New Zealand Certificates in English Language

New Zealand Certificates in English Language

Using the New Zealand Certificates in English Language in a secondary school context Breda Matthews Why do this qualification? We have a perfectly good qualification at secondary school level, that is well understood by teachers.

So why change? NCEA is not the appropriate pathway for all of our students. Who are the students in your school for whom these certificates might be appropriate?

Reasons NCEA is not suitable for all. Students are working well below NCEA level. Students wont get enough credits to achieve NCEA. Students who are not here long enough Students arrive mid-year to mid-year Students dont hook onto NCEA for a variety of reasons they are returning to home countries before or the dont need NCEA for courses they intend to study later

How can the new qualifications be managed in your school? The first thing to remember is that the qualification does not have to be NCEA credit based. The 60 credits of the qualification does not mean 60 NCEA credits What do you do with your students in your ESOL programme?

Many of us will answer this question with a unit standard number or title. But we are teaching and students are learning things that are not assessed summatively. I want to suggest that this work involves real learning for the students and that the NZCELs are a way to recognize and reward that learning. Start with your course and a copy of the qualification.

Look at the qualification, in particular look at the qualification outcome the sufficiency indicators Compare the qualification with what you currently offer your students. Use highlighters to identify what are you already doing.

Highlight what your students are already doing in one colour and anything additional they need to do in another colour and proceed from there. Look at this example. Qualification outcome Reading (NZCEL Level 2) Read and understand simple texts on familiar topics and locate specific predictable information in short texts. 15 credits Sufficiency of evidence indicators At least three texts on different topics, and of different text types. Each should be assessed on a separate occasion.

Text length: approximately 600 words over three texts (with visual support) Vocabulary level: 90% of the text within the first 1000 words (General Service List). Responses can be verbal, written, or non-verbal. Think strategically Ask Would this qualification benefit any of my students? Who are the students who would benefit? What are my students already doing in my class and other

classes that meets the requirements of the qualification? How can this qualification can be embedded into what I already do?

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