NZALT Conference in Palmerston North

The 40th anniversary conference of the New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT) took place in Palmerston North between 6th and 9th July, with almost 200 people in attendance at various points.

A broad range of themes of interest to languages teachers was explored by five keynote addresses alongside a variety of parallel sessions.  The overarching theme of the conference was ‘languages give you wings’.  There was remarkable synergy among the keynotes who explored different dimensions of learning how to fly with languages, including: why should people learn another language?  How do you learn another language? How do languages teachers view themselves? How do we best promote intercultural reflection? How do we most effectively assess proficiency?  There was truly something for everyone at this significant professional learning and development event, and feedback to the organisers confirms that the conference was well received.  Teachers who wish to follow up on some of the issues discussed may find some of the following resources helpful:

Article by Rosemary Erlam:

Listing and comparing tasks in the language classroom: examples of Willis and Willis’s (2007) taxonomy in practice. The New Zealand Language Teacher, 39, 7-14. (Published by NZALT)

Book by Manu Ménard: Taking the Plunge:

The task based approach to teaching languages in your classroom (with French resources): see this link.

Book by Martin East, current President of NZALT:

Task-based language teaching from the teachers’ perspective: Insights from New Zealand: see this link.

NZALT 40th Anniversary Conference