February 2017

Welcome to the first VicTESOL e-bulletin for 2017! 

I hope that you enjoyed a well-deserved break and are ready for an exciting and inspiring year ahead in TESOL and EAL. We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a 2 day Symposium in 2017 – one day in Bendigo and one day in Melbourne, titled 'Resourcing, Stimulating and Supporting EAL in Victoria'. See below for further details.

We also have included the upcoming Professional Learning events, information about VCE EAL, and links to professional reading and opportunities. Enjoy this issue!

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.

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In this issue
  1. VicTESOL Symposium 2017
  2. VicTESOL Professional Learning
  3. 2017 VicTESOL Committee
  4. News, resources, links and opportunities
  5. VCE EAL
  6. ACTA Report
  7. Upcoming Conferences

VicTESOL Symposium 2017

Resourcing, Stimulating and Supporting EAL in Victoria

VicTESOL will host a two-day symposium in 2017. With one day to be held in Bendigo, and the second day in Melbourne. The title of the Symposium is 'Resourcing, Stimulating and Supporting EAL in Victoria' and four strands will be covered in the presentations: 

  • Leadership
  • Digital Technologies
  • Pedagogy
  • Research

Date: Friday 2nd of June, 2017
Venue: La Trobe University Campus, Bendigo
Keynotes: Dr Alan Williams (TEAL Consultant) and Assoc-Prof Russell Cross (University of Melbourne)

Date: Monday 28th of August, 2017 (TBC)
Venue: Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St, North Melbourne


More information and booking details to be released soon!

VicTESOL Professional Learning

VicTESOL Webinar
TEAL Resources for Assessment of EAL learners

Presenters: Dr Alan Williams & Janet Saker
Date: Wednesday, 22nd of February, 2017
Time: 1 - 2pm
The webinar will provide an overview of the TEAL (Tools for enhancing assessment literacy of Teachers of English as an Additional Language) online resources for EAL and mainstream teachers who are new to the resource, or would like a refresher to reacquaint themselves to the resource.

The webinar will be suitable for school-based teams of EAL specialists and their mainstream colleagues. The overview will explain how the resources can be used to better understand issues in assessing EAL learners, and how the standardised assessment  tasks on the website can be used to provide benchmarked assessments of EAL learners in schools.

The presentation will guide participants through the major resources on the TEAL website and provide. Recent and forthcoming changes and updates to the website will be explained, as well as how the TEAL website relates to the forthcoming Victorian Curriculum will be explained. There will be opportunities for participants to ask questions during the webinar.


Click here for presenter biographies and more information

Log on details for the webinar will be provided closer to the event. The event will also be recorded and hosted on the VicTESOL website for members to access.

2017 VicTESOL Committee 

We welcome back experienced members and look forward to working with a number of new committee members. We are looking forward to sharing new ideas and initiatives with you in 2017.

   President Anne Keary
   Vice-President Shem Macdonald
   Secretary April Edwards
   Treasurer Mark Melican

General Committee 
Debra Icely, Mairead Hannan, Russell Cross, Kristy Collins, Jessie Samball, Robert Colla, Julia Lippold, Michelle Andrews, Lini Kane, Penny Newton, Joanne Goodman, Evanagelina Kontos, Margaret Corrigan, Freya Dos-Santos, Rebecca Robinson

News, resources, links and opportunities

EAL moderation - Expression of interest
The Brother Hood of St. Laurence in Fitzroy is looking for a qualified EAL Trainer/Assessor who would be available ASAP to do some Validation work on EAL resources at Cert I and Cert II level.

The person would need to work at an organisation other than the Brother Hood and have a current Cert IV (TAE). Please contact the Training Coordinator on T: (03) 9288 9932 or email - with your CV.

2017 Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession 
The Profession as Change Agent

Below is the start of a discussion thread submitted by Misty Adoniou.

We've reached the final discussion thread - the Profession as Change Agent. This thread considers how we might realise the many ideas posited in the previous threads. This first question asks for responses according to your place in the world of policy, research and practice in TESOL. Look forward to hearing different perspectives! How can policy makers find research that is relevant to the widely divergent contexts their policy enactors typically work within – e.g. administrators, school leadership and teachers?

  • If you are a policy maker or administrator – are you able to find research that is relevant to your contexts? What is missing for you? What are the questions that you are looking for the answers to?
  • If you are a classroom teacher - what are the questions that YOU are looking for the answers to?
  • If you are a researcher – where do your questions come from and what are the challenges involved in doing research that responds to widely divergent contexts?
  • And for everyone to consider in their responses: How can research be made relevant to the end user?

To read on further and view responses, please register for the summit to receive online postings via email. Click here to register.

Things you were taught in school that were wrong
Misty Adoniou in The Conversation

"I really enjoyed reading this article by Misty Adoniou found on The Conversation. It reminded me about my own experience of learning grammar and I felt that it highlighted the importance of teaching grammar in context" - Rebecca Robinson, Committee Member

Click here to read.


VCE English and EAL Day
Friday 17 February 2017
Victoria University, Footscray

VATE is pleased to present the 2017 VCE English and EAL Day. The focus of the day is on coursework for, and approaches to, the three areas of study. For new teachers of Units 1 and 2 or Units 3 and 4 English/EAL there is a workshop dedicated to helping you navigate your way through the course. This day will be a good opportunity for teachers to network and share ideas about the course, so get your registrations in quickly to avoid disappointment.


For booking details and more information please click here.

ACTA Report

The federal government set up a new inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes in November, 2016. The intention of the inquiry is to report on the effectiveness of Australia's resettlement services and examine the current process used to assess prospective migrant's settlement prospects - including English language ability. ACTA made a submission to the Inquiry.

Upcoming Public Hearings
21 Feb 2017: Beaconsfield, VIC
22 Feb 2017: Sunshine, VIC

More information can be found by clicking here.

Upcoming Conferences

ACAL National Conference
Traders, Neighbours and Intruders: Points of Contact
Australian Council of Adult Literacy, Darwin, NT
13-14 September 2017

Click here for more information.


English Australia Conference: Empowering Global Citizens
Adelaide, SA
20-22 September 2017

For more information click here.


AALL Conference: 21st Century Language and Learning
Association for Academic Language and Learning 
Geelong, Vic
1-3 November 2017

Click here for more information.

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