English Language Partners North Shore
(formerly ESOL Home Tutors)
Working with migrants and refugees
Sharing Cultures Issue 2 2010
Where to find us:
English Language Partners
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD Ground Floor, 2 Fred Thomas Drive
PO Box 33 1184
On Thursday 25 March 2010, English TAKAPUNA 0740
Language Partners North Shore held
its Annual General Meeting at Lake Phone: 09 489 2078
House Arts Centre in Takapuna. Fax: 09 489 2076
Guest speaker Dr. Edwina Pio, Email:
Associate Professor at the Business & email@example.com
Law School of AUT University, spoke Website:
about her research work with migrant www.englishlanguage.org.nz
and refugee communities in New
Zealand. She recently wrote two books Office Hours:
about her work: SARI: Indian women
at work in New Zealand, which was Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
launched by John Key, then National
party leader, in April 2008, and her Staff:
most recent publication Longing and
Belonging, launched in Wellington on Manager:
22 March 2010 by Pansy Wong, Birgit Grafarend-Watungwa
Minister of Ethnic Affairs. Admin Assistant:
Edwina spoke about the people she
interviewed for the book and their
experiences of settling in New
Zealand. Edwina read from her new Training & Resources Coordinator:
book Longing & Belonging. Heather Mann
English for Employees Coordinator:
Longing & Belonging explores the Normie Yaneza
ethnic diversity of Aotearoa New
Zealand today. It is a stimulating mix Get Ahead Start Coordinator:
of hard facts, stories of adaptation by Christine Rowe
recent and older immigrants, and
“think pieces” - authentic voices telling In this issue:
of challenges faced and the vision and
1. Annual General Meeting Report
hope that sustains who we are in
2. News from the team
Aotearoa. 3. Family Violence Prevention &
Edwina acknowledged the importance 4. Albany Migrant Social Services
of our national organisation’s work in Report Launch
helping the settlement of new migrants 5. Tutor Training & Tutor Support
and refugees in New Zealand. 6. Community News
7. Resources Page
At the AGM, Edwina also presented
8. Resource Insert A Hospital Stay
certificates to tutors (pictured right with
tutor John Scott), who recently
completed their Certificate in ESOL Disclaimer:
Home Tutoring. The views expressed in this newsletter are
not necessarily those of the editor or of
Read further on Page 5. English Language Partners North Shore.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PARTNERS ALBANY SETTLING IN
NORTH SHORE REPORT LAUNCHED
Welcome back to another edition of our newsletter In 2009, English Language Partners North Shore
Sharing Cultures. It’s already been a busy start to the joined the Ministry of Social Development’s
year: all programmes are up and running again, Settling In Team and other organisations working
including our ‘newish’ programmes English for with migrants and refugees to collaborate on a
Employees and Get Ahead Start. We have also research project identifying the needs of migrant
recently finished the first Tutor Training course for the and refugee communities in the Albany area.
year and are currently enrolling for course 2.
The final report, titled Settling In - Albany Migrant
We held an inspiring first tutor support workshop with Social Services Report, was launched on Friday
Chris Howe on teaching low level learners.
26 March 2010. The report is based on input
On 26 March, we held a successful Annual General from 23 focus groups representing 25 migrant
Meeting. 45 people attended the AGM and voted in a communities in Albany, one of New Zealand's
new committee. fastest growing communities. Almost half its
32,000 residents were born overseas. Of these,
Chairperson: Gurbrinder Aulakh
Vice Chairperson: Dimitri Tretchikoff 61 per cent have lived here for less than 10
Treasurer: Rosemary Miller years, according to the latest census in 2006.
Secretary: Wilma Hilhorst The population is expected to double by 2031,
Committee: Denise Mackres with migrants making by far the biggest
Grace McAlister contribution to this increase.
Elizabeth Yeh Maori Party co-
Ghodsi Kashi leader and
A s s o c i a t e
The 2009 Annual Report can be downloaded from our
website: http://www.englishlanguage.org.nz/centres/ Minister of Social
auckland/north-shore/Annual_Report_2009.pdf Development and
Tariana Turia was
UPCOMING EVENTS guest speaker at
the launch. She
Zaif Kahn from the Umma Trust has kindly offered to said it took huge Ann Dysart, Joris de Bres, Tariana Turia
run a series of workshops on Family Violence
courage to move and Melissa Lee, party.** member of the
Prevention and Response for our organisation, starting to a new country
on Saturday 24 April. Read further on Page 3. where people often felt excluded at first. "We
must extend the hand of friendship and show
A morning tea for tutors who are teaching learners with respect for what you bring from your cultures. It is
beginner level English has been scheduled for Friday so important to hold onto your lifestyle, your
14 May. Further information on Page 4.
culture and the essence of who you are."
The national conference is being held in Christchurch
this year in May. The theme is Progressing We were fortunate to be included in this research
Partnerships with a focus for staff and committees to and were congratulated for our contributions by
look at the strategic direction of the organisation. Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres.
Together with the three Auckland centres we are As a result of this research, English Language
holding a mini-conference for volunteer tutors, teachers Partners North Shore is now running a Social
and facilitators on Saturday 24 July. A detailed English Group in the Albany area. We will
programme outlining the workshops will be posted on
our website shortly. Find out more on Page 4. continue on the working party to collaboratively
develop an action plan to address some of the
Birgit will be on leave for the month of June. The rest of key findings of the report.
the team will be here to assist you if you have any
questions regarding your tutoring, resources etc. The report can be downloaded from :
All the best from the team. We look forward to seeing OurCommunity/CommunityServices/Migrants/
you in the office for resources or at any of our Pages/SettlingInReportAlbany.aspx
* Photo from: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?
Birgit, Dawn, Heather, Pat, Normie & Christine mnarticle=albany-migrant-study-launched-at-massey-01-04-2010
FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE WORKSHOP
With Zaif Kahn, The Umma Trust
As a volunteer tutor, you may become a trusted confidant of your learner. A small number of possible family
violence incidents in our learner communities have been disclosed to tutors. We’d like to run a series of
workshops to better support both tutors and the learner families who need help.
1) Saturday 24 April from 9.30am - 12.00pm
2) Saturday 8 May from 9.30am - 12.00pm
3) Saturday 14 August from 9.30am - 2.30pm
All three workshops will be held at Glenfield Baptist Church, 46 James Street, Glenfield.
Please let us know by Friday 16 April 2010 if you’d be interested in attending this series or any of
Day 1: Saturday 24 April 2010 from 9.30am to 12.00noon
9.30am for 9.45am start: Coffee and tea on arrival
Outline of the workshop:
Defining Family Violence (FV)
Prevalence of Family Violence (NZ and WHO studies)
Theories about the causes of FV
Day 2: Saturday 8 May 2010 from 9.30am to 12noon
9.30am for 9.45am start: Coffee and tea on arrival
Outline of the workshop:
Gender & FV
Impact on children
Day 3: Saturday 14 August 2010 from 9.30am to 2.30pm
9.30am for 9.45am start: Coffee and tea on arrival
12.00pm – 12.30pm lunch: please bring your own lunch
Outline of the workshop:
Responding effectively to FV
Principles of victim advocacy and safety planning
Incident reports/debriefing/safety for yourself
Zaif Kahn is currently the Services Coordinator at Umma Trust and works specifically with the ethnic minority
communities in Auckland on a wide range of issues. Prior to this, Zaif was the Family Violence Intervention
Coordinator at Shine* (Safer Homes In New Zealand Everyday) and was coordinating the implementation of
routine family violence screening within primary healthcare. Zaif has also managed WAVES (Waitakere Anti-
Violence Essential Services). Zaif worked with the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre prior to migrating to New
Zealand 7 years ago.
The Umma Trust was established in 2003 to work with the Arabic speaking community settling in the wider
Auckland area. In 2008, the agency decided to expand its services to all the Muslim communities in
Auckland. Whilst the Trust's focus has been to provide social services to Muslim women and children,
individuals from other faith groups have also accessed its services. Family violence has been one of the
common issues identified by individuals seeking support and the Trust has endeavored to educate and raise
awareness on family violence in order to help prevent family violence or allow for early intervention.
AUCKLAND REGIONAL TUTORING A BEGINNER
TUTOR SUPPORT Join us for a morning tea at the office
and share some of your experiences,
We invite you to join us for our first ideas and resources with other tutors. A
joint mini-conference held in collaboration number of tutors are keen to get
with the other 3 Auckland centres of together.
English Language Partners New Zealand:
Date: Friday 14 May 2010
Date: Saturday 24 July 2010 Venue: English Language Partners
Time: 9.00am – 12.00pm North Shore
Venue: Fickling Convention Centre 2 Fred Thomas Drive
546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings Takapuna
Please RSVP on Friday 7 May 2010.
Morning tea will be provided.
There will be a range of workshops to choose from, Please bring any resources
including: you’d like to share with others.
How to make use of your local community paper;
Pronunciation & Connected Speech; BUSH WALK & TALK
What’s difficult about English; and
How to use the Learner Progress Summary Guided leisure walks around some of the
(LPS), a tool which records a learner’s North Shore’s most popular bush reserves:
achievements in meeting settlement and Walks are organized as a series of five
Saturday mornings. The next series starts
language goal in terms of the level of on 12 June 2010. Cost: $50 for each series
independence of the learner. of 5 walks. The walks are designed to
make participants more knowledgeable
Guest presenters include: about, and able to identify New Zealand
native trees and plants.
Jeannie Martin-Blaker, Lecturer Language
Studies, UNITEC; Bush Walk and Talk, part of Discovery
Ailsa Deverick, Senior Lecturer and Associate Walks, is developed and presented by
Head of Department Language Studies, UNITEC; Margi Keys.
Marilyn Lewis, Honorary Research Fellow, The Margi is also an ESOL Home Tutor, and
University of Auckland; teaches on the English for Employees and
Natalie Greenly, English Language Partners English for Migrants programmes with
English Language Partners North Shore.
Jo de Lisle, ESOL Assessment & Access Please contact Kaipatiki Project for further
Specialist, English Language Partners Waikato. information about the bush walks:
482 1172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A detailed outline of the programme will be available on
our website shortly: Thank you to all funders and
http://www.englishlanguage.org.nz/centres/auckland/ sponsors for their support:
ASB Community Trust, BNZ, Community
Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS),
Tea and coffee will be provided. English Language Partners New Zealand,
First Sovereign Trust, Lion Foundation,
Please RSVP by Friday 9 July 2010 New Zealand Community Post, New
Zealand Lottery Grants Board, Perry
Foundation, Pub Charity, Telecom, and
Tertiary Education Commission.
WELCOME NEW TUTORS
Welcome to tutors from Course 1 2010 who recently finished their
training and are in the process of being introduced to their
1st row (from left): Maria Trostyanskaya, Lucy Khoo, Sue Siow,
Maria Salinas, Amy Galvin, Jenny Zhang, with Dawn Lehman
(Coordinator, far right).
2nd row: Jacinta Abalos, Sunny Chae, Faye Broughton, Mieko
MacInnes, Sharon Edinborough, Sandra Donnelly, Lesley Harper.
3rd row (from left): Yoshiko Tregerthan, Marcelina Cabel,
Margaret Stine, Merv Goss, Amy Lamont, Glenys Munn.
Back row (from left): Peter Brown, Andrew Mahon, Phillip
Leenhouwers, Cheol Jeong, Paul Yan, Luke Puamau, Evelyn
Sander, with Heather Mann (Training & Resources Coordinator,
Not pictured: Ellen Miguel, Irene Tosen.
Thanks to Jae Ahn for taking the photos at the Tutor Training.
CERTIFICATE IN ESOL HOME TUTORING
Congratulations to the following tutors who received
their certificates recently:
Alice Soon, John Scott, Paul Tibble, Carol Hosking,
Claudia Burtt, Rose Nguyen, Moreah Sandwell,
Anita Chandra, Jan Judson, Sifa Kavetoa,
Alexander Waddell, Ying Tan, Nancy Guo, Michelle
Neilson, Yvonne Boyd, Lee Blackburn, Celia Yoo,
Normie Yaneza, and Monica Gerth.
If you have completed your first 12 lessons of
tutoring and filled in your last assignment
(Assignment 4: Practical Tutoring Project), please
make an appointment so we can discuss it with you.
Edwina Pio with tutor Anita Chandra
5 Edwina Pio with tutor Alex Waddell
THE RESOURCE LIBRARY
Our resource library holds many readers designed for We also have several copies of some publications
adult learners of English to use and enjoy. Whatever for group work. The other grades are covered too
your learner’s ability there are options for you to from vocabulary size of 200 words to advanced.
consider using with them.
Major publishers, Penguin and several others, Recently, one of our North Shore tutors was
produce readers graded in ESOL levels so that adult wondering how to re-ignite his learner’s interest and
learners of English can read for pleasure and took him a couple of easy readers from our library.
satisfaction, even at a low level. They include famous A jubilant tutor returned to report that his learner was
and contemporary stories, film stories and back on track after a successful reading experience
biographies. They are useful texts to develop a at a level he could easily manage.
variety of lessons: grammar, vocabulary, reading and Also remember you can use reading resources
a variety of language skills through topics of general around us everyday. Look out for suitable articles in
interest. To assist you, worksheets and teacher’s the North Shore Times. Newspapers have different
guides for each booklet can be downloaded from their types of texts: classifieds, real estate and so that
websites on which you can register as a teacher. We might match your learner’s interests and needs.
also have here Penguin Teacher’s Guides that
contain photocopiable worksheets that can be used A reminder for those borrowing CD players and
with any of the books. The readers themselves tape recorders. Be aware that there are usually other
usually have some comprehension questions at the tutors waiting for them. Please be considerate to
back and most come with a tape recording of the others. Borrowing time for these is only 3 weeks!
If you are wanting a transportable writing board,
Don’t be put off thinking your learner will baulk at we have purchased some small whiteboards for one
seeing a paragraph of English. Remember they are on one work for you to borrow. They are about
produced by experts for the purpose of helping your
300x400mm. You will need your own markers.
learner improve their English. At the lowest level we
have our own locally produced series that have just
one sentence per page with colour photos series with At the moment, I am in the office on Wednesdays
titles such A Special Day. and Fridays. Heather
ESOL Website for different level learners
Teaching resources and ideas for elementary to intermediate level. Includes teaching resources with pictures:
ESOL Literacy for Beginners
This US site was created for teachers of beginning ESL literacy students. 40+ teaching activities and resources
are arranged by topic. The pre-literacy page is designed for students who are preliterate and low-literate
learners in their first language. The high beginner page provides exercises for advanced beginning literacy
learners and students who learn at a faster pace.
Ethnic Communities Intercultural Communication Project
Have a look at this site: The digital stories are a great resource for tutors and perhaps learners to enjoy, and
perhaps put their own story together.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand (TESOLANZ)
Since 1997, "Teaching Tips" has been a popular section of the TESOLANZ Newsletter. These tips are now
being collected and indexed so that members can find a wide range of communicative activities and warmers.
You can click on the activity to find the page from the relevant edition. There might be some resources on this
website you will find useful.
RESOURCES FOR READING FURTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR READING
Start to Read Series
True Stories in the News Books in this series include
A Beginner Reader Coffee Time, A new Hairstyle,
Sandra Heyer Moving House, The Soccer
True Stories in the News consists Club, and The Soccer Game.
of 22 readings based on human- The sequences of events are
interest stories adapted from presented through full-colour
newspapers and magazines. It illustrations and one or two
also includes vocabulary, reading sentences per page. The
skills, discussion, and writing exercises. The stories teacher's kit contains the reader,
are humorous, poignant, astounding, and all true! sentence strips, flash cards, A4
full-colour pictures and black-line
Even More True Stories masters of simple exercises.
An Intermediate Reader Each kit also contains a CD with
Sandra Heyer a pdf presentation of the story
(illustrations and text) and
The believe-it-or-not stories interactive audio for study on a
ensure intermediate level personal monitor or large screen
learners a motivating reading projector for group work.
experience. Exercises offer
vocabulary development, reading
proficiency, discussion and Have You Heard?
writing to help students develop reading fluency. Wendy Simons
Even More True Stories includes authentic reading This is an elementary resource
passages to bridge the transition from controlled to book for young adult and adult
authentic text. learners of English. It is a
companion to Did you know?
Other books from this series, including Very Easy and What do you think?. The
True Stories, Easy True Stories and More True exercises are based on the New
Stories are also available from our Resource Zealand way of life and cover a
Library. wide range of topics from a visit to Rotorua to
tramping around Stewart Island. It provides reading
Reading Comprehension material and associated activities suited to individual,
Nancy Mills group and class needs.
This resource is suitable for adults
of all ages who require support What Do You Think?
and help in improving their literacy Wendy Simons
and numeracy skills. This set of
30 short stories on adult-oriented What do you think? takes a
topics encourages learning by practical approach to English
using simple. Repetitious words in and contains interesting
short sentences that gradually increase in length information about New Zealand.
and difficulty. Topics include Money Matters,
Dairy Farming, Garage Sales
and many more. What do you
Newspapers think? has been especially written for more
Nick Marsden advanced learners. The content will help learners to
Newspapers is a book of twenty authentic better understand the culture and people of New
newspaper articles, including feature stories, Zealand and will encourage confident
human-interest reports, letters to the editor and communication skills.
advertisement, which are suitable for use with
intermediate-level learners. We have copies of Have you Heard?, What do you
think? and the third book in this series, Did you
We also have Pictures to Words, More Pictures to know?, available in our Resource Library.
Words, Surveys and other topics in this series
available in the Resource Library.
NEIGHBOURS IN OUR COMMUNITY
In collaboration with Settlement Support North Shore and
the North Shore Times, English Language Partners North
Shore launched a series called Neighbours in Our
Community Lunchtime Interlude Series in 2009.
We are continuing this series in 2010. The next meeting
will be held on Thursday 29 April at 12pm at Norman
King Building, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street,
Northcote. The guest speaker will be from Russia.
The following month the guest speaker will be one of our
volunteer tutors from the Philippines.
Settlement Support New Zealand has been established
to give migrants and refugees easy access to information
that will help them settle in North Shore City. This is a
free service and is available to all newcomers.
Settlement Support offers:
Information about living in New Zealand
Referrals to local services
A clear point of contact for support and advice
Please contact Cheng Goh, Settlement Support
Coordinator, for further information.
Phone: 486 8635
Sarb Lester, Settlement Support Advisor, is also
available at a number of Citizens Advice Bureaux on the
North Shore. For dates and locations please visit:
TANGATA TIRITI WORKSHOP
For Migrants & Community
Raeburn House & Settlement Support North Shore would
like to invite you to a NEW workshop: Tangata Tiriti.
Dates: Saturdays 15, 22 & 29 May 2010
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Norman King Building, Norman King Square
Ernie Mays Street, Northcote
This fun and interactive workshop series of three
sessions is open to everyone, whether you are new to
New Zealand or have been living here for some time.
Limited places – book by contacting Raeburn House
on 441 8989 or online at www.raeburnhouse.org.nz
Raeburn House is a community development
organisation promoting mental health and community