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Minutes 2007 October

Minutes 2007 October

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New Zealand Association of Language Teachers
Executive Meeting Sat 27- Sun 28 October, 2007
Goethe Institut and ILANZ , Cuba and Garrett Sts

Present: James Donaldson, Philippa Doig, David Hall, Anne Jacques, Jane Lee, Pam
Mabin, Eileen Mueller, Jenness Riethmaier, Jo Rittey, Adele Scott (President), Sue
Sutherland (Secretary)
Apologies:N one
Saturday 27 October
Welcome
President Adele welcomed Susan Miller-Thevenard, Facilitator of the Strategic Plan
exercise and Eileen Mueller from Hutt Intermediate.
Minutes of previous meeting, 28-29 July, were confirmed.
Matters arising from the minutes

NCEA booklets. Time and financial constraints make it impracticable for NZALT to
resume the sale of these booklets. The originals are held at Wellington College of
Education. A suggestion was made that the SLA\u2019s be given the originals for
distribution as required to members. Instead it was decided to give the originals to
James for scanning and retention.
Frances Salt (ERO) is to visit next meeting. Adele to make the arrangements.
Badges: Sales are closed. Remainders to be given as gifts. Philippa is to send a few of
the best badge designs. Thanks to Philippa for her efforts
A response to Alastair McLauchlan\u2019s reference to NZALT in his book,The negative

L2 climate: understanding attrition among second language students, will be
made in a letter to be crafted by SS, AJ and AS
Curriculum Update (AS). Legislation of Second Language Learning area postponed
to allow for further development of resources and requirements.
Strategic Planning
10.00a.m \u2013 5.45 p.m The committee took part in a strategic planning exercise ably
facilitated by Susan Miller-Thevenard.
Sunday, 28 October
Debriefing
There was positive feedback from the Saturday\u2019s strategic planning meeting.
Speak-Up Scholarships. Low uptake, but award is new. Publicity in Polyglot and an

article in The New Zealand Language Teacher will further publicize the award.
An application from Vivienne Lee, Waiuku Primary School was considered. A $300
scholarship was approved. DH/PD
DH will contact Vivienne and outline the requirements for payment of the award ie.
proof of having completed the course. DH will contact the regional facilitators and
remind them of the existence of Speak Up Award and ask them to promote it.
It was agreed that recognition of the scholarship award to Vivienne be made at
Conference 2008 AJ/PM.
It was agreed that all NZALT PD awards be advertised in the Education Gazette
prior to the December closure date. JL/PM. Secretary to organize.
in December for the both Speak Up and PD awards.

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The Jingle Competition was judged. Disappointing response, in spite of strenuous

publicity and organizational effort by JD. Thanks to JD for his work.
Two first prizes \u2013 junior and senior \u2013 were awarded Rangi Ruru School Year 13 and
Iona College Year 9. The prizes are 2 x $50 CD vouchers, donated by the Sasakawa
Fellowship Fund. Letter of thanks to be written to Sasakawa mentioning that the
Fund\u2019s support acknowledged on website. James will craft letters to principals of
schools and student groups and forward to secretary for formatting
Principals: Julie Moor Rangi Ruru Girls\u2019 School, 59 Hewitts Road, Merivale ChCh
Mrs Gillian Melville Iona College, 42 Lucknow Rd, Havelock North.

Membership and subscriptions. There was discussion around membership and
subscriptions - in primary and intermediate schools
Suggestions made:
Replace present categories with varying subscriptions
according to the number of language teachers in a school.
Offer services to SLA\u2019s \u2013 common data base, subscription
collection \u2013 to increase the cohesiveness of the associations
Membership numbers
NZALT membership
2005
2006
2007
Auckland
219
168
151
Waikato
67
66
59
Massey
47
45
56
Victoria
99
68
58
Canterbury
102
72
82
Otago
39
40
29
Total
573
459
435
Specific Language Association membership
Language
2007
Comments
Chinese
Up to 300

Rotorua and Hamilton are
new branches. Numbers
reflect that membership
includes anyone interested
in the Chinese language \u2013
not only teachers.

French
346
Up from 308 in March
German
65
Japanese
255 on data base \u2013 by
school not by teacher
Spanish
50

Membership down since the departure of Agustin Yague

Data base maintenance: Regional officers to respond to David by 16 Nov about

people on data base whose details/whereabouts have changed..
RO\u2019s to remind members that it is their responsibility to change details on the
the website.

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Membership services:One full RO newsletter to go to members after the first Exec

meeting. Thereafter members, i.e those who have paid, receive a full newsletter and
others get a reduced version reminding them that they have not paid. PD/AJ
It was agreed that J D\u2019s executive meeting notes be posted on the website in PDF
format. DH/ PD

Polyglot and NZLT

480 copies of Polyglot are to be printed. JR agreed to pick up extra copies from Taieri
Print and send copies to National Library, contributors( NZLT), and recent members.
JL raised the issue of cost - 50% of income is spent on publications.
$12000 expenditure on two publications is financially unviable.
It was proposed that NZALT trial the biannual publication ofPolyglot on line in 2008
in consultation with the editor PD JR. Passed. Rationale : cost-saving and ecological
benefits. Jenness to write to editor to discuss implications of this motion.

NZLT is in final stages of editing.
Certificates of Excellence

NCEA awards now include an excellence annotation with the result that NZALT
awards may be less valuable.
A change in criteria for NZALT Certs of Excellence was agreed with the passage of
the motion that the number of excellences required at Level 1 be increased from 3 to
4. PM/DH
It was moved that NZALT reprint the certificates for Year 7 and 8 students to reward
effort and achievement. PD/JA When and where, who, how later.

Correspondence
Inwards from

J. Robertson -Thank you
MoE Evaluations of 2006 Secondary Numeracy Project
MoE: Early Childhood eduction and young adult competencies
MoE Evaluation of Promoting Early Childhood Education Participation Project
MoE Evaluation of MoE - funded Early Childhood Education Professional
Development Programme
AsiaNZ \u2013 acknowledgment of repayment of unspent money and receipt for $2800
Christchurch East School \u2013 invitation to A Jacques
Steve Maharey- acknowledgement of receipt of President\u2019s letter
M. Cullen \u2013 acknowledgment of receipt of President\u2019s letter
Subject Association Newsletter
Jeanne Gilbert \u2013 request for sponsorship

Outwards to

AsiaNZ/ Janine Chin
Steve Maharey re scholarship decision
Michael Cullen re New Learning Area
Thanks to Sue Chalmers NZQA , Tony Turnock MoE

Eligibility of Native Speakers for Scholarship Awards.

a. NZQA will not make the proposed change to language scholarship exams by
requiring English responses
b Adele tabled Steve Maharey\u2019s response to the Association\u2019s letter: there would be
no change to the recently made decision to allow native speakers to receive monetary
rewards until there was evidence that non-native speakers were disadvantaged.
c There was discussion around the collection of data.

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