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NZALT 2021 Newsletter no 34

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 Languages Week Competition - NZALT Poster Competition Results
  • NCEA Education:  Update and Feedback for Level 1 Stage 2 closes 23 August
  • NZALT Webinars Term 3
  • Term 3 NZALT Cluster meetings
  • Term 3 Exploring Effective Practice Awards
  • Education Perfect Languages Essay Writing Competition
  • NZQA Assessor Support for internally assessed standards
Our congratulations to Amy Cho, Westlake Girls' High School. First place in Years 9 and 10 NZALT Languages Week Poster Competition.

NZALT Languages Week Poster Competition Results

Our congratulations to the following students whose posters were judged as the winners in the NZALT Languages Week Poster Competition.
The level of entries was very high and we have some wonderful posters to share with you which you will hopefully be able to use at your schools.

The winners are:
Year 9 and 10
First: Amy Cho, Westlake Girls' High School
Second: Shoaib Azeam from Mission Heights
Third: Lucy Scott from Waimea College

Year 7 and 8
First: Natasha Andre from Villa Marie College
Second: Aimie Stokes from ACG Tauranga
Third: Saranya Sarisa from James Hargest College

NZALT 2021 Term 3 Webinars 

We are aware of the pressure which the Lockdown has put on teachers and are looking at ways to support you.
Many of the resources which were shared in previous Webinars are available on the following Google site: Integrating e-tools into the language classroom. You can also find tips, resources, and tools for online teaching as well as for a blended language teaching situation.

We will be running a Webinar on Thursday 2 September from 3.45pm to 5pm.
Using Padlet: Creating virtual field trips, treasure hunts and city rallies with Padlet's interactive map.
If you want to register or have further requests, contact Madlen Kunath.

The Zoom link is as follows:
Meeting ID: 819 2380 6929
Passcode: 932233

Teachers of any language, as well as both primary and secondary, are most welcome to join any of these Webinars. It is an excellent opportunity to meet other language teachers, share strategies, and expertise.
If you have suggestions for other Webinar topics or need further support in Terms 3 and 4, please email Madlen Kunath who is our Online PLD Co-ordinator.

NZALT Cluster Meetings Term 3

Some NZALT Cluster meetings have already been held in Christchurch, Temuka, and Dunedin this term.
The second Dunedin cluster meeting is planned for next Wednesday 25 August from 3.45pm to 5pm. If teachers wish to participate please email Madlen Kunath

Other Cluster meetings are planned, but due to the Lockdown have been postponed till later in the term.

If you wish to participate in the Christchurch, South Canterbury, Nelson or Hutt cluster, please email Jeni Lemberg.
For the Otago Cluster, please email Madlen Kunath.

Exploring Effective Practice Awards Term 3 2021

Eleven Exploring Effective Practice Awards were awarded in Term 2, 2021 and we are offering these Awards again in Term 3 to be used by the end of 2021.
These Awards provide $800 of funding to teachers so that they can visit other teachers and observe practice which will help and support them in their own classrooms. The funding can be used for travel and relief costs but is not to be used for purchasing material such as textbooks etc. The successful applicants are asked to complete a report by the end of the year on how they have used the funds and the difference which it has made to their practice.
If you wish to apply for one of these awards, please complete this form. If you have any questions about the Awards, email Jeni Lemberg.

NCEA Education: Updates 

The most recent feedback being sought by the MoE on the RAS Level 1 Phase 2 is due on 23 August. Here is the link to this feedback.

Expressions of Interest for 2022 Pilots closed on 22 August. Further information about these pilots can be found here.

The Teacher Only Day 3 planned for August has been held in most areas. We are aware of the difficulties that many of you had in being able to meet with colleagues teaching the same language due to the varied dates. 
The information around Sample Course Outlines etc. for individual languages has been updated. Go to the individual languages from the Subjects page to access this.
NZALT is looking at how we can support teachers to meet together in the future. The Exploring Effective Practice Awards are one way in which you can work together with other teachers.

Feedback for the phase 1 Level 1 NCEA Subjects has been collated and published. It helped to identify areas that need clarification and refinement before the move into developing the phase 2 materials, which include the Achievement Standards, the internal Assessment Activities, and further detail in the web text under the Teaching Learning and Assessment sections of the website.

The MoE NCEA Education group are working with NZQA to develop Assessment Specifications for external assessments. NZQA will publish these in time for pilot schools to prepare their teaching and learning programmes for next year, 2022.

Feedback from phase 1 for European languages (French, German and Spanish) can be found here and for Asian languages (Japanese, Korean, Mandarin) 

The dates for the Teacher Only Days 2022 have already been set and are available here.

The Ki hea mai? (Where to?) posters which show the connections between classroom learning and young people's aspirations have been updated and are available here

These resources will help teachers bring subjects to life by making connections between the curriculum and career pathways. They will also be a great resource for ākonga and their whānau when considering subject choices. 


Education Perfect Languages Essay Writing Competition

Education Perfect
is continuing to run one competition from 1 June - 30 August. This is an essay writing competition for senior students in years 11-13. Click here for more information and click here to register.

NZQA Assessor Support for Internally Assessed Standards

NZQA is pleased to announce some significant changes to the assessor support options for internally assessed standards this year, following a recent review. This includes providing more online learning options and workshops now being available free of charge.
A range of e-learning resources is available, aimed at supporting internal assessment. This includes subject-specific, bite-sized modules and short courses focusing on a variety of subjects and standards, along with a full range of online Best Practice Workshops.
These resources are available at no charge on NZQA’s Learning Management System Pūtake, and will be accessible via the Education Sector Logon (ESL) from 14 May 2021.
Further information on the Assessor Support resources and how to access them may be found here.

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

Advertised at conference, the Gold Open Access edition of Martin East’s latest book on task-based language teaching is now available - free and accessible to anyone, anywhere due to generous funding from the Centre for Languages, Future Learning Solutions – access the book at this link:


Contact Details

NZALT President
Annabelle Sinclair

Networks of Expertise Co-ordinator:   Jeni Lemberg
Online PLD Co-ordinator: Madlen Kunath

Community Languages Coordinator: Juliet Kennedy

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NZALT Networks of Expertise Newsletter, Number 34, August 2021

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