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Digital Literacies in EAL Special Interest Group 6: Utilising digital technologies to support assessment practices and feedback

July 25 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

- $10.00 – $30.00

Digital Literacies in EAL Special Interest Group 6: Utilising digital technologies to support assessment practices and feedback

25 July 2024  4:00pm – 5:00pm, AEST Online

Are you interested in digital literacies in EAL settings? Join us for the third SIG event. The event will include a reintroduction of the SIG, followed by a seminar.

Digital Literacies in EAL SIG is an initiative supported by VicTESOL. It is a group for members of TESOL associations in Australia who are interested in digital literacies and their inclusion in EAL learning.

Research presentation – “Reading Coach” and “GPT-4o”: Feedback on demand

This presentation will introduce educators to “Reading Coach” and “GPT-4o” which can provide on-demand and timely feedback to English language learners. Reading Coach and GTP-4o creates opportunities for English language learners to access personalised instruction and feedback, enhancing pronunciation and fluency. This presentation will discuss how platforms like these can reduce teacher workload while also providing engaging learning experience for students.


Adrian Lam is an experienced secondary teacher who is currently studying his Master of Education (by research) at La Trobe University. His research explores the use of generative AI and its applications to education. He is also a sessional tutor, teaching pre-service teachers about pedagogy and assessment.

Research presentation: Assessment and feedback: What can we learn from existing research literature and how can digital technologies help to support practice?

A review of existing literature suggests that assessment practices are often shaped by educational policy (e.g. increasing use of formative, online assessments) and that feedback has a significant impact on student learning when students are required to interact with and respond to feedback. This presentation will highlight some key findings in the literature and suggest ways that digital technologies can help transform these findings into practice (e.g., using comment banks for feed-forward comments)


Associate Professor Melissa Barnes is the Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the School of Education at La Trobe University. Her teaching focus and research interests are situated within the fields of teacher education, pedagogy, assessment, policy and TESOL. Recent research projects include an examination of teacher education policy reforms and school, family and community partnerships supporting families from refugee backgrounds.

Event facilitators

Dr Katrina Tour (Monash University) and Associate Professor Melissa Barnes (LaTrobe University).


$10 – VicTESOL members (including members of other state TESOL associations)
$30 – Non-members


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July 25
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$10.00 – $30.00
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