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National Newsletter No 13 April, 2020

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Postponement of the NZALT 2020 Conference until Friday 9 to Sunday 11 July 2021

As you are aware, we have postponed the NZALT 2020 Conference until July 2021 due to Covid-19. We wish to thank you all for your support in making this difficult decision, however,  it now definitely feels like the right one as we go into our third week of Level 4 lockdown and teaching online.
We are very grateful to our sponsors for their continued support, in particular, Education Perfect and Future Learning Solutions who have both confirmed their sponsorship of the NZALT 2020 Conference.
We are also able to confirm that our Keynote Speakers will remain the same, and we thank them for their continuing support and look forward to welcoming Dr Gianfranco Conti and Dr Corinne Seals in 2021.
We have been able to postpone our bookings at Te Papa and the Rydges for the Conference Opening and Dinner. All accommodation bookings have been cancelled at our preferred accommodation sites, ie the Rydges, the Thorndon and the Waterloo hotels.  If you have made bookings at any of these hotels, can you please contact them if you need a refund for any deposits paid.

The NZALT 2021 Conference will be followed by Language Specific sessions on Monday 12 July. These will be organised by Future Learning Solutions.

If you have any queries, please contact the Conference Convenors:

Jeni Lemberg and Juliet Kennedy

Focus of this newsletter: 
  • Support for Online Teaching through NZALT: Survey
  • NZALT Online Cluster meetings 2020: Hutt; Canterbury; South Canterbury; Nelson; Otago
  • NZALT Webinars
  • Post-graduate NZALT Awards
  • 2020 Events Calendar: change to date for International Languages Week
  • NZALT Calendar Competition
  • Immerse Me Games

NZALT Support for Language Teachers

NZALT is endeavouring to support all language teachers as we move into an online delivery space. Some of you have already been doing this for a couple of weeks, and we thank you for your support of others in sharing your knowledge.

We have changed our Inquiry Clusters to Online Clusters where the focus is on teaching languages online.
Likewise we are now delivering more Webinars with a similar focus. See details below of dates and contacts for these.
We would also like to hear from you about how we can support you, so please complete this Google form to give us a clear indication of what we can provide. We will be offering further webinars every week around a range of topics, for example, sharing sessions on specific language skills. So please complete the Google form above or email us if you have specific requests. We will send out regular updates about new webinars which will be running.
NZALT Inquiry Clusters 2020 now Online Clusters
The NZALT Inquiry Cluster meetings are continuing but with a focus on teaching online. The following times have already been organised via Zoom:

Hutt Cluster Wednesday 15 April, 3.00 pm. 
Canterbury Cluster, South Canterbury, and Nelson Clusters, Wednesday 22 April, 3.00 pm
Otago Cluster, Wednesday, 15 April, 3.30 - 5.00 pm

Teachers of any language, as well as both primary and secondary, are most welcome to join any of these online cluster meetings. It is an excellent opportunity to meet other language teachers in the area, share strategies and expertise. If you are interested in participating in the Hutt or Canterbury online clusters, please email Jeni Lemberg for further details of the Zoom links. For the Otago cluster, please email Madlen Kunath.

NZALT Webinars 2020
The NZALT Webinars will continue but on a more regular basis. The following Webinars have already been organised:

Week 1:
Thursday 16 April, 3.30 pm - 5 pm
: How to use Padlet and Zoom in a Languages Classroom

Week 2:
Thursday 23 April 3.30 - 5 pm
:  Drop-in session for questions about and sharing of online language teaching strategies

Week 3:
Tuesday 28 April 3.30 - 5 pm:
A specific session for HODs around assessment, and management of a Languages Department at this time. This will be run by Annabelle Sinclair. If you wish to participate in this or other specifically HOD webinars, please email her at

Thursday 30 April 3.30 - 5 pm:  
How to create and grade quizzes using Google Forms and e-tools for feedback

Teachers of any language, as well as both primary and secondary, are most welcome to join any of these Webinars. It is an excellent opportunity to meet other language teachers in the area, share strategies and expertise. If you are interested in participating in one of these webinars, please email Madlen Kunath who is our Online PLD Co-ordinator for further details.

NZALT Further Study Awards - 2020
These awards aim to support teachers to upskill via masters or doctoral postgraduate study connected to improving teaching and learning.

Teachers can apply for financial assistance for further language teaching-related study of up to 50% of one year of fees ($4000 maximum).

If you wish to apply, please complete the Application Form 2020. You must also email the NZALT secretary, Christine Williams, at to let us know that you have applied.

Deadline for applications for 2020: 5 pm on 1 June 2020.

A maximum of 3 awards will be granted per year. Teachers who have been granted an award may apply in subsequent years.

Rules and Criteria for NZALT Further Study Award:

1.  Applications for an award must state:

  • Name and school

  • Current position 

  • Description of course of study

  • Reason for applying for funds

  • Amount requested

  • Proposed ways of sharing benefits to colleagues and students.

2.  Teachers receiving an award must supply NZALT Executive with a written report suitable for publishing on the NZALT website or in other relevant NZALT publications.


Where qualifications will take at least two years to complete, a short progress report should be submitted by the end of the academic year for which funding has been granted.  When the qualification is completed, a final report should be received within two months of the conclusion of study, or at the end of the academic year for which funding has been given.

3.  The award may be granted for language teaching-related study at a New Zealand tertiary institution.

4.  The amount of funds allocated will be decided by the Executive and depend on:

  • the amount of funds available

  • the number of applications received

  • the nature of the study sought

5. Successful recipients will receive the funds once NZALT has received confirmation of the course of study and associated costs.

2020 Events Calendar
International Languages Week: Week 7 (25 - 29 May), term 2, 2020
Please note that the date for International Languages Week has changed to 25 - 29 May to reflect the change to the term 2 dates for 2020 due to Covid-19 school closures.
NZALT is pleased to announce the following activities for students and schools to participate in which celebrate all of the languages taught in New Zealand.

A poster competition is being run by NZALT in conjunction with International Languages Week. Please note that this competition is open to the schools of NZALT members only. See the poster below for further details. Students are able to post or email their posters directly to Christine Williams, Secretary NZALT, but they must give the name and address of their school as well as their name. 
NZALT is proud to be an affiliate of the inaugural ImmerseMe Games during NZ Languages Week (21-28 May), a complimentary online language competition for NZ and Australian schools with PDF certificates and a prize draw available to high achievers read more...


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 Centre for Languages at Future Learning Solutions

Remember to check the NZQA Subjects page for all the information on the Internal and External Achievement Standards for your language at

The Learning Languages Community

This is your portal to professional learning opportunities and support for the Learning Languages area of the New Zealand Curriculum.

The site contains information relating to pedagogy and assessment, and includes relevant resources and key links.


Tapasā - Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners
Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. It aims to contextualise quality teaching and planning within a Pacific learner setting by providing a Pacific lens to the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Contact Details

NZALT President
Annabelle Sinclair

Regional Officers

Auckland:  Florent Pieri
Waikato:   Annabel Rowlands
Victoria:  Annabelle Sinclair
Canterbury/Nelson:  Anne Robertson
Otago: Christine Williams
Canterbury local contact: Susan Johnson Susan Johnson
Networks of Expertise Co-ordinator:   Jeni Lemberg
Online PLD Co-ordinator: Madlen Kunath

If you are aware of language teachers who are not receiving this newsletter, please email
NZALT Networks of Expertise Newsletter, April, 2020

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