Te Rōpū Kaiwhakaako Reo o Aotearoa

National Newsletter No. 29 
April 2021

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A Quick Update: 
  • Feedback on the first stage of NCEA Level 1 subject development in the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) closes 19 April
  • Cluster Meetings Term Two
  • Webinars Term Two
  • NZALT 2021 Conference 10 - 12 July 2021, Wellington: Subject Association AGMs; Programme
  • International Languages Week: Term Two, Week 7 (14 - 18 June 2021)
Feedback sought on NCEA Level 1 Review of Achievement Standards

Feedback on the first stage of NCEA Level 1 subject development in the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) closes on 19 April.
Information and the survey for French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean can be found here.

Go to and use the link to Subjects to view information for the different languages with details of the changes to the Achievement Standards.

Webinars Term Two

The following three Webinars will be held during Term Two. The exact dates will be confirmed closer to the time. 
Week Two: Sharing ideas for International Languages Week
Later in the term: Moderating Internal Achievement Standards with Shirley Bain; Blended Language Teaching, this could include such platforms as Google Classroom.
If you have further requests, contact Madlen Kunath.

Cluster Meetings Term Two

The NZALT Cluster meetings for Wellington, Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago will be held in weeks 3 - 6 after consultation with the participating teachers.

If you have any questions about the NZALT Clusters for Wellington, Canterbury, or South Canterbury, please contact Jeni Lemberg.
If you have any questions about the Otago cluster, please email Madlen Kunath.

NZALT 2021 Conference: Saturday 10 - Monday 12 July, Te Whanganui-a-Tara 

The NZALT 2021 Conference is to be held over the first weekend of the July holidays, 2021 in Wellington.
We will open the conference on Saturday 10 July with a pōwhiri at 6.30 pm at Signs of a Nation, Te Papa. This will be followed by the official opening with a guest speaker and refreshments in Te Marae.
Registration packs will be available from 6 pm in the entrance foyer. Conference participants will be able to visit Te Papa prior to the pōwhiri.


To register for the NZALT 2021 Conference, please go to the NZALT 2021 Conference site.
If you have problems registering, please email our Administration team at
Remember to renew your NZALT membership before registering, so that you can take advantage of the cheaper membership registration prices.
We have had a significant number of registrations already and programme planning is now well underway. 


Our keynote speakers are Dr Gianfranco Conti and Dr Corinne Seals.
The presentations, workshops, and discussion forums (World Cafés) at the NZALT 2021 Conference will address both the front end and the back end of the New Zealand Curriculum.

There are numerous opportunities for teachers to expand their language-teaching “toolkit”, including sessions on task-based learning, digital tools, the benefits of reducing teacher questioning and refining the co-construction of oral language, teaching learners how to listen, the effective use of brain breaks, managing the demands of multi-level classes, differentiation techniques, tips for preparing students for Scholarship, advice from the National Languages Moderator, and more.

In addition to these “how-to” sessions, there are many that focus on the bigger-picture ideas that are of pressing relevance to all educators in Aotearoa in 2021. Many of the papers and workshops address questions of equity and inclusiveness. There are a number of presentations dealing with Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Other titles include “Growing Global Citizenship through Language Learning”, “Tongan values and the impact on language teaching and learning: the critical role values play in developing policies for language teaching”, “Gender and Language: addressing the nature of gender and language and the changing nature of gender identity”, and “What we learn from students and what we do with it: practical ways to ensure inclusiveness”.

There are also sessions with a focus on the Tapasā Framework, Māori medium classrooms, the Digital Technologies Curriculum, cross-curricular learning, and “Voices from those involved in the NCEA Change Package for Languages”, a presentation designed to enhance understanding of some of the decisions that have been made for languages.

The NZALT 2021 Conference allows teachers of languages a unique opportunity to meet with colleagues and academics in relevant fields of study and to build their own pedagogical understanding and dispositions. It also offers a forum in which to consider the relationships between language learning and current topics of high interest in education both in New Zealand and across the world.

A time slot has been made available for the specific Language Associations during the Conference.
This slot can be used to hold AGMs or informal get-together of the specific language groups. 


Successful applicants for the NZALT Conference Awards have already received confirmation of their award.  
Members of PPTA can apply for a grant of up to $700 per year to attend a subject association conference or workshop. It must be applied for well before the event, using the form on the PPTA website, but the money will not be disbursed until after you have attended the conference.

Accommodation Offers

A variety of accommodation offers are available ranging from budget to deluxe, all within a 10-minute walk of Wellington Girls' College.
Please go to this link to find the full details for the hotels and how to book.

Language Immersion Day

The Language Immersion Day will take place on Saturday 10 July prior to the conference opening ceremony on Saturday evening. This is being organised by Future Learning Solutions with workshops for all languages and will be held at Wellington Girls' College, except for the German workshop, which will be held at the Goethe Institut in Cuba Street. Contact Future Learning Solutions if you have any questions about this day.

If you have any queries about conference, email either: 

Contact Details

NZALT  President
Annabelle Sinclair

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

Community Languages Co-ordinator: Juliet Kennedy

If you are aware of language teachers who are not receiving this newsletter, please email

NZALT Networks of Expertise Newsletter, April, Term 1, No 29, 2021

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