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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for TPLT?
  • Anyone who will be teaching any of these languages in a NZ school - Chinese, Cook Islands Maori, French, German, Niuean, Japanese, Samoan, Spanish, Korean, Tokelauan or Tongan - to at least one class/group of school students for the whole year.
What costs are funded?
  • Fees for the pedagogy course, language course(s) and language examination(s) are initially paid by the school and then reimbursed to the school in Term 4 by UniServices
  • 2 teacher release days (TRDs) are paid to the school by UniServices; schools contribute one TRD. (Only 3 of the 8 days are school days; 5 days are in teachers’ own time: 2 in July holidays & 3 Saturdays.)
  • A further TRD is provided if the teacher sits a language examination that takes place on a school day
Is there travel assistance?
  • Travel assistance is provided for teachers from schools a long way from where the 8 pedagogy days are held
  • Travel assistance is provided for teachers who travel to another centre for a language examination
What does the school have to provide?
  • 90 minutes class release for discussion immediately following each of four observed lessons
  • one Teacher Release Day
  • initial payment for courses (to be reimbursed by UniServices in Term 4)
What does the teacher have to do?
  • accept responsibility to enrol in the University of Auckland pedagogy course and ensure that fees are paid (by the school) by the due date (TPLT staff will let teachers know when to do this).
  • attend all eight days of the pedagogy component (two Fri–Sat blocks in Terms 1, 2 & 3 and two adjacent days in the July holidays). Specific dates and further details are provided on enquiry.
  • enrol in and attend a language acquisition course, depending on individual needs, as agreed with TPLT National Coordinator.  
What is the time commitment?
  • For the In-School Support component, there is one lesson observation per term with a 90 minute discussion immediately following the observation.
  • For the Pedagogy component, there are 8 face-to-face days (3 school days and 5 in teachers’ own time).  Teachers are expected to read selected readings.   Assessments for the university course include an in-class test assessing understanding of the ‘Ellis principles’, a reading log which requires teachers to reflect critically on selected readings and a Learning Inquiry task.  The latter requires teachers to teach and critically evaluate a lesson using evidence to support their conclusions. This Learning Inquiry is presented orally to the group and written up and handed in as a report.
  • The Language Study component varies according to teacher needs and the time involved depends on what course is appropriate for each teacher.  A course is agreed upon on an individual basis at the start of the year. A common example for teachers in a main city and who are new to the language is weekly evening classes of 2 hour duration for 30 weeks.  Teachers with high language proficiency may do less.  For some teachers, a distance language course is an option.
  • Language examination practice meetings are organized according to need.
What happens if the teacher withdraws during the year or fails to attend?
  • Reimbursement of fees are in Term 4; hence these relate to completion of the relevant parts of the programme.  TRD payments are made in October immediately after the 8 days of the pedagogy component according to attendance.
For more questions 
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