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NZALT 2021 Newsletter no 32 

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Focus of this newsletter: Celebrating Languages Week
  • Languages Week Competitions - NZALT Poster Competition; Education Perfect Essay Writing Competition and Primary School competition
  • NZALT Webinars
  • NZALT 2021 Further Study Awards closing 5 pm 11 June 2021
  • NZALT 2021 Exploring Effective Practice Awards closing 5 pm 11 June 2021
  • NZALT 2021 Conference
  • NCEA Education Response to feedback from Subject Expert Groups on Phase 1 products
  • NZQA Assessor Support for internally assessed standards

Languages Week: Week 7 (14 - 18 June), Term 2, 2021

A poster competition is being run by NZALT in conjunction with Languages Week.
Please note that this competition is open to the schools of NZALT members only.
We are asking for schools to send in their three best entries this year, either by post to: 
Christine Williams, Secretary NZALT, C/- Hillcrest High School, P.O. Box 11020, Hillcrest, Hamilton 8251
or by email to:

Final entries are due before Friday 25 June. Please note, this is the correct date.
NZALT 2021 Webinars Term 2

A Webinar was held in Week 2 for Languages Week. Here is the Powerpoint from the Webinar. Thank you to the teachers who participated and shared their ideas. They have been added to this Powerpoint. 

Further Webinars will be held this term as follows:

Thursday 10 June from 3.45 pm until 5 pm.  We are running a Webinar together with Shirley Bain from NZQA on moderating and marking the Internal Achievement Standards.
It will focus on support for the moderation and marking of the Internal Achievement Standards. This Webinar will be repeated at the NZALT 2021 Conference in July if you are unable to attend this term. It is also a repeat of the Webinar which was run in Term Four last year.
If you are interested in participating in this Webinar, please email Madlen Kunath at, our Online PLD Co-ordinator, to register and for further details.
The Zoom link is as follows:
Meeting ID: 819 2380 6929
Passcode: 932233

Week 8, Thursday 24 June from 3.45 pm until 5 pm.
Blended Language Teaching: this Webinar will focus on pedagogy and selected tools that can be used in Blended teaching. It could include such platforms as Google Classroom and Padlet.
If you want to register or have further requests, contact Madlen Kunath.

The Webinars are active online workshops where teachers have the opportunity to discuss possible strategies, their merits, their uses, and how they work. The focus of the Webinars will be on strategies supporting the development of language skills.

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.

If you have attended previous Webinars or were unable to, many of the resources which were shared in these are now available on the following Google site: Integrating e-tools into the language classroom.

NZALT 2021 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 of up to 50% of one year of fees ($4000 maximum).

If you wish to apply, please complete the Application Form 2021. You must also email the NZALT secretary, Christine Williams, at to let us know that you have applied.

Deadline for applications for 2021: 5 pm on 11 June 2021.

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 2021 Exploring Effective Practice Awards

The NZALT Exploring Effective Practice Awards will continue in 2021. The awards enable teachers to visit other language teachers for professional development purposes and will provide successful applicants with $800 to cover the relief and travel costs involved with this.
A brief outline of how the funding was used will be required on completion of the visit.

Further information about the criteria for applications is on the NZALT 2021 Exploring Effective Practice Award application.

The deadline for this round of applications is 11 June 2021.

Education Perfect Languages Essay Writing Competition

Education Perfect
is running two competitions during the term. 

From 1 June - 30 August, there will be an essay writing competition for senior students in years 11-13. Click here for more information. Click here to register.

From 17 - 18 June, we will be running a primary languages competition as part of our wider Young Kiwi Challenger series. This is for students in years 5-8. Click here for more information including the registration link. 
NZALT 2021 Conference: Saturday 10 - Monday 12 July, Te Whanganui-a-Tara 

The NZALT 2021 Conference will be held over the first weekend of the July holidays, 2021 in Wellington.
We will open the conference on Saturday 10 July with a mihi whakatau at 6.30 pm in Te MaraeTe Papa.
The official opening will be followed by refreshments.
Registration packs will be available from 6 pm at the entrance to Te Marae. 
Due to the high number of registrations to date, we regret that attendance at the official opening and conference dinner cannot be guaranteed. People who have already registered for the conference have been asked to confirm their wishes in a special mailout to all conference delegates. If you have not received this mailout, please contact Jeni Lemberg.
New registrations will not include the official opening and conference dinner unless places become available.

All delegates must complete this week’s form if they wish to attend the opening or dinner, even if they have previously indicated their intentions.


To register for the NZALT 2021 Conference, please go to the NZALT 2021 Conference site.
Please note that registration for the Conference will close on Friday 30 June to allow us sufficient time for conference preparation.
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.


Our keynote speakers are Dr Gianfranco Conti and Dr Corinne Seals.
The presentations, workshops, and discussion forums (World Cafés) at the NZALT 2021 Conference will address both the front end and the back end of the New Zealand Curriculum.

There are numerous opportunities for teachers to expand their language-teaching “toolkit”, including sessions on task-based learning, digital tools, the benefits of reducing teacher questioning and refining the co-construction of oral language, teaching learners how to listen, the effective use of brain breaks, managing the demands of multi-level classes, differentiation techniques, tips for preparing students for Scholarship, advice from the National Languages Moderator, and more.

In addition to these “how-to” sessions, there are many that focus on the bigger-picture ideas that are of pressing relevance to all educators in Aotearoa in 2021. Many of the papers and workshops address questions of equity and inclusiveness. There are a number of presentations dealing with Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Other titles include “Growing Global Citizenship through Language Learning”, “Tongan values and the impact on language teaching and learning: the critical role values play in developing policies for language teaching”, “Gender and Language: addressing the nature of gender and language and the changing nature of gender identity”, and “What we learn from students and what we do with it: practical ways to ensure inclusiveness”.

There are also sessions with a focus on the Tapasā Framework, Māori medium classrooms, the Digital Technologies Curriculum, cross-curricular learning, and “Voices from those involved in the NCEA Change Package for Languages”, a presentation designed to enhance understanding of some of the decisions that have been made for languages.

The NZALT 2021 Conference allows teachers of languages a unique opportunity to meet with colleagues and academics in relevant fields of study and to build their own pedagogical understanding and dispositions. It also offers a forum in which to consider the relationships between language learning and current topics of high interest in education both in New Zealand and across the world.

A time slot has been made available for the specific Language Associations during the Conference.
This slot can be used to hold AGMs or informal get-together of the specific language groups. 

The draft programme is available here.


Successful applicants for the NZALT Conference Awards have already received confirmation of their award.  
Members of PPTA can apply for a grant of up to $700 per year to attend a subject association conference or workshop. It must be applied for well before the event, using the form on the PPTA website, but the money will not be disbursed until after you have attended the conference.

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.

Language Immersion Day

The Language Immersion Day will take place on Saturday 10 July prior to the conference 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: 
NCEA Education: Response to feedback from Subject Expert Groups on Phase 1 products

Feedback for the phase 1 Level 1 NCEA Subjects has now been collated and published. It has helped to identify areas that need clarification and refinement before the move into developing the phase 2 materials, which include the Achievement Standards, the internal Assessment Activities, and further detail in the web text under the Teaching Learning and Assessment sections of the website.

The MoE NCEA Education group are working with NZQA to develop Assessment Specifications for external assessments. NZQA will publish these in time for pilot schools to prepare their teaching and learning programmes for next year, 2022.

Feedback for European languages (French, German and Spanish) can be found here and for Asian languages (Japanese, Korean, Mandarin) 

NZQA Assessor Support for Internally Assessed Standards

NZQA is pleased to announce some significant changes to the assessor support options for internally assessed standards this year, following a recent review. This includes providing more online learning options and workshops now being available free of charge.
A range of e-learning resources is available, aimed at supporting internal assessment. This includes subject-specific, bite-sized modules and short courses focusing on a variety of subjects and standards, along with a full range of online Best Practice Workshops.
These resources are available at no charge on NZQA’s Learning Management System Pūtake, and will be accessible via the Education Sector Logon (ESL) from 14 May 2021.
Further information on the Assessor Support resources and how to access them may be found here.

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


Contact Details

NZALT President
Annabelle Sinclair

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

Community 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 32, June 2021

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