Créer des liens #32

Créer-des-liens #32

11th May 2018

Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo, te tuakiri tangata. Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako.

With the holidays behind us as well as the longest term of the year, I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into this term – the one where it feels like we get the most teaching done. It’s also a busy term though with winter sports kicking off, trips taking place, tournament week and so forth. Hence this month’s quote. Hang in there everyone. We’ve got this!

In this issue:

  • NZALT Conference
  • International Languages week
  • ILEP news
    • IF Profs
    • Workshops/regional meetings
    • Immersion days
  • Ministry/NZQA news
  • NZAFT news
    • New Resources available on the website
    • Mark Williams Award
    • Upcoming AGM

NZALT conference

The premier PLD event of 2018 is the NZALT biennial conference and registrations are open for attendees and those wishing to present. I’ve put my money where my mouth is and will be presenting so don’t be shy! Throw your name in the ring and show us the amazing work you do.

The conference is in Auckland from Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th July 2018.

Join your colleagues across languages to:

  • Engage in presentations on innovative practices, emerging trends, and research-informed practices
  • Invigorate your teaching with new ideas from colleagues and experts
  • Share your practices and inspire others
  • Visit exhibits and find resources
  • Celebrate teaching and learning all languages (International languages, Te Reo Māori, Pasifika languages, community languages)

Full registration details here along with details on funding to get there which can be found here.

International Languages Week

International Languages Week is almost upon us and as usual, we’ll all be looking to capitalise on the week to build the profiles of the languages we teach and have a bunch of fun while doing it. This year’s event takes place from 21st – 25th May.

There are loads of online resources but here are some new ones that the lovely Stephanie Mortimore fired my way recently. Kia ora, Stephanie!

News from ILEP

IF Profs

Shortly to be launched in NZ, The IFprofs website is the brainchild of the Institut Français, a political entity responsible for the ongoing delivery and support of the French language all around the world and is the catalyst for collaboration amongst French teachers within a country as well as globally.

The quality of resources is astounding and the real gains come from teachers having an online presence on IF profs, but also contributing and participating through the sharing of resources.

There will be a launch for this website at the upcoming NZALT conference as well as at various Alliance Françaises around the country in negotiation with NZAFT

For your viewing pleasure and future reference, the website address is

Workshops/regional meetings

ILEP is pleased to announce Regional Meetings for language Teachers to take place around Aotearoa this term.

We know that it can be difficult for very busy teachers to organise networking and get-togethers in their regions, so ILEP has organized some regional meetings for teachers of languages to meet, share resources and ideas, and discuss questions, pedagogy etc. The meetings will have a basic agenda, but will move in the natural flow according to the wants and needs of those who attend. Teachers are welcome to contact ILEP to add items to the agenda.

We hope you can make it. You can sign up for your regional meeting here. Please spread this notice of your regional meeting to your colleagues.

Finally, a gentle reminder that there will be immersion days running immediately before the NZALT conference. Stay tuned for details closer to the time.

Our New National Advisor

ILEP is thrilled to announce the incoming National French Adviser as Manu Menard. Manu is a very experienced teacher of French, formally based in Masterton at St Matthew’s Collegiate.

Many of you will know Manu from his years as a passionate and dedicated teacher of French and Manu recently delivered workshops around NZ in collaboration with ILEP on Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT). This is one of many of Manu’s areas of expertise which he is very much looking forward to sharing with all teachers of French.

Manu will start the position of National French Adviser on the 1st of June and will be based in France for the first two weeks. He will rejoin us on NZ soil mid June and is looking forward to meeting many of you at the NZALT conference, ILEP Immersion day ahead of the NZALT conference (free and filling up fast so sign up now), Stage de Nouméa, ILEP Roadshow in Term Three (advertising to come), school visits and regional workshops (get in touch with your requests for Manu to come to you!).

You can contact Manu as soon as today using and he will be in touch from the 1st of June.

Ministry/NZQA news

As Morgan at ILEP pointed out in the discussion forum:

“In case you haven’t seen this or had the time to complete it, please know that the NZ Ministry of Education has a survey available here where you can give your thoughts on the NZ education system of the future. You can also find the link on the MoE Facebook page which you can then like to keep receiving updates.

The responses to this survey will form part of the greater review of the education system that Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education is undertaking and feedback will help the Education Summits to be held in May in Auckland and Christchurch to move ahead with views from as many people as possible around the country.

I encourage you all to share the above links with your colleagues and networks so that the maximum number of teachers (particularly teachers of languages) respond and have their voices heard.”

NZAFT news

New Resources available on the website

New resources are being constantly added to the site and this month, we have been fortunate to have received yet more practise exams from Julia Brown. The topics covered are: Teenage Problems and Regions of France – an issue. Julia reminds us that these questions have not been moderated and are intended for practice only.

Thanks for your generosity and collegiality, Julia, I’ll certainly be using your paper.

This is probably a good time to remind you that Past Papers (choose your level) and Expired Papers are also useful for practice, but should not be used for derived grade purposes.

Mark Williams Award

Each year, the NZAFT awards up to 5 x $200 awards to teachers looking to implement a teacher lead project focussed on enhancing their students’ learning.

The awards open soon so if you have a project in mind, please apply! Full details including an application form and all conditions and examples/reports of previous work undertaken by your amazing colleagues can be found in the Mark Williams Section of the website.

Upcoming AGM

Finally, our annual AGM is coming up and will be held during the NZALT conference in July.

Formal nomination processes for office holders, vacant positions and voting will be opened soon although in the meantime, we urge you to consider lending a hand to your profession, the association and the wider French Teaching Community by getting involved. We are always in need to enthusiastic people and welcome any involvement at any level.

Without you, the NZAFT cannot function. If you’d like to be involved, please contact one of the lovely committee members here.


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