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NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION OF

LANGUAGE TEACHERS


Te Rōpū Kaiwhakaako Reo o Aotearoa

National Newsletter No 20 October 2020

 
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 of this newsletter: 
  • NZALT Webinars
  • NZALT Inquiry Clusters
  • NZALT AGM Thursday 12 November, 4pm Zoom meeting
  • NZALT 2021 Conference: 10- 12 July 2021, Wellington
  • NZSL Cluster
  • NZQA Updates: Digital Assessment for NCEA 2020
  • 2020 - 2021 Events Calendar
NZALT Webinars 2020
 
The Webinars are active online workshops where teachers have the opportunity to discuss possible strategies, their merits, their uses, and how they work. The focus of the Webinars will be on strategies supporting the development of language skills.

The Webinar held last term on developing reading and listening skills for the External Achievement Standards will be offered again and we are looking at holding further webinars later in the term on Google classroom and also planning programmes for 2021. If you are interested in these or have other suggestions, please complete this survey These webinars will only run if we have enough registrations.

The Webinar on Listening and Reading Strategies for External Achievement Standards will run on Wednesday 14 October. The focus is on a mix of online and classroom activities and strategies to support teachers in preparing their students for the External Achievement Standards. 
Please email Madlen Kunath at onlinepld@nzalt.org.nz, our Online PLD Co-ordinator, to register and for further details.

If you have attended previous Webinars or were unable to, many of the resources which were shared in these are now available on the following Google site: Integrating e-tools into the language classroom.

 
Final NZALT Inquiry Clusters for 2020 
 
The NZALT Inquiry Clusters will have their final meetings for the term on the following dates:

Hutt Cluster meeting: Tuesday 17 November, 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm, Heretaunga College

Otago Cluster meeting: to be confirmed

Christchurch Cluster meeting: Thursday 26 November, 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm, the Boardroom, Papanui High School. The date is to be confirmed closer to the time.

South Canterbury Cluster meeting: Wednesday 25 November, 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm, Opihi College

If you are interested in participating in the Hutt, Christchurch, or South Canterbury clusters, please email Jeni Lemberg, and for the Otago cluster, please email Madlen Kunath.

 
NZALT AGM Thursday 12 November


NZALT will have its AGM online via Zoom on Thursday 12 November at 4pm. To keep it focused, we are not proposing any major changes, but, rather roll things over until (all being well) we can host a full in-person AGM at the conference in July 2021. Paperwork for the meeting will be available in due course (to be taken as read).

Nominations for positions on the Executive are being called for.  

If you are a paid NZALT member for the year 2020 and are interested in serving in a role on the National Executive of the NZALT, please contact the Vice President (vicepresident@nzalt.org.nz) to request a role description and nomination form.  Please return this form to Christine Williams, secretary@nzalt.org.nz, by 5.00 p.m., Thursday 15th October.

President – there being currently no Junior Vice President (who would normally move to President after one year), Annabelle Sinclair has expressed her willingness to serve in the role of President for one further year.
Junior Vice President – nominations are invited.  If no nominations are received, Martin East will serve in the role of Senior Vice President for one further year.
Secretary – nominations are invited.  Christine Williams, current secretary, has signalled her willingness to serve in this role for one further year.
Treasurer - nominations are invited. Martin East, current treasurer, has signalled his willingness to serve in this role for one further year.

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

The postponed NZALT 2020 Conference will now be held over the first weekend of the July holidays, 2021 in Wellington. We have moved the opening ceremony to Saturday 10 July at Te Papa with the conference taking place on Sunday and Monday 11 - 12 July 2021. 
This will be a live conference, but we are making plans for an online conference if needed.
There will be further details during term 4 around registration, accommodation, and dates for the submission of presentations, as well as awards for travel and registration costs. If you have any queries, please email Jeni Lemberg.

 
New Zealand Sign Language Teachers' Cluster

Thank you to those NZSL teachers who participated in our first meeting. We are now looking at ways in which we can support the teaching of NZSL and will keep you informed of our progress in this area. 
Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education New Zealand was officially launched on 26 July. The website https://www.kotakureo.school.nz/educators has further information for schools and teachers.
If you would like further information, please email Jeni Lemberg
 
NZQA Updates
 

Changes to NCEA and UE for 2020

This link is a clear guide to the changes which have been made to NCEA and UE due to Covid-19.


National Secondary Examinations Timetable

As you are no doubt aware, there has been a change to the timing of the Secondary Examinations timetable. It can be found here. Please note that the dates for the Common Assessment Tasks for lea faka-Tonga, Cook Islands Maori and Korean are at the bottom of this new timetable.


NCEA Listening External Assessments in 2020

Updated Assessment Specifications are available for the external standards that assess the understanding of a language through listening and responding to recorded passages.

These specifications now state, “This year in the digital format, candidates will listen to recordings in the same way as they would if completing the standard as a paper-based examination. A recording will be played aloud to all candidates at the same time.”

This statement replaces a previous message that audio would be embedded in examination software.

Enquiries
Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.


Digital Assessment NCEA  2020

The digital examinations for languages in 2020 will be run concurrently with the paper-based examinations. Students have the opportunity to complete the listening and reading assessments digitally. 

The listening material will be delivered in the same way for both the digital and paper-based examination. A digital recording will be played by the supervisor, with timings as set out in the assessment specifications. Candidates can take notes on paper or in the listening boxes provided on screen. These notes will not be marked.  Students will record their answers to the questions digitally.

The resource booklets that hold the texts for the reading assessments will be handed out to the candidates in paper form. This gives them the width of the software screen on which to type their responses, minimises scrolling, and means that they can take the booklet with them when they leave the examination room.

Familiarisation activities involving last year’s papers are available for practice from the NZQA website.

Lauren Crowe, the National Assessment Facilitator for Languages, can be contacted if you have further queries at Lauren.Crowe@nzqa.govt.nz
Specific information about the Digital NCEA Languages Examinations can be found here.
Further information can be found at this link


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.
 

Contact Details

NZALT President
Annabelle Sinclair president@nzalt.org.nz


Regional Officers
Waikato: Annabel Rowlands waikato@nzalt.org.nz
Victoria: Annabelle Sinclair victoria@nzalt.org.nz
Canterbury/Nelson: Anne Robertson canterbury@nzalt.org.nz
Canterbury local contact: Susan Johnson Susan Johnson
Otago: Christine Williams otago@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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