MA (TESOL), Grad Dip Business, BSc, CELTA
I was born in Lower Hutt, but was raised in Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, and Austria. I returned to New Zealand for a brief period to complete my initial tertiary studies, and since then I've lived in Taiwan, returning to New Zealand in 2015. I am currently Head of Programme for pre-degree English Language (EAP) at Lincoln University, in Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island) of Aotearoa (New Zealand). My background is in TESOL and I've worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, and academic manager across a range of sectors.
My primary interests are in the areas of international student experience and TESOL leadership/advocacy. I have a strong desire to ensure, in my current working context, to make the utmost effort to ensure that the academic and social needs of our newest residents are met. In addition, I keenly believe that the role of the TESOL practitioner is becoming increasingly important, requiring a more central role in educational delivery and planning. I am a strong advocate of the appropriate use of technology to enhance learning opportunities.
I affirm that there is a strong need for language policy in Aotearoa to continue the regeneration of te reo Māori, strengthen the position of New Zealand Sign Language, and support the maintenance of minority languages. In conjunction with this, language policy and planning must support the development of English proficiency to ensure the success of all in both education and society.
Finally, as president of TESOLANZ, I will continue the work of past presidents and serve the stakeholders in the TESOL sector.
Dr Marty Pilott
PhD, MA(Hons), DipTchg, DipTESL, DipMgt, CertPubPol
I have been on the TESOLANZ Exec since 1996 as either President or Secretary plus web manager or liaison.
My doctorate investigated 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 and have written How to Teach a Language. I have taught at WelTec, was a TEC advisor for two years and managed two Wellington PTEs. I have been on a range of government committees and have run workshops at most CLESOL conferences.
Outside of TESOL I enjoying collecting and restoring old dictionaries, Toastmasters, acting, and driving a Suzuki Boulevard cruiser.
I am a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Teaching and Learning Unit of the Business School at the University of Auckland. In my current role I am part of the First Year Experience project which involves providing Academic Skills support for undergraduate and postgraduate students. A key focus of the role is to provide the context through which the needs of our diverse group of first year students in study skills; cognitive processes; language skills and linguistics can be addressed. Other dimensions of my role include Training and Mentoring Graduate Teaching Assistants.
My teaching journey began in South Africa where I taught English at secondary level and served as an external examiner for English for the National Matriculation Examination. In New Zealand I taught at both primary and secondary schools where my responsibilities included being Assistant Head of English, Teacher in charge of Literacy and Associate teacher to trainee teachers. As Teacher in charge of Literacy I worked with staff in developing a language across the curriculum programme. I am passionate about language teaching and learning and this commitment encouraged me to complete a Master's degree in Education and the Grad Dip TESSOL at the University of Auckland.
In South Africa, I was actively involved in the promotion of language and served on a number of community-based cultural bodies including a national body involved with the promotion of language and culture. A key responsibility of this role included presenting a children's programme in Hindi and English on a radio station. This was a rewarding experience as I had the opportunity to inspire young learners of Hindi.
Breda Matthews works as teacher and ESOL facilitator. She has been a member of NZQA project advisory groups and panels developing EAP, ESOL and English language unit standards. She has also worked as an ESOL and English language unit standards NZQA moderator.
Breda has developed assessment resources and teaching and learning materials for ESOL, English Language and EAP standards for both NZQA and the Ministry of Education. She currently runs her own company providing professional development and assessment resources and works part time at Massey University, Albany Campus.
My role as an ESOL teacher is underpinned by my belief in supporting students to be bi-lingually/ multi-lingually agile. Currently I am Head of ESOL at Christchurch Boys High School. Before that, I worked for in various professional learning and development (PLD) Ministry of Education contracts held by the UC College of Education. These included the implementation of the NZ Curriculum, the Secondary Literacy Project and the national contract supporting secondary teachers of English Language Learners. And earlier, I did similar things in Auckland. I have represented TESOLANZ from time to time, including in the discussions about the positioning of English language learning in the NZ Curriculum.