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Ministry of Education.

Knowledge of English

Knowledge of English

This page is a portal to resources that help teachers understand the essential nature of English as a learning area and how best to meet the needs of students learning English. 

Enhancing the English curriculum

Unpacking the achievement objectives at levels 2, 4, 6, and 8 to show what is important for each and what it looks like in practice.

Listening, reading, and viewing

Level 2 |  Level 4 |  Level 6 |  Level 8

Speaking, writing, and presenting

Level 2 |  Level 4 |  Level 6 |  Level 8

Oral language

LTT book cover.

Learning Through Talk: these books are available to order

  • Learning Through Talk Yrs 1-3 Code 33378
  • Learning Through Talk Yrs 4-8 Code 33379

Speech, language, and communication needs - A resource for educators.

Much More than Words: for early childhood teachers

Extending their language – expanding their world: ERO research report
In response to the Extending their language – expanding their world ERO report, The Ministry of Education has developed resources to support Oral Language Awareness and learning for parents, schools, and Early Childhood Centres. Hardcopies can be ordered from Down The Back of The Chair.

English in the NZC

English Learning Area

This section from The New Zealand Curriculum describes the essential nature of English as a learning area. It answers the following three questions: What is English about? Why study English? How is the learning area structured? Achievement objectives for English are listed.

Senior Secondary English curriculum guides

The English learning area of The New Zealand Curriculum affirms the identity of akonga (learners) and places them at the centre of all teaching and learning. The curriculum vision, values, principles, and key competencies are integral to the planning and delivery of English programmes.

English Language Learning Progressions

The English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP) explain what ESOL specialists and mainstream teachers need to know about English language learners. They will help teachers to choose content, vocabulary, and tasks that are appropriate to each learner's age, stage, and language-learning needs.

The Literacy Learning Progressions

The Literacy Learning Progressions describes the specific literacy knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students draw on in order to meet the reading and writing demands of the curriculum. 

English and e-learning

These video clips provide examples of how akonga/student engagement and learning outcomes within the English learning area of The New Zealand Curriculum have been supported and improved with the use of technologies.

Sounds and words

Sounds and words.

Sounds and Words is designed to support teachers and students to learn about phonological awareness and spelling. 

Updated on: 07 Dec 2020