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NZALT 2022 Newsletter no 49

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!

Term Two Activities
Term Two is now well underway and our focus this term is on connecting with as many language teachers as possible through the various Language Weeks, Cluster meetings, Webinars and most importantly the NZALT 2022 Conference to be held in Dunedin from Saturday 9 - Tuesday 12 July.  We're looking forward to seeing lots of you in wonderful Ōtepoti!
There is also information on nominations for the NZALT Excellence in Leadership and Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Tālofa lava! Afio mai!

Samoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is being held from Sunday 29 May – Saturday 4 June 2022. The overarching theme for the 2022 Pacific Language Week is sustainability.

In the 2018 New Zealand census, Samoans made up 3.9% of the New Zealand population. In total, 182 721 people identified as being part of the Samoan ethnic group, an increase of 38 583 people since the 2013 census.
Go to this link to access some superb activities to involve the students in your school.

Languages Week is Week 7 this term, so start thinking about some activities with your students to raise the profile of Learning Languages in your school. NZALT will be running a Poster competition for Years 7 - 8 and 9 - 10 again this year. There is further information below.

Languages Week 2022

Languages Week is Week 7 (13th - 17th June) this term.
NZALT is again running a poster competition for students in Years 7 - 8 and Years 9 - 10. This competition is only open to students whose teachers are NZALT members. 
The competition has been very popular in previous years with junior students and is a superb activity for Languages Week as well as an opportunity for teachers to gather material to use in advertising the benefits of learning a language.
Due to the popularity of the competition, we are asking you to choose your three best entries in each category and either email them or send them to the NZALT Secretary, Jo Hawes.
Please note that all entries must be received by Friday 24 June.

NZALT will also be running a Webinar on Thursday 26 May for teachers to share ideas for activities during the week. See further information about the Webinars below.

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.
Activities for Languages Week can also be found here at Tui Tuia under Language Week Links.

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, Ōtepoti - Dunedin

We are really looking forward to a great conference in July.

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

The NZALT Awards have closed. All submitters have been informed about their successful proposals. Teachers have been informed of the success of their application.
There are still plenty of awards available through PPTA at this link.

Submissions for Conference proposals have closed. All submitters will be contacted shortly. We are however, still accepting submissions for practical workshops aimed at classroom practitioners. Please see our website for more details if you wish to submit a proposal.

If you have any queries, please email: 
Conference Convenor Madlen Kunath
Conference Organiser Ali Copeman

NZALT Excellence in Leadership and Teaching Awards

Nominations for these two NZALT awards are called for in each conference year. Please note that the initial Expressions of Interest for both awards are due on Friday 27 May.

Initial Expressions of Interest ​(150 words) for ​2022 close on: Friday 27 May 2022. ​​

Invited full applications for 2022 close on Friday 17 June 2022.

Full details on the Excellence in Leadership Awards can be found here.
The details around nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Awards are at this link.

NZALT 2022 Cluster Meetings Term Two

Cluster Meetings have been held in Christchurch, South Canterbury, Otago/Southland and Nelson over the past week. These have been very successful in sharing ideas from the Teacher Only Days for the new Achievement Standards. 

If you have any questions about the South Canterbury, Christchurch or Nelson Cluster meetings, please contact Jeni Lemberg
Dates for the Hutt Cluster will be confirmed later. Please email Jeni Lemberg if you are interested in participating in one of these cluster meetings.
For the Otago/Southland 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.
Term Two Webinars

The first one will focus on ideas and planning for Languages Week and will be held on Thursday 26 May from 3.45pm - 5pm.
There will possibly be another webinar later in June which will focus on Practical Activities in a Languages Classroom. Further information to follow.
If you wish to participate in these webinars, please email Madlen Kunath.

Here is the Zoom link.
Meeting ID: 859 1018 3556 Passcode: 720983
Useful Links 

Samoa Language Week Sunday 29 May – Saturday 4 June 2022
Samoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Samoa helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings.

Languages Week 2022: Week 7, Term 2 (13 - 17 June)
For support with language teaching and learning, resourcing, planning and much more, contact Tui Tuia Learning Circle Languages.


Matariki celebrated 21 June – 29 June 2022
The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in June or July every year. By celebrating Matariki at your school, you can bring a range of NZC principles to life. Students can explore values, develop key competencies, and examine social science concepts.

Matariki Public Holiday Friday 24 June 2022
Matariki mā te pouako / Matariki for teachers – a range of Matariki education resources from Te Papa.

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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