TPLT supports the teaching and learning of Chinese, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Samoan, Niuean, Cook Islands Maori, Tongan, Tokelauan and from 2018, Korean. TPLT is an in-service year-long programme for teachers at all New Zealand schools. Prior to 2017, TPLT was known as TPDL
Improving teachers' own language capabilities
As part of the TPLT programme, a teacher can learn a language at a level and through a method appropriate to their needs and their situation. Teachers may attend regular language classes, study a language by distance or have customised language lessons. Teachers are encouraged and supported to prepare for internationally recognised language proficiency tests, as appropriate. This component is reviewed on an individual basis throughout the year.
Updating & deepening teachers' understanding of effective second language teaching
As part of the TPLT programme, teachers do a 15 point 300 level course entitled "Teaching Languages in Schools". This is a University of Auckland course that focuses on deepening understanding of second language acquistion research and practice, the New Zealand Curriculum and effective classroom pedagogy. The course is customised for, and restricted to, participants of TPDL/TPLT; it is delivered regionally in four 2-day blocks in a timetable designed so that it interlinks with the other two components of TPLT - the In-School Support and the Language Study.
Reflecting on teachers' own classroom practice
A TPLT In-School Support Facilitator visits each teacher once a term to observe a lesson and facilitate an evidence-based learning conversation. The research-based observation criteria and evidence-gathering tools provide the structure for this reflective conversation. Teachers can assess their professional learning and development through the year and the impact it is having on the learning of their students.
TPLT (formerly known as TPDL) has been a Ministry of Education funded programme for over 13 years. The team
is proud of the positive results seen in classrooms all over New Zealand.