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…
VicTESOL, the state association for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) & Multicultural Education, held our annual Symposium on Tuesday 31 August. This was live online event from 4-5:30pm AEST. For this event, we had a panel of speakers, experts in TESOL and multicultural education and related fields who discussed what they see as implications of the COVID pandemic for the field of teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) in Victoria and Australia.
They discussed what TESOL might look like in the next few years and in the longer term as a result of what we are currently experiencing. With the pausing and slowing of some programs during the pandemic, is there a chance that TESOL and other programs may change? Is there a chance that while there are no new arrivals that existing programs and services will be affected, not only in the short term, but also in the longer term? How might this look? What might be some of the advantages of possible changes? What might be some less positive consequences of change during and post COVID? What can we do to prepare ourselves for ensuring we maintain and build on the quality of EAL and associated learning and support that has been established over many, many years?
You can view the recording of the event here:
Jessica Bishop, Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne)
Margaret Corrigan, CEO of Carringbush Adult Education and President of the Australian Council of TESOL associations
Dr Susan Creagh, Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Education, The University of Queensland
Associate Professor Russell Cross, Language and Literacy Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Carmel Guerra, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Multicultural Youth
Mark Melican, Principal of Blackburn English Language School
Matt Rodger, Senior Schools Support Officer – RESP Education & Early Years Program Practice & Sector Development, The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture
Chermaine Thomas, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS)
The panel was chaired by Dr Shem Macdonald, VicTESOL President and Lecturer at La Trobe University.
To view the collated comments of participants from the registration process, see below. Participants were asked to identify one positive and one negative coming out of their experience of working in the TESOL field during the pandemic. .
During the session there was great engagement in the chat and Q&A. We have collated and edited the responses which can be viewed here:
The recent issue of TESOL in Context contains an editorial related to the topic covered in today’s session. It is referred to within the symposium event.
Teaching and learning English in the age of COVID-19: Reflecting on the state of TESOL in a changed world
To access this, click here:
Many thanks to all who were involved in this event.
Dr Anne Keary has generously shared a number of recordings used in the education of pre-service primary school teachers at Monash University.
They cover topics including advice for planning and programing, getting to know learners, behaviour management and how schools have adapted to remote learning.
Michelle shares with us an insight into the planning of teachers at Preston North East Primary School. She shows the viewer her school’s Individual Learning Improvement Plan document, highlighting the importance of setting goals and planning lessons in a way that involves students and families.
Mairead discusses the processes in place for getting to know newly-arrived students at Collingwood English Language school. She takes the viewer through the student profile documents used, highlighting information that can be useful to gather, such as: socio-lingual context, language background, visa codes, nationality, cultural group, position in family, siblings, religion, prior learning, settlement services involvement, and well-being. Mairead also reflects on the need for teachers to not assume anything about their learners and emphasises the need to ask questions to get as good a picture of the student’s prior learning as possible.
Rosemary describes the range of programs running at Dandenong High School, including the EAL program and the transition program.
David Rothstadt, Principal, Noble Park Primary School
David talks about how he and the staff at Noble Park Primary School have adapted to remote learning over the last 18 months. He highlights the flexibility and sheer hard work of teachers to get online programs up and running in a short amount of time, and how teachers supported each other in the transition. David concludes that one of his key learnings from these uncertain times is that the value of face-to-face teacher/student relationships cannot be underestimated or replaced by technologies.
Various Presenters on Behaviour Management (edited version)
VicTESOL acknowledges and thanks the Faculty of Education, Monash University, for providing these videos.
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/
The ideas compiled here are from teacher comments and discussions during a number of professional learning sessions that VicTESOL has run since the move to online and remote learning began. The teachers who participated were from primary and secondary schools and from the adult education sector.
Like the teachers in this session, we hope the ideas and resources in this list help you to also feel more confident about supporting EAL learners remotely. This list includes the positives (what’s working), some challenges, tips, strategies and resources. We hope you find them both useful for, and affirming of your experiences and practices. Thank you to all the participants for sharing their ideas and to the session facilitators for compiling them.
Online discussion forum and mini-presentations
Tuesday 5 May & Thursday 7 May, 4:00-5:45pm
- Clare Blackman & Jessie Sambell (Blackburn English Language School)
- Emily Tucker (Carringbush Adult Education)
- Nathan Chong (Brunswick English Language Centre)
- Jennifer Peck (Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre- LMERC)
VicTESOL provided an online space for teachers to come together to discuss their experience of teaching and supporting EAL students remotely during the COVID-19 crisis.
The session began with a number of mini-presentations with presenters sharing what they have implemented so far and their reflections on the experience of remote teaching and learning. This was followed by small group discussions between participants in which there was an opportunity for participants to share their experience and also hear what other teachers are implementing, sharing tips and advice for future learning. Librarian Jennifer Peck from the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) then presented some of their multilingual and EAL online resources.
Click here to access the information shared by Jennifer Peck from the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC).
Click here to view the ideas and the resource list compiled from teacher comments and discussions during these professional learning sessions.
Click here to access information relating to the Department resources.
The Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) has produced two lists with examples of online multilingual and differentiated texts that may be useful support materials for remote learning, access them by visiting:
- LMERC Multilingual resources online list
- LMERC Online texts and (Reading) for secondary EAL students list (Also contains many sites useful for primary level reading.)
Titles, abstracts and links to many resources including the following sites can be found in the two lists above.
Information about LMERC:
Visit the LMERC website for information and to access the recent issue of the LMERC newsletter.
This page has been established to support educators access digital resources that can be used to support learning at home. Resources include sets of self-directed learning activities that can be provided to students in the form of a Word document or as a printed workbook. It also contains links to our top collections for great digital learning options. This page is updated regularly so please visit again to access new resources. This page has been established to support educators access digital resources that can be used to support learning at home. Resources include sets of self-directed learning activities that can be provided to students in the form of a Word document or as a printed workbook. It also contains links to our top collections for great digital learning options. This page is updated regularly so please visit again to access new resources.This page has been established to support educators accessing digital resources that can be used to support learning at home. Resources include sets of self-directed learning activities that can be provided to students in the form of a Word document or as a printed workbook. It also contains links to digital learning options. This page is updated regularly so please visit again to access new resources.
These resources can be used by teachers to develop activities for EAL learners at home. The collection includes resources are suitable for newly arrived students and students learning English at later stages, as well as resources that can be used to develop offline activities or to support online learning. These resources can be used by teachers to develop activities for EAL learners at home. The collection includes resources that are suitable for newly arrived students and students learning English at later stages, as well as resources that can be used to develop offline activities or to support online learning.
The Webex Team EAL Space is for you to connect with peers, discuss any topics, and ask questions. If you have a DET email (EduPass) you can login using the email address and password for your EduPass account. The space is not limited to department employees and anyone can create a free account on Webex Teams and join.
To download an edited PDF of powerpoint:
To download the resource links page:
Victoria Butterfield, Voula MacKenzie, Heena Sharma, Panayiota Kai
The Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program of the Victorian School of Languages (VSL)
Tuesday 28 April, 4-5pm
Are you faced with the challenge of teaching your EAL students online during the COVID-19 crisis?
This session provided practical strategies for teaching EAL online, followed by a Q and A session with a panel of expert primary and secondary EAL teachers who work with the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program.
Participants learnt tips and strategies for the effective use of videoconferencing to teach EAL learners. Examples were shown of how engaging lessons can be conducted online for F-10 EAL learners at all levels.
This professional learning session focused on working with EAL students who have access to videoconferencing software at home.
About the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program [VNAP]
The Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program supports new arrival EAL students using video conferencing sessions delivered through a distance education model at the Victorian School of Languages (VSL). The Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program (VNAP) is specifically for newly-arrived EAL learners in remote country schools who cannot access an English Language School or English Language Centre.
Victoria Butterfield is co-coordinator and a teacher in the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program (VNAP). She is a highly accomplished EAL teacher who has taught in English Language Schools and Centres in Victoria for the past twelve years. Since 2017, Victoria has taught in the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program to support newly-arrived EAL learners and teachers in regional Victoria.
Voula MacKenzie is an experienced EAL, Information Technology and Humanities teacher, who has taught in Victorian secondary schools, English Language centres and most recently at the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program (Distance Education) hosted at the Victorian School of languages campus in Thornbury. Since 2014, Voula has led the development of the Virtual EAL program, which began as a pilot project, and is now an established program with 65 students throughout rural Victoria. Voula co-coordinates the program.
Heena Sharma is a generalist teacher specialising in EAL. She has worked in government Primary schools for over 15 years and in collaboration with Panayiota Kai teaching EAL. Heena Sharma joined the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program team in 2017.
Panayiota Kai is a generalist teacher specialising in Languages and EAL. She has taught in government Primary and Secondary schools for over 20 years. Panayiota has worked as an EAL Coach, trained EAL Leaders and offered PD on EAL issues. Panayiota has been part of the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program as Curriculum Co-ordinator since 2015.
Are you concerned about your LBOTE students accessing schoolwork at home because their families come from different language backgrounds or parents do not speak English?
Do you have questions about how you can engage parents so that students can learn more effectively at home?
Dr. Marianne Turner, Dr. Anne Keary and Dr. Katrina Tour from the Education Faculty at Monash University have set up a Facebook page to stimulate discussion and the sharing of ideas on these very important concerns.
Click here to access the page.