Te Rōpū Kaiwhakaako Reo o Aotearoa

National Newsletter No. 28 March 2021

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A Quick Update: 
  • Cluster Meetings Term One: Canterbury Cluster 31 March; Otago/Southland Cluster 7 April; South Canterbury Cluster 8 April
  • NZALT 2021 Conference 10 - 12 July 2021, Wellington. The deadline for all submissions is Monday 29 March. The closing date for NZALT Awards is Wednesday 31 March. Early Bird registration closes on Friday 9 April.
  • Feedback on the first stage of NCEA Level 1 subject development in the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) closes 19 April
  • International Languages Week: Term Two, Week 7 (14 - 18 June 2021)
Cluster Meetings Term One

The NZALT Cluster meeting for Canterbury will take place on Wednesday 31 March, 3.30pm at Papanui High School in the upstairs Boardroom.

The NZALT Cluster meeting for South Canterbury will be on Thursday 8 April, 3.30 pm at Opihi College.

The NZALT Otago/Southland Cluster meeting is on Wednesday 7 April, 3.45 pm at The Esplanade, Dunedin. If you wish to attend this cluster, please email Madlen Kunath.

If you have any questions about the clusters, please contact Jeni Lemberg.

NZALT 2021 Conference: Saturday 10 - Monday 12 July, Te Whanganui-a-Tara 

The NZALT 2021 Conference is to be held over the first weekend of the July holidays, 2021 in Wellington.
We will open the conference on Saturday 10 July with a pōwhiri at 6.30 pm at Signs of a Nation, Te Papa. This will be followed by the official opening with a guest speaker and refreshments in Te Marae.
Registration packs will be available from 6 pm in the entrance foyer. Conference participants will be able to visit Te Papa prior to the pōwhiri.


To register for the NZALT 2021 Conference, please go to the NZALT 2021 Conference site.
Here you will find full details of the cost of registration, dates and further information about travel and accommodation awards. If you have problems registering, please email our Administration team at
Remember to renew your NZALT membership before registering, so that you can take advantage of the cheaper membership registration prices.
Early Bird registration of $100 for NZALT members ends on Friday 9 April.


There will be a number of $500 awards 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. The closing date for these awards is Wednesday 31 March.
There are other awards available for teachers to apply for through PPTA. See the NZALT 2021 Conference site for further information about these. Please contact Future Learning Solutions about subsidies for the Immersion Day to be held on Saturday 10 July, prior to the opening ceremony.

Accommodation Offers

A variety of accommodation offers are available ranging from budget to deluxe, all within a 10-minute walk of Wellington Girls' College.
Please go to this link to find the full details for the hotels and how to book.

Submissions for Presentations

All information about the different types of presentations, as well as how to make a submission and what to do if you made one last year, can be found here. Please note the deadline for all submissions is Monday 29 March.

Keynote Speakers

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

Dr Corinne Seals will be known to many language teachers throughout New Zealand for her presentations at previous conferences and at NZALT LangSems. Her work around Translanguaging is of particular importance to us all as language teachers in Aotearoa. She is the keynote speaker on Sunday 11 July.

Dr. Gianfranco Conti is known to many language teachers either through his website or the Facebook page Global Innovative Language Teachers.
Dr. Conti will be the Keynote Speaker on Monday 12 July with some workshops to follow. He will be presenting via video-link.

This will be a live conference, but we are making plans to live stream some or all workshops and presentations if necessary.

Language Immersion Day

The Language Immersion Day will take place on Saturday 10 July prior to the opening ceremony on Saturday evening. This is being organised by Future Learning Solutions with workshops for all languages and will be held at Wellington Girls' College, except for the German workshop, which will be held at the Goethe Institut in Cuba Street. Contact Future Learning Solutions if you have any questions about this day.

If you have any queries about conference, email either: 

- Conference Convenor Jeni Lemberg

- Conference Administrators Janet McCallister and Peter McClymont

Feedback sought on NCEA Level 1 Review of Achievement Standards

Feedback on the first stage of NCEA Level 1 subject development in the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) closes on 19 April.

Information and the survey for French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean can be found here.
Go to and use the link to Subjects to view information for the different languages with details of the changes to the Achievement Standards.

Contact Details

NZALT Acting President
Martin East

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

Community Languages Co-ordinator: Juliet Kennedy

If you are aware of language teachers who are not receiving this newsletter, please email

NZALT Networks of Expertise Newsletter, March, Term 1, No 28, 2021

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