Steering the Agentic Vehicle: Exploring English as an Additional language (EAL) Teachers’ Professional Agency since the 2021 Victorian EAL Curriculum Reform
November 22 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The introduction of the first official EAL curriculum (F-10) in Victoria in 2021 signifies a significant step in acknowledging EAL and English as separate and parallel subjects within the Australian Curriculum (VCAA, 2021). This curriculum aims to provide EAL teachers with a platform to exercise their professional agency in response to educational change. However, discussions at the school level regarding the expansion of EAL teachers’ responsibilities within the neo-liberal schooling contexts in Australia, particularly their agencies, have been insufficiently provided.
To address this gap, Jiaqi’s doctoral study focuses on how EAL teachers in Victoria demonstrate their professional agency and explores the impact of the introduction of the 2021 Victorian official EAL curriculum. Based on this theme, we are hosting an event to present the initial findings of this study. We invite you as EAL teachers from across Victoria to join us and share your insights, experiences, and challenges related to this new curriculum. Your valuable contributions will enhance our understanding of this curriculum’s implementation and its effects on EAL education in the state.
During the event, Jiaqi will present the preliminary findings of her research, shedding light on how EAL teachers have embraced their professional agency and navigated the changes brought by the official EAL curriculum. This discussion will pave the way for a deeper exploration of effective strategies and practices that can elevate EAL education in Victoria.
Be a part of this insightful event, as your input will shape the future of EAL teaching and learning in the state. Register now to secure your spot and engage in meaningful discussions with fellow EAL educators.
Join us for an inspiring evening of knowledge-sharing and collaboration!
Jiaqi Li is an English as an additional language (EAL) educator with a focus on students at the secondary and adult levels, as well as a doctoral researcher in Monash University specialising in EAL teacher education and EAL curriculum planning. She is dedicated to enhancing EAL students’ plurilingual awareness by valuing their multicultural identities through a combination of her research and teaching skills. Her research and commitment to education make her a valuable contributor to discussions on language teaching, student cross-cultural identity, and equity in education.