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 intermediate level students. Angela Fourtounis from RMIT shared her knowledge of useful apps for learning – Padlet and Mentimeter. And Fran Conron from The Gordon showed how she uses Tropfest videos in the classroom.

We then broke into small groups to discuss and share ideas for how multimedia can support and enhance the learning of Adult EAL learners.

Resources from the session

Fran Conran – Using TropFest Films in the classroom

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Download (DOCX, 37KB)

Fiona Norquay – 90 Second ABC News

Download (DOCX, 16KB)

Angela Fourtounis

Angela spoke about two apps she uses in the classroom. Here are the links.

Padlet – https://padlet.com/ and https://www.bookwidgets.com/blog/2017/08/30-creative-ways-to-use-padlet-for-teachers-and-students

Mentimeter – https://www.mentimeter.com/

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 of Learning Intervention in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. She has found this invaluable as the course’s students are encouraged to tailor the subjects’ assignments to their context and needs and those of their students. Jenny currently works at Yarraville Community Centre.

In her Masters’ literacy subject students had to design, implement and report on an intervention with their students. Jenny chose to help her students with their spelling, and this presentation describes the intervention she designed and delivered. The intervention’s activities revolved around the multiple ways long vowels can be spelt, but its main focus was on teaching the students spelling strategies which they could apply later.

Jenny presented on her experience with teaching adults, however the session was open to teachers from all sectors and the ideas in the session are transferable and applicable to all age groups.

Recording of the presentation

Presentation Documents

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Useful Resources

These are some resources recommended by the presenter and some participants during the session. Some of these resources are freely available, and some can be accessed through university libraries. Often Alumni can access their university’s library for a small fee each year.

Annesley, M. (2009). Sounds Right Looks Right. South Australia: TAFE SA.

Bear, D., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S., & Johnston, F. (2016). Words their way. Word study for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction. (6th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Wardle, J. (2017). Sound spelling workbook: a teacher resource to support the writing skills of adult LLN learners. Melbourne: AMES.

Reading Rockets, (n.d). How spelling supports reading. Retrieved from


Australian spelling

Henderson, C.  (1994). The Sound Way to Spelling, Writing and Reading.


American Spelling

Spalding, Romelda. (2003). The writing road to reading : the Spalding method for teaching speech, spelling, writing, and reading. New York: Harper Resource


Jane Passey’s Cued articulation.  I use this video for her gestures:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPLnfNciLbA

Achren, L. & William, A. (2006). Teaching Issues 8: Fact sheet – learners with low literacy in the AMEP. Sydney: Adult Migrant English Program Research Centre, Macquarie University. Retrieved from: http://www.ameprc.mq.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/229375/08Teachingissues.pdf


Power, M. (2008). Passages to English 1. Fitzroy: The Bookery.

Power, M. (2008). Passages to English 2. Fitzroy: The Bookery.

Power, M. (2013). Passages to English 3. Fitzroy: The Bookery.

Reading Rockets, n.d. How spelling supports reading. Retrieved from: http://www.readingrockets.org/reading-topics/spelling-and-word-study

Adult Migrant English Program Research Centre (adult learners)


  • Fact Sheets
  • Prospect (journal)
  • Conferences
  • Professional Development Resources including ebooks that includes Teachers’ Voices – 8 volumes of action research project reports 1995 – 2005

Small group discussion questions:

  1. What are your experiences – good and bad – delivering online learning to your EAL Learners?
  2. What technology (ie, devices, platforms) and activities do you find are the most effective for your learners to improve their English language and digital literacy skills?
  3. How do you support your learners to learn and apply the digital literacy skills necessary for engaging in online learning?
  4. Will the long COVID restrictions and the consequent emergence of online learning permanently change the way you plan and deliver your EAL programs into the future?

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 components of pronunciation that students need to master to both make sense of what they hear and to be understood when they speak, and then provided some ideas for the adult EAL classroom which relate to larger units of speech (suprasegmental elements) primarily stress, rhythm and intonation.  Most of these activities can be adapted to any level or context. Jacky’s presentation was followed by Q&A and small group discussions.

Jacky Springall has spent most of her EAL career working with new adult migrants and refugees in the Adult Migrant English Program.  This has included classroom teaching, curriculum and professional development roles and coordination of delivery programs. One of her enduring interests has been the integration of pronunciation teaching in everyday EAL programs and its significance for the acquisition of oral language skills.  Jacky was involved in several collaborations on teaching pronunciation with Dr. Lynda Yates in the golden days of the AMEP Research Centre resulting in Teaching Pronunciation fact sheets and a professional development kit for assessing intelligibility. Jacky is currently working for Box Hill Institute coordinating the AMEP and SEE programs at Lilydale and Ringwood.

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In the breakout groups, the participants discussed:

When teaching pronunciation how do you cater for students from different linguistic backgrounds in terms of addressing their different needs and issues?


What model of English do you select when presenting oral texts for pronunciation activities?

LMERC information can be accessed by clicking here.  Find out about the collection, services, loan periods and instructions for joining.

During your discussion, the time is yours as a group to use it in any way you see fit. The following questions are there to provide stimulus.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Introduce yourself, your school or institution, and one resource that you are looking for for your classroom.
  2. What resources have worked well for you in EAL classrooms?
  3. How did you use this resource with students?
  4. What resources do you recommend for reading, writing, speaking and listening?
  5. What multilingual resources have you found helpful?
  6. What LMERC resources have you borrowed and how have you used them?
  7. What suggestions do you have in terms of resources you would find useful for LMERC to acquire which you could then borrow?
  8. Share on the Padlet

Remember to share your resource suggestions and documents on the Padlet page. A link to this page will be provided in the email we send you the day after the event. Here is a link to the Padlet:



Glynis Rose & Rosemary McLoughlin

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 4-5:30 pm, Online event

In this session, Glynis and Rosemary provided feedback on student performance in the 2019 VCE EAL exam, including analysis of student performance in each section and examples of student responses. There were opportunities for participants to ask questions and gain valuable insight into how the exam is assessed. They also suggested ways to prepare students for the 2020 exam.

Glynis Rose is the chief assessor and Rosemary McLoughlin is the assistant chief assessor of the 2019 VCE EAL Examination.

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Part 2 – Choosing Culturally Diverse Literature Resource auditing and recommendation session with LMERC and SLAV librarians

Tuesday 15 September, 4:00 – 5:00 pm (Online Event)

In part 2, we discussed possible ways to audit your current text lists or collections, and give resource recommendations for you to consider introducing at your school or institution.

Jennifer Peck took participants through the resources available through LMERC, including lists of culturally diverse texts.

Stella Schools Manager Lenny Robinson introduced the audience to two resources developed by Stella Schools to support diversity in text selection: The Read Up Reading Guide, developed in partnership with the Victorian Government, and the Stella Sparks Reading Guide, one of several resources included in their Resource Kit for Stella Sparks schools program.

We then split into groups facilitated by SLAV and LMERC librarians who took participants through some resource recommendations. This part of the session was not recorded.

Jennifer Peck’s presentation 

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For information on Stella resources, go to their website – https://thestellaprize.com.au/

Breakout Room Presentation Resources

6-12 year old readers– Raff Grasso



13-14 year old readers – Hope Do


15-18 year old readers – Erin Wamala

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LMERC text lists

Culturally diverse fiction K-12 list   https://tinyurl.com/y56vrrhv

Culturally diverse fiction -adults (EAL) https://tinyurl.com/y5nkleab

LMERC Suppliers list (Languages, EAL, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and culturally diverse fiction) https://tinyurl.com/yy2hbepa


Prior to the session, participants were asked to read the following article – ‘Assessing and selecting culturally diverse literature for the classroom’ by Helen Adam and Laurie Harper (2016) prior to attending the professional learning event: Culturally Diverse Literature Professional Learning Series – Part 2: Choosing culturally diverse literature (Tuesday 15th September 4:00-5:00pm AEST).  

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Reference: Adam, H., & Harper, L. (2016). Assessing and selecting culturally diverse literature for the classroom. Retrieved from https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ecuworkspost2013/1892

Upcoming professional learning events:


Culturally Diverse Literature Professional Learning Series: Part 3 – Making changes at my school or institution

Online discussion rooms – Wednesday 7 October, 4:00-5:00pm


You may also be interested in the following events:

Powering Learning: Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives – ONLINE

A joint event:

  • School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV)
  • Language and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC)

Friday 13th November 9.30am to 12.30pm


This event is currently being changed to an online format so the current format may change slightly.

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Readers, Stories, Literacy A forum for learning and discussion – ONLINE

4pm for 4.15 start to 6.00pm 29th October – Book Talking


Download (PDF, 454KB)

Picture Book Showcase – ONLINE

October 8 2020 4.00pm to 5.30pm 


Download (PDF, 483KB)