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NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION OF
LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Te Rōpū Kaiwhakaako Reo o Aotearoa
 

National Newsletter No 12 February, 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!  Taloha ni!

 Welcome to 2020 and our NZALT Conference year! We hope that your year has started well and we are looking forward to seeing you at the conference.

We launched the registration process for the NZALT 2020 Conference in December 2019 and have already received a number of registrations. See the information below for links to the most important dates:

Monday 23 March: Closing date for submissions
Tuesday 31 March: final date for Award applications to financial assistance to attend the conference
Friday 10 April: closure of Early Bird registration

Remember that there are significant price differences for NZALT members. You can renew your NZALT membership registration at the same time as you register for the conference. See the options available on the Registration page.
 
We will open the conference on Friday 3 July, 2020 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 at the entrance foyer and conference participants will be able to visit Te Papa prior to the pōwhiri.
 


 
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 admin2020@nzalt.org.nz for registration information and convenor2020@nzalt.org.nz for conference queries.


 
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 College, Wellington
  • Registration information
  • Accommodation offers
  • Awards for Registration and Travel costs
  • Submissions for presentations due in by 23 March
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Sponsors
  • PPTA PLD Grants
  • Language Immersion Day Monday 6 July run by the Language Advisors and Future Learning Solutions
  • NZALT Certificates of Excellence
  • NZALT Inquiry Cluster meetings 2020: Hutt; Canterbury; South Canterbury; Nelson; Dunedin
  • Excellence in Teaching Awards
  • Understanding Diversity Survey
  • Exploring Effective Practice Awards
  • 2020 Events Calendar

Registration
 
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.
 


Awards

A number of awards are available to all 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 
https://nzalt.org.nz/conference/registration/#awards



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:  https://nzalt.org.nz/conference/submissions/

 
 

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 Aoteraroa.


PPTA PLD Grants

Members of PPTA will be able to apply for a grant of up to $700 per year to attend a subject association conference or workshop. They anticipate being able to provide 5000 teachers with this grant per year. It must be applied for after the event, using the form on the PPTA website at this page.


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 the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean (for non-native speakers only) and Spanish. The workshops will be led by the National Language Advisers and Professional Experts with a focus on pedagogical activities in the target language.   For full details and registration go to Future Learning Solutions Immersion Day.


Contact Details
 

Conference Convenors
Jeni Lemberg and Juliet Kennedy  convenor2020@nzalt.org.nz
Conference Administrators
Janet McCallister and Peter McClymont admin2020@nzalt.org.nz

NZALT President                        

Annabelle Sinclair president@nzalt.org.nz

Regional Officers

Auckland:  Florent Pieri auckland@nzalt.org.nz
Waikato:   Annabel Rowlands waikato@nzalt.org.nz
Victoria:  Annabelle Sinclair victoria@nzalt.org.nz
Canterbury/Nelson:  Anne Robertson canterbury@nzalt.org.nz
Otago: Christine Williams otago@nzalt.org.nz
Canterbury local contact: Susan Johnson Susan Johnson
Networks of Expertise Co-ordinator:   Jeni Lemberg coordinator@nzalt.org.nz
Online PLD Co-ordinator: Madlen Kunath onlinepld@nzalt.org.nz


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

 
Certificates of Excellence
 
Information on the student Certificates of Excellence process for 2020 is now available on our website at: https://nzalt.org.nz/for-teachers/certificates-of-excellence/
The completed spreadsheets listing students eligible for recognition are due in by Friday 28 February.

The Certificates of Excellence initiative is one of the benefits of NZALT membership.  This year we have streamlined the member sign-up process - it should only take a couple of minutes to complete, and feedback so far indicates that people like the easiness of the process. If you have not had an opportunity to renew your membership for 2020, here is the link: https://nzalt.org.nz/membership/

 
NZALT Inquiry Clusters 2020
 
The NZALT Inquiry Cluster meetings will continue this year. The first meetings have already been organised as follows:

Hutt Cluster at Heretaunga College, Wednesday 12 February, 3.30
Canterbury Cluster at Papanui High School, Wednesday 19 February, 3.30
South Canterbury Cluster at Opihi College, Temuka, Thursday 20 February, 3.30
Nelson Cluster at UC Ed Plus offices in Collingwood St, Nelson, Thursday 5 March, 3.30
Dunedin Cluster at Queen's High School, Wednesday 25 March, 3.45

Teachers of any language, as well as both primary and secondary, are most welcome to come to the cluster meetings. It is an excellent opportunity to meet other language teachers in the area, share strategies and expertise as well as supporting you in your own inquiry. If you are interested in participating in one of these clusters or looking at support for a cluster in a different area, please email Jeni Lemberg for further details. 

 
Exploring Effective Practice Awards
 
The Exploring Effective Practice Awards will be offered again this year. These awards provide teachers with up to $1000 to cover their relief and travel costs so that they can visit teachers in other areas to observe effective classroom practice. Priority is given to teachers who are isolated from other teachers of their language, are in their first three years of teaching, running a Language department for the first time or are introducing a new language. If you have any questions, email Jeni Lemberg.

Applications can be made by completing this Google form before Thursday 9 April.

Excellence in Languages Awards

NZALT is proud to offer two awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Leadership in 2020. Nominations for these two NZALT awards are called for in each conference year. 

Initial Expressions of Interest ​(150 words) for ​2020 close on: Wednesday 11th March 2020. ​​

Invited full applications for 2020 close on Friday 1st May 2020.
 

1. Excellence in Teaching Languages Award

This award recognises the work of a member in the field of languages teaching in either the primary, secondary or tertiary sectors. The Excellence in Teaching Languages Award consists of a citation and certificate and is open to all members of NZALT. Nominees must have been a member for at least five years. The recipient will be announced and presented at the forthcoming NZALT conference.

Expression of Interest (EoI).  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please e-mail secretary@nzalt.org.nz by Wednesday 11th March 2020, stating your name, the name of the nominee, the institution where the nominee works, and a brief statement (up to 150 words maximum) supporting why you wish to nominate this person. EOIs will be discussed by the Executive.  If successful, full applications will be invited.

Full application:

written statement (two pages maximum) from two NZALT members making the nomination outlining why the nominee is considered worthy of the Excellence in Teaching award.  The application may also include other letters of support.

A one-two page CV of the nominee, highlighting teaching achievements that support the nomination.

Nominees must have been a member of NZALT for at least five years.

The Secretary will email those who have been invited to submit a full application. A digital copy of the full application must be emailed by 5.00 p.m., Friday 1st May 2020, to secretary@nzalt.org.nz

An award committee comprised of the President of NZALT and two other members of the NZALT Executive will consider the full nominations and decide on recipients of the awards. The judges have the right not to make an award, and their decision is final.
 

2. Peter and Eunice Beveridge Award for Outstanding Leadership in Languages

Initial Expressions of Interest ​(150 words) for ​2020 close on: Wednesday 11th March 2020. ​​

Invited full applications for 2020 close on Friday 1st May 2020.

The Excellence in Leadership Award recognises leadership in languages teaching and learning in a primary, a secondary or tertiary institution in New Zealand. The award will be judged on the nominee’s contribution to the languages community. It will recognise work that is deemed by the Executive to be noteworthy in the field of leadership in languages learning.

The Excellence in Leadership Award consists of a citation and a trophy and is open to all members of NZALT. Nominees must have been a member for at least five years. The recipient will be announced and presented at the forthcoming NZALT conference.

Nominations:

Expression of Interest (EoI).  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please e-mail secretary@nzalt.org.nz by Wednesday 11th March 2020, stating your name, the name of the nominee, the institution where the nominee works, and a brief statement (up to 150 words maximum) supporting why you wish to nominate this person. EOIs will be discussed by the Executive.  If successful, full applications will be invited.

Full application:

written statement (two pages maximum) from two NZALT members making the nomination outlining why the nominee is considered worthy of the Excellence in Leadership award.  The application may also include other letters of support.

A one-two page CV of the nominee, highlighting service and achievements that support the nomination.

Nominees must have been a member of NZALT for at least five years.

The Secretary will email those who have been invited to submit a full application. A digital copy of the full application must be emailed by 5.00 p.m., Friday 1st May 2020, to secretary@nzalt.org.nz

An award committee comprised of the President of NZALT and two other members of the NZALT Executive will consider the full nominations and decide on recipients of the awards. The judges have the right not to make an award, and their decision is final.

Understanding Diversity in Language Classes Survey

Dr Karen Ashton and Dr Grace Qi  from the School of Humanities at Massey University have received a small amount of funding to research and support diversity in New Zealand language classes. As part of the project, they have developed a short online survey which they hope to circulate to as many language teachers as possible. The survey aims to understand teachers’ perceptions of diversity in their teaching and professional practice at school, and will help to identify the needs of language learners and teachers.
They would like to invite you to participate in a short online survey. They are interested in the increased ‘diversity’ of language learners in New Zealand secondary schools. The survey seeks to understand your perceptions of diversity in your teaching and professional practices at school which will help to identify the needs of language learners and enhance overall language learning and teaching experiences. They also plan to carry out follow-up interviews, and the final question of the survey asks if you are interested in taking part.  

The questionnaire should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. 

As a thank you, you will go into the draw for a chance to win one of two $100 prezzy cards. 

The survey can be accessed through the following link:    

Understanding Diversity in Language Classes 

2020 Events Calendar
 
International Languages Week: Week 7 (8 - 12 June), term 2, 2020
Many of you are looking at provisional dates for 2020. Last 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 www.futurelearningsolutions.nz

Remember to check the NZQA Subjects page for all the information on the Internal and External Achievement Standards for your language at https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/
 


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. 
http://pasifika.tki.org.nz/Tapasa
 
 
NZALT Networks of Expertise Newsletter, February, 2020
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