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May 2016

Welcome to our e-bulletin for May 2016. Hopefully you've enjoyed a relaxing Easter break and are ready to tackle teaching as the days grow darker and shorter.

Perhaps some of you were able to attend the ACTA International Conference in Perth last month? Michelle Andrews has written a summary of the event below, and we also have some handy reminders of resources that are available to all TESOL educators.

If you come across any events, resources or articles that you think the VicTESOL community might get something out of, why not share them in our next e-bulletin? Email by the end of the month and we'll endeavour to include it in the following edition.

In this issue
  1. VicTESOL Membership
  2. ACTA International Conference 2016
  3. Upcoming VicTESOL Events
  4. News, resources, links and opportunities
  5. VCE Update
  6. ACTA Update
  7. Upcoming Conferences

VicTESOL Membership

Renew or Join VicTESOL for 2016-17

Click here to join VicTESOL

Thank you to all those members who have now renewed. We are starting to approach 2015 numbers, but we would love to continue to grow. So if you haven't yet joined, or know of any colleagues that might be interested, we encourage you to spread the word!

All new VicTESOL memberships will be valid until the 31st March 2017, and will provide you with a range of benefits, such as:

  • Monthly VicTESOL eBULLETIN containing news, information, resources and events relating to TESOL and multicultural education
  • Subscription to TESOL in Context, the only TESOL and EAL/D specific Australian peer-reviewed journal, produced by Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA)
  • Registration at member prices for a range of Professional Learning Events
  • Access to the Member Section of the VicTESOL website - with a number of resources, information and services available exclusively for members
We are looking forward to advocating for our members, hosting useful and relevant events and workshops, and continuing to promote excellence in the field. 

We hope you can continue to 
support VicTESOL into 2016!

ACTA International Conference 2016

Exchanging Ways of Being
7th - 10th April, 2016
Between the 7th and 10th of April this year, over 500 delegates gathered in Perth, WA, to attend the ACTA International Conference. This year, ACTA combined with ACAL to provide professional learning across the fields of TESOL/D and Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

Entitled “Exchanging Ways of Being”, the conference explored how students from diverse backgrounds can learn together and develop effective competencies in common language. It delivered a variety of opportunities to extend professional skills and knowledge, examining a blend of research, practice and advocacy issues, including focuses on Indigenous Education, numeracy, and digital teaching technologies and approaches, through lectures and workshops.
Additionally, delegates relished the chance to meet with practitioners from an assortment of countries, states and sectors, to share ideas and to discuss the similarities and differences between their learners, settings and practice. A pleasing number of Victorian delegates attended and likewise enjoyed a fantastic professional learning experience. Victoria was also well-represented among the presenters.
The next ACTA Conference is planned for South Australia in 2018.

Conference report written by Michelle Andrews, VicTESOL Committee Member.

Upcoming VicTESOL Events

Workshop: The Later Years of Schooling for EAL Students
Thursday, 12th May, 5 - 6:30pm

Speakers & Presentation Information
  • Melanie Reynolds, RMIT
    EAL Coordinator, Tertiary Preparation Programs

  • Kellie Mason, Dandenong High School
    English/EAL and Humanities Domain Leader

  • David Kezilas, Dandenong High School
    EAL Subject Leader and EAL teacher

  • Alexandra Vardis, Melbourne Polytechnic
    Program Leader YAMEC CSWE Youth Programs
The format is an approximately 15 minute presentation per speaker plus time for questions and discussion.

Event Details
Time     5 - 6:30pm
     Date     Thursday, 12 May, 2016
     Venue     Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St, Morth Melb
     Cost     $20 Member  $30 Non-Members

Workshop: Building Communities for EAL Students
Thursday, 26th May, 5 - 6:30pm

Speakers & Presenter Information
  • Hanya Senjov, Team Coordinator, Catholic Education Melbourne
  • Amalia Fawcett, Centre For Multicultural Youth
  • Kirsten Hutchison, Deakin University, Senior Lecturer in Language & Literacy

Event Details
Time     5 - 6:30pm
     Date     Thursday, 26th May, 2016
     Venue     Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St, Morth Melb
     Cost     $20 Member  $30 Non-Members

Future Events

Twilight Session: New Arrivals & School Transition
Focus on strategies to support the transition of new arrival students
Presenters: TBC
Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016
5 - 6:30pm
Venue: The George Hotel, South Melb

VicTESOL Symposium: Thinking beyond the classroom
Whole day Symposium
Keynotes: TBA
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016

Venue: The Bastow Institute, North Melb

News, resources, links & opportunities

Adult EAL / ESL Resources

We’d like to remind members of some useful online resources.

AMEP Research Centre
The wonderful resources produced by the AMEP Research Centre (now closed) can still be accessed via the Macquarie University website. Sources include teaching resources, PD resources, research reports, Prospect journal articles, factsheets and more.

Click here to view.

TESOL International
TESOL International has a lot of useful resources, e.g. TESOL Blog - ideas for lessons - click here to view.

TESOL English Language Bulletin
The TESOL English Language Bulletin is a weekly digest of the most important news affecting English language teachers worldwide. It is free for members and non-members. For easy reading, news is broken into the following categories:

  • Hot Topics
  • Language & Education Policy
  • K–12 Education
  • Post-secondary Education
  • Adult Education
  • Research
  • Teacher Training
  • English for Specific Purposes
Click her to see more.

VCE Update

VCE English and EAL Implementation Workshops
In collaboration with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) is conducting implementation workshops for teachers of VCE English and EAL.

Each workshop will brief teachers about the revised study designs and provide activities for professional development. These sessions will focus on Units 3 and 4. There is no cost for attendance.
The majority of sessions are now open for registrations on the VATE website.

ACTA Update

SATESOL will host the 2018 ACTA Conference in Adelaide 2-5 October 2018.
The Conference theme is English language learning in a mobile world.

SAVE THE DATE!  More details to follow.

For updates, follow ACTA Conference 2018 on Facebook.

Upcoming Conferences

VALBEC Conference 2016

The VALBEC (Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council) conference is on 20 May 2016. The theme is “Joining the dots: Multiple literacies in multiple contexts”.

For more information click here.
ALTAANZ November 2016 conference

ALTAANZ 2016 will be held at the University of Auckland from the 17th to 19th of November 2016.

Click Here for further details.
Learners in Context: Bridging the Gaps
Ākonga Reo: Aronga Āputa

Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 July, 2016
The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Click Here for further details.
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