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April 2016

We hope you have all had a wonderful holiday break (if you got one!) and are looking forward to term 2.

It's with pleasure that VicTESOL can announce that we have brought on a dedicated Professional Learning Coordinator. Filling the role is the talented and experienced Catherine McClymont, you can read more about her below.

It is also the time of year to Renew Your VicTESOL Membership.

If you haven't yet visited the new VicTESOL website, you will see that it has been redesigned to be more functional for members - including resources and other features that we continue to work on - so we invite you to have a look.

Continue reading below for upcoming professional learning, news, information and resources - enjoy!

In this issue
  1. Professional Learning Coordinator
  2. VicTESOL Membership 2016-17
  3. Recent VicTESOL Events
  4. Upcoming VicTESOL Events
  5. News, resources, links and opportunities
  6. Upcoming Conferences
  7. VCE Update
  8. ACTA Update
  9. TESOL International

Professional Learning Coordinator

Catherine McClymont, VicTESOL PL Coordinator

VicTESOL is delighted to welcome our new PL Coordinator Catherine McClymont. She has a range of skills and experience that she will be able to bring to the role.

Introducing Catherine McClymont
Hi, I'm the new Professional Learning Coordinator at VicTESOL. I've been working as a teacher and coordinator in the ELICOS and University sector for many years, with a special interest in helping students prepare for English exams and what happens after they finish their formal study.

I have a 2 year old daughter, and I love being outdoors and eating vegetarian food from around the world. Looking forward to seeing you at an event soon!

You can contact Catherine directly by emailing

Renew Your VicTESOL Membership

Renew or Join VicTESOL for 2016-17

Click here to complete your 2016-17 VicTESOL Membership

We encourage all VicTESOL Members to renew your membership for 2016-17. All 2015 memberships have now expired, so please follow the link above to renew, or let your institution/school business manager know.

By joining now, your membership 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!

Recent VicTESOL Events

Webinar: TEAL Update
Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016

Speakers: Dr Alan Williams & Janet Saker

On 23rd March more than 25 active participants logged in to the TEAL Update webinar, led by Dr Alan Williams and Janet Saker. The webinar focused on oral language assessment with some reference to writing. Reading assessment is in the process of being completed.

If you missed the webinar, you can still view it here:

VicTESOL will be organising TEAL workshops in terms 3 and 4. 

Upcoming VicTESOL Events

Workshop: The Later Years of Schooling
The Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St, North Melb

Thursday, 12th May, 5 - 6:30pm

Speakers include

  • Representatives from secondary schools specializing in EAL education
  • Representatives from the VET sector with information about alternative pathways and transitions

Confirmed speakers

  • Melanie Reynolds, RMIT
The format is an approximately 15 minute presentation per speaker plus time for questions and discussion, with around 4 speakers total.

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

Please note: this event has been rescheduled, it was previously listed as April 21st.

Future Events

Topic: Building Communities
Sector: Early Childhood / Schools / Adult
Presenters: Dr Kirsten Hutchinson (Deakin University)
Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
5 - 6:30pm
Venue: TBA

Topic: New Arrivals / School Transition
Focus on strategies to support the transition of new arrival students
Presenters: TBC
Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016
5 - 6:30pm
Venue: TBA

News, resources, links & opportunities

ACTA releases AITSL elaborations

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) has released an elaboration on the AITSL’s Australian Professional Standards for teachers specifically for teaching EAL/D students

This useful guide and more information can be found by clicking here.


Professional Learning opportunities at Blackburn ELS
Developing Effective EAL Programs

Due to high demand, the Blackburn English Language School is repeating a professional learning program for mainstream and EAL teachers â€œDeveloping Effective EAL Programs” conducted by Sandra San Martinand.

The program will be repeated in Term 2, 2016 at the B.E.L.S. Maroondah Campus in Croydon North. Contact Professional Learning Leader, Leah Kontos, for more details.


Australian Volunteers for International Development
Australian Volunteers for International Development provides skilled Australians with the opportunity to be a part of Australia’s aid program, through fully-funded and supported volunteer assignments in developing countries across Asia and the Pacific.

Currently they are seeking two Teacher Trainers (ESL), and two English Teacher Trainers to work in colleges across Mongolia, Laos and Sri Lanka for between six – 12 months. 

Teacher Trainers (ESL)
These two roles are based in Laos, with Champasak Teacher Training College (TTC) and Savannakhet Teacher Training College (TTC). They are both 12 month assignments.

English Teacher Trainers
These two roles are based in Mongolia and Sri Lanka, with the Polytechnic College for Mining and Energy and National Vocational Training Institute Polonnaruwa respectively. The role in Mongolia is 10 months in duration, and the role in Sri Lanka is six months in duration.

Learn more about these roles and apply click here.

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 is calling for papers for their November 2016 conference

ALTAANZ is conducting a Call for Papers for the 2016 ALTAANZ conference to be held at the University of Auckland from the 17th to 19th of November this year. Please note that the call for papers closes on April 18th.

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

Very Early Bird Registration now open.

Since its inception in 1990 the CLESOL conference has brought together the needs and interests of two groups of language teachers and researchers, Community Language and ESOL teachers. The interests of these two groups of teachers coincide in many ways and the CLESOL conference provides an important opportunity for dialogue between the two groups to occur.

Click Here for further details.

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

ACTA releases AITSL elaborations
As noted above, The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) has released an elaboration on the AITSL’s Australian Professional Standards for teachers specifically for teaching EAL/D students. This useful guide and more information can be found by clicking here.

From the ACTA website:

Education authorities around the country are now expecting teachers to plan professional learning, carry out performance management and apply for re-registration using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). This is a generic document for teachers in any setting, and consequently needs some interpretation to appreciate its implications when working with learners of English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D).

Interpretation is now available in the EAL/D Elaborations, produced by the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) in consultation with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

There is a full version and a short version of the EAL/D Elaborations. The full version provides a range of ideas and guidance for working with EAL/D learners; the short version provides just a single elaboration for each of the Focus Area Descriptors, and is useful mainly as an introductory tool for people who are not yet very familiar with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


ACTA Schools Survery - Extended
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 last report in 2014.

Findings will be published in a ‘State of EAL/D’ Report and used to inform ACTA’s policy advocacy with governments and education systems. Access to this survey has been extended to early April 2016, so if you haven’t yet get in to have your say by clicking here.

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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