Entries by Carly

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Steven Quinn, Carwatha Secondary College – Talk with the hand: Gestures in EAL

VicTESOL Symposium – August 2019 Steven delivered a hands on and engaging workshop where participants learned about the idea of using gestures to teach new vocabulary to EAL students. He spoke about the connection between speech and gestures and in this workshop. Among other things, participants experienced learning a new language using gestures to represent […]

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Jodie Whitehurst, Williamstown Community and Education Centre: Using Drama Techniques in the teaching of adult EAL

VicTESOL Symposium – August 2019 Jodie Whitehurst took us on a captivating journey during her interactive workshop “Using drama techniques in the teaching of adult EAL” by inviting us to participate in several authentic drama-based activities. The room was filled with a sense of excitement and trust and the participants transformed into the learners who […]

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Matt Rodger & Greg Gow, Foundation House – ‘School is where you need to be equal and learn’: Insights from students of refugee backgrounds on learning and engagement in Victorian secondary schools (2019)

Matt Rodger and Greg Gow from Foundation House introduced the Schools Support Program that their organisation provides. They then explained the research project and resulting report: School is where you need to be equal and learn. Gaining insights from students of refugee backgrounds was the aim of this project. Greg and Matt described how this […]

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Carolyn Elliot, Principal, Doncaster Gardens Primary School: ‘I can rather than I can’t’ – supporting students, families and teachers to achieve continued growth

VicTESOL Symposium – August 2019 In this inspiring presentation, Carolyn shared her experience and insights into supporting newly arrived migrants and refugees in a school setting. She began with a look at what constitutes an “I can” rather than an “I can’t” mindset, then outlined ideas about how to gather information, value stories and build […]

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Fiona Ackerly, Susan Govett & Brooke Henderson with Margaret Nutbean: Teaching Young Children in English in Multilingual Contexts (TYCEMC)

VicTESOL Symposium – August 2019 Fiona, Brooke and Susan spoke about the teaching and learning cycle that they use with their EAL students following participation in Margaret Nutbean’s intensive TYCEMC workshops. Participants were able to see how ideas from the workshop were modified to meet the learning needs of the EAL students in their setting. […]

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Kate Plant, EAL leader, Newbury Primary School: Establishing an EAL program in a mainstream primary school

VicTESOL Symposium – August 2019 Kate Plant demonstrated how she works with the teachers in Newbury Primary School to set up a program that places student wellbeing at the forefront. provides an optimum learning environment for the EAL students in her school. She discussed using strategies such as using standard visual displays across the school […]

VicTESOL Symposium: Live Streaming this Monday!

If you won’t be at the VicTESOL Symposium at the Bastow on Monday 19 August 2019, we have arranged to bring the keynote and the panel discussion to you via live streaming on the day, plus through a recording for viewing afterwards via a link on the VicTESOL website. If you would like to test […]