News & Events
Daylight Saving Time starts 26th September 2021
REMEMBER TO RE-SET YOUR CLOCKS
Spring Forward will start this weekend, so before you go to bed on Saturday, 25th September remember to put your clocks forward an hour!
(i.e. 2 am Sunday the 26th will be 3 am Sunday)
(i.e. 2 am Rātapu te 26th – 3 am te Rātapu)
COVID-19 - Our Response
Important update: All DynaSpeak Tauira
Important Message: All DynaSpeak Tauira
Auckland moves to COVID Alert Level 4 at 11:59pm tonight Tuesday 17th August. All DynaSpeak classes will move Online on Thursday 19th August and will take place at the usual time. There will be no face to face classes at any DynaSpeak site until at least next Wednesday 25th August. This information will be updated as further information becomes available.
Further information about the situation, alert levels and things you need to know about COVID-19 can be found here.
My name is Mohamed Zubair Sithy Shiyana (Shiyana Zubair), and I am from Sri Lanka. I have been living in NZ for four years. My mother tongue is Tamil and I can speak Sinhala as well. I knew some English before I arrived in New Zealand, perhaps from my family background and I did my university education in English. I heard that DynaSpeak is a good place to learn English and I am learning Level 4 Academic. My learning experience at DynaSpeak is quite different. Here I find well equipped class-rooms and well prepared teaching – learning lessons, which help the students to learn. Gradually, my English vocabulary and writing are improving. Also, I have learnt a lot about NZ. My long-term goal is to become a teacher and I will try to do a diploma in teaching at any university. I would like to mention that all the staff are very kind and helpful, and my teacher is awesome.
DynaSpeak moves all NZCEL programmes online during COVID – 19 Lockdown 2020
When the government announced New Zealand had to move to full lockdown on March 25th 2020 to protect the population from the highly contagious COVID – 19 virus, DynaSpeak was able to quickly move all its classes online. This transition was possible because every NZCEL programme already had an online component, familiar to students as “DynaSpeak Online”. Now the teachers have added new elements so that DynaSpeak Online Plus enables all the NZCEL programmes to be 100% online.
Teachers working in online teams have been busy creating new interactive resources, posting weekly videos, meeting with classes in Google Meets, and making sure individual students are managing with the new ways of doing things. DynaSpeak’s Academic and IT support have provided guidance to teachers in an all-out team effort.
Students have been able to meet with their teachers face to face online or communicate via online chat, to discuss any questions about homework or class tasks. They’ve also been able to discuss any issues with unfamiliar technology and have been enjoying working together with their classmates in the new online ‘Classrooms’.
Teachers say students are motivated to learn and have enjoyed being able to maintain their learning process during the weeks of lockdown. All New Zealanders are adjusting to a changed world, and DynaSpeak students have shown they are ready for the challenge.