NZALT 2022 Newsletter no 53

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 for this Newsletter:
  • NZALT Cluster Meetings Term 4
  • NZALT 2022 Exploring Effective Practice Awards
  • MoE Newsletter Updates from the review of the NCEA Achievement Standards
  • NZSLTA Conference 20223
  • Pasific Language Weeks
  • NZQA Online Assessor Support
­­Year 9 & 10 ILW Poster Competition 2022
1st   Amy Liang, Hutt Valley High School  

NZALT Cluster Meetings Term 4

NZALT Cluster meetings are being organised in the following areas for Term 4. It is hoped that these meetings will support the next Teacher-Only Days / Ngā Rangi mō ngā Kaiako-Anake from 21 November – 2 December. Two Teacher-Only Days have been allocated during this time.

South Canterbury at Opihi College
Canterbury at Papanui High School
Hutt Valley/Wellington


If you wish to attend the Otago/Southland meeting, please email Heike Cebulla-Elder. For all other meetings and any queries about the Cluster meetings, email Jeni Lemberg.

NZALT 2022 Exploring Effective Practice Awards

The Exploring Effective Practice Awards are an excellent way of providing teachers with funding to cover relief and travel to enable teachers to visit other language teachers and observe their classes and discuss programmes. The terms of these awards have changed for 2022 due to the continuing difficulty which Covid outbreaks bring to the school environment and the ability of teachers to visit other schools.

Applications for the Awards will be available twice a year, with applications for 2022 closing at the end of Term Three on Friday 30 September to be used by the end of this year, and then in Term Four to be used by Term Two of 2023. Please use this link to apply for the Term Three EEP Awards.

Successful recipients will no longer receive the funding directly but instead have their schools invoice NZALT directly for relief costs and then apply to the NZALT travel agent for travel and accommodation bookings.

Teachers who were successful recipients of these awards in Term Four, 2021, had until the end of Term Two 2022 to make successful use of this funding. If you were unable to use all of your funding by this date, please email Jeni Lemberg. Thank you to those teachers who have emailed me already


Review of Achievement Standards (MoE) 

Messages from the Review of NCEA Achievement Standards in the Ministry of Education as it pertains to languages.

In this newsletter:
  • Update on publication of further draft Level 2 languages subjects
  • Universal Design for Learning resources on
  • Launch of Curriculum Refresh website and first draft materials for feedback
  • Secondary languages survey – additional plug
Update on publication of further draft Level 2 languages subjects
Development continues for Asian and European Level 2 language subjects (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German and Spanish). Work on Pacific languages at Level 2 is set to get underway in December. Please note that the publication of draft materials for all of these language subjects is not now expected before mid-way through next year. This is a change to the publication timeframes referred to in a previous newsletter.
Universal Design for Learning resources on
If you haven’t already done so, check out the new UDL (Universal Design for Learning) resources now available on Increasing accessibility to the national secondary qualification is one of the key system shifts guiding the NCEA change programme. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a people-first design framework that guides the design of learning experiences to proactively meet the needs of each and every ākonga. When we use UDL, we anticipate barriers to learning in the design of the environment, and plan in a range of useful supports, options and tools so each learner can select what works for them.
The resources include a step-by-step guide to bringing universal design to your planning process as well as links to additional videos, websites and related materials. As you move into the end-of-year period and are beginning to think about your programmes for next year, you are warmly encouraged to check out these resources and reflect on how you might bring a UDL approach to your language course design for 2023.
Launch of Curriculum Refresh website and first draft materials for feedback
As part of its Curriculum Refresh project, running concurrently with the NCEA Change Programme and Review of Achievement Standards, the Ministry has just released Te Mātaiaho | the Draft Curriculum Framework as well as the draft English and Mathematics & Statistics Learning Areas for public consultation.
All currently completed draft materials are available to view and feedback on via a new Curriculum website From the “Get involved” page, scroll down to find and view the draft framework and materials for English and Mathematics. On the “Feedback” page, you will find links to surveys so that you can have your say on this first tranche of materials. This consultation window will run from 28 September to 2 December.
Drafting of materials for the Learning Languages Learning Area is currently expected to take place in 2024.
REMINDER: NZALT Conference 2022 Secondary languages survey
Many thanks to those of you who have already responded to this survey, either during or subsequent to the conference earlier in the year. The survey link will remain live until the end of Term 4, so, if you haven’t yet done so, it would be marvellous to have your feedback and to gain greater insight into the current nature of language education provision in New Zealand secondary schools before the end of the year. Please use the link below:
Secondary languages NCEA survey


NZSLTA Conference 2023

Now confirmed NZSLTA conference will be in July 2023 next year!
The theme is "Changing Challenges and Opportunities in NZSL Teaching."

When: Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2023

Where: Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre, Palmerston North

Useful Links

There are several Pacific Language Weeks over the next month. Below are the dates and links to support materials for these weeks.

                                                      Bula Vinaka!

Fiji Language Week 2022 will be held  from Sunday 2 October to Saturday 8 October 2022. The overarching theme for the 2022 Pacific Language Weeks is sustainability.

In the 2018 New Zealand census, 19,722 people identified as being part of the Fijian ethnic group. There are many suggestions here for how to celebrate this week.



                                               Fakaalofa lahi atu! 

In 2022, we celebrate Niue Language Week from Sunday 16 October to Saturday 22 October 2022.  The overarching theme for the 2022 Pacific Language Weeks is sustainability. See this link for further information.

In Niue, weaving (especially hats) is a tradition carried out by both men and women. Watch this video which describes the value of weaving in Niue. Introduce your students to basic weaving skills by getting them to weave placemats using coloured paper.


                                                         Malo ni!

In 2022 Gagana Tokelau Language Week is from Sunday 23 October to Saturday 29 October 2022. The overarching theme for the 2022 Pacific Language Weeks is sustainability

Tokelau is made up of three small coral atolls and is home to around 1500 people. There are more than 7000 Tokelau peoples living in New Zealand with over half of the country’s Tokelau community living in the Porirua and Hutt Valley areas of Wellington. There are also Tokelau communities in Auckland, Taupō, and Rotorua. Family, community, and language are the centre of Faka-Tokelau, the Tokelau way of life. 
Further information about how to celebrate Gagana Tokelau with your students can be found here.

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.

NZQA Online Assessor Support

NZQA now offer more online learning options and workshops to help assessors with the assessment of internally-assessed standards. See this link.

There are a wide variety of e-learning modules available, including subject-specific, bite-sized modules focusing on a variety of subjects and standards, several online Best Practice Workshops, and other generic modules. 


Contact Details

NZALT President
Annabelle Sinclair

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

Communty Languages Coordinator: Juliet Kennedy

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