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National Newsletter No 14 April, 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!  Taloha ni!
Focus of this newsletter: 
  • NZALT Webinars
  • Support for Online Teaching through NZALT: Survey 
  • NZALT Online Cluster meetings 2020: Hutt; Canterbury; South Canterbury; Nelson; Otago
  • NZQA Updates to Listening External Assessments 2020
  • NZSL teacher cluster
  • NZALT  Further Study Awards 2020
  • 2020 Events Calendar: change to date for International Languages Week
  • NZALT Calendar Competition
  • Education Perfect Competition
  • Immerse Me Games
  • Postponement of NZALT 2020 Conference to July 2021
  • Further links
NZALT Webinars 2020
The NZALT Webinars will continue but on a more regular basis with an online focus. The following Webinars have already been organised and are available at the following Zoom meeting link:
Meeting ID: 929 3738 0688
Password: 812235

Thursday 23 April 3.30 - 5 pm:  Drop-in session for questions about and sharing of online language teaching strategies

Tuesday 28 April 3.30 - 5 pm: A specific session for HODs around assessment, and management of a Languages Department at this time. This will be run by Annabelle Sinclair. If you wish to participate in this or other specifically HOD webinars, please email her at

Thursday 30 April 3.30 - 5 pm:  
How to create and grade quizzes using Google Forms and e-tools for feedback

Thursday 7 May 3.30 - 5 pm:
Google Classroom

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

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.

NZALT Support for Language Teachers

NZALT is endeavoring to support all language teachers as we are moving into an online delivery space. Some of you have already been doing this for a couple of weeks, and we thank you for your support of others in sharing your knowledge.

We have changed our Inquiry Clusters to Online Clusters where the focus is on teaching languages online.
Likewise, we are now delivering more Webinars with a similar focus. 

We also have a Google site on integrating e-tools into a languages classroom. This has a specific section for Online Teaching with numerous suggestions from useful e-tools and websites to short online activities: 

Thank you if you have already completed our survey about online support. It has given us some valuable information about what we can provide and also about what feedback we can give the Ministry of Education. If you haven't completed this yet, we would appreciate your thoughts on this Google form.   
NZALT Inquiry Clusters 2020 now Online Clusters
The NZALT Inquiry Cluster meetings are continuing but with a focus on teaching online. The following times have already been organised via Zoom:

Hutt Cluster Wednesday 29 April, 2.00 pm. 
Canterbury Cluster, South Canterbury, and Nelson Clusters, Wednesday 29 April, 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.

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.

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.


New Zealand Sign Language Teachers' Cluster

NZALT would like to set up a Cluster of NZSL teachers to enable teachers involved with teaching New Zealand Sign Language to meet online and share their learning, queries and look at further ways of supporting the teaching of this language within New Zealand. If you are interested, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please email Jeni Lemberg

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. 

We are excited to announce that the EPLC (EP Languages Champs) takes place next month, 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.

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.

EP understands that teaching from home presents a unique set of challenges at the start of Term 2. We have created a folder of 'Remote Learning Tasks', which are great for assigning to students of all levels to get them using their target language at home while lockdown continues. Here is a short video which explains these:

We also have a link to a guide which gives some ideas about how you can use EP in a remote setting:

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...

Postponement of the NZALT 2020 Conference until Friday 9 to Sunday 11 July 2021

As you are now hopefully aware, we have postponed the NZALT 2020 Conference until Friday 9 - Sunday 11 July 2021.
If you have any queries, please contact the Conference Convenors:
Jeni Lemberg and Juliet Kennedy

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

The Learning Languages Community

This is your portal to professional learning opportunities and support for the Learning Languages area of the New Zealand Curriculum.

The site contains information relating to pedagogy and assessment, and includes relevant resources and key links.


Tapasā - Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners
Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. It aims to contextualise quality teaching and planning within a Pacific learner setting by providing a Pacific lens to the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

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

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

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