Reports on funding for branch Special Projects can be found on the Branches page.
1. InInternational Mother Language Day Celebration (21st February)
TESOLANZ approved a Special Project fund application on 11/2/2017 from Anna Filippochkina (CLANZ) and Angela Bland (CANTESOL). This was ratified on 20th February by the TESOLANZ Exec Zoom meeting
This initiative was created by Anna Filippochkina (CLANZ) and supported by Angela Bland (TESOLANZ) and Thi Phan (Hagley Community College). The event took place on Saturday, the 18th February. It was a great event, opened by a Maori blessing, welcoming migrants to NZ. More than 200 people attended with a full of cafeteria at Hagley College. There were 11 ethnic groups who presented their traditional songs, music and shared their languages. Eight ethnic groups prepared their traditional food for tasting (Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Bhutan, Nepal, China, Samoa, Afghanistan).
This is the first year celebrating this event at Hagley College. The Special Project Funding was essential to the success of the day as we were able to support the various communities.
2. NZQA English for Academic Purposes Review Panel (25-26th October 2016)
This was a two day review of the English for Academic Purposes Standards. Annie Chan (NZQA) facilitated the review with the following panel: Dr Ian Bruce TESOLANZ / University of Waikato, Mark Dawson-Smith NZCEL Providers’ Forum (ITP) / WINTEC, Angela Bland Secondary ESOL Cluster groups / Ricarrton High School, Ana Gerzic Rutherford College, Supriya Darp English NZ / DynaSpeak, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Kaye Pollock Eastern Institute of Technology Kirsten Shaw ALNE National moderator, NZQA. The two day panel review went very smoothly. The EAP revised standards are now out for consultation which closes on the 28th February.
3. NZCEL Review Panel (1-2 August, 29-30th August, 29-30th September and 5-6 December)
The NZCEL Review Panel team met four times during 2016.This was facilitated by Annie Chan (NZQA). The panellist were: Steve Varley NZCEL Providers’ Forum (ITP) / UNITEC, Mark Dawson-Smith NZCEL Providers’ Forum (ITP) / WINTEC, Liz Signal NZCEL Providers’ Forum (PTEs)/Bay Learning Academy, Terry Leotta English NZ / Auckland Institute of Studies, Su Ellis TESOLANZ / English Aotearoa, Angela Bland TESOLANZ / Ricarrton High School, Julie Luxton Secondary Schools / University of Canterbury and John Read University of Auckland (Monday only). After the first three meetings, the revised NZCEL was sent out for consultation. The team met again on the 5/6th December to consider and revise the certificate once more. On the 9th Feb, Annie Chan informed that the reviewed and new NZCEL qualifications have been submitted to the NZQA quality assurance team for evaluation and approval. Applications usually take 45 working days to process. Any request for information (RFI) would add a further 20 working days to this time frame. Steve and Mark are working on evidence of support for the development of 2x Level 3 qualifications. This is likely to be requested in the RFI. Once Annie has received the evaluation report, she will call another meeting. This is likely to be sometime in late April or early May.