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Not just surviving, thriving! Preparing for your first year of teaching in an EAL classroom

October 28, 2020 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday 28 October, 4-5pm

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Laurence Guttmann, Rosemary Abboud, Margaret Corrigan, and Julia Lippold

Free Online Event – Click here to register

Are you a pre-service teacher about to embark on your first year of teaching in an EAL classroom?

VicTESOL has assembled a panel of experienced leaders from across educational sectors to give tips and advice for thriving in the first year of teaching.

The panel will discuss how to apply for and successfully gain employment, what to expect as a graduate teacher, and some of the fundamental principles and strategies of EAL teaching and learning.

Sanam Maner, a pre-service teacher from La Trobe University, will be hosting the session.

Panel Members:

Rosemary Abboud is a Leading Teacher EAL/EAL Specialist at Dandenong North Primary School, she has been teaching for 32 years and has BA in Linguistics and a Graduate Diploma in TESOL.

As well as leading and teaching in the EAL area, Rosemary supports classroom teachers by providing advice and resources to help classroom teachers meet the needs of EAL students. She is a passionate advocate for New Arrival Students and their transitions from the New Arrivals Program to mainstream school placements. In 2005, she piloted a Transition EAL Program, which has become a crucial part of a model for EAL Exemplar advice provided by the Department of Education and Training. She has contributed to the wider educational system by participating in curriculum development at local and regional levels, as well as providing professional development for EAL and mainstream teachers.

Laurence Guttmann is Assistant Principal of Western English Language School (WELS) in Braybrook, where he has taught for over 10 years. He is interested in Functional Grammar, which is an important component of the WELS curriculum. He is passionate about working with his students and colleagues to ensure that WELS provides the best possible education for new arrival students.

Margaret Corrigan has extensive experience in a range of educational settings in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. As CEO of Carringbush Adult Education, a not-for-profit Registered Training Organisation, she oversees the delivery of many programs, including EAL, work readiness, family literacy and pathways guidance. She is the current President of ACTA and Vice President of VicTESOL.

Julia Lippold is an EAL and TESOL specialist teacher and ‘teacherpreneaur’ with over 14 years of TESOL teaching experience. She has taught in both the New Arrivals and independent sectors, and also in Korea. She began her formal teaching career at Blackburn English Language School in Melbourne and as a tutor working with refugees on Temporary Protection Visas. At Blackburn ELS, Julia worked as a Leading Teacher, Head of Senior School, and International Student Coordinator maintaining close links with the International Division at the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Julia currently teaches at Lauriston Girls’ School in the role of EAL Coordinator (Years 7-12) where she has had an integral role in establishing the EAL program. Julia is a former member of the Executive Board of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA), a current committee member of ATCA, VicTESOL and VATE, is actively involved in the VCAA F-10 EAL Curriculum for Victorian Schools Consultation Review, is a member of the VCAA VCE Examination Development EAL Reviewing Panel, and is the founder and creator of Zealous English. Julia is passionate about teaching EAL and creating user-friendly resources for both teachers and students.





October 28, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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