Teach Better – Understand Your Context


Last time I said that we had simplified the structure of the new qualification and assessment tasks. It now looks like this:

  1. Context
  2. Approaches
  3. Demands
  4. Strategies
  5. Before
  6. Teaching
  7. After

Here’s how the first part breaks down. These are also stripped back from the previous version of the course:

1. Understanding Your Context

1.1 What do we mean?


(i) Literacy
(ii) Numeracy
(iii) Embedded
(iv) Maori
(v) Pasifika
(vi) ESOL and others

1.2 What’s the difference?

Similarities and differences

  • Similarities
  • Differences

1.3 What’s under the hood?


(i) Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy
(ii) Learning Progressions for Adult Numeracy
(iii) Te Whare Tapawha
(iv) Pan Pasifika Fale
(v) ESOL

1.4 What’s causing the problem?


(i) The impact of colonisation
(ii) Socio-economic factors
(ii) Poverty and others

Three things to cover. Four if you count the discussion about similarities and differences between the definitions.




Teach Better… the NZCALNE (Voc) Qualification


So even as the name of this qualification gets longer, my goal is to make it feel like the whole package just got more straightforward.

With that in mind, I’m looking at a couple of things. Here’s the first. I can’t change the long-winded qualification name, but I can rename and rebrand the course work.

I might change my mind, but for now, I’m calling this course by the following name:

  • You Can Teach Better

I’ll probably just abbreviate this to Teach Better. It’s still a focus on embedding literacy and numeracy. It’s still supportive of the same infrastructure. Still all the same good stuff from ALEC and lots of new content as well.

Try it out:

Have you signed up to Teach Better this year?

You should really register to Teach Better on Pathways Awarua?

Enrol with ALEC to Teach Better in 2017

It’s still the NZCALNE (Voc) which replaces the current NCALNE (Voc) – that replaced the original NCALE (Voc).

I just wanted a better way to talk about it since the trend is towards longer and longer acronyms. IRHA (I Really Hate Acronyms).

This change means three syllables instead of about 18 + syllables. Count them out. You know you want to (I don’t know whether to count the syllables when I say “bracket” or “slash” out loud). Happy to stand corrected…

The other thing is a simplified structure for course delivery and assessment tasks. Here’s the beta version.

  1. Context
  2. Approaches
  3. Demands
  4. Strategies
  5. Before
  6. Teaching
  7. After

I’m not saying there ain’t some complexity wrapped up in there somewhere. But I’m committed to a simplified approach this year for my learners – the tutors.

Let me know what you think. I’ll be posting a breakdown of these seven areas to follow shortly plus new Assessment tasks. After that

I’ll be posting a breakdown of these seven areas to follow shortly plus new Assessment tasks. After that, I’ll be working on all new content.

Feel free to chime in at any time and tell me what I should or shouldn’t be working on. This is a collaborative venture and I’d love you to be involved.


Work available: ELP Auckland West


From time to time, I post job advertisement for people. I’m happy to do it. Just let me know. Also, don’t forget that you can do the NCALNE (Voc) and new NZCALNE (Voc) with us – email assess@alec.ac.nz for details.

English Language Partners Auckland West, based in New Lynn, have part time work available from 6 – 8 pm to teach in the English for Employees course

The English For Employees (E4E) programme

The E4E programme is a programme designed to teach adult Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) learners, ESOL (English language and literacy) to help them increase their confidence, contribution and satisfaction in the workplace.

Hours / locations

To be eligible for the E4E programmes, learners need to be currently employed.  This means that lessons take place in the evenings.  E4E is a 45 hour programme.

Qualifications and experience required to teach the E4E programme

  • A tertiary qualification in TESOL  at level 5 or above (e.g. graduate certificate,
  • Bachelor’s degree, post- grad diploma or degree such as CELTA, Cert TESOL, Cert TEAL, Dip SLT)
  • A qualification such as the NCALNE (National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy EducatION).
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, workplace literacy tuition is an advantage.
  • Experience in teaching ESOL and/or adult literacy is also desirable

All teachers on the English for Employees programme will be required to complete a specialised training programme involving (paid) pre-service training of 1 day, a teacher project and a programme of ongoing Professional Development.

The job will suit a person who is self-motivated and who would enjoy the challenge of helping new New Zealanders to reach their full potential at work.

Please email your CV and a cover letter to: jean.harding@englishlanguage.org.nz.  We are not able to consider applications unless they have both a covering letter AND a CV.

Applications close on Friday 27 January 2017.  The first class will start in February.

Applicants for this position must have the right to work in New Zealand- NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.


How do I teach better?

theres-a-better-way-to-teachThat’s my question for this year. And hopefully for you as well.

Stay tuned…