Te Rōpū Kaiwhakaako reo o Aotearoa
Dear members and friends of NZALT ...

In this quick update …
  1. Online Webinars Term 4
  2. Some PLD reading for the holidays?
  3. And on the subject of TBLT …
  4. Heads-Up (AGM)
Online Webinars Term 4
NZALT is pleased to offer free online webinars for Learning Languages teachers that are tailored to your needs. These will be delivered via Zoom Web conferencing – you don’t need an account to join.
The first webinar in Term 4 will be held on Wednesday 6 November from 3.30 pm till 5 pm. This webinar is a repetition of the webinar from 31 July and will focus on student-centred learning and collaboration in a Learning Languages classroom. If you wish to enrol for this webinar or further webinars of your choice, please use the Google form link below. Our online PLD facilitator, Madlen Kunath, will contact those people who have enrolled with further details. 
Fill in this Google form to let us know what topics you would like for future webinars or to enrol for the webinars in November. Topics can range from the use of e-tools in the classroom to language teaching pedagogy. 
Webinar dates and topics for term 4:
  • Week 4: Wednesday, 6 November, 3:30 pm - 5 pm 
  • Student-centred Learning and Collaboration in a Learning Languages Classroom 
  • Week 5: Tuesday, 12 November, 1 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Google Site - How to create your own Google Site (new Google Site)
  • Week 6: Thursday, 21 November, 9 am - 12 am
  • Differentiation in the languages classroom
  • Week 7: Wednesday, 27 November, 9 am - 12 am
  • Planning and creating resources/ activities for a collaborative languages classroom

For questions or suggestions regarding the webinars, please contact us at If you’d like to participate in one of the above but can’t make the day/time, please let us know, too, and we will try to accommodate requests.
Some PLD reading for the holidays?

Manu Ménard, former teacher of French, Spanish and German and former National Adviser for French, has asked us to let you know about his book on practical ideas for Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) which has been released in paperback: Take the plunge: Teaching a Foreign Language using the Task-Based Approach - A Guide & Tools.

Manu asks - do you want to make more of an impact as a foreign language teacher? Do you need help implementing excellence in your teaching? Would you like to empower and enthuse your students? Manu explains that his book will break down the theory of the popular TBLT approach into an informative and practical model to transform classroom language learning. Through insightful examples and clear instructions, he offers guidance to teachers wishing to improve their skills in task-based learning.  Click here to find out more about this resource book and how you can order it:
And on the subject of TBLT …
… and wearing my other hat as President of the International Association for Task-Based Language Teaching ( … if the task-based approach is something that interests you, over the coming months we are aiming to expand our website to include access to key resources -
Heads-up (AGM)
Our Annual General Meeting will be held at the forthcoming NZALT Victoria LangSem … early November (details to follow …)
All good wishes for a refreshing break, and kind regards on behalf of the NZALT Executive.
Martin East, Vice President

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