The role of schools in supporting settlement: Focusing on wellbeing in migrant and refugee education.

August 30 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Virtual Event


This session explored the vital role schools play in the settlement journey of migrant and refugee-background students. Mollie Daphne (Secondary School Teacher & PhD candidate, Victoria University) unpacked key frameworks which support the conceptualisation of settlement as a multifaceted, multidirectional process shaped by various factors. Throughout the session, participants were invited to consider the roles schools can play, through collaboration with other services, towards supporting the academic and social and emotional needs of newly arrived children and young people.

The session also including an engaging panel of presenters who all currently work in schools, supporting newly arrived students: Elena Di Mascolo, Sarah Douglas, Meagan Becker and Megan Salter. The panel discussed the challenges schools face in seeking to address settlement needs and shared examples from their own extensive professional experience of practical ways schools can advocate for and support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.



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Online LMERC Resourcing Event

September 6 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Virtual Event


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VCE – New study design in 2024

August 1 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Online Webinar


The VCE English/EAL New Study Design 2024 session was attended by people across sectors and was very well received. Kellie Heintz provided an extremely detailed presentation moving through each outcome for Units 3 and 4, highlighting the differences between the old and new curriculum as it is to be implemented in 2024. She offered not only possible resources to support us, and a range of ways to approach some key aspects of outcomes but also a wonderful scope of teacher and student agency in the teaching and learning opportunities, especially in relation to the new Outcome, Creating texts. It is an exciting new Study Design and very much worth watching for ideas and resources not only for VCE but in 7-10 also! A must see for new and experienced English and EAL teachers.




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Links to Youtube clips for EAL

 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck

Flames by Robbie Arnott

We Have always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Commentary & analysis

Rainbow’s End by Jane Harrison

Open Plan Classrooms

Professional learning for EAL teachers in the context of digital transformation in the VET sector

July 26 from 4:00 pm – 5:30pm, online


The professional learning session on digital transformation in the VET sector for EAL teachers by Tanja Rykovska on 26th July was highly successful in introducing the European Framework for Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu) and SELFIE for Teachers – an online self-reflection tool designed to evaluate their digital literacy skills within the context of professional engagement, teaching, assessment practices, and supporting learners’ digital skills development. Participants engaged in hands-on experience with SELFIE for Teachers, using the tool to self-reflect on their current digital competencies. The tool guided teachers through a series of questions, enabling them to identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Participants left the session with a renewed enthusiasm for leveraging digital technologies in their classrooms and a clear path for enhancing their digital competencies. The practical insights and discussions fostered collaboration and professional growth, positioning teachers to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences for their EAL adult learners.



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VCE Bridging EAL Units 1 & 2

24 May 2023, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Online


On 24 May, teachers from two schools presented on VCE Bridging EAL Units 1 & 2 and how this course has been implemented in their settings.

Lucy Nguyen and Carlo Cosner from Mount Ridley Secondary College outlined the Bridging EAL study design and then detailed how they use the course to best suit the students at their school. The subject plays a key role in supporting their students and it is compulsory for all EAL students at the school to take the subject concurrently with EAL in Year 11. They demonstrated how this subject complements EAL Units 1 & 2 and English language learning across the curriculum and for practical purposes.

Rabecca Mphande from Hampton Park Secondary College then discussed the approach to the implementation of the subject at her setting. She explained the whole school approach to supporting EAL students and provided a number of practical strategies for supporting students’ language skill development in the VCE Bridging EAL classroom.

We are exploring the possibility of running further sessions in relation to this subject and providing opportunities for current and prospective teachers of VCE Bridging EAL to connect and we encourage you to contact us if this is something you would be interested in. Resources for this session are now available to members on the VicTESOL website.



Presentation 1 – Lucy Nguyen and Carlo Cosner

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Presentation 2 – Rabecca Mphande

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Using Chat GPT to support EAL teaching and planning

Introducing a new series of three videos from VicTESOL on using Chat GPT to support EAL teaching and planning. Join us as we explore how to use Chat GPT to create a range of educational materials that are tailored to the needs of EAL learners. In these videos, we will show you how to create a worksheet, a differentiated model text, and a science unit for EAL learners on the topic of climate change. Watch and learn as we demonstrate how Chat GPT can help you to provide engaging and effective learning experiences for your EAL students.

Please note the above description was generated by Chat GPT!

Using Chat GPT to create a worksheet

Using Chat GPT to create a differentiated model text

Using Chat GPT To create a unit of work

Meet the Assessors Online Jenna Gomes and Michael E Daniel 2 March 2023 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Summary In this online event, Assistant Chief Assessors Jenna Gomes and…

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The new VCE English and EAL study design
Kellie Heintz

December 6 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Kellie Heintz, as the EAL Curriculum Manager of the VCAA, presented a clear and insightful presentation on the flexibility of Units 1 and 2, building on earlier presentations around the new English/EAL Study Design. She offered a specific focus on Unit 1, Outcome 1 – Personal response – and how this outcome allows students to explore identity and the self in relation to the text of study through inferences they make around key ideas or events. For Unit 1, Outcome 2 – Crafting Texts she reminded us of the role of the mentor texts to introduce ideas. She provided multiple examples of mentor texts and ideas around the types of written texts students can create. Of note, she drew our attention back to the role of VCE teachers as having significant agency in Units 1 & 2 – that we can make decisions around offering a broad range of assessment opportunities that scaffold EAL students whilst developing their voice through writing, speaking and listening.

The presentation revealed the significant work Kellie and the VCAA have invested in listening to EAL students and teachers in the new design of these outcomes. A wonderfully clear and insightful session that supported planning for both VCE English and EAL teachers.



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The following resources may be of assistance in your planning

The VCAA EAL website
Teaching and Learning
On Demand Videos

2022 VicTESOL Symposium
LWA and LMERC at the 2022 Symposium

Alfredo Landeros and Ruth Woolven


LWA were pleased to share a table with LMERC (Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre) at the VicTESOL Symposium on Friday 11th November 2022. It was great to showcase with LMERC resources that related to second language acquisition and language teaching methodology for all levels, from early years to adults.

The AMEP 3 new resources: the English Ready Booklets, AMEPOnline, and the Digital Literacies Framework, Guide, and companion Teaching Resources were of great interest to symposium participants and the participants are looking forward to their publication on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website (Adult Migrant English Program page).

Languages & Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC)

The Symposium provided me with a wonderful opportunity to meet so many EAL educators and the sessions were very informative. Being new to LMERC, I enjoyed chatting about what we provide and what is important to you. We appreciate any suggestions/recommendations for resources.

LMERC is a specialist resource centre for educators across all sectors with both digital and physical resources to support EAL teaching and learning. This includes academic and practical teacher resources; culturally inclusive fiction and non-fiction; games and storytelling kits and realia (puppets, masks, clothes and toys).

We regularly provide bi-lingual dictionaries and picture books, readers and other resources to support your students in schools across Victoria. If you need any resources, you can visit us in Carlton, email for suggestions or look through our catalogue and request items. We have a growing collection of ebooks and audio books that you can access through the catalogue.

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