NZALT Awards 2016
Conference is always a great occasion to recognise and reward members who have contributed in substantial ways to the strengthening and development of language teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand. At the Nelson Conference in 2016 we were able to honour several people who have made a difference. Photos from the event can be found here: NZALT awards 2016.
An Excellence in Teaching award was presented to Michelle Lodge, Botany Downs Secondary College. The Peter and Eunice Beveridge Award for Outstanding Leadership in Languages was presented to Adele Scott. A Life Membership Award was made to Jan Robertson (see separate news item). Citations will be published in The New Zealand Language Teacher in December this year.
Additionally, the NZALT / Language Perfect Cup was awarded to Cashmere High School. Cashmere students earned a total of 615,944 points in Languages to place first in our network. They also came 1st overall in te reo Māori, 2nd overall in Spanish, 19th overall in Japanese and 5th overall across all languages out of 1,100 schools.
Finally, two key publications of relevance to our members were acknowledged - Assessing Foreign Language Students' Spoken Proficiency (a book about the NCEA interact standard) and Five Key Recommendations for Language Learning to Thrive in NZ Schools.