2017 AGM Reports:
Situational Interest in the ESOL Classroom
Tuesday, October 25th
Mornington Primary School
Moyra Sweetnam-Evans of University of Otago
Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching (iCLT) with Cultural Portfolio Projects
Wednesday, May 10th
University of Otago
Jo Oranje of the University of Otago
Fun & Games in the ESOL Classroom
Wednesday, August 22nd
University of Otago Language Centre
Pronunciation – What Should We Be Teaching?
Wednesday, October 25th
St Hilda’s Collegiate School
Marty Pilott of Whitireia Polytechnic
Our membership is very slightly down this year.
Our meeting program has, I believe, been up to our usual good standard with meetings exploring different ways in which learners can be encouraged to use the language and hence learn it. Moyra Sweetnam-Evans’ talk on situational interest in the ESOL classroom reminded us of the power that stories have in enticing students to engage with text. Jo Oranje outlined how interest in cultural practices can stimulate the meaningful use of a second language. Then, various local teachers demonstrated to their peers how games can provide a fruitful context for target language practice. On a related note, tonight, we are going to be listening to Marty Pilott on how to help our students get their messages across clearly.
Our meetings have been, by and large, well attended. I would like to particularly thank English Language Partners for their support of our meeting program. They have provided funding for their teachers and home tutors to attend certain of our meetings.
To view the videos of this year’s sessions, go to our Facebook page, TESOLANZ Otago, and click on the appropriate links. These links were also sent to our mailing list.
Looking forward to 2018, our biannual conference, CLESOL, is coming to Christchurch for the first time since 2004. It is a good idea to start planning your attendance. Check out the CLESOL 2018 website at https://www.clesol2018.org.nz/ for information about the date, the theme, the keynote speakers and so on. Watch out for the announcement of ‘the call for papers.’
Regarding 2018, our team will again endeavour to bring you a series of insightful talks and workshops. Support us by joining up again via the TESOLANZ website and come along to the meetings. Remember, too, this is your Otago TESOL. It can be what you want it to be, so let us know what your vision is.
All of our current committee members have made themselves available again for the 2018 year.
This year we welcomed Gavin Angus to the committee. He has been doing a good job letting us know about the concerns and needs of teachers in the secondary sector and letting them know about Otago TESOL offerings.
Finally, I would like to use this opportunity to thank the committee members for their service and to thank all those who took the time to present at or to attend our meetings over the past year.
2015 AGM Reports:
OTAGOTESOL COMMITTEE 2014
David Woodfield (President), Sonya Hamel (Secretary), Afife Boock (Treasurer), Katherine Curran, Amber Fraser-Smith, Ruth Groffman, Jan Probert, Nicki Ridden-Angus, Janice Snowden, Moyra Sweetnam-Evans, Annette Tate
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