Pedagogy and research
Reports and research related to language learning and pedagogy
The Ministry of Education Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides site includes a section that provides an informative overview of effective second language acquisition pedagogy across all curriculum levels.
Professor Rod Ellis proposes ten principles of effective pedagogy for second language acquisition in a classroom context, based on his review of existing literature in the field.
Download the review here.
This report, commissioned by the Ministry of Education, offers six principles for effective intercultural communicative language teaching.
Authors: Jonathan Newton, Eric Yates, Sandra Shearn and Werner Nowitzki
Download the full report here.
Or download a summary for teachers (by Janet Rivers) here.
This study aims to inform the Ministry about the Teacher Professional Development Languages (TPDL) programme and its impact on language learning opportunities and outcomes for students.
Authors: Sharon Harvey, Clare Conway, Heather Richards & Annelies Roskvist, AUT University
Published: December 2009.
Download the summary here.
This report was commissioned in 2008 by the Ministry of Education to determine the effectiveness of the language and culture immersion experiences for teachers on Language and Culture Immersion Experiences (LCIE) programmes.
Authors: AUT University
Published: August 2011.
Education Counts has a wealth of statistical and analytical information, reference lists, pathways to other Ministry of Education (and Ministry sponsored) websites, publications such as research and evaluation, Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis, regular monitoring reports, and specialised analysis. This link takes the reader to data showing the number of students studying particular languages at each year level.
Published by the International Bureau of Education in collaboration with the International Academy of Education (IAE), these booklets describe some universally applicable principles identified by research and scholarship. There are a number of publications relating specifically to Learning Languages:
Teaching other languages: Bernhardt, Elizabeth B. (Educational practices series; 20, 2010)
Teaching additional languages: Judd, Elliot L.; Tan, Lihua; Walberg, Herbert J. (Educational practices series; 6, 2001)
Learning languages: a guide for New Zealand schools
This document supports schools and teachers to introduce, deliver, and enhance teaching and learning programmes for Learning Languages. The content has not been revised to reflect the intent of the Learning Languages area in the New Zealand Curriculum, introduced in 2010.
Learning Languages: a guide for New Zealand schools
(PDF, 26 MB)
The New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT) maintains a collection of articles and reports on language teaching and learning such as the report Learning languages in the New Zealand curriculum produced by Angela Scarino, commissioned by the Ministry of Education.
This site includes a resources section that houses a number of research papers related specifically to Learning Languages.
International Capabilities Report
This report provides a summary for schools of the recent research findings about international capabilities completed for the Ministry of Education by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).
(PDF, 378 KB)
The Ministry of Education recently added International Capabilities to the New Zealand Curriculum Online Resources section. Here you can find out more about International Capabilities, links to the New Zealand Curriculum, suggested contexts for developing students’ international capabilities as well as resources.
The following academic texts are useful for teachers who wish to understand more deeply the theoretical drivers for the revised NZ curriculum and Learning Languages:
East, M. (2012). Task-based language teaching from the teachers' perspective: Insights from New Zealand. Amsterdam / Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamin.
Ellis, R. (2003). Task-based language teaching and learning
. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Nunan, D. (2004). Task-based language teaching
. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Willis, D., & Willis, J. (2007). Doing task-based teaching
. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
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