Tuesday 19 October, 4:00-5:30pm (AEST) Online Webinar The arrival of the pandemic saw a fast and impressive pivot to remote learning for all sectors of EAL. But as we move our way forward into a new normal, has the pandemic led to a re-imagining of the future of adult EAL delivery? In this event, a range of adult…
Thursday 3 June, 2021, 4-5pm
Online Event – Presentation and Conversation Rooms
This was an opportunity for teachers who are at a similar stage of their careers to share practice with teachers from other schools and institutions. A big part of this session was EAL resource sharing with Jennifer Peck from the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) and and Eileen Wan (Blackburn English Language School). They presented on LMERC’s online and physical resources. This session was for pre-service teachers and early-career teachers (0-2 years) of EAL students, and teachers who are new to teaching EAL students.
Click here to access LMERC’s website.
Some suggested resource links from participants in this session included:
- LMERC‘s website can be accessed at: https://lmerc.softlinkhosting.com.au
- Phonics for ESOL adults – by Clare Harris (2020)
- The Book Next Door: A series of videos hosted on the YouTube Extra ESL Reading. Worksheets for every lesson at The Book Next Door website- Thebooknextdoor.com/worksheets
- Finding culturally diverse literature session by SLAV, LMERC & VicTESOL: https://victesol.vic.edu.au/index.php/2020/10/07/culturally-diverse-literature-part-3/
- Bow Valley College readers: ESL Literacy Readers- bowvalleycollege.ca
- SPELD SA: https://www.speldsa.org.au/SPELD-SA-Phonic-Readers-New-Series and https://www.speldsa.org.au/intensive-literacy-program
- TEAL: http://teal.global2.vic.edu.au/
Wednesday 5 May, 3:45-4:45pm
Once upon a time, a good learner was one who could just recall and repeat knowledge. However, in contemporary education we expect learners to do so much more – to locate, evaluate, articulate and create information individually or collaboratively. Reflecting this, Inquiry-based Learning (IBL) has become a popular pedagogical approach in Australian schools. Yet IBL presents unique challenges for EAL/D learners due to the complex language demands involved in problem solving and higher order thinking, as well as those required to work cooperatively with others. This workshop explored how to help EAL students participate and engage in IBL through effective planning and targeted teaching strategies that scaffold understanding, organisation and expression of ideas.
Following 14 years as a NAATI accredited translator then tertiary Spanish lecturer, April Edwards went on to gain a Master of Teaching as an EAL/D and English secondary teacher. She later took on roles as an EAL Coordinator, EAL specialist mentor to English teachers and Teaching and Learning lead teacher. She is currently training undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service teachers in the School of Education at La Trobe University as well as having worked as an EAL consultant to both the DET and the VCAA. April thrives on sharing her knowledge about 1st and 2nd language acquisition with colleagues and students alike. She does so in the belief that when Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students are supported to use their whole linguistic and cultural repertoire they can participate fully in any classroom setting.
Michelle Andrews is a Primary EAL specialist, currently coordinating the EAL program at Preston North East Primary School. Before moving to the mainstream in 2017, she worked for many years in the New Arrivals Program at Blackburn ELS, taking on a variety of roles including student wellbeing coordinator and Primary curriculum leader. She is passionate about supporting English Language learners to engage, learn and thrive in Australian schools.
Tuesday March 30, 4:30-6:00 pm Online Event VicTESOL held an afternoon of sharing on the topic of multimedia use in the adult TESOL classroom. The session began with three teachers sharing how they use multimedia in their practice. Fiona Norquay from Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre demonstrated how she uses ABC’s ‘90 second news’ program with…
Jenny Robins Thursday 4 March 2021, 4-5:30 pm (AEDT) Online Event Jenny Robins began as a volunteer in 2011, then became a qualified teacher, working with adult migrants, people from refugee backgrounds and people seeking asylum to help them improve their English. In 2017 Jenny decided to improve her skills and enrolled in a Masters…
Luke Treadwell & Tanja Rykovska, AMES Australia
Wednesday 18 November, 4:00-5:30pm AEDT
This workshop was based on the premise that digital literacy is vital for living, learning, and working in contemporary Australian society and therefore needs to be a key feature as both a support and an outcome of any relevant EAL program. The session detailed the experience and learnings of one such program that was specifically designed (pre-COVID) to engage low level EAL learners in online learning. The session covered the basic course design principles of our EAL online courses, the strategies developed to engage and support the learners and their challenges and achievements learning in an online environment. Luke and Tanja’s presentation was followed by Q&A and small group discussion.
Luke Treadwell is a senior teacher with many years of program and proect management in AMES. Luke has taught EAL students for many years across many programs and has recently worked extensively with ASMES online learning program.
Tanja Rykovska is an EAL teacher with extensive experience teaching English, designing and delivering EAL programs in various settings and for diverse cohorts. She has a special interest in technology in language learning and has integrated technology in her teaching throughout her career. She has been involved in AMES online learning initiative since 2015.
If you want to find out more, here is the link to the AMES Course Taster: https://ames-sandbox.mrooms.net/course/view.php?id=51
Webinar Event – Wednesday 11th November 2020, 7-8pm AEDT
Learn about the Commonwealth Government’s vision for English language provision for adult migrants
Presenter Alison Larkins was appointed in late 2019 as Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services. Her role is to work closely within the Commonwealth and State/Territory governments, industry, and the community sector to drive improvements to employment, English language, and broader settlement outcomes, and through this work, to promote the contribution of migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants to Australia.
Experienced AMEP teachers Jakki Cashman (Canberra) and Skye Playsted (Queensland) provided brief responses, followed by audience questions.
Thank you to everyone who attended the forum ‘English for Adult Migrants – Future Directions’ with Alison Larkins. The response to this event was overwhelming. Registrations closed at our limit of 500 and 374 people attended. Data on registrations and attendees are as follows:
REGISTRATIONS – Teaching Focus
AMEP & SEE: 106
Teacher education: 18
Training to teach TESOL: 34
Other (with no other ID): 82
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Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services, Department of Home Affairs
Jacky Springall Tuesday 10 November 2020, 4:00-5:30pm AEDT Online Workshop This practical workshop was based on the premise that EAL teachers need to be pro-active in integrating a focus on pronunciation at all levels of teaching with the main goal of instruction being achieving intelligibility. The session gave a brief overview of the different…
Wednesday 28 October, 4-5pm
Panel Discussion and Q&A
Laurence Guttmann, Rosemary Abboud, Margaret Corrigan, and Julia Lippold
Some resources that were shared within this session:
- Carringbush Education teacher training videos which are available at: https://www.carringbush.org.au/resources
- Foundation House: https://sifr.foundationhouse.org.au/ and https://foundationhouse.org.au/ There is an upcoming Calendar Professional Learning Session ‘Introduction to the Refugee Experience/Schools in for Refugees’ on November 19th 9:30 – 12:00. You can register here https://learn.foundationhouse.org.au/workshops/
- Choi, J., & Ollerhead, S. (Eds.). (2018). Plurilingualism in teaching and learning: complexities across contexts. New York: Routledge.
- VCAA Video Resources: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/curriculum/foundation-10/resources/english-as-an-additional-language/Pages/EALImplementationVideoResources.aspx
- Gibbon, P. (2015). Scaffolding language, scaffolding learning: teaching English language learners in the mainstream classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
- Swan, M., & Smith, B. (2001). Learner English: A Teacher’s Guide to Interference and Other Problems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- EALD Learners are Plurilingual: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/support/diversity/eal/Pages/EALD-learners-are-plurilingual.aspx
- PETAA (The Primary English Teaching Association Australia) – PETAA Papers: Pen 95 ‘What is a functional model of language?’ By Robyn Ewing
- Dr Jenny Barnett’s webinar on graduate EAL teacher standards: https://victesol.vic.edu.au/index.php/2020/09/08/meeting-graduate-standards-for-working-with-eal-d-learners-dr-jenny-barnett/
- Dr Sue Ollerhead’s (Macquarie University) webinar- Translanguaging in the Classroom (Please note: This is a VicTESOL member resource – Click here to become a member – Free for students and teachers in their first year of teaching)