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English Online. Every child literate - a shared responsibility.
Ministry of Education.

About this site

English Online is a site for primary and secondary English teachers in New Zealand and internationally. ESOL Online and Literacy Online are sister sites. 

For further information on this site email Catriona Pene at  [email protected]

The principles that underpin the sites:

  • All learners can achieve.
  • Content and pedagogical knowledge is essential for effective instruction.
  • Knowledge of students’ progressions is critical to meeting students’ diverse needs.
  • Students need responsive and personalised instruction.
  • Teaching decisions should be based on evidence of students’ strengths and needs.
  • Teaching and learning sequence tasks need to have a clearly defined pedagogical rationale.
  • Teachers’ ongoing inquiry into the impact of their teaching decisions is essential for providing effective differentiated instruction.
  • Ongoing inquiry into underachievement is a key to schooling improvement.
  • Practice is informed by contemporary research and thinking.

How did English Online begin?

English Online was originally part of an ongoing English professional development contract between Unitec NZ and the New Zealand Ministry of Education. In 1998 and 1999, it involved 100 primary and secondary schools per year. Each school nominated a lead teacher who undertook an internet tutorial, and then developed a unit of learning that was posted on the site as a permanent resource for New Zealand (and international) English teachers.

Updated on: 17 Jan 2018