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The following links will take you to resources 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.

Professional development and support

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 for 2014 and 2015.

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: e.g. 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.

ESOL PLD facilitators

Juliet Fry

National Coordinator, South Island Region

Mobile No: 027 273 7009


Petronella Townsend

Northern Region

Mobile No: 027 479 4572


Simon Crosby


Mobile No: 027 275 7062

Julie Luxton

Central Northern Region

Mobile No: 027 599 9263


Stephanie Dodd

Lower North Island Nelson and Marlborough

Mobile No: 027 275 7056


  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) resourcing information: Ministry of Education website with information on policies, funding procedures, and resources that support schools with new learners of English.
  • ESOL Teaching Skills Taskbook: This task book contains a series of lessons that aim to professionally develop teachers while providing teaching and learning resources. It is divided into five units and was produced by teacher trainers at Language International in Auckland.
  • Bilingual Assessment Service Information : This service enables state and state-integrated schools to access a targeted group of trained Resource Teachers (Learning and Behaviour, RTLBs) to administer bilingual assessments of the learning needs of students from language backgrounds other than English. A bilingual assessment can distinguish between language learning needs, additional special learning needs, and social/emotional needs, through dual assessment in their first language and English.
  • Working with English Language Learners: A handbook for teacher aides and bilingual tutors is a new 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).
  • Journals: for teachers of English Language learners.

Other support

Associations, groups, and services

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.
  • NZALT (New Zealand Association of Language Teachers)
  • E News: For teachers of international students, funded by the export education levy.
  • New Zealand Reading 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.

International associations and groups

  • EthnoMed: Ethnic Medicine Information: Information about cultural beliefs, medical issues, and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to the US, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.

Ministry policies and documents

  • ESOL resources presentation: This presentation details the range of Ministry of Education resources available to assist schools to provide this multi-layered support for ELLs.
  • Non-English-Speaking-Background students: Information for schools: This folder helps schools and mainstream teachers to develop policies, procedures, and programmes to meet the needs of ESOL students. The three sections are ESOL Resourcing Information, Refugee Student Information, and International Fee-paying Student Information. All schools with ESOL funded students or international students have been sent this folder. For further information contact the Ministry of Education National ESOL Team at the Auckland office: Phone 0800 800 675, or 09 374 5529 , or fax 09 374 5403.

Family and community

  • English Language Partners (formerly ESOL Home Tutors): Aotearoa / New Zealand's largest organisation working with migrants and refugees.

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The ESOL department

Updated on: 14 Aug 2014