VicTESOL Symposium – Keynote Speakers

Professor Joe Lo Bianco


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 SE Asia on language – policy and peace building in conflict zones in SE Asia.

Recent publications include: Learning from Difference: Comparative Accounts of Multicultural Education, (Springer, 2016) and Conflict, Language Rights, and Education: Building Peace by Solving Language Problems in Southeast Asia.

Keynote Abstract

In this talk I will trace the role of teachers of language into the sphere of planning and policy. While teachers can be active as policy influencers in their role as citizens and specialists in language and learning, they are policy planners in a more specifically professional way. Sometimes called educational linguistics I will describe some ways in which teacher talk, teacher language modelling and other classroom and communication practices represent language planning as much as language teaching.

The aim is to support both individual teachers and teacher associations to think of themselves in leadership roles. As our communities become increasingly diverse in a cultural and linguistic sense, teachers and teacher associations need to become more aware and more assertive of the their unique perspective on the language development and therefore the social, personal and educational prospects of young learners and the resultant effects of new conceptions of citizenship, new forms of economy and new kinds of identity.

Associate Professor Misty Adoniou


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 on the Board of Directors of TESOL International. She was lead writer for the Australian Curriculum’s English as an Additional Language document and support materials, a contributing writer for the Literacy Continuum, and an advisor on Equity and Diversity in the Australian Curriculum.

Her current research activity is as co-investigator on a federally funded investigation of pathways into higher education for refugee background learners in Australia; lead investigator on an evaluation of language, literacy and multilingualism in the International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP programmes, and lead investigator on an evaluation of the off-shore and on-shore orientation programmes offered to refugees by the International Organisation for Migration and the Department of Social Services.

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 teaching English and the role of the EALD teacher is expanding to fit changing social and economic circumstances. In this presentation I outline the changing role of the EALD teacher, from being a teacher for our students to being an instructional leader for our mainstream colleagues and an advocate for our students and their families.

I talk about the ways we can take on these new roles by connecting to the larger TESOL community and migrant services and communicating our messages clearly to the public. Embracing our expanding role is key to ensuring our profession not only survives but thrives into the future.

Session 1 Speakers

Session 2 Speakers

Panel Speakers

Early Careers & Networking

Emma Lustig

EAL teacher Dandenong High School

Jessie Sambell

New Arrivals Secondary Teacher Blackburn English Language School

Justin Guiler

Lead Educator AMES Australia

After graduating in 2013, Justin began work at AMES Australia as part of an intake of graduates for its first graduate teacher program. He has also taken on extra duties as a lead educator to support other teachers within his region. He is interested in digital literacy.

Denise Rundel

President Free Kindergarten Association Children’s Services (FKACS)

Panel chaired by Mark Melican

Building Communities Beyond the Classroom

Anthony Brewergray

EAL Teacher Wodonga Senior Secondary College

Anthony has been teaching EAL students for 4 years at Wodonga Senior Secondary College. His Years 10, 11 and 12 students are of a refugee and migrant background, from countries such as Kenya, Uganda, the Congo, Nepal, the Philippines, China, Vietnam and New Zealand.

He is passionate about community inclusion and equity amongst his students, and organises his students to work with other community members in a wide range of activities aimed at developing social inclusion, such as annual school Multicultural Day events, outdoor activities with YMCA, Albury Rock Climbing and Falls Creek Ski Resort, local sports groups involving netball, volleyball and AFL clinics with Richmond Football Club, along with the Blind Justice fashion design social enterprise.

Mairead Hannan

Head of Education and Careers The Huddle

Jenn Clark

Manager ASRC Schools Program

David Ogden

Dandenong High School

Howard Kelly

Education Consultant

Panel chaired by Michelle Andrews

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