Frequently Asked Questions

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NZALT membership is open to anyone who has an interest in second language learning and teaching, regardless of whether they are currently in a teaching position. We have different subscription rates to suit a variety of backgrounds and situations.

You can read more detail about membership of NZALT by going to the membership page of this website.

NZALT maintains its database online, with access from the NZALT website. You are able to log in to view your own details, including subs payments. Detailed instructions are on the membership page.
To log in to the database you will need your membership number and your password, which was sent to you when your details were first added to the database.

To view subs payments information, click on the Payment History tab.

When your membership details were first entered into the database you were issued with a membership number/name and a password. The password was initially set to your first name, as registered with us, including a capital first letter (i.e. case-sensitive). Unless you have changed the password yourself, it will still be the original one.

Please try to log in to the NZALT database. Passwords can be reset by clicking the 'Forgot Password' link.

The advantage of NZALT's online database is that you can keep your details up to date yourself through the log-in process. You can change all personal details such as phone number, address, email address and school name.

However you cannot change membership type. If you have a change of membership type, such as from full-time to part-time, you will need to contact the webmaster.
(Membership can now be upgraded on new site without webmaster!)

Once you have logged in to the NZALT database click on 'Edit' to edit information.

By joining NZALT you are becoming part of a well-respected professional organisation with a typical annual membership of around 550 members. NZALT is a nationwide network of committed and enthusiastic language teachers.

As a member of NZALT you have access to:

  • Professional development opportunities
    1. Biennial conference
    2. LangSems
    3. Other opportunities organised locally
  • Awards
    1. NZALT Professional Development Award
    2. Special Projects Award
    3. Speak Up Award
  • Publications
    1. Polyglot magazine
    2. New Zealand Language Teacher (journal)
  • Student competitions
  • Regional meetings to offer professional support and collegiality through your local network
  • Advocacy on key issues with bodies such as Ministry of Education, NZQA, NZ universities
  • Links with Specific Language Associations

More in-depth information is available elsewhere on this website.

When you make your payment via the online system, a receipt is automatically generated and emailed to you. If an institution is making several payments at once using the "multiple subscriptions" option, the receipt for the total amount is sent to the first email address on the list.
Membership payments are processed on behalf of the NZALT by an online payment gateway administed by Paypal. Paypal accepts all credit cards and even Visa Debit should you or your school need to pay in this way. When renewing your membership, you will be guided through this process however queries can be directed to [email protected]

We no longer accept payment by cheque or direct credit. After many years of problems caused by cheque payments and direct debits, we have opted to changed over to a system which uses credit card payments through our website. Members can be assued that payments are secure with all transfers and payments taken via a secure SSL encryption process which meets the highest of international standards.

Some smaller schools do not operate a credit card. In that case we suggest you make payment on your own individual credit card, (just as you would if you were at a conference and were buying a book for your school) and seek reimbursement from your school.

As you probably know from a legal perspective, you are always entitled to make payment by cash with New Zealand currency. However, our preferred method of payment is by credit card, via our website. We no longer accept payment by cheque or direct credit. After many years of problems caused by cheque payments and direct debits, we changed over to a system which uses credit card payments through our website.

The system operates through Westpac Bank, with 128-bit encrypted secure access. This allows payments to be made quickly and tracked easily and has lightened our treasurer's workload considerably.

Some smaller schools do not operate a credit card. In that case we suggest you make payment on your own individual credit card, (just as you would if you were at a conference and were buying a book for your school) and seek reimbursement from your school.

No. There are several reasons why, at the moment, you cannot pay both your SLA subscription and your NZALT at once.

• Specific Language Associations (e.g. NZAFT, STANZA, GANZ) exist as separate legal identities from NZALT.
• Currently SLAs charge different subscription amounts (ranging between $10 and $30 per annum).
• NZALT is GST registered and SLAs are not.

We are currently investigating the possibility of combining payment systems for NZALT and SLAs. In the meantime you will need to pay each subscription separately. Contact details for each of the SLAs are on our website.

This is something we are currently investigating.

When receiving information from your local LangSem committee this year, there will be information about making payments included.

Yes. If you are a current member (other than a 'Journal only' reduced membership), you are entitled to attend Executive Meetings. These are held three times a year.

As a member, you have speaking rights if called on by the Executive, but no voting rights.

For further details, consult the working rules.

For administration purposes, NZALT is divided into six regions, each region corresponding to a university.

For a list of the current Regional Officers, click here.

Within each region there is a local branch and committee, which runs events for that region. Meetings are held regularly, usually once per term.
The members within a region nominate and select a Regional Officer each year, to represent them on the National Executive. The appointment is for one year.

A nomination form is available on the website. Click here to download the Regional Officer nomination form.

Polyglot is the NZALT magazine, published annually in November. It contains articles of interest to language teachers, including teaching tips, reports on exchanges or trips, Professional Development information. It is free to all members of NZALT.

In 2008 we published Polyglot online for the first time and current members have access to it via a passworded section of the website.

For a look at Polyglot, click here.

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