About VicTESOL

VicTESOL is a professional association committed to promoting excellence in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and fostering and supporting cultural and linguistic diversity through high quality multicultural education. VicTESOL provides support and services to generalist, content, trade and EAL (ESL) specialist teachers across sectors including:

Adult & community educationAMEPIndustry settings

VicTESOL aims to support teachers and students by developing and disseminating information that advances knowledge of what constitutes best-practice in education to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
VicTESOL constantly advocates on behalf of EAL students and their teachers and keeps members informed of state and national initiatives and issues as they emerge, according to the association’s prescribed policy.

VicTESOL hopes to contribute to the development of educational policy that impacts support for EAL students and teachers. The distinctive educational needs of these students can be overlooked by policy makers and VicTESOL members actively participate in consultative workshops convened by state and national authorities to ensure that these students are well represented.

VicTESOL supports research into issues and practices that influence the educational outcomes and/or language learning trajectories of ESL learners across all educational sectors.

Contact VicTESOL

VicTESOL Association Officer
Carly Minett
victesol [at] victesol.vic.edu.au

VicTESOL Professional Learning Co-ordinator
David Kezilas
plcoordinator [at] victesol.vic.edu.au

VicTESOL Information

ABN # 21 237 277 032

Inc # A0024290V

VicTESOL does not currently have a mail address.

VicTESOL Constitution

VicTESOL is an incorporated association.

The VicTESOL committee is inviting members to participate in the ratification of the revised VicTESOL constitution. VicTESOL has undertaken a review of the constitution, assisted by an expert legal team from Clayton Utz. Click here for further information and to view the draft constitution. VicTESOL is holding a meeting to ratify the draft constitution, to be held via Zoom at 7pm on 14th October 2020. Click here to register to attend this meeting. The Committee urges all interested members to attend on 14th October to discuss and vote on the proposed model. If you are unable to zoom in please click here to read the documents and provide written feedback to VicTESOL.

VicTESOL Committee

At our AGM on the 4th of December, 2019 the following people were elected to VicTESOL Executive and Committee positions:

Executive Committee Members


Shem Macdonald


Margaret Corrigan


Clare Blackman


Anne Keary

General Committee Members

Michelle Andrews

Yan Yao Choong
Angela Di SciascioApril Edwards
Joanne GoodmanDebra Icely

Lini Kane
Evangelia (Leah) Kontos

Julia LippoldMark MelicanPenny NewtonJessie Sambell

2020 Committee Meeting Dates

  • Thursday 6 February 2020 5:00-7:00pm
  • Thursday 23 April 2020 5:00-7:00pm
  • Thursday 23 July 2020 5:00-7:00pm
  • Wednesday 14 October 2020 5:00-7:00pm
  • Thursday 3 December 2020 (AGM)

2019 VicTESOL members are able to access the 2019 VicTESOL AGM Draft Minutes by logging on to the VicTESOL website and clicking here.

Member Input

Members are welcome to attend any of the meetings.  Please contact victesol [at] victesol.vic.edu.au for details.

If members wish to raise any matters for discussion at Committee meetings, please contact the VicTESOL office:

victesol [at] victesol.vic.edu.au.

Executive Committee Contacts

If you need to contact the executive members directly

  • president [at] victesol.vic.edu.au
  • vicepresident [at] victesol.vic.edu.au
  • treasurer [at] victesol.vic.edu.au
  • secretary [at] victesol.vic.edu.au


TESOL in Context

ACTA publishes, TESOL in Context, one of only two current Australian journals devoted to issues related to TESOL.

TESOL in Context is available at www.tesolincontext.org.au.

Past issues of the journal are now openly available.

  • Volume 1 Issue 1 (1990) – Volume 26 Issue 1 (2017) are available on Informit.
  • Volume 27 Issue 1 (2018) and onwards are available in the Archives and on Informit.

Submissions for articles for future issues are welcome, click here for more information.

Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) is the national coordinating body representing all Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. It aims to promote and strengthen English whilst supporting people’s linguistic and cultural heritage. ACTA’s objectives are to:

  • Represent and support the interests of teachers of English to speakers of other languages and dialects and their students
  • Ensure access to appropriate English language instruction to speakers of other languages and dialects
  • Encourage the implementation and delivery of quality professional development programs
  • Promote the study, research and development of TESOL at state, national and international levels. To this end, in even-numbered years, ACTA convenes an international conference.

The ACTA Council comprises representatives from each of the eight Australian states and territories. VicTESOL is currently eligible to have 3 representatives on this council. Quarterly meetings are convened by teleconference with ongoing work conducted through working groups that communicate via email.