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DynaSpeak hosted the recent English New Zealand Professional Development workshop.
Following on from the CEFR workshop, the event from 4.15 - 8 pm the workshop was only for English New Zealand members. PD and networking is a benefit of membership and approximately 80 staff from member schools attended.
There was a formal Maori welcome and song, and a performance by Te Roopu Raukawa from Auckland Museum.
The session topics were: Using visual aids in the ESL classroom; Effective teaching; Building confidence in the IELTS reading test-dealing with different question types; Wikis for Beginners; Creating SMART Board materials; Turning Potential into action; and Using visual aids in the ESL classroom.
Our PD could not go ahead without presenters so our thanks go to Angela Desmarais (DynaSpeak), Kerstin Dofs (CPIT) and Moira Hobbs (AUT), Susanna McIntyre (Kaplan International Colleges), Mark A Thomson (University of Otago Research student- formerly DynaSpeak), Elsa Murphy (Rotorua English Language Academy) and Geetha Ramalingan (Auckland English Academy).