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  • Créer-des-liens #28 (9/5/2017)

    Créer-des-liens #28

    1st September 2017

    L’hirondelle ne fait pas le printemps ~ inconnu

    Happy spring! The magnolia are flowering, daffodils are budding and blossom trees are in bloom – small but important reminders as we plough our way through the internal assessments and mock exam season that summer beckons and so does the departure of our senior students for the year.

    A short and sharp Créer-des-liens this month since we’re all short of time but what’s in here is hopefully very useful so take a look and please, do let us know what you’d like to know about so I can include it. This newsletter belongs to and is for you.

    In this issue:

    • Professional Learning and Development
    • Young Ambassadors – it’s back!
    • Language Partners in the Pacific
    • Marking internals – clarifications and where to go to get information
    • Quoi de neuf? Happenings, events and items of interest

    Professional Learning and Development

    The events section and homepage of the NZAFT website is frequently updated with news and information about things happening in your region(s). Set us as your homepage and check out what’s on in your area as there is a lot. Some of the latest events and meetings are listed below.


    ILEP PLD Workshops 

    ILEP has been running multiple PLD workshops around the regions giving targeted PLD on topics and themes that were selected by teachers in each region. I had the pleasure of attending the Napier session and it was wonderful. Thank you to ILEP for all the amazing efforts here. It is much appreciated.

    To stay up to date with ILEP, join their Facebook Page!
    National New Zealand Languages Strategy

    Some of you will be aware that recently, a National Languages Policy forum was held in Auckland and Wellington by the Royal Society. The lecture was given by Professor Joseph Lo Bianco from the University of Melbourne under the question, Why should Aotearoa New Zealand invest in producing a national language policy?”.

    Many of us weren’t able to attend this but if you are interested, you can view a video of the lecture online. In addition, for those interested in the Auckland languages strategy, it can be found at online as well by visiting the Comet Languages Strategy page and finally, the Royal Society’s paper on Languages in Aotearoa New Zealand can be found on their website here.

    There is currently much work happening in this space with key stake holders including Asia NZ, Comet, the NZAFT, NZALT and PPTA.

    PLD Provisioning Announcement

    The final thing for members in this space is the recent announcement from the NZALT that they have been awarded the National PLD contact from the Learning Languages Area in a recent decision by the MoE.

    The shift to Professional Learning and Development to an SLA is a significant change in the PLD space and members can rest assured that the Executive of the NZAFT will keep you informed as this process develops. The full announcement from the NZALT is below:

    “PLD Funding for language teachers

    The NZALT Executive was invited late last year by the Ministry of Education to apply for PLD funding as part of the new Networks of Expertise initiative. We are very pleased to announce that our application was successful, and that we have secured funding to enable the provision of PLD to language teachers through to the end of 2018.

    This funding will be used to support teachers of all languages, including te reo Māori, Pasifika languages and NZSL. The proposal includes plans to provide a regular newsletter, run inquiry clusters and offer financial awards for teachers to access learning opportunities. We are mindful of the particular challenges faced by some language teachers, for example those in isolated areas, in sole-charge situations, or those who are teaching verification subjects. We want to work collaboratively with the different language groups to identify the different needs that teachers have, and address them.

    Information relating to the funding and awards will be available shortly through your Regional Officer, and on the NZALT website. We shall keep you posted!”

    Young Ambassadors – 2018

    A reminder that the Shared Histories project as launched back a few years ago in commemoration of WW1’s centenary is back. See below for a message from Pascale Seignolles

    « Dans le cadre de la Commémoration de la WW1, un nouveau et dernier voyage de 6 jeunes lycéens néo-zélandais, «  Jeunes Ambassadeurs 2018 », est lancé !

    A la différence de 2014 et 2016, ces élèves de Y11 ou Y 12 sélectionnés en Nouvelle-Zélande, participeront à un voyage en France de 3 semaines, au mois de juillet 2018 et prendront part  à la création de capsules vidéo pour conserver et transmettre la mémoire de leur voyage, mises en ligne sur notre site et à disposition des enseignants.

    Parallèlement,  et pour la toute première fois, de jeunes lycéens français seront également sélectionnés par les académies d’Amiens et Lille pour venir en Nouvelle-Zélande partager Anzac day 2018, et passer quelques jours chez les Jeunes Ambassadeurs néo-zélandais sélectionnés.

    Pour toute information ou questions, contactez »

    Stay tuned for more on this exceptional opportunity over the coming months.


    Language Partners in the Pacific

    Those members who are also members of the discussion forum will have recently seen some announcements from various Language Schools in the Pacific Region looking to ignite connections between schools in the wider region.

    CREIPAC, a language school located in New Caledonia and used by many of us for linguistic exchanges as well as by Edutravel companies is perhaps well known to us.

    As well as CREIPAC, Horizons Francophones is available although in Tahiti for those schools potentially looking for partnerships in French Polynesia.

    More information about both organisations can be found on the links above.


    Marking internals – clarifications and where to go to get information

    As we enter the period of the year where we mark and moderate internal assessments, it seems timely to point members to the plethora of resources and materials developed by NZQA and Te Kite Ipurangi designed to assist us in making our assessment judgements.

    There are many varying opinions on what constitutes Achieved, Merit and Excellence at each level and what the conditions of assessment are for the internal standards. These include whether students are allowed cue cards (they categorically ARE), whether or not they have to present in front of an audience in class (they categorically DON’T) and whether or not they can gain Excellence grades if they have cue cards (they categorically CAN).

    Clarifications on the conditions of assessment, feedback and feed forward clarifications, exemplars of Achieved, Merit and Excellence and annotated exemplars can all be found online at the links above and as an association, we encourage you to make use of these to be certain that we are implementing the standards as they are intended.

    Also don’t forget to make use of the amazing Moderation forum on the NZAFT website!


    Other news ~ Check « Quoi de neuf? » on our Home Page

    Our own NZAFT NZAFT Competition is open and would LOVE to get some entries. We rely on your support to make it as successful as it could be. In case you’ve forgotten the details:

    The comp is open to levels 7 and 8 (Years 12 and 13) and is in the form of a Video Clip competition.

    There are five structured topics relevant at these levels and which are an ideal opportunity for your students to prepare a “practice” presentation or simply to show off their oral skills.

    Topics are:

    A. Promoting New Zealand as a tourist destination
    B.Kiwi advice to French teenagers about relaxing and managing their stress
    C. Motivating your request to the UN for hosting a Syrian refugee
    D. Presenting a local environmental issue about which you are concerned
    E. Presenting your ideas about the impact that social media has had on teens

    The criteria used for judging will be the same as for NCEA presentations at each level.  Content, development of ideas, justification of opinions, critical responses, complexity and appropriateness of language and communication – as well as delivery techniques – will be taken into consideration.

    We look forward to seeing your clips! Entries close on 15th September and complete details available here.


    Auckland Senior French quiz

    The annual Auckland Senior French quiz will again take place at St. Mary’s College Tuesday 26 September (week 10) Approx. 4 / 4:30 – 6 / 6:30 Start time to be confirmed depending on the distance that participating schools have to travel!

    This quiz began in 2016 and was a great success with over 75 students participating with the support of NZAFT and the Mark Williams award. King’s College took the trophy home last year – can they do it again?

    • Open to students from Years 12 and 13 only.
    • Interest must be registered beforehand – no on the day show ups!!
    • A teacher must accompany each school attending and may have to assist on the day 🙂
    • Teams of maximum 6 students.
    • Combined level groups are welcome.
    • There will be an hors concours award for a winning team with a native speaker.
    • $5 per team
    • Nibbles provided during the quiz.

    Email for any questions or to register your team!


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