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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Applications for the Penny McKay Memorial Award are now open.

The Award honours the contribution to research and development in second/additional language education of Dr Penny McKay (1948-2009).

Electronic copies of the applications for the Award are due by midnight, 31 October of the calendar year following the submission of the thesis to the Chair of the Selection Panel, Prof Chris Davison,

More information is available below.

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Do you have a passion for connecting with people from different cultures? Are you enthusiastic about art, culture, and fostering meaningful conversations? Join our team of volunteers at NGV Language Exchange, a unique opportunity to support international students in their journey of exploring local art and culture while practicing conversational English.

NGV Language Exchange is held at two iconic Gallery sites in the heart of Melbourne:

  • NGV International located at 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
  • The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, situated at Federation Square

As a Conversation Facilitator, you will have the chance to engage with international students and help them navigate the world of art and design from Australia and beyond. Your role involves guiding conversations, encouraging language practice, and creating a welcoming environment for all participants.

No prior art knowledge or experience is required – your passion for learning and connecting is what matters most. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of international students while expanding your own cultural horizons.

Engage in conversations and creative artmaking activities on the following dates

  • Friday 18 August, 3pm – 5pm
  • Friday 17 September, 3pm – 5pm
  • Friday 13 October, 2.30pm – 5pm
  • Friday 10 November, 3pm – 5pm

You have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in shaping the NGV Language Exchange, providing international students with a platform to connect, learn, and share experiences. To express your interest or gather further details, please visit our website: NGV Language Exchange Website.

If you’re ready to be a part of this enriching experience, join us as a Conversation Facilitator at NGV Language Exchange. Help us create a welcoming space for international students to connect, learn, and share their stories.

To express your interest or learn more, please reach out to

We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

Please see below ACTA’s response to the Better and Fairer Education System consultation paper.  It is hoped the response will be useful in shaping the forthcoming National School Reform Agreement, which has the potential to turn the tide by including EAL/D learners within fair and equitable school provision.

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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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