GROW 14 - Steering Students Towards Meaningful Spoken Communication
Course Duration
9 month programme

15 February - 20 October 2021


Communication is at the core of the Learning Languages Area. This programme is intended for languages teachers of levels 1-4 of the NZ Curriculum, who would like to inquire into improving student outcomes, with a particular focus on increasing students’ spoken use of the language. It will be relevant for primary, intermediate and secondary teachers, whether new or experienced in teaching a language. Ellis’s Instructed Second Language Acquisition: A Literature Review and An introduction to the concept of intercultural communicative language teaching and learning: A summary for teachers, which both underpin this area of the Curriculum, will be of particular importance to teachers in this programme. Your inquiry question during in-school support visits will focus on at least one principle included in these documents. Teachers will also be encouraged to trial a ‘task-supported’ approach to their practice.

Workshop 1

Learn/Revisit, Inquiry, Ellis principles



Mon 15 February


Workshop 2

Inquire/Discuss, Teacher Use of the Target Language (as one strategy to increase Student Use of the Target Language)

Wed 3 March

3.30-5.30pm - Online

Workshop 3

Explore/Examine, Maximising Student's (Spoken) Target Language Output



Wed 14 April 

3.30-5.30pm - Online

Workshop 4 

Share/Learn/Discuss, A Task-Supported Approach, Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching principles

Mon 17 May


Workshop 5 

Discussion, Sharing reflections after engaging with 'Choice Board' resources (readings/videos)

Wed 4 August

3.30-5.30pm - Online

Workshop 6 

Report/Plan, Inquiry Presentation, next steps



Wed 20 October 

3.30-5.30pm - Online