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National Newsletter No. 25 February 2021

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Focus of this newsletter: 
  • NZALT 2021 Conference 10 - 12 July 2021, Wellington
  • Certificates of Excellence closing date Friday 26 February
  • Submissions for the draft Te Reo Māori Level 1 Achievement Standards due 6 March
  • Cluster Meetings Term One
  • Webinars
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

Certificates of Excellence

To recognise exceptional achievement in the field of language learning, NZALT provides certificates, suitably endorsed, for NZALT members to award to their students. Please note that it is not possible to apply for certificates for other (non-member) teachers in your school.

Friday 26th February: spreadsheets due, clearly labeled, listing students eligible for recognition. Completed spreadsheets should be sent to The spreadsheet can be found here: COE 2021

Monday 22rd March: Certificates posted to schools.

Applications after the 26th February deadline will not be accepted due to the restrictions of printing and distribution.

Submissions for the draft Te Reo Māori Level 1 Achievement Standards
As part of the NCEA Review of Achievement Standards, new Level 1 products for wāhanga ako aligned to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA) have been developed and are currently out for public consultation. The consultation closes on 6 March.

The Level 1 products include the Learning Matrix, the Assessment Matrix, and the Rationale which contains some explanatory material. The actual standards and sample assessment tasks won’t be developed until Phase 2. All currently available draft documentation and the accompanying questionnaire is accessible through this link.

Once on the page, scroll right to the bottom and then click on the hyperlinked text "Give us your viewsto see the products and provide feedback. By clicking on the "Related information" link under each embedded version of the product as you work through the questionnaire, you can download and print each of the three products if desired.

It is important that language teachers read these draft standards and provide feedback by Saturday 6 March.
Cluster Meetings Term One

Cluster meetings will be held this term in the following areas: Christchurch, South Canterbury, Hutt Valley, and Dunedin.
The dates for these have not yet been finalised but if you wish to attend a cluster meeting in one of these areas, please contact Jeni Lemberg.
Webinars Term One

The Webinars will also continue this term. These will be a combination of last year's topics and those suggested in the feedback survey last year. However, if you have specific requests, please email Madlen Kunath. We will be advertising the dates for these shortly.

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, February, Term 1, No 25, 2021

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