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October 2015

Depending on whether you’re tertiary, adult migrant, preschool or in a private or public school, you will be either winding back, winding up or just soldiering on with your EAL students.

In any case, we all know how quickly this Semester rolls along and here at VicTESOL we are continuing to work for our members.

The latest edition of the ACTA's TESOL in Context journal will be sent out to members soon, and we are finishing the planning for our entertaining Annual General Meeting on the 3rd of December. 

We are also happy to announce that from the 1st of October VicTESOL has been offering 50% pro-rata membership rates, so if you have been thinking of joining now is the time!

And of course we always share upcoming state, national and international TESOL and language related events. So keep reading!

In this issue
  1. Pro-rata VicTESOL Membership
  2. Upcoming VicTESOL Events
  3. News, resources, links and opportunities
  4. Upcoming Events & Conferences
  5. VCE Update
  6. TESOL International

Pro-rata VicTESOL Membership

50% Off ~ Available Now

From October 1st VicTESOL offers half-price pro-rata rates for those interested in becoming VicTESOL members. The membership will be valid until the 31st March, 2016.

Click here to Join Now

There are many benefits of joining now, including:

  • Invitation to the VicTESOL AGM to be held in December
  • The opportunity to join VicTESOL's Committee
  • Monthly VicTESOL eBULLETIN
  • A copy of ACTA's TESOL in Context, the only peer-reviewed TESOL Journal published in Australia
  • Member rates for upcoming Professional Learning events planned for the new year
  • Subscription to the new VCE EAL Teachers' Mailing List
  • Access to the Member Section of the VicTESOL website

We would like to encourage all those who were thinking of becoming a member, or those who have let their membership lapse, to think about joining soon. While for those working for TESOL or EAL related institutions or organisations, we encourage you to consider discussing and Institutional Membership option with your leadership. 

Pro-rata Membership Rates

Pro-Rata Prices  Membership Type
$44  Individual Membership
$27.50  Concession Membership
$132.50     Institutional Membership (1-4 Practitioners)
$230     Institutional Membership (5-8 Practitioners)

Upcoming VicTESOL Events

Workshop: Bridging Course for VCE EAL
Monday, 30th Nov, 2015

Speaker: Elizabeth Buckley
The session will outline 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 with Year 11 EAL. The discussion will cover this, and also touch on convincing principals to give it a try.

The session will include a presentation, and time for working in groups and/or single school groups.

Elizabeth Buckley's Biography
Buckley has taught ESL/EAL for several decades and has been involved in designing this course. She describes this course as 'finally a chance to give the students who, for whatever reasons, have not had the time to get the grounding the help they need to progress through senior secondary education'.

To book please click here

Time: 12 - 4pm
Venue: PROV, 99 Shiel St. Nth Melb
Target Audience: Schools
Cost: $20 Member  $35 Non-Members

Light refreshment will be provided

VicTESOL Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 3rd Dec, 2015

Time: 5 - 6:30pm
Venue: City Centre, NGV
Booking details: Released closer to the date

All welcome!
The VicTESOL AGM is a great place to network, catch up and celebrate our achievements for the year, as well as to say farewell to some committee members and welcome new ones.

Yes, we will be looking for new committee members! If you are in any doubt about the benefits of being on the VicTESOL Committee, please have a read about what one of our newer recruits has to say about being a Committee member.

So, if you think you could commit a fraction of your time to help support VicTESOL in 2016, please email VicTESOL to express your interest and come along on the day!

April Edwards
VCE English and EAL Teacher, 
EAL Coordinator

VicTESOL Committee member since 2014

Initially when I joined VicTESOL I was not sure what to expect. Yet after the first meeting I came away feeling an enormous sense of privilege to have become a part of the Committee.

It was eye-opening to learn about EAL teaching, learning and policy across all sectors in one location from highly experienced teachers, academics, principals and community workers who were all meeting for a common goal – to improve EAL teacher and student experiences.

Every meeting since has been like a mini-PD for me and I look forward to going to each and every meeting!
Twilight Session ~ Homework & Parent Engagement

Due to low registration numbers this event has been postponed. All bookings will be fully refunded.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to hosting the event in the new year!

News, resources, links & opportunities

Adult Migrant English Program
Volunteer Tutors needed

Can you spare one hour per week to help a newly arrived migrant or refugee in the Hume Area? Volunteer tutors help eligible adult migrants and refugees, who cannot attend regular English classes, to learn English and also to learn about life in Australia. 

Northern AMEP will provide:

  • A (free) training course and a Cerificate of Attendance on completion
  • Free police and working with children check
  • Access to a variety of useful tutoring resources
  • Ongoing advice and support from professional staff
  • Regular skills development workshops and informal get-togethers 

Volunteering as a tutor gives you the opportunity to:

  • Participate in volunteer work
  • Build your resume
  • Develop new skills
  • Become an active participant in the community by helping someone else
  • Become part of a dynamic and committed volunteer team 

Most tutors visit people in their homes, however others support students in class and work with a teacher, while others meet with a student at an agreed venue like a library.
For more information call the Northern AMEP Home Tutor Scheme on 9269 1153. Or send an email to

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Department of Education and Training.

Tori’s Drama Corner!
Drama in the primary classroom

Here is the second of the continuing series from Tori. In the August ATESOL Newsletter she presented some ideas for using drama strategies to enhance students’ inferential comprehension and at the same time develop new vocabulary within the literature strand of the English curriculum. 

This month Tori demonstrates a very easy drama strategy that she used during a Science unit on living things as a means for improving language and literacy skills within this curriculum area.

Click here to learn more.


Open for Business

It appears some members of the community believe that the LMERC library and resource centre has closed down. It is still open and continuing to provide a valuable service to teachers in the areas of Languages, EAL, Global Education, Indigenous perspectives, Human Rights, Studies of Asia, Values, Intercultural understanding.

Click here to visit the LMERC website. Click here to reach the online catalogue and registration form.

The LMERC library is open 9 – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Upcoming Events & Conferences

Learning Languages in Online Transnational Spaces
Professor Fazal Rizvi, University of Melbourne

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages (CTaLL) and the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation (CREFI) at Deakin proudly present this event.

Date: Thursday 22 October, 2015
Time: 10:30 - 12:30pm
Venue: Room N3.11, Burwood Campus, Deakin University
In recent years, challenges of teaching Asian languages have been widely explored. In this talk, I will describe an experimental project funded by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) that aims to overcome some of these challenges. It brings together, using synchronous technologies, two small cohorts of students in Australia and China interested in learning Mandarin and English respectively.

The project is seeking to explore the potential of peer learning of languages in an electronically mediated transnational learning space. I will discuss this potential.


Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Education at the University of Melbourne, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is a board member of the Asia Education Foundation and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and Australia India Institute.

He has written extensively on globalization and education policy, issues of identity, difference and culture in transnational contexts, Indian higher education and Australia-Asia relations. His most recent books include: Globalising Education Policy (Routledge 2010) and Encountering Education in a Global Era (Routledge 2014).

To attend please rsvp to



ACTA 2016 Conference Registrations

Early bird registrations shall be 10% off and will close December 20, 2015.

Full registration will include:
  • Entry to the Welcome Reception on April 7
  • Program sessions and exhibition on April 8 and 9
  • Delegate package, gift and printed program
  • Catering on April 8 and 9 including coffee on arrival, morning and afternoon tea, and lunch
Want to know more? Click Here for further details. The conference is also on Facebook and Twitter.
The first call for papers has closed. However, if you wish to register your interest should a second call for papers open, please email

For more details click here.
ALTAANZ 2016 Conference will be held at the University of Auckland from the 17th to 19th of November 2016.

When further details are available they will be published here.


VCE Update

VicTESOL has implemented a VCE EAL Teachers' Mailing List to support VCE EAL teachers who wish to ask questions and share ideas, information and resources.

The list has been especially designed to support the introduction of the new VCAA EAL Study Design over the next 2 years. The list is exclusively for VicTESOL Members

Please consider signing up & offering your support for this VicTESOL collegiate initiative.

VCE Student Revision Day 
The date for the VCE Student Revision Day has been announced with special VCE EAL sessions. To find the details to communicate to you VCE EAL students please click here.

VCE EAL Study Design
The new VCE EAL study design is still available to view by clicking here. Implementation begins in 2016 with Units 1 and 2.

TESOL International

Join TESOL and the National Institute of Education for Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching and Learning, a TESOL Regional Conference in Singapore!

To view the Advance Program please click here

Find out more about the conference please click here.

TESOL 2016, TESOL's 50th anniversary, will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday, 5 April, through Friday, 8 April 2016.

For updates watch this space.

Other TESOL Information
A listing of selected upcoming conferences is also available on the
ACTA website
See also the
TESOL Worldwide Calendar of Events.

VicTESOL is a professional association committed to promoting excellence in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and multicultural education, and to fostering and supporting cultural and linguistic diversity. VicTESOL provides support and services to TESOL teachers working in schools and pre-schools, adult and community education, ELICOS centres, and university and industry settings throughout Victoria.
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