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Professional development opportunities

Future Learning Solutions – Centre for Languages – delivers a range of free curriculum support (language, culture and pedagogy) to teachers of languages in Aotearoa. To see what is available, please visit the Future Learning Solutions website. 

GROW  

This Ministry of Education funded programme supports teachers through an inquiry process to improve pedagogy for learning languages. This is a full year programme, offered across the country. Teachers of all languages are welcome to join the GROW programme. More information about the generic programme and the tailored programmes is available on the FLS website GROW.  

Key aspects of the programme are: in-depth learning around the Ellis and iCLT principles, supported inquiry and teacher in-school support. Schools can register any number of teachers for these programmes.  

For further information, principals, HODs and teachers can contact FLS at fls.languages@uniservices.co.nz.

Learning languages: A guide for New Zealand Schools

Online version of Learning languages: A guide for New Zealand schools. This guide provides schools and teachers with information to support the introduction, delivery, and enhancement of languages programmes.

National coordinators

Under the Ministry of Education’s Professional learning and development (PLD) support plan for secondary student achievement, the national coordinators for learning languages focus is on effective implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum and the NCEA realigned achievement standards, and the development of literacy and language practices. Contact Jeni Lemberg for Central South and Southern regions. 

The New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)

The New Zealand Association of Language Teachers offers a nationwide network to support language teachers. This includes regional meetings, in-service opportunities, professional development awards, newsletters, a professional journal, a biennial conference, representation on official committees and panels, and advocacy on key issues. Funding and support for Pacific and community languages projects are available. For more information email president@nzalt.org.nz.

Gazette focus: Professional development

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Free scholarships are offered to teachers wanting to upskill with a TESSOL qualification. Education Gazette talks to a primary school enriched with skilled language teachers, and a secondary teacher who is applying her recent study to improving intercultural communication in her school.

Graduate Diploma in TESSOL at The University of Auckland.


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