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ISSN 1178-0967 September, 2010
News & Issues

Language Line helps ethnic communities cope after Canterbury Earthquake
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Christchurch earthquake emergency lines are now connected to Language
Line, the Office of Ethnic Affairs telephone service with interpreters
in 40 different languages.  Continue reading…

Language Line support for new parents who speak little or no English
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

For new parents who speak little or no English, it’s good to hear that
Plunket has now joined Language Line. This means they can talk to
their Plunket nurse and find out more about information and services
to do with their new baby. The Plunket nurse is a familiar part of the
baby landscape and people can also get information about vaccination
schedules, baby car seat rentals and much more.
Diversity Forum presentations available online
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Missed out on the Diversity Forum, but are interested in the topics
discussed? View or download the Forum presentations here.
New play explores communication for Deaf and hearing communities
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The play Resolve premieres at BATs Theatre in Wellington on 21
September and runs until 2 October 2010. It uses life stories and
personal experiences of the Deaf and hearing communities and will be
performed using movement, facial expressions and gestures without the
use of spoken English or New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).  Continue
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Code of Patient Rights now available in Greek
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The Health and Disability Commission (HDC) has published a Greek
language translation of the Code of Patient Rights which can be viewed
on the HDC website. According to the Hellenic Congress of New Zealand
it’s believed be the first official document in New Zealand
translated into Greek. Access the Code of Patient Rights in thirty
different languages by visiting http://www.hdc.org.nz/.
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Teacher says time is right for compulsory Māori language at school
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Te Ataarangi teaching group chair Rahera Shortland, a veteran teacher
of te reo Māori, says the time is right to introduce compulsory Māori
language into the school curriculum. Ms Shortland started the first
Māori immersion class in a mainstream school at Auckland Girls
Grammar, and says developments such as Māori language week have paved
the way for wider acceptance.
Environment Canterbury formally endorse Māori place names
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Environment Canterbury Commissioners formally endorsed the dual use of
Māori place names with their European equivalent by the regional
council at their public meeting in August.
Gagana Sāmoa to be a scholarship subject from 2011
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Following a review of scholarship subjects in 2010, the New Zealand
Qualifications Authority (NZQA) announced on 7 September that the
Samoan Language will be examined as a Scholarship subject from 2011.
Read the full media release here.

South Island Guidebook published in Korean
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The Korean Society of Christchurch has published a New Zealand South
Island Guidebook in the Korean language which includes settlement
information and a business directory. Contact the Korean Society if
your community group or organisation would like a free copy to pass on
to Korean migrants or visitors. Continue reading…
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Places available to learn English at Canterbury College
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Canterbury College is offering free places for those wanting to learn
English or improve their reading and writing skills. These places are
open for those who have permanent residency or New Zealand
citizenship. There are full-time and part-time courses available
(full- time is 9-12 and 1-3pm /part-time is either mornings or
afternoons). Continue reading…
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Minister clarifies purpose of Māori Language Review
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples says the real purpose of a
value-for-money review of government expenditure on Māori language
promotion is to ensure the survival of Māori language. Continue
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Language teachers to gain internationally recognised qualifications
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Teacher Professional Development Languages Years 7 to 10 (TPDL) is a
year-long programme funded by the Ministry of Education. TPDL assists
both existing and new teachers of languages improve their language and
culture knowledge and apply pedagogy that has a real and positive
impact on student learning.  Teachers can gain internationally
recognised language qualifications as well as accreditation in
language teaching through this programme. Continue reading…
Future Events
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AKTESOL Grammar Workshop 15 September
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

University of Auckland senior lecturer Barbara Matthews will conduct a
short workshop on language analysis for teachers on 15 September.
Continue reading…
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CLESOL 2010 conference
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages
(CLESOL) 2010 conference will be held 1-4 October 2010 at King’s High
School in Dunedin. The theme of the conference is Context and
Communication: Mediating Language Learning, Te Horopaki me te Tuku: He
Rongoā i te Ako Reo.

For registrations of interest, sponsorship and other enquiries email:
clesol at paardekooper.co.nz or visit www.clesol.org.nz
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TRCC Te Marautanga o Aotearoa training course
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The Te Marautanga o Aotearoa training course, run by the Teachers’
Refresher Course Committee (TRCC), will be held on 2-6 October 2010 at
St Margaret’s College & Camelot Motor Inn, Christchurch. Continue

Huia Te Reo - Māori Language Expo 2010
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

In 2010, the Māori Language Expo will take place from 8-9 October at
the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua. Continue reading…

Samoan Language Week 2011 dates announced
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The dates for next year’s Samoan Language Week/Vaiaso o le Gagana
Sāmoa have just been announced. In 2011, the week will run from Sunday
29 May to Saturday 4 June to again coincide with Samoan Independence
Day on 1 June.

New Zealand Sign Language Teachers’ Association Conference 2010
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The 11th National NZSLTA conference will be held at the Te Aro Campus
of Victoria University, Wellington on 27-8 November 2010.

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