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NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION OF

LANGUAGE TEACHERS


Te Rōpū Kaiwhakaako Reo o Aotearoa

National Newsletter No. 30 
Term Two 2021

 
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Contents 
 
  • International Languages Week: Term Two, Week 7 (14 - 18 June 2021)
  • Webinars Term Two
  • Cluster Meetings Term Two
  • NZALT 2021 Conference 10 - 12 July 2021, Wellington: Subject Association AGMs; Programme
 
International Languages Week: Week 7, Term Two (14 - 18 June 2021)

There will be a Webinar on Thursday 13 May from 3.45 pm until 5 pm to share ideas for International Languages Week.
Here is the Zoom link for this Webinar. 
Meeting ID: 650 448 1098
Passcode: 449403
If you are interested in participating, please email Madlen Kunath.
You can find lots of resources under the following links:
Webinars Term Two

The following three Webinars will be held during Term Two.

Week Two: Sharing ideas for International Languages Week
Thursday 13 May from 3.45 pm until 5 pm.
See above for details of this Webinar.

Week Six:  We are running a Webinar together with Shirley Bain from NZQA on moderating and marking the Internal Achievement Standards.
This Webinar will be on Thursday 10 June from 3.45 pm until 5 pm. It will focus on support for the moderation and marking of the Internal Achievement Standards. We need at least 10 teachers to participate so that we can run this workshop free of any charges. This Webinar will be repeated at the NZALT 2021 Conference in July if you are unable to attend this term. It is also a repeat of the Webinar which was run in Term Four last year.
If you are interested in participating in this Webinar, please email Madlen Kunath at onlinepld@nzalt.org.nz, our Online PLD Co-ordinator, to register and for further details.

Later in the term:
Blended Language Teaching, this could include such platforms as Google Classroom and Padlet.
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 4 - 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 mihi whakatau at 6.30 pm in Te Marae, Te Papa.
The official opening will be followed by refreshments.
Registration packs will be available from 6 pm at the entrance to Te Marae. Any large items can be deposited at the baggage store by the main entrance, to be collected at the end of the evening. 
 
Due to the high number of registrations to date, we regret that attendance at the official opening and conference dinner cannot be guaranteed. People who have already registered for conference will be able to reserve a place at these events later this month. New registrations will not include the official opening and conference dinner, unless places become available.

Registration

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 admin@nzalt.org.nz.
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. 

Programme

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. 

Awards

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 president@nzalt.org.nz

Networks of Expertise Co-ordinator: Jeni Lemberg coordinator@nzalt.org.nz
Online PLD Co-ordinator: Madlen Kunath onlinepld@nzalt.org.nz

Community Languages Co-ordinator: Juliet Kennedy juliet.kennedy@vuw.ac.nz

If you are aware of language teachers who are not receiving this newsletter, please email coordinator@nzalt.org.nz
 

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