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TPDL - Teacher Professional Development Languages (2014)

This professional development programme enables all teachers of languages (Primary, Secondary, Specialist, Generalist) to

  • improve their proficiency levels in Chinese, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Samoan, Niuean, Cook Islands Maori, Tongan or Tokelauan

  • deepen their understanding of second language teaching methodology

  • broaden their curriculum knowledge

  • demonstrate and discuss their knowledge of strategies and resources that are effective in improving student achievement.

Applications close:30 November 2013

Application form: TPDL Application Form

For more information or Talk to someone: Contact TPDL Team

Auckland Workshops and Clusters 2013

Event: Auckland LangSem 2013

Where: University of Auckland Epsom Campus

When: 24th August (Saturday)

Time: 9am-4pm

Registration is $10 for current members and $25 for non-current members. This is a small cost for what you will be getting on the day.

To register electronically for the Auckland LangSem 2013, please click link below.

ILEP - International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (PLD) eg TPDL eg Teacher Professional Development in Languages

2013 Auckland Workshops

Learning Languages (Pasifika): Developing a Coherent Language Programme
Date: June 19, 2013.
Times: 9am-3pm
Where: KOHIA, The University of Auckland
78 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland
Target Group: New teachers of languages

Learning Languages (Pasifika): Using Teaching as Inquiry to target achievement of underperforming students (in Interaction and Writing)
Dates: Wednesday May 15, 2013.
Times: 9am-3pm
Where: KOHIA, The University of Auckland
78 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland

Language Specific Clusters for 2013

Please note: The focus for each cluster meeting is determined by participating teachers at each meeting.

Cook Islands Maori:

Dates: May 29

Venue: Southern Cross Campus

Time: 4-5.30pm

June 25

July 30

August 20

FOCUS:Engaging learners of Cook Islands Maori

1. Please bring and be prepared to model an approach or strategy that you have used to engage more students in the learning of Cook Islands Maori

2. In this session you are expected to take back ONE idea (at least) and trial it. In the September cluster, you will feedback on how it went.

3. To help us frame that better, please complete the know the learner template below before you come. Select only 2 students. Please select students who you think are NOT engaging with the language at present.

September 17

Venue: Southern Cross Campus

Time: 4-5.30pm

Online session: TREASURE HUNT


October 29

November 19

Samoan (South):

Iuni 12

NOFOAGA: Kia Aroha College

TAIMI: 4-5.30PM

FOCUS: The demands (and teaching and learning implications) of level 3 external standards

Faamolemole, maliu mai ma talaaao mai sau 'resource' (1) e mafai ona faaaoga e isi uso

faiaoga e fesoasoani ai mo le autu ua taua i luga.

July 10

Nofoaga: Southern Cross Campus

Taimi: 4-5.30PM

AUTU: Iloiloga o Tusitusiga - Moderation Practice (Writing). Vaega NCEA 1-3. (Filifili e le faiaoga)

Faamolemole, maliu mai ma talaaao mai ni tusitusiga a tamaiti se 2 pe 3, i soo se vaega.

Fai mai ni kopi se 8 mo tamaiti taitasi (8 per student) ina ia faafaigofie ai le tatou galuega faamolemole.

August 14 - Makaina o Tusitusiga

Nofoaga: Southern Cross Campus

Taimi: 4-5.30PM

September 4 - Designing Assessment Tasks for Level 3 (Interaction and Writing).

Fuafuaga mo se fonotaga faatasi ma faiaoga o le Gagana Samoa i Aukilani

Nofoaga: Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate

Taimi: 4-5.30PM

October 23

Nofoaga: TBC

Taimi: 4-5.30PM

November 13

Nofoaga: TBC

Taimi: 4-5.30PM

Lea faka-Tonga:

Venue: McAuley High School.

Time: 4-5.30pm


April 3

May 14

June 26

August 7, 21

September 4, 25

October 22

November 12

Samoan (Centra/West):

NOFOAGA: Avondale College

TAIMI: 4-5.30PM

May 28

June 25

July 30

August 27

Professional Learning Development for 2013

Learning Languages (Pasifika): Using data to make informed decisions in a Language Programme
Dates: March 27, 2013.
Times: 9am-3pm
Where: KOHIA, The University of Auckland
78 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland
Facilitator: Siliva Gaugatao
Brief statement of workshop content
This workshop will:
  • show you how to use data (eg literacy, current achievement data etc) to make better teaching and learning decisions
  • challenge your thinking about learning theory
  • provide an opportunity to work in language-specific groups to collaboratively design differentiated learning activities and assessment tasks aligned to the NZC and new achievement standards.
  • Share a strategy or a resource with the team (please bring a Tool to share)

What to bring:
  1. Computer
  2. NZC
  3. Current student achievement data from your school (eg Literacy, Language etc). For an NCEA class, bring an analysis of 1 or 2 standards eg 1.3 and 1.5.
  4. Language Guidelines (Tongan, Cook Is Maori, Vagahau Niue & Taiala)
  5. Shared lunch and morning tea


Course code: KQTS26

Professional Reading for Workshop 2: December 4, 2012: Please read these before coming December 4!

Learning Languages: (Pasifika) Level 3 NCEA Alignment Writing Resources Workshops

Dates: November 29 & December 4, 2012.

Times: 9am-3pm

Where: KOHIA,The University of Auckland, Team Solutions

78 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland

Facilitator: Siliva Gaugatao

What to bring:
  1. Computer
  2. NZC
  3. Language Guidelines (Tongan, Cook Is Maori, Vagahau Niue & Taiala)
  4. Shared lunch and morning tea
  5. Level 3 resources (ones you are currently using e.g. Texts, books etc, or ones in your computer)
  6. Lots of enthusiasm!
Please remember to register through this link:

Brief statement of workshop content
These workshop:
  • will provide an opportunity to work in language-specific groups to collaboratively plan Level 3 programmes and design units of work / assessment tasks aligned to the new achievement standards.
  • will be offered over two days to allow flexibility for those teachers who wish to support their students involved in examinations.
  • will be supported by the Regional Facilitator, Learning Languages.
You are advised to attend both workshops. Please register by clicking on this link:

Pre-reading/materials recommended

Participants should bring their laptops, NZC, Language Guidelines, and any electronic versions of planning templates that they wish to use. Other required information will be posted on our wiki, two weeks before our first workshop:
Please bring some food for shared lunch and afternoon tea.

TPDL 2013 - Professional Development

Applications due by end of November, 2012. You can find more information about this at this link:
For more information, please contact:

Nathalie Bourneville

National Co-ordinator,Teacher Professional Development Languages,University of Auckland
Private Bag 92 601, Symonds Street Auckland, Ph 09 623 8899 ext 83 916,

Language Clusters Term 4, 2012

Dates have been negotiated with teachers. Agenda for each cluster meeting is negotiated with teachers.

Cook Islands Maori:

Dates: October 24, Nov 21.

Venue: Southern Cross Campus

Time: 3.30-5.30pm

Vagahau Niue:

Dates: Oct 30; Nov 15

Venue: Papatoetoe High School

Time: 3.30-5.30pm

Lea faka-Tonga:
Dates: Oct 26 rescheduled to Nov 2; Nov 30 (cancelled):
Venue: McAuley High School.
Time: 4-6pm

Samoan (South):


NOFOAGA: Otahuhu

TAIMI: 4-5.30PM

Samoan (Centra/West):

NOFOAGA: Avondale

TAIMI: 4-5.30PM

Oketopa 31, Novema 14,Tesema 12

Workshops 2012
Please find a range of new workshops and other opportunities for Professional development in languages at the sites below:

Team Solutions is offering free NCEA workshops in Auckland, Tai Tokerau, Tauranga, Hamilton, Napier and Taupo.

Learning Languages PLD site

About TPDL (Teacher Professional Development Languages) is provided by Auckland UniServices on contract to the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

July 3, 2012 Workshop
Designing effective teaching, learning and assessment programmes for diverse learners
Venue: (Papatoetoe High School) B Block
Time: 9am-2pm

What to bring:
Please bring the following to the workshop please.
  • Samples of student writing (4-6)
  • Language guideline
  • NZC
  • Computer
  • Shared morning tea / lunch

July 10 workshop
Making Literacy explicit in Learning Languages Programmes Workshop
Venue: (Papatoetoe High School) B Block
Time: 9am-2pm

What to bring:
Please bring the following to the workshop please.
  • Achievement data from one standard (NCEA level)
  • Language guideline
  • NZC
  • Computer
  • Shared morning tea / lunch
For more information, please open this:

Clusters 2012

1. Pasifika Languages

2. Critical Friends' Inquiry

Providing focused PLD in 2012
Lifting learner achievement is one focus of redesigned professional learning and development for the new year. The Education Gazette reports on the process,and what it will mean for students, teachers and schools.
Professional Learning and development (PLD) in kura and schools has a single and compelling purpose: equipping kaiako and teachers to get better results for their learners. The Government invests $80 million a year on PLD services to be spent on the programmes and providers that will make the biggest difference in individual kura and schools,and across the whole system.

In 2011, the Ministry redesigned the allocation of PLD to be targeted and focused on lifting learner achievement.This new system will be fully operational this year, and this means changes to the way PLD for kaiako and teachers will be accessed.
PLD is an integral part of a school’s planning and reporting cycle. This cycle, which culminates with the submitting of annual charter updates, identifies groups of learners schools want to target to improve learner outcomes. One way of improving these outcomes is to provide PLD which is based on evidence-based need.

It will work in the following way: Step one: needs analysis
The needs of the learners at kura or schools are identified. What does achievement data say? Are there particular groups of learners, or particular year levels, that need more support – or are there subjects where, across the whole kura or school, learners are not achieving as well as they could?
Charters, annual reports, ERO review and self-review processes will all be important sources of information for this analysis. It is the crucial starting point for making good decisions about PLD.

Step two: request PLD
Having identified the needs of learners, kura and schools will contact the senior advisor at the regional or local Ministry office to discuss requirements to see if these needs fit within the Government’s priority areas for centrally-funded PLD support.
The Ministry senior advisor or student achievement function practitioner already working with the school or kura can discuss PLD needs. The request for support form available from local offices can be completed and returned.
Many kura and schools will be accustomed to arranging their PLD directly with a provider. From this year, however, all centrally-funded PLD must be arranged through the Ministry’s regional office.

Step three: regional prioritisation of schools
PLD is just one of the supports available to kura and schools to raise learner achievement. Other support includes the student achievement function, reading together, programmes and resources for students, and learning and change networks.
The regional office will prioritise all the requests it gets from kura and schools to form a region-wide view to ensure that support is targeted to the areas of greatest need.

The regional office will draw together information from needs analysis, ERO reports, feedback from previous PLD providers, variances between charters and annual reports, and from senior advisors or student achievement function practitioners.
The regional office will also take account of how support allocated across each region, including PLD, will raise achievement for the priority groups of Māori, Pasifika, learners with special education needs, and learners from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Step four: finalise the support required
Once the regional prioritisation is complete, ministry senior advisors or student achievement function practitioners will work directly with kura and schools to finalise the support they require. If targeted PLD is needed at a kura or school, the local office will appoint a provider. That provider will confirm needs through a more detailed analysis, and work to agree to a tailored PLD plan to meet those needs. The agreed programme will then form the basis of a memorandum of understanding between the board of trustees and the provider.

What will the PLD look like?
Depending on requirements, kura or school may get PLD targeted at the teachers of specific groups of learners, or particular areas of the kura or school, such as a junior syndicate. There may be all-of-school PLD, and, if the needs are the same, kura or schools in the region can combine for PLD. A key goal of the redesign is to enable this flexibility, and to encourage ‘clusters’ of learning and development across kura and schools.
There may get PLD from a new provider – the Ministry has opened up the field to a much more diverse range of providers, particularly iwi. It has also established clear requirements for the content. The new PLD contracts will cover similar, and in some cases extended content areas. There are also some significant changes.

Identity, language and culture
All PLD providers must recognise and reinforce the central role that identity, language and culture play in learning. Research shows that this is an essential platform for lifting achievement for all learners, especially Māori, Pasifika, learners with special education needs, and learners from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Achievement standards
PLD available to secondary schools in 2012 will include support for implementing the newly-aligned NCEA achievement standards.

eLearning has become an important vehicle for education. All PLD in 2012 will include a strong emphasis on eLearning, both in the content of the PLD itself, and the way the PLD is delivered.

Assistance with self-reviews
Kura and schools have different levels of capability in self-review and in using achievement data to identify the needs of their learners. From this year, the PLD available to kura and schools will include assistance in self- review for those who need it.
Online tools are also available to help the self-review process:
Resources to support planning and reporting
“The redesigned PLD aims to lift achievement for all learners, most especially for those groups – Māori, Pasifika, learners with special education needs, and learners from low socio-economic backgrounds – that aren’t currently well served in our system.
“This means that the critical task for principals, tumuaki and leaders is to identify which learners aren’t achieving well, and then identify what PLD will best equip teachers to support those learners.”
– Joanne McEachen, national manager, student achievement function

Networked Learning Communities Workshop 2011

1. November 16: Tolutoluhama - Lea Faka Tonga
2. November 18: Fatuula - Gagana Samoa
3. November 23: Atihakeaga - Vagahau Niue
4. November 30: Te reo Kuki Airani - Cook Islands Maori
TIME: 9AM-3.30PM

TO DO: 10/11/2011

1. checklist for setting up language programme
2. professional reading from meeting

TPDL 2011 Application form & Brochure

Languages Cluster Meetings - check here for venues and times for regional cluster meetings

2011 Workshops (dates to be confirmed soon)

These are some of the areas identified by our teachers for further development:
1. E-learning Tools for Managing Learning - this workshop will look at smart tools that you could use to manage the collection and analysis of students' evidence of learning. A must for all teachers.

2. Writing for Success (including NCEA requirements) - if you are looking for some strategies to improve your students' writing, then this one is for you.

3. Bilingual Clusters' Workshop - regional workshops will be set up to support teaching and learning in areas of need.

4. Help! My kids are bored and unmotivated! - this workshop will look at differentiation techniques that you could use to cater for the learning needs of your students.

Please note: ALL of the workshops will have CLEAR ACTIONS for people to CARRY OUT. I will also follow up with a visit to your school. These workshops are intended to be offered at the AIMHI CENTRE (Otahuhu), one of the schools (eg after school session), or at Team Solutions.

Please let me know if there are other areas that you would like to cover in the new year.

New to NCEA Workshops 2010?
Purpose: These workshops are intended to support teachers who are embarking on NCEA in 2011.
Venue: Mangere College - Family Room
Wednesday, 27th October 4.30 to 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9th November 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Tuesday 30th November 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm

Monday 6th December: 9-3pm Aimhi Centre, Otahuhu
Please email for more information.

Team Solutions and Kohia Education Centre workshops 2010:

September 4, 2010

Kohia Education Centre: Using Portfolios in Learning Languages on Wed 22 Sept.Team Solutions workshops (no charge) on implementing the Level 1 standards in 2011. Options include:
The workshop dates have needed to be changed slightly, as follows: Mon 27 Sept is now Wed 29 Sept. Mon 4 Oct is cancelled.
After seniors leave: Mon 15 November has been moved to Mon 22 November. Mon 29 November remains as planned.

Additional workshops can be run as needed.

Please email to reserve a place for any of the dates above.

For all other up and coming Workshops and Professional Development at KOHIA, Auckland, NZ click this link KOHIA COURSES