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TESOLANZ is the New Zealand association of ESOL teachers in all areas of education. We offer you an opportunity to network with others in the ESOL field, professional development, conferences and expos, and we are also a major representative of the ESOL sector lobbying for the language needs of migrants and refugees. 

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Book Review Editor wanted

The TESOLANZ Newsletter needs a new book review editor. Current review editor Zina Romova would be happy to provide help with the first issue of the publication and for some time after it if needed. Please let her know if you are interested.

(09) 8154321 ex 8334

Lining up Language: Navigating Government Policy

The Office of Ethnic Affairs is proud to host Lining up Language: Navigating Government Policy, a two-day conference aimed at fostering discussion about government policy and activity in relation to language use and learning in New Zealand.

Register to attend

ESOL teachers needed to help with vocab survey

I am looking for some participants with experience teaching ESL/ EFL learners from my PhD study. The purpose is to identify which words are useful for ESL/ EFL learners to know from teachers’ opinions. Participants will do 11 short and simple surveys by email, and each survey takes only 5-10 minutes – they can be done between now and the deadline of 30 April. To thank for your help, you will be given a $20 gift voucher and a copy of the findings of the study. Contact Yen at ngocyen1011@gmail.com

TEC Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy refresh consultation

The TEC is refreshing its Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy. The refreshed Strategy will guide the TEC’s work in adult literacy and numeracy from 2016 to 2020. The TEC has drafted a Consultation Paper to seek your feedback on the TEC’s proposed future priorities within a refreshed Strategy. This paper reflects findings from the TEC workshops held in late 2014 with key stakeholders, as well as the TEC’s initial thinking. To take part go to the TEC website.

2015 doctoral Dissertation Grants

The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) is announcing its 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants. See the Affiliates page for more information.


According to new TEC rules, ESOL teachers on Level 1 and 2 SAC-funded programmes such as NZCEL will be required to hold NCALE, a full-time 18-month qualification for literacy teachers. TESOLANZ opposes this move. For further information see the Tertiary SIG page.

Refugee Resettlement

If you are interested in refugee resettlement you will find the following report by Jody Lynn McBrien on government policies and their effects very enlightening.


Learn to Teach

Where can you learn to teach English - or other languages? Visit the TESOLANZ Directory. Teaching institutions are welcome to send course information for the page - no charge.

Which Qualification?

Which qualification do you need to become an EFL or ESL teacher in New Zealand or overseas? Find some suggestions on our Directory of programmes. Any institution offering a TESOL programme can advertise their course free.

Calls for Papers

Academic journals are invited to have their Call for Papers listed on the TESOLANZ website.

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