Education, Massey University. As the title shows, I am interested in understanding how teachers use and perceive digital technologies for teaching language in the classroom.
A summary of the project findings will be shared with the NZALT. It will be able to deepen your understanding of teachers’ perceptions and practices of using digital technologies in language classrooms, especially in the context of the current pandemic and the greater demand for digitally facilitated learning. The findings may also help inform educational policies relating to digital technology integration.

If you are a language teacher at Year 9 and/or Year 10 in New Zealand schools, this survey may be for you to share your experience and opinions about using digital technologies in your language class. 

You may need around 20 minutes to complete this anonymous survey at once, or you can complete a portion of the survey and return later to finish the rest.

Please access the survey through the following anonymous link:
Or through this QR code: 

If you’re unsure if you meet the requirements or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of this study team: 
Yi (Vicky) Liu 
Massey University Institute of Education 


Call for participants: survey of heritage languages in Waikato

I am Margaret Connelly, a Masters student at the University of Waikato. I am currently carrying out a research project related to heritage languages. This involves gathering information about family language beliefs, practices and management, including language education.
This research aims to find out as much as possible about the languages spoken by ethnic New Zealanders, and what support is available for using, learning and teaching home languages.
I hope results will contribute to supporting community language education and celebrating NZ’s superdiversity.
Find out more!

Email or visit

Topical Reading

Teachers have free access to this latest research on Language Teaching from the University of Auckland: 
Teaching Languages to Adolescent Learners
From Theory to Practice

Authors: Rosemary Erlam, University of Auckland, Jenefer Philp, Lancaster University, Diana Feick, University of Auckland.
Advertised at conference, the Gold Open Access edition of Martin East’s latest book on task-based language teaching is now available - free and accessible to anyone, anywhere due to generous funding from the Centre for Languages, Future Learning Solutions – access the book at this link.

The following article by Dr Grace Yue Qi of Massey University COVID-19 underlines the importance of learning languages via emerging technologies has recently been published in Melbourne Asia Review – the hybrid journal-blog of the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. This article is particularly relevant for us all at present.

Useful Links 

Excellent links to various activities and resources for the specific language weeks and cultural events can be found at National Events. This is regularly updated.

For support with language teaching and learning, resourcing, planning and much more, contact the Tui Tuia Learning Circle Languages.

Contact Details

NZALT President
Annabelle Sinclair

Networks of Expertise Co-ordinator:   Jeni Lemberg
Online PLD Co-ordinator: Madlen Kunath

Community Languages Coordinator: Juliet Kennedy
If you are aware of language teachers who are not receiving this newsletter, please email

NZALT Networks of Expertise Newsletter, Number 40, December 2021

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