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Ministry of Education.

Professional learning and development

This collection of resources is designed to support your work with English Language Learners in New Zealand.

Professional development for teachers

ELLP professional support modules

This English Language Learning Progressions resource is made up of seven modules.

You can use this resource in a variety of ways – on your own, working in small groups, or as part of a whole staff activity. Each module might take about an hour to complete.

At the end of each module you will find suggestions about leading professional development sessions with other teachers.

Virtual Learning Network groups

VLN Groups are a social network for teachers, school leaders and facilitators to connect, share experiences, and learn together. The main intent is to foster the  co-construction, co-development, and the sharing of, best practice in blended learning environments.

To participate in the conversations you will need to register or login.

Primary ESOL Online

Secondary ESOL Online

English Language Unit Standards Group

English for Academic Purposes Group

Mailing lists

These moderated lists are open to all teachers of ESOL, and other interested educators, and are a place to share ideas, request help and resources, and establish professional relationships. Subscribers to the list will receive weekly ESOL updates and all emails sent by the community.

Primary ESOL

Secondary ESOL

Ministry resources

Resources |  Supporting refugees |  International students 


Supporting your Child's Learning: You can use different elements of these foldout booklets, written in 14 languages, in communications with your parents and community on what they can do to support children's learning.

Ministry of Education: English for Speakers of Other Languages: the main ministry page from which you can access information about making application for ESOL funding as well as a range of ESOL associated publications and resources that support schools with new learners of English.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) news updates: Check out the regular ESOL news updates from the Ministry of Education. These PDF documents keep you informed of ESOL news, resources, significant dates and new migrant, Pasifika, and refugee initiatives.

TESSOL (Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages) Tuition Fees Scholarships for Teachers: These scholarships to study towards a Teaching English in Schools for Speakers of Other Languages (TESSOL) qualification are offered by the Ministry of Education to teachers of new migrant, Pasifika and international students in state funded primary, intermediate and secondary schools.

Working With English Language Learners, a handbook for teacher aides and bilingual tutors is a resource to assist teacher aides, bilingual tutors, and teachers working with English language learners. Although originally developed for teacher aides and bilingual tutors, this resource contains audio and video examples and strategies that will be useful when planning and teaching a mainstream programme with ESOL students. The full resource is  available online.

Supporting refugees

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): The refugee handbook for schools: This MOE resource provides guidance and information for schools on meeting the social, emotional, and educational needs of students from refugee backgrounds.

Refugee students in NZ schools: Advice for schools from the Ministry of Education on refugee students.

New to New Zealand – Ethnic Communities in Aotearoa: A Handbook has information to help you to understand people who have come from 44 different countries to make New Zealand their home. This 5th (latest) edition of the book has been fully revised, updated and expanded to include five new countries: Bhutan, Colombia, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa.

The refugee handbook: This publication provides guidance and information for schools on meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of students from refugee backgrounds.

Ministry Of Health refugee healthcare handbook: Refugee Health Care A handbook for Health Professionals

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International students

Code of practice for providers with international students

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Effective provision for international Students (A Resource for Schools): This resource from the Ministry of Education assists schools to provide quality ESOL support for international students. It provides guidance for the development of ESOL policies, business plans, and also advice for programme planning and teaching practice.

Other agencies

Additional support |  New Zealand associations and services |

Additional support

New Zealand associations and services

  • TESOLANZ : TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand). This is the national organisation for ESOL teachers at all levels from preschool to adult, professional or voluntary. Teachers can register and subscribe to the newsletter or journal, read about ESOL education providers, view ESOL reports, and participate in online discussions.
  • CLESOL (Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages): The CLESOL Conference brings together community language teachers and ESOL teachers.
  • CLANZ (Community Language Association of New Zealand): Empowering ethnic communities to maintain and develop their languages in New Zealand. Membership subscriptions available from the  TESOLANZ website.
  • NZALT (New Zealand Association of Language Teachers)
  • New Zealand Literacy Association: This site includes information about the association, its executive, and regional affiliates. It also includes subscription information, links to related associations and information about conferences.

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Published on: 09 Jan 2018