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National Newsletter No. 27 March 2021

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!
A Quick Update: 
  • Education Perfect Languages Championships 16 - 23 March
  • Cluster Meetings Term One: Hutt Cluster Thursday 11 March; Christchurch Wednesday 31 March
  • Webinar: Thursday 18 March 
  • Certificates of Excellence: Certificates posted to schools Monday 22 March
  • International Languages Week: Term Two, Week 7 - 14 - 18 June 2021
  • 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.

Education Perfect Languages Championships

Kei te rangatira, tēnā koe

We know that it will have been a busy start to the year!  We are thinking of those of you who are in Auckland and please let us know if we can support you in any way. 

The team at Education Perfect would like to invite all NZALT members to participate in the 2021 Education Perfect Languages Championships which is scheduled to run from 16 -23 March. 

The EP Languages Championships are a great global celebration of language learning where students of all ability levels are rewarded for their efforts. 

Click here to register for the event. 

Please note it is different from past years and we do require you to register for the event rather than being automatically enrolled. This is to ensure that schools end up in the correct category of the competition based on their language department size rather than the size of their school.

If you don’t already have access to the EP platform, signing up for the championships will also provide access to view and trial all of our EP Languages lessons for the duration of the competition. 

As always, we would like to thank NZALT for their support of the event and we look forward to awarding the NZALT trophy to the winning New Zealand school.
We are also looking forward to catching up with you at the NZALT conference later this year. 

If you have any questions regarding EP, please don’t hesitate to email

Noho ora mai

Cluster Meetings Term One

The NZALT Cluster meeting for Hutt Valley will be held on Thursday 11 March, 3.30 pm at Heretaunga College.

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

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

The dates for other cluster meetings in Nelson and Dunedin are being finalised. If you wish to attend a cluster meeting in one of these areas, please contact Jeni Lemberg.

Webinars Term One

The first NZALT Webinar for 2021 will be held on Thursday 18 March from 3.45 pm until 5 pm. The topic for this webinar is based on feedback from the surveys at the end of last year and will focus on the priorities and challenges in language teaching for 2021 and provide opportunities to connect with other language teachers. If you wish to register for this webinar email Madlen Kunath.
Meeting link:
Meeting ID: 844 5628 3861
Passcode: 441466

There will be other webinars on specific topics, for example, looking at the integration of technology; planning for and assessing the internal and external NCEA Achievement Standards. If you have any specific requests contact Madlen Kunath.

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


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 27, 2021

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