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May 2020

Webinar – Intercultural communication in the adult EAL classroom: Concepts and classroom practice

May 14 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online Webinar
$10 – $20

Skye Playsted Thursday 14 May, 4-5pm Online Webinar When we think of the term ‘culture’, it can be easy to focus on concrete elements such as art, music, clothing or food. However, these visible aspects are only the tip of the cultural iceberg (Ting-Toomey & Chung, 2011). Deeper cultural assumptions are hidden from view and are not as easy to identify. These can include our beliefs about learning and teaching, expectations of politeness, values, social norms or unspoken conversational ‘taboos’.…

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June 2020

VCE EAL Reading and Comparing Texts – Online Discussion Rooms

June 2 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online Webinar

Tuesday June 2, 4:00 - 5:30pm Free online event Are you a Unit 3&4 VCE EAL teacher? Do you want to swap teaching ideas with teachers from other schools on the upcoming Reading and Comparing Texts unit? VicTESOL is offering the opportunity for teachers to meet and discuss this unit online! In this session, you will be placed into small groups to discuss the themes, characters and motifs of the texts, share approaches to comparison, and swap ideas for writing…

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*SOLD OUT* Differentiating for EAL Across the Curriculum – Workshop now online

June 23 from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Online Webinar
$10 – $20

Ruth Hibburt and Geelong English Language Centre (GELC) teachers Tuesday 23 June, 3:45-4:45pm Online Event This session is a practical workshop to assist teachers to modify programs and scaffold learning to assist EAL students to access the Victorian Curriculum across all subject areas. Participants will learn about engaging EAL learners, scaffolding essential vocabulary and making appropriate modifications to learning and assessment tasks. Expert teachers from GELC will work with participants in small groups to guide them through making appropriate adjustments…

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July 2020

Facilitating remote learning for EAL students using online platforms – Online discussion rooms

July 16 from 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Online Webinar

Thursday 16 July, 3:45-4:30pm Free online discussion rooms - *Registrations have now closed for this event* VicTESOL is again offering a space for teachers of EAL students to discuss remote learning. This time the focus is the sharing of EAL teaching strategies to meet the needs of learners through online platforms. Participants will be grouped based on the main platform they are using. It will be a chance to share expertise gained from the first round of remote learning, and…

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Teaching Grammar: A Deductive Approach

July 30 from 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Online Webinar
$10 – $20

Julia Lippold, Lauriston Girls School Thursday 30 July, 3:45-5:15 pm Online Webinar *LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: Registrations close 2pm Thursday 30 July* Teaching grammar can be fraught with challenges. In the EAL setting, students can find understanding syntactical metalanguage as well as abstract concepts challenging. So how do we make grammar accessible to EAL students? My approach to teaching grammar is, at its core, deductive rather than didactic encouraging students to figure out rules and patterns deductively rather than being…

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August 2020

Translanguaging in the Classroom

August 5 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online Webinar
Free – $10

Dr Sue Ollerhead, Macquarie University Wednesday 5 August, 4-5pm Online Webinar *LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 2PM TOMORROW!* In this workshop, Sue will discuss the important role that students' home languages play in their classroom learning. She will explore the rationale for using translanguaging as a pedagogical approach and present some key classroom translanguaging strategies used by teachers to create more inclusive and engaging learning experiences for multilingual learners. The session will be aimed mostly at upper primary and…

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Using the Foundation to Level 6 Literacy Teaching Toolkit to support EAL learners

August 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online Webinar

Yan Yao Choong, Department of Education and Training Wednesday 12 August, 4:00-5:00pm Free Webinar - Click here to register The Literacy Teaching Toolkit provides practical advice and high impact teaching practices to improve student outcomes in reading, writing and speaking and listening. In 2019, the Foundation to Level 6 Literacy Teaching Toolkit (F-6 Toolkit) was updated to include specific strategies to differentiate for EAL learners. This webinar introduces the EAL content incorporated in the F-6 Toolkit and how it may…

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September 2020

Meeting graduate standards for working with EAL/D learners

September 8 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online Webinar

Dr Jenny Barnett Tuesday 8 September, 4-5pm Free Online Webinar - Click here to register! If you expect to work with EAL/D learners in your teaching career, then you will want to be familiar with the EALD Elaborations of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. In this webinar, Jenny will take you through some of the thinking behind the document and show how it can serve you both in your preparation and your practice.  As convenor of the original writing…

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Culturally Diverse Literature Professional Learning Series – Part 1: Why cultural diversity in literature is important

September 9 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online Webinar
$10 – $20

Stories are powerful. They shape the way we think about the world, ourselves and each other. The stories we choose to present to students at school, as teachers and librarians, profoundly affect how students perceive the world and their place in it. We want to help you choose culturally diverse resources that reflect students’ diverse lives, promote inclusion, challenge stereotypes, confront racism and ultimately strengthen our multicultural society. Part 1 - Why cultural diversity in literature is important Online Panel…

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Culturally Diverse Literature Professional Learning Series – Part 2: Choosing culturally diverse literature

September 15 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online Webinar
$10 – $20

Stories are powerful. They shape the way we think about the world, ourselves and each other. The stories we choose to present to students at school, as teachers and librarians, profoundly affect how students perceive the world and their place in it. We want to help you choose culturally diverse resources that reflect students’ diverse lives, promote inclusion, challenge stereotypes, confront racism and ultimately strengthen our multicultural society. Part 2 – Choosing culturally diverse literature Resource auditing and recommendation session…

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