TESOLANZ CONTACTS Last updated June 2013
MA, Dip TESL, PhD
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I am currently involved in a number of projects in Asia and the South Pacific, which combine my two areas of experience: ESOL teaching and research, and international community development. These areas of interest stem from my first jobs as a volunteer teacher with VSA (Te Tuao Tawahi Volunteer Service Abroad) in Tonga and Papua New Guinea, and later as teacher educator in Lao PDR. Based in Palmerston North, I am an Honorary Teaching/Research Fellow in the Institute of Education at Massey University. Details can be seen on my website www.systemetrics.co.nz.
I have been on the TESOLANZ Executive since 2007, and President since 2008
MA(Hons), DipTchg, DipTESL, DipMgt, CertPubPol
I am working on a doctorate on the features of pronunciation needed by migrants to integrate into NZ society and find work.
Since I was 16 I have been an incorrigible etymologist, phonologist and acquirer of languages, dictionaries and unusual words (I have discovered that I am ambisinistrous, which means equally clumsy with both hands!) After studying languages and linguistics I spent three years OE living in various Asian countries. My first teaching experience was for the British Council in Esfahan, Iran. I have taught secondary English and written and edited English textbooks, but have worked in ESOL since 1990 when I joined WATESOL. I have taught at Weltec, was DOS at a Wellington PTE, a TEC advisor for two years, and manager of ETC. I have been on a range of government committees and have run workshops at most CLESOL conferences. I am now tutoring at Victoria University. Having been on the TESOLANZ Exec since 1996 as either President or Secretary plus webmaster I am the longest serving member.Outside of TESOL I enjoying book collecting and binding, Toastmasters, acting, and driving a Suzuki Boulevard cruiser.
Deryn Hardie Boys Treasurer
Deryn Hardie Boys
BSc, Dip Teaching, CELTA, Dip TESOL, MA
I have been teaching for the best part of 30 years, initially in the Science/Mathematics field in New Zealand secondary schools and later as an ESOL teacher. My ESOL experience includes teaching in the private language school, secondary and tertiary sectors. For many years now I have taught EAP courses at Victoria University of Wellington, including a period at Victoria's Ho Chi Minh City campus. I am a Senior English Language Teacher at Victoria and currently teach government officials from the South East Asian region who are studying on a training programme which is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
My particular areas of interest are the use of CALL/technology to promote learning and the teaching and learning of vocabulary.
MA, PhD, DipTchg, DipELT, DipKorean
My TESOLANZ role, since 2008, has involved responsibility for publications, in particular the TESOLANZ newsletter (edited by Amber Fraser Smith) and the TESOLANZ Journal (Susan Gray and Angela Joe are the editors). I teach on The Graduate Diploma in TESSOL at The University of Auckland, and try to put into practice what I preach by running English classes for Korean migrants in my local area. I am interested in issues around inclusion of minority voices in school policy and planning and am committed to teacher professional development in TESSOL.
Higher DipTchg, DipELT, MA Linguistics Applied (Hons)
I cut my teeth teaching in Otara in the seventies. It was at that time that I first became passionate about teaching language to NESB pupils. Since then I have held a variety of positions including; advisor on the Mangere Otara Liaison Team (MOLT), director of Te Puna O Maatauranga (RED) centre Otara, lecturer at the Auckland College of Education and Deputy Principal of two large Auckland Primary schools. Currently I teach ESOL part time at Remuera Primary School, with a bit of consultancy work in schools, as well as facilitating courses for teachers and teacher aides. I am also the cluster coordinator for my local ESOL PLC.
I have been with AKTESOL and TESOLANZ exec since 2007 – the latter as branch liaison and primary sector issues. Prior to that I was on the Auckland Reading Association for many years.
In my spare time I attempt to play golf.
MA TESOL, PG Dip SLT, Grad Dip TchLn
I began ESOL tutoring in 1993 for the ESOL Home Tutor Scheme in Invercargill. I did my time for two years in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme where I started my PG DipSLT. I next spent two years in Cuenca, Ecuador as a teacher, Director of English and teacher trainer at Centro de Estudios Interamericanos. I returned to New Zealand in 1999 with an Ecuadorian husband. I eventually got a ‘real’ teaching qualification (Grad DipTchLn) in 2001. Among other teaching roles, I taught for 4 years from 2002 at the English Language Centre at University of Canterbury before I entered the secondary sector in 2006. I finished my MA TESOL through Victoria University in 2007. I also trained as a Specific Learning Disabilities teacher with Seabrook Mckenzie Centre. I am currently the HOD ESOL at Riccarton High School in Christchurch where I was employed to develop an Intensive English Programme. At home, Spanish and English are a first and second language while my son also has a mostly language specific learning disability. He is ORRS funded. It is a progressive time in the secondary literacy and ESOL sector, but there is still a lot of focused lobbying to be done within our own schools and nationally to gain equity for ELLs from Year 9 to 13. At present I am enjoying being active in a Pasifika Network Learning Community, trialling two Level 4 EAP standards, always improving our Intensive English Programme and ensuring our ELLs are informed of their progress and understand Level 1 and Level 2 literacy pathways.
Past president of TESOLANZ and currently liaison with the SIG (Special Interest Interest Groups) coordinator. I have been a member of TESOLANZ since its inception,attended the first CLESOL conference, was on the organising committee for the two Auckland conferences, was chairperson of the precursor to AKTESOL known as ASESLA which did the spade work for forming an incorporated ESOL teacher’s association – ie TESOLANZ
Totally Euro-centred in the 70s as an EFL teacher in France and Italy, I changed direction in the 80s and had the privilege of working first with South East Asian refugees at the Refugee and Migrant Centre in South Auckland, next with Maori and Pacific Island students at Nga Tapuwae College (now the Southern Cross Campus) also in Mangere and then on to a nearby Catholic School for Girls. Since that time, working with students from language backgrounds other than English has dominated my existence: as a classroom teacher, as a mentor and language support teacher, as a Dean, as part of the steering committee of the Race Relations’ Cultural exchange programme within New Zealand, as surrogate Mum to many lonely Pacific Island scholarship students, as hostel Mum to International university students. I spent two years as an ESOL facilitator with TEAM Solutions in Auckland advising ESOL teachers and working with mainstream teachers in decile 1 schools as a mentor and coach. More recently my work has been with Foreign Fee paying secondary students. I am still part of a mentoring programme for Pasifika students and organise holiday trips and activities for bored International students as another of my extra-curricular duties.
Finding alternative pathways to university entrance literacy for ELLs, teaching French through drama and finding time to ski in the European Alps are top of my ‘must do now’ list.
Tel. 027 476 7388
|Gwenna Finikin |
Primary SIG Co-ordinator
Tel. 021 144 5635
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