VicTESOL Symposium 2019: Sharing multiple perspectives on TESOL

Introduction – Dr Shem Macdonald

Keynote Speaker: Dr Marianne Turner, Monash University

Exploring the ‘SOL’ in ‘TESOL’: Leveraging and developing students’ linguistic repertoire

Panel of Experts: Plurilingual perspectives and their implications for teaching

  • Dr Shem Macdonald – VicTESOL – Moderator
  • Dr Marianne Turner – Monash University
  • Dr Julie Choi – University of Melbourne
  • Dr Howard Nicholas – La Trobe University

An awareness, understanding, acceptance, and embracing of the plurilingualism of learners in TESOL programs can positively shape how we teach and how they learn. The fact that plurilingualism features prominently as a new strand in the Draft English as an Additional Language Curriculum as part of the Victorian F-10 Curriculum suggests that this claim bears some weight. However, do we, as TESOL professionals, have a clear idea what plurilingual perspectives are and what their implications are for teaching language?

To explore this question, we invited several experts in the field of TESOL/Applied linguistics to a panel discussion to share their perspectives on plurilingualism. We asked them to outline some of the implications of such views for how  teachers of EAL might approach their planning and teaching.

Early Childhood & Primary

Kate Plant, EAL leader, Newbury Primary School

Establishing an EAL program in a mainstream primary school

Fiona Ackerly, Susan Govett, and Brooke Henderson with Margaret Nutbean

Teaching Young Children in English in Multilingual Contexts (TYCEMC)

Adult & Community

Jodie Whitehurst, Williamstown Community and Education Centre

Using Drama Techniques in the teaching of adult EAL

Across the Sectors

Steven Quinn, Carwatha Secondary College

Talk with the hand: Gestures in EAL

Nathan Chong, Brunswick English Language Centre & Clare Blackman, Blackburn English Language School

Flash Presentation and Round-table Discussion: Using Technology in the EAL classroom

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Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC)

LMERC is a DET lending library and resource advice service for a wide range of educators across all educational levels and sectors in Victoria. LMERC provides free postage to government schools outside of the metro area.

The collection focus:

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Languages
  • Cross curriculum priority areas (with emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait histories and Cultures and Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia)

Core functions:

  • Provide specialised resources in all formats for loan (12 week for teachers,  6 weeks for students)
  • Inform teachers about new resources at LMERC and online at the library and through the LMERC newsletter (4 issues per year)
  • Provide presentations to pre-service teachers and other groups about LMERC and resources

LMERC – Level 1, 189 Faraday Street, Carlton – 03 9349 1418

LMERC information – Introduction to LMERC video – LMERC catalogue – Subscribe to the LMERC newsletter

VicTESOL would like to thank the Department of Education & Training Strategic Partnerships Program for supporting the VicTESOL Symposium.