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NZALT 2022 Newsletter no 43

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Term One Updates
The focus of this newsletter is on the NZALT Awards; the Webinars we'll offer this term, and also possible Cluster meetings. We hope you all received our previous email with details of the NZALT 2022 Conference from 9 - 12 July in Dunedin.

NZALT 2022 Awards 

NZALT is offering three different Awards in 2022 to support all language teachers:

  • NZALT Further Study Awards;
  • Exploring Effective Practice Awards 
  • NZALT 2022 Conference Travel Awards. 

Details for all of these awards follow.

NZALT 2022 Further Study Awards

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 costs of up to $5000 maximum. This funding is to support teachers with the payment of course fees, not for other related costs, e.g. travel and accommodation.

If you wish to apply, please complete the NZALT Further Study Award 2022. You must also email the NZALT secretary at, Jo Hawes, to let us know that you have applied.

Deadline for applications for 2022: 5 pm on 11 June 2022.

A maximum of 6 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.

NZALT Exploring Effective Practice Awards 2022

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.

Teachers who were successful recipients of these awards in Term Four, 2021, have until the end of Term Two 2022 to use this funding.

Application for the Awards will be available twice a year, with applications for 2022 early Term Three to be used by the end of this year and then in Term Four to be used by Term Two of 2023.

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. 

If you have any queries about these Awards, please contact Jeni Lemberg.

NZALT Conference 2022 Awards

There will be thirty awards of $750 available to language teachers throughout New Zealand to assist them with travel and accommodation costs for the NZALT 2021 Conference. An application form can be found here.


Term One Webinars

- Tuesday 22 March: Google Classroom
- Thursday 24 March: Google Sites

These will be practical sessions with the opportunity to ask questions and share your ideas with others. To register for either one or both webinars, please fill in this short Google form

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 859 1018 3556
Passcode: 720983

NZALT 2022 Cluster Meetings Term One

The Cluster Meetings for Otago, South Canterbury, Christchurch and Hutt Valley will be held online in Term One due to the continued disruptions caused by the Omicron outbreak.

Dates are being finalised at present. If you wish to attend the South Canterbury, Christchurch or Hutt Valley Cluster meetings, please contact Jeni Lemberg
For the Otago Cluster meeting, please contact Madlen Kunath.

We are hoping to offer Cluster meetings in other areas in 2022. If you are interested in participating in one in your area, please contact Jeni Lemberg.

Ko te reo tōku tuakiri - Language is my identity

Ko te reo tōku ahurei - Language is my uniqueness

Ko te reo te ora - Language is life

NZALT 2022 Conference:

Saturday 9 - Tuesday 12 July, Otepoti - Dunedin

The registration process for the NZALT 2022 Conference to be held in Dunedin from 9 - 12 July has opened.
Conference will begin with the Opening on Saturday 9 July at 6 pm at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery with a guest speaker and refreshments, and close at mid-day Tuesday 12 July.  

Registration packs will be available from 6 pm in the entrance foyer. Conference participants will be able to visit the Art Gallery prior to the opening.
Conference Dinner will be held on Monday 11 July. The cost for dinner is included in the registration fee. 


To register for the NZALT 2022 Conference, please go to the NZALT 2022 Conference site.
Here you will find full details of the cost of registration, dates, submissions and further information about travel and accommodation awards.
Remember to renew your NZALT membership before registering, so that you can take advantage of the cheaper membership registration prices.

Accommodation Offers

A variety of accommodation offers are available ranging from budget to deluxe. Please go to this link for full details on accommodation options and how to book.

Submissions for Presentations

All information about the different types of presentations, as well as how to make a submission, can be found here.

Keynote Speakers

We are able to confirm that our Key Speakers are as follows:

Paulette Tamati-Elliffe - Her keynote speech will be on Sunday 10 July followed by a workshop. 

Sir Ian Taylor - He is the keynote speaker on Tuesday 12 July and will also offer a workshop on his online resources for teachers of New Zealand. 

Language Immersion Day

The Language Immersion Day will take place on Saturday 9 July prior to the opening ceremony on Saturday evening. This is being organised by Tui Tuia | Learning Circle. There will be workshops for all languages at John McGlashan College. Please contact Tui Tuia | Learning Circle if you have any questions about this day.

If you have any queries, please email: 

Conference Convenor Madlen Kunath

Conference Organiser Ali Copeman

Topical Reading

Teachers have free access to this latest research on Language Teaching from the University of Auckland: 
Teaching Languages to Adolescent Learners
From Theory to Practice

Authors: Rosemary Erlam, University of Auckland, Jenefer Philp, Lancaster University, Diana Feick, University of Auckland.
The Gold Open Access edition of Martin East’s latest book on task-based language teaching is still 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.

The following article by Dr Grace Yue Qi of Massey University:
COVID-19 underlines the importance of learning languages via emerging technologies was published in Melbourne Asia Review – the hybrid journal-blog of the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. This article is particularly relevant for us all at present.

Useful Links 

Languages Week 2022: Week 7, Term 2 (13 - 17 June)
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 Tui Tuia Learning Circle Languages.

Contact Details

NZALT President
Annabelle Sinclair

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

Communty Languages Coordinator: Juliet Kennedy
If you are aware of language teachers who are not receiving this newsletter, please email

NZALT Networks of Expertise Newsletter, Number 43, March 2022.

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