NZALT 2022 Newsletter no 55

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!

Focus for this Newsletter:
  • NZALT Support in 2023 
  • NZALT 2023 Exploring Effective Practice Awards
  • Review of AS MoE Update
  • Useful Links - Languages Week 2023
The team at NZALT wish you a restful summer break with time to enjoy family and friends!
Farewell and welcome!

After far too many years to mention, I've decided that it's time to retire and start doing all those things that I haven't quite managed to fit in to my life yet!

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you all. Thank you for making this position so rewarding. A special thank you to Annabelle Sinclair, Martin East, Jo Hawes, Madlen Kunath and Juliet Kennedy for all the quiet work behind the scenes which has made my work so much easier. 

Juliet Kennedy is taking over the position of PLD Co-ordinator for NZALT. She will be superb and bring amazing skills, knowledge and boundless energy and enthusiasm to the position. She will introduce herself further below.

I wish you all a restful, relaxing and happy summer break!
Jeni Lemberg


I have been teaching languages at secondary schools in New Zealand for the past 20 years. I have taught a wide variety of languages including French, German, Mandarin, ESOL and facilitate the teaching and learning of Tokelauan, Te Reo Kuki Airani, and Lea Faka-Tonga.  I am currently Head of Faculty at Porirua College where I have worked since 2020.  Prior to this, I taught at Wellington Girls' College and Hutt Valley High School. I have worked part-time as a Learning Languages facilitator of professional development for TPDL, ILEP, and Future Learning solutions and taught on pre-service teacher training programmes at Victoria University.  I have held numerous external assessment development roles for NZQA across Learning Languages and am a current member of the Pacific Languages SEG team developing the new achievement standards.  I really enjoy working with language teachers and working with teachers and other stakeholders to grow and support the Learning Languages subject area.  In 2023, I will work part-time at Porirua College in order to work more with NZALT in the PLD coordinator role.  


2023 NZALT Support to all Language Teachers

There will be a newsletter in January 2023 which will detail fully all the support available to language teachers in 2023. It will also contain information about our new website and how to join or renew your NZALT membership.
Details follow about the Exploring Effective Practice Awards for 2023 as these close on 10 February 2023.

NZALT 2023 Exploring Effective Practice Awards

The Exploring Effective Practice Awards are an excellent way of providing teachers with funding to cover relief and travel to enable teachers to visit other language teachers and observe their classes and discuss programmes. The terms of these awards have changed for 2022 due to the continuing difficulty which Covid outbreaks bring to the school environment and the ability of teachers to visit other schools.

Applications for 2023 are open at the following link. These awards need to be used by the end of Term Two, 2023. The closing date for these awards is 10 February 2023.
Please use this link to apply for the 2023 Terms 1 and 2 EEP Awards.

Successful recipients will no longer receive funding of up to $800 but instead have their schools invoice NZALT directly for relief costs and then apply to the NZALT travel agent for travel and accommodation bookings.

Teachers who were successful recipients of these awards in Term Four, 2021 had until the end of Term Two 2022 to make successful use of this funding. However, I am aware that some teachers are making use of their funding this term once the seniors have left. If you are unable to use all of your funding by the end of this year, please email Juliet Kennedy. Thank you to those teachers who have emailed me already.


Review of Achievement Standards (MoE) 

Messages from the Review of NCEA Achievement Standards in the Ministry of Education as it pertains to languages.

In this newsletter:
  • Update on publication of further draft Level 2 languages subjects
  • Universal Design for Learning resources on
  • Launch of Curriculum Refresh website 
  • Secondary languages survey – additional plug
Update on publication of further draft Level 2 languages subjects
Development continues for Asian and European Level 2 language subjects (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German and Spanish). Work on Pacific languages at Level 2 is set to get underway in December. Please note that the publication of draft materials for all of these language subjects is not now expected before mid-way through next year. This is a change to the publication timeframes referred to in a previous newsletter.
Universal Design for Learning resources on
If you haven’t already done so, check out the new UDL (Universal Design for Learning) resources now available on Increasing accessibility to the national secondary qualification is one of the key system shifts guiding the NCEA change programme. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a people-first design framework that guides the design of learning experiences to proactively meet the needs of each and every ākonga. When we use UDL, we anticipate barriers to learning in the design of the environment, and plan in a range of useful supports, options and tools so each learner can select what works for them.
The resources include a step-by-step guide to bringing universal design to your planning process as well as links to additional videos, websites and related materials. As you move into the end-of-year period and are beginning to think about your programmes for next year, you are warmly encouraged to check out these resources and reflect on how you might bring a UDL approach to your language course design for 2023.
Launch of Curriculum Refresh website and first draft materials for feedback
As part of its Curriculum Refresh project, running concurrently with the NCEA Change Programme and Review of Achievement Standards, the Ministry has just released Te Mātaiaho | the Draft Curriculum Framework as well as the draft English and Mathematics & Statistics Learning Areas for public consultation.
All currently completed draft materials are available to view and feedback on via a new Curriculum website From the “Get involved” page, scroll down to find and view the draft framework and materials for English and Mathematics. 
Drafting of materials for the Learning Languages Learning Area is currently expected to take place in 2024.
REMINDER: NZALT Conference 2022 Secondary languages survey
Many thanks to those of you who have already responded to this survey, either during or subsequent to the conference earlier in the year. The survey link will remain live until the end of Term 4, so, if you haven’t yet done so, it would be marvellous to have your feedback and to gain greater insight into the current nature of language education provision in New Zealand secondary schools before the end of the year. Please use the link below:
Secondary languages NCEA survey


NZSLTA Conference 2023

Now confirmed NZSLTA conference will be in July 2023 next year!
The theme is "Changing Challenges and Opportunities in NZSL Teaching."

When: Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2023

Where: Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre, Palmerston North


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.

Languages Week 2023 will be in Week 7, Term 2, 2023.

NZQA Online Assessor Support

NZQA now offer more online learning options and workshops to help assessors with the assessment of internally-assessed standards. See this link.

There are a wide variety of e-learning modules available, including subject-specific, bite-sized modules focusing on a variety of subjects and standards, several online Best Practice Workshops, and other generic modules. 


Contact Details

NZALT President
Annabelle Sinclair

Networks of Expertise Co-ordinator:   Juliet Kennedy
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, Number 55, December 2022.

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