Recent Updates

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…

eBulletin – August, 2019

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VicTESOL Symposium Panel of Experts: Send in your questions about 'Plurilingual perspectives and their implications for teaching'

With 1 week to go until the VicTESOL Symposium- VicTESOL is collating your questions about 'Plurilingual perspectives and their implications for teaching' for the panel of experts.  VicTESOL invites questions from members and others about the…

VicTESOL Research Grant 2019- application period extended to 9 August 2019!

The application period for the VicTESOL Research Grant 2019 has been extended to Friday 9 August 2019.    Applications for the 2019 VicTESOL Research Grant are closing soon! Applications need to be submitted to VicTESOL by COB 9…
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Incorporating Action Research in the Classroom with Low Language and Literacy Learners

Download a PDF of the presentation here: Incorporating Action Research in the Classroom with Low Language and Literacy Learners Rebecca Grimaud, Hân Trinh, Hayley Black - Carringbush Adult Education In this workshop Rebecca, Han and…

eBulletin – July, 2019

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Regional EAL Practitioners: 1 week until the draw for the free VicTESOL Symposium tickets *ENTER NOW!*

To assist EAL practitioners in regional areas to attend the upcoming VicTESOL Symposium (19 August 2019), we are offering 5 free tickets– one ticket for each of the regional areas: Barwon South West Gippsland Grampians Hume …
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Leading EALD Professional Learning Within Schools - Webinar

https://youtu.be/x5lCxreEz34 Mei French, Ashima Suri and Rita Alexander In multicultural and multilingual school contexts, it is beneficial for all teachers to develop strong intercultural relationship skills and understand the role of…
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Foundation House Student Perspectives Report - Webinar

https://youtu.be/LwPSboimesk Greg Gow, Program Coordinator, Schools Support Program & Matt Rodger, Schools Support Officer West Region, Schools Support Program 'School is where you need to be equal and learn': Insights from students…
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Support and Advice for Primary School Teachers of EAL Students

https://youtu.be/8e1uD8rRGLA Michelle Andrews, Giuliana Mecoli & Rebekah Jones de Villagran VicTESOL assembled a panel of experts in primary school EAL teaching to answer your questions, offer advice and support, and discuss best practice…

eBulletin – June, 2019

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VicTESOL Symposium 2019 - Bookings now open!

Sharing multiple perspectives on TESOL Monday 19 August 2019 8:30am – 4pm Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St, North Melbourne, 3051 For more details about the event, please click here. To book tickets, please click here. -…
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Reading and Comparing Face-to-Face Session - Marcellene D'Menzie

Powerpoint Presentation: Worksheets: A guide to using quotations - 6 Apr 18 (1) Character profile - Brooks - Anna - add quotes -20 May 19 Character profile - 'Brooks - Elinor- add quotes -20 May 19 Comparative Table - Miller…

eBulletin – May, 2019

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Professional Learning: Introduction to the draft English as an Additional Language curriculum

The draft EAL Curriculum has now been released for familiarisation and optional implementation. To support the release of the EAL Curriculum, the VCAA in partnership with VicTESOL, are offering a mix of face-to-face and webinar professional…

eBulletin – April, 2019

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Greens’ national plan for English language learners welcomed

The Australian Council of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Associations welcomed the Greens’ announcement of their national plan to ensure that migrants and refugees throughout Australia have access to effective English…

VicTESOL Research Grant 2019- applications now open!

Applications are now open for the VicTESOL Research Grant 2019.  The VicTESOL Research Grant offers funds of $10,000 in 2019 to a research team to conduct research into the TESOL field.  The project must involve researchers and practitioners…

English as an Additional Language (EAL) F–10 Curriculum update

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) has released the draft EAL curriculum.  The revised full consultation draft of the new English as an Additional Language (EAL) F–10 curriculum is now available on the VCAA website. The…

Renew your VicTESOL Membership for 2019

Thank you to everyone who has been a member of VicTESOL throughout 2018/19- we hope this has provided you with opportunities for professional learning, networking and access to information & resources relating to the TESOL sector.  As all…
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Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) Annual General Meeting

ACTA is holding its annual general meeting on Thursday 18 April, 7pm. Please contact the ACTA secretary if you wish to participate. Email: Secretary@tesol.org.au Website: http://www.tesol.org.au/About-ACTA/ACTA-Meetings ACTA is the national…

eBulletin – March, 2019

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eBulletin – February, 2019

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Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC)

Click here to view the LMERC video! The Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) is a Department of Education and Training specialised library for teachers.  LMERC provides resources in the areas of English…

eBulletin – December, 2018

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VicTESOL Holiday Dates

Please be advised that the VicTESOL office is closed from COB on Friday 21 December until Monday 21 January.  We will respond to emails as soon as possible once we return to work after this holiday period.  

VicTESOL AGM 2018

This year, the VicTESOL Annual General Meeting was held on December 6th at the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) in Carlton. On the night, VicTESOL’s much anticipated Teaching and Learning Cycle project…
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Teaching and Learning Cycle Project Resources

VicTESOL's Teaching and Learning Cycle project, launched in 2018, was made possible by the generous support of a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) Common Funding Agreement (CFA). VicTESOL has also contributed to this project. VicTESOL…

eBulletin – November, 2018

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eBulletin – October, 2018

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Talking Democracy- A civic education kit about elections in Victoria

Click here to access the Talking Democracy civic education kit: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/SchoolsAndCommunity/TalkingDemocracy.html This resource kit is designed for people studying English as an Additional Language. It aims to educate…

eBulletin – September, 2018

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eBulletin – August, 2018

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eBulletin – July, 2018

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eBulletin – June, 2018

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Pronunciation - Webinar Resources

Presenters: Shem Macdonald, Margaret Corrigan & Elizabeth Keenan Webinar Powerpoint   Practical Teaching Ideas     Further Resources Free book & audio: Give it a go! Teaching pronunciation…

eBulletin – May, 2018

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eBulletin - April, 2018

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eBulletin - March, 2018

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International Placement Experience: Student teaching adventure through Israel

  During January, twelve Monash pre-service teachers embarked on an amazing International Placement Experience (IPE) to Israel. The Israel expedition was four weeks in length, which saw the Monash students experience the bustling…

eBulletin - February, 2018

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Tony Ferguson - A Personal History of the Association

A Personal History of the Association Tony Ferguson Presented at the VicTESOL Annual General Meeting, 7 December 2017     I wasn't there at the conception and birth of the association in 1970-71, though my interest in the…
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VicTESOL AGM 2017 President's Report - Anne Keary

I would like to thank the committee for their enthusiasm, interest, commitment and work throughout the year for VicTESOL and the broader EAL community of educators and students. Without their ideas and input the extensive program of activities…
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"Time. And time again." Prof. Patsy Lightbown - Presentation

"Time. And time again."  Presenter: Distinguished Professor Emerita Patsy Lightbown Session Summary We had the good fortune to be able to welcome Patsy Martin Lightbown, PhD, to Melbourne and to an evening event co-hosted by VicTESOL and…

eBulletin - End of Year, 2017

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Minding the Gaps in Adult Learning within TESOL Contexts - Presentation

Minding the Gaps in Adult Learning within TESOL Contexts: Implications for Pedagogy in a Globalizing World Presenters: Professor David Beckett & Dr Mahtab Janfada In this presentation, David & Mahtab shared their insights into…

eBulletin - October, 2017

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eBulletin - September, 2017

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eBulletin - August, 2017

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EAL and Vocabulary in context - Workshop

Presenter: Dr Jenny Miller Dr Miller makes a case for a closer understanding of aspects of second language acquisition (SLA) principles, and particularly vocabulary in context. Although the ACARA overview of EAL states that "the extent of…

eBulletin - July, 2017

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eBulletin - June, 2017

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eBulletin - May, 2017

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eBulletin - April, 2017

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eBulletin - March, 2017

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Praxis of TESOL Teaching - Workshop

Presenter: Dr Mervi Kaukko The presentation focussed on TESOL teaching from a praxis-perspective. The role of theory, action and reflection in the work of TESOL teachers in Australia was discussed. Also the views of Australian professionals…
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TEAL Resources for Assessment of EAL learners - Webinar

Presenters: Dr Alan Williams & Janet Saker This webinar provides an overview of the TEAL (Tools for enhancing assessment literacy of Teachers of English as an Additional Language) online resources for EAL and mainstream teachers who…
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VCE EAL Listening Task

VCE EAL Listening Task Jacqueline Moore (VCAA)

eBulletin - February, 2017

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eBulletin - December, 2016

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eBulletin - November, 2016

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Embracing Social Inclusion? - Webinar

The asylum seeker experience of applying for admission to tertiary education in Australia - Webinar October, 2016 (Dunwoodie, Webb, Wilkinson)
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Focus on Feedback

Presentation from Kathryn Hill
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Embracing Social Inclusion - Webinar

Faculty Research Webinar - October, 2016 (Dunwoodie, Webb, Wilkinson)

eBulletin - October, 2016

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TEAL Assessment Resources

  Tools to Enhance Assessment Literacy TEAL has a range of Assessment Tools to aid teachers of primary and secondary level students who are learning English as a second or additional (EAL) language in Australia. Types of Assessment…
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VCE EAL: 2016 Trial of Listening to Texts

Please find below useful information concerning the new VCE EAL Listening to Texts component of the Study Design and examination task which comes into effect next year.   Webinar Presention   Webinar Handout  

eBulletin - September, 2016

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VicTESOL Twilight Session: EAL Student Transition

Penny Newton & Lynne Dyer   Overview A twilight session focusing on strategies to assist EAL teachers and newly arrived students with transitions from English Language schools and centres into mainstream education. Speakers Penny…
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VicTESOL Symposium: Leadership

April Edwards EAL Teaching, Learning & Advocating: What more can we do?     Session Details We all act as Leaders in our role as EAL teachers, irrespective of our educational setting. Every day we strive to improve…
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VicTESOL Symposium: Pedagogy

Dr Angela Cincotta-Segi The multilayered approach: Language support and development in the Australian University context   Session Handout   The multilayered approach: Language support and development in the Australian…
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VicTESOL Symposium: Pedagogy

Robyn Babaeff Pedagogy in Action Across Education     Session Details The VicTESOL pedagogy presentation is designed to represent diverse parent and child perspectives of self and action through challenges and triumphs of…
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VicTESOL Symposium: Museum Victoria

Jan Molloy & Liz Suda Thinking Beyond the Classroom with Museum Victoria     Session Details Thinking beyond the classroom with Museum Victoria. In this session we introduce resources from the Museum that engage in different…
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VicTESOL Symposium: Building Communities

Panel Discussion Building Communities Beyond the EAL Classroom   Panel Participants Anthony Brewergray EAL Teacher Wodonga Senior Secondary College Mairead Hannan Head of Education and Careers The Huddle Jenn Clark Manager…
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VicTESOL Symposium: Theory Strand

Dr Howard Nicholas Engaging with Theories of Language   Keynote Abstract In this presentation I will explore ways in which a rich view of the communicative repertoire can help to identify the resources that learners have…
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VicTESOL Symposium Keynote

Associate Professor Misty Adoniou Thinking Beyond the EAL Classroom   Keynote Abstract Many of us enter the TESOL profession for the genuine joy of teaching English to EALD learners. The job, however, is much bigger than…
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VicTESOL Symposium Keynote

Professor Joe Lo Bianco Language Teachers and Language Planners: Leadership Possibilities from Classroom to Policy Forum   Keynote Abstract In this talk I will trace the role of teachers of language into the sphere of planning…

eBulletin - August, 2016

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Keynote Speaker Misty Adoniou in The Conversation

What went wrong at Aurukun School? VicTESOL Symposium Keynote Speaker Misty Adoniou has a piece in The Conversation: "Learning English is not a learning disability. They need to be taught by English language specialists who can develop a…
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eBulletin - July, 2016

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Symposium Keynote Speaker Associate Professor Misty Adoniou

Associate Professor Misty Adoniou Biography Misty Adoniou is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia. She is a past President of TESOL Greece and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations, and is currently…

Symposium Keynote Speaker Professor Joe Lo Bianco

Professor Joe Lo Bianco Biography Joseph Lo Bianco is professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Currently he is completing a four year project in…
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How students from non-English-speaking backgrounds learn to read and write in different ways

An interesting article written by Sally Baker & Georgina Ramsay, both of the University of Newcastle, on The Conversation. Peter Dutton, the minister for immigration and border protection, made headlines recently after claiming…
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Putting TEAL into Practice

A whole school approach to improving the assessment of EAL students Tools for Enhancing Assessment Literacy for Teachers of EAL (TEAL) is an online resource that brings together a range of tools, strategies and assessment advice for teachers…
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ACTA Conference Videos

The videos recorded during the #ACTA2014 Conference, hosted by VicTESOL, are available to view online. Click here to view the videos.
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eBulletin - June, 2016

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Workshop: The Later Years of Schooling for EAL students - Speaker Presentations

Melanie Reynolds, Alexandra Vardis, Kellie Mason & David Kezilas Session Overview These presentations focussed on EAL students transitioning from school to post school options. Speakers reported successful programs and strategies…
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Workshop: Building Communities - Speaker Presentations

Amalia Fawcett, Hanya Senjov & Dr Kirsten Hutchison Session Overview This session will provide an opportunity to hear from 3 speakers with varied experiences in Building Communities. It will provide strategies to help schools and…
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Mercy Connect Volunteer Program

The Mercy Connect volunteer program recruits, trains and supports volunteers to assist school students and their families settle in Australia. After training, the volunteers offer guidance to students as they settle into the Australian…
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CALD Resources for Teachers & Schools from CMY

CMY has revamped its comprehensive resource kit to help teachers and other school staff be more culturally aware and welcoming to multicultural families. CALD Resources They also offer a range of MY Education case studies: CMY Educat…
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eBulletin - May, 2016

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eBulletin - April, 2016

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Notice to Schools - VCE EAL: External assessment information

Units 3 and 4 of the revised VCE English as an Additional Language (EAL) will be implemented from 2017. A new listening section will form part of the revised external assessment arrangements for VCE EAL students. For more information: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/correspondence/notices/2016/29.aspx
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TEAL Webinar Video Recording

The video recording of the TEAL Webinar, presented by VicTESOL, is now available for Members. Presenters: Dr Alan Williams and Ms Janet Saker This webinar will introduce participants to the TEAL Project, an innovative e-based toolkit of…
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EAL Elaborations - Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The EAL/D Elaborations of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers has been endorsed by AITSL and is available for use. The two-page overview tells you all about the Elaborations and how they can help. The short version provides…

ACTA Survey Schools EAL

What’s the state of EAL/D Education in Australia in 2016? ACTA is conducting its second national survey of school EAL/D educators to ascertain the current health of EAL/D programs in schools, and policy impacts and developments since its…

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eBulletin - March, 2016

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eBulletin - February, 2016

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eBulletin - January, 2016

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eBulletin - December, 2015

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Workshop: Bridging Course for VCE EAL

Elizabeth Buckley This workshop outlined the VCE EAL bridging course, the rationale behind it and the reception of its introduction in schools. Most teachers have shown interest in using the course at either year 10, or concurrently…
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eBulletin - October, 2015

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Workshop: EAL learners and Transition from Early Childhood to Early Years Settings

Kylie Wilkinson, Siobhan Hannan, Sam Ward & Aisha Shorrock Kylie Wilkinson - English Language Centre Siobhan Hannan - Bilingual Kindergarten Sam Ward & Aisha Shorrock - Berwick Fields Primary School Following the event's discussion,…
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Workshop: Creative & Explicit Teaching of Language, Literacy and Literature

Sally Humphrey In a dynamic and informative presentation Sally Humphries explored how to address the 3 AusVELS strands of Language, Literacy and Literature for EAL students. An essential breakdown looked at numerous ways to explore narrative…