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Ministry of Education.

Professional development

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

They are informed by the Ministry of Education's Literacy goal,  Foundation learning: Literacy.

PD for teachers | PD for teacher aides

Secondary Schools ESOL PLD

Te Tapuae o Rehua Consortium (a partnership between the University of Canterbury, University of Otago and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu) is the provider of the government funded Professional Learning and Development (PLD) Provision for English Language Learners & Home School Partnerships nationally.

There are three levels of professional learning support available to schools for English language learners, which will be based on a needs analysis.

In-depth support: support in senior or middle management, home-school partnerships, in departments and/or across the curriculum.

Collaborative inquiry groups: regional workshops and follow-up in schools focusing on improving the achievement of English language learners. 

Responsive work minimal support mainly online, for example, newsletters, emails.

For 2015 you apply for in-depth PLD support through your Senior Adviser at the local Ministry of Education. The PLD project leaders in each region are listed above. In the meantime, contact your regional facilitator from the list below.

UC Education Plus

Professional learning and development facilitators:
Secondary English Language Learners and Home School Partnerships

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Professional development for teachers

Using The English Language Learning Progressions: professional support for leaders and teachers: This provides professional development material that you can access in your own time, and in your own way.

Virtual Learning Network groups

Primary ESOL Online

Secondary ESOL Online

English Language Unit Standards Group

English for Academic Purposes Group

Mailing lists

Primary ESOL

Secondary ESOL

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.

Professional development for teacher aides

Working With English Language Learners, a handbook for teacher aides and bilingual tutors (PDF 3MB) is a resource to assist teacher aides, bilingual tutors, and teachers working with English language learners. The handbook is intended to be used by teachers in charge of ESOL programmes to provide professional development for teacher aides (or bilingual tutors).

Published on: 06 Nov 2014