Te Rōpū Kaiwhakaako Reo o Aotearoa

National Newsletter No 11 December, 2019

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 Welcome to the launch of our registration process for the NZALT 2020 Conference, to be held in Wellington, from 3-5 July 2020.
We will open the conference on Friday 3 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 6pm in the entrance foyer. Conference participants will be able to visit Te Papa prior to the

This newsletter contains information about where and how to register; the costs, including Early Bird registration; accommodation offers; and information on how to submit a proposal for a presentation.
If you require any further information about the NZALT 2020 Conference, please email for registration information and for conference queries.

If you are aware of language teachers who are not receiving this newsletter, please email
The conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday 4-5 July at Queen Margaret College. Full registration will cover all conference costs, including the conference dinner to be held at Rydges Wellington on Saturday evening.
The NZALT 2020 Conference will be followed by Language-Specific sessions on Monday 6 July. These are being organised by Future Learning Solutions.


Focus of this newsletter: NZALT 2020 Conference: Friday 3 July - Sunday 5 July 2020, Queen Margaret's College, Wellington
  • Registration information
  • Accommodation offers
  • Awards for Registration and Travel costs
  • Submissions for presentations
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Language Immersion Day Monday 6 July run by the Language Advisors and Future Learning Solutions

To register for the NZALT 2020 Conference, please go to the NZALT 2020 Conference site

Here you will find full details of the cost of registration, dates and further information about registration, travel and accommodation awards available to teachers.
Before registering, it's a good idea to make sure you can log in to the NZALT website, as this will simplify your registration process.


A number of awards will be available to language teachers throughout New Zealand to assist them with the registration, travel and accommodation costs for the NZALT 2020 Conference. There are three separate types of awards, full details with an application form can be found here.

Accommodation Offers

A variety of accommodation offers are available ranging from budget to deluxe, all within a 15-minute walk or 5-minute scoot of Queen Margaret College. Please go to this link to find the full details of the hotels and how to book. We are not able to provide accommodation at Queen Margaret College due to its lack of availability.

Submissions for Presentations

All information about the different types of presentations, as well as how to make a submission and the requirement dates is found at this link:

Keynote Speakers

Our two keynote speakers are as follows:
Dr. Gianfranco Conti is known to many language teachers either through his blog or the Facebook page Global Innovative Language Teachers. 
Dr. Conti will be the Keynote speaker on Saturday 4 July and will then provide workshops following this presentation on Saturday and Sunday.

Dr. Corinne Seals will be known to many language teachers throughout New Zealand for her presentations at previous conferences and also at the NZALT LangSems. She is the keynote speaker on Sunday 5 July.
Her work around Translanguaging is of particular importance to us all as language teachers in Aotearoa.

Language Immersion Day: Monday 6 July

The Language Immersion Day on Monday 6 July is being organised by Future Learning Solutions. There will be workshops for all languages and full details will be advertised early in 2020.
If you require any information about this day, please contact Future Learning Solutions.

Contact Details

Conference Convenors
Jeni Lemberg and Juliet Kennedy

Conference Administrators
Janet McCallister and Peter McClymont

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


2020 Events Calendar
International Languages Week: Week 7 (8 - 12 June), Term 2, 2020
Many of you are looking at provisional dates for 2020. This year, we trialled an earlier date of Week 7, Term 2 as our previous date in Term 3 clashed with a number of other events. Many schools have changed to this date so it will continue in 2020. 

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.



As you promote language learning within your school, look at the following resources about the value of language learning. There are two documents here for parents, principles, and teachers.


Useful Links
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.
NZALT Networks of Expertise Newsletter, December, 2019

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