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National Newsletter No 15 May, 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: Online teaching including NCEA and Lea Faka Tonga support
  • NZALT Online Cluster meetings 2020: Hutt; Canterbury; South Canterbury; Nelson; Otago
  • NZSL teacher cluster meeting
  • NZQA Updates 
  • NZALT  Further Study Awards 2020
  • 2020 Events Calendar: International Languages Week Competitions: NZALT Calendar Competition; Education Perfect Competition; Immerse Me Games
NZALT Webinars 2020
The NZALT Webinars are continuing on a regular basis. The Webinars have a very practical focus on online teaching and are active online workshops where teachers have the opportunity to discuss possible tools, their merits, their uses, and how they work.

The following Webinars have already been organised and are available at the following Zoom meeting link:
Meeting ID: 929 3738 0688
Password: 812235

Thursday 7 May 3.30 - 5 pm: Google Classroom 
This can cover everything including setting up assignments and comment banks for marking as well as checking for plagiarism. 

Thursday 14 May 3.30 - 5 pm: Online teaching strategies - bring something to share which has worked over the last few weeks

Thursday 21 May 3.30 - 5.00 pm: Scaffolded Writing Strategies - the focus will be on the NCEA Writing Standard and how to gather evidence towards this Achievement Standard

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 are interested in participating in one of these webinars, please email Madlen Kunath who is our Online PLD Co-ordinator for further details.

Friday 15 May : NCEA and Lea Faka Tonga 2.00- 3.00 pm - focus on preparing students for NCEA, gathering evidence online, and sharing ideas for planning. Juliet Kennedy, our NZALT Community Languages Coordinator will be running this Webinar. Please contact Juliet if you are interested in participating in this webinar.


NZALT Inquiry Clusters 2020 now Online Clusters
The NZALT Inquiry Cluster meetings are continuing but with a focus on teaching online. These online cluster meetings are an opportunity for teachers to share their practice in adapting to teaching online, the highs and lows, ie what works, what isn't working and possible changes. The following times have already been organised via Zoom and will continue on a weekly basis:

Hutt Cluster Wednesday 6 May, 2.00 pm. 
Canterbury Cluster, South Canterbury, and Nelson Clusters, Wednesday 6 May, 3.00 pm
Otago Cluster, every Wednesday, 3.30 - 5.00 pm   

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

New Zealand Sign Language Teachers' Cluster

Thank you to those NZSL teachers who have completed this survey. We will have an initial NZSL Zoom cluster meeting on Tuesday 12 May at 3.30 pm for teachers to meet and discuss how NZALT can support the teaching of NZSL in New Zealand. If you would like to join this meeting, please email Jeni Lemberg

NZQA Updates

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.

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

National Moderator's Report 

The National Moderator's report from February 2020 gives details around the following for the Internal Achievement Standards:
  • Awarding Excellence
  • Collecting evidence
  • Student wellbeing
  • Assessor support
  • Observations from the 'Interact' Standard
  • Feedback and feedforward
  • Communications

Information regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) for Secondary Schools and students

NZQA is helping schools to develop plans for NCEA assessment. From this page you can read our overview of assessment, and updates for people interested in the support NZQA is providing. Professional advice for teachers and schools is also available through the school provider login.


NZALT Further Study Awards - 2020
These awards aim to support teachers to upskill via masters or doctoral postgraduate study connected to improving teaching and learning.

Teachers can apply for financial assistance for further language teaching-related study of up to 50% of one year of fees ($4000 maximum).

If you wish to apply, please complete the Application Form 2020. You must also email the NZALT secretary, Christine Williams, at to let us know that you have applied.

Deadline for applications for 2020: 5 pm on 1 June 2020.

A maximum of 3 awards will be granted per year. Teachers who have been granted an award may apply in subsequent years.

Rules and Criteria for NZALT Further Study Award:

1.  Applications for an award must state:

  • Name and school

  • Current position 

  • Description of course of study

  • Reason for applying for funds

  • Amount requested

  • Proposed ways of sharing benefits to colleagues and students.

2.  Teachers receiving an award must supply NZALT Executive with a written report suitable for publishing on the NZALT website or in other relevant NZALT publications.

Where qualifications will take at least two years to complete, a short progress report should be submitted by the end of the academic year for which funding has been granted.  When the qualification is completed, a final report should be received within two months of the conclusion of study, or at the end of the academic year for which funding has been given.

3.  The award may be granted for language teaching-related study at a New Zealand tertiary institution.

4.  The amount of funds allocated will be decided by the Executive and depend on:

  • the amount of funds available

  • the number of applications received

  • the nature of the study sought

5. Successful recipients will receive the funds once NZALT has received confirmation of the course of study and associated costs.

2020 Events Calendar
International Languages Week: Week 7 (25 - 29 May), term 2, 2020
Please note that the date for International Languages Week has changed to 25 - 29 May to reflect the change to the term 2 dates for 2020 due to Covid-19 school closures.
NZALT is pleased to announce the following activities for students and schools to participate in which celebrate all of the languages taught in New Zealand.

A poster competition is being run by NZALT in conjunction with International Languages Week. Please note that this competition is open to the schools of NZALT members only. See the poster below for further details. Students are able to post or email their posters directly to Christine Williams, Secretary NZALT, but they must give the name and address of their school as well as their name. 

The EPLC (Education Perfect Languages Champs) will take place from the 14th-21st May. This is always a vibrant, exciting event, and we look forward, as always, to seeing what NZ schools and students achieve. You are welcome to sign up additional students for the duration of this event for no extra charge.
We would love to share stories from you, our wonderful teachers, about what the EPLC means for you and your students. If you would like to share your story with us, we would love to receive short videos (30-60 seconds) from you so that these can be shared online. If you are keen to share your story, it would be great if you could send your video to - you will go in the draw to win a $50 gift pay voucher.


We wish you all the best for this challenging time and want you to know that we are here to support you!

Philippa Kruger
Global Head of Languages
03 669 0311
Designing Futures

NZALT is proud to be an affiliate of the inaugural ImmerseMe Games during NZ Languages Week (21-28 May), a complimentary online language competition for NZ and Australian schools with PDF certificates and a prize draw available to high achievers read more...


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 at

Contact Details

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

Community Languages Coordinator: Juliet Kennedy

If you are aware of language teachers who are not receiving this newsletter, please email
NZALT Networks of Expertise Newsletter, May, Quick Update, 2020

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