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Mind The Gap: Disjoints in NZCEL Provision


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The New Zealand Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) aim to standardize programmes across
education providers. They cover Levels 1F-5 (CEFR low A1-C1), with academic, workplace and/or
professional qualifiers from Levels 3-5. After two years of provision, there is significant concern
about the gap between L3 (CEFR B1 exit) and L4 (CEFR B2 exit), with many providers favouring
increased hours for L3. This presentation explores the gap between the two levels and the success or
failure of approaches and materials designed to bridge it. A series of focus groups were held,
involving current providers, which identified specific weaknesses in the skills and knowledge-base of
L3 learners on exit. The groups also explored the effectiveness of teaching approaches designed to
bridge these gaps. Contributions from FG discussions inform the presentation, including a
description of typical student profiles at each level and anecdotal evidence to support a suggested
increase in learning hours for L3 participants.
Tertiary, Paper, NZCEL, NCEA, unit standards
Saturday 16

Item Type: Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Depositing User: Maria Tupou
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 06:55
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 04:22

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