March 2017

Welcome to the March edition of the VicTESOL e-Bulletin.

In this edition, we have information about  many great Professional Learning events coming up and links to fantastic resources for EAL. Make sure you visit the VicTESOL website for further information and to access documents and recordings from past events.

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

Renew your VicTESOL Membership for 2017 
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Thank you to all those members who have already renewed your memberships for 2017!

All 2016 VicTESOL memberships expire on the 31st of March, 2017. You can renew now and keep your membership current throughout 2017 and into 2018.

In this issue
  1. VicTESOL Symposia 2017
  2. VicTESOL Professional Learning
  3. Upcoming Professional Learning
  4. VicTESOL Research Grant 2017
  5. News, resources, links and opportunities
  6. VCE EAL
  7. Upcoming Conferences

VicTESOL Symposia 2017

Resourcing, Stimulating and Supporting EAL in Victoria

VicTESOL will host two symposia in 2017. With one day to be held in Bendigo, and the second day in Melbourne. There will be a range of presenters from across the range of EAL/TESOL areas, and four specific strands will be covered in the presentations: 

  • Leadership
  • Digital Technologies
  • Pedagogy
  • Research
For more information about the symposia please click here

Bendigo Symposium 
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)

Melbourne Symposium
Date: Monday 28th of August, 2017
Venue: Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St, North Melbourne
Keynotes: Prof Jane Wilkinson (Monash University)

Ticketing Details
$130 per day – VicTESOL Member
$170 per day – Non-member

Non-Member Deal
$200 – Which includes one day registration and a 2017/18 VicTESOL Membership.

Bookings to open mid-march, keep an eye on the VicTESOL website!

VicTESOL Professional Learning

VicTESOL Webinar
TEAL Resources for Assessment of EAL learners

Presenters: Dr Alan Williams & Janet Saker
Date: Wednesday, 22nd of February, 2017


Members can view the webinar online by clicking here.

This webinar provides 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.

Upcoming Professional Learning

VicTESOL Workshop: Praxis of TESOL teaching
Presenter: Dr Mervi Kaukko


In this seminar, Kaukko will consider TESOL teaching from a praxis-perspective. How can TESOL-teachers prepare students to live well in a world worth living in while negotiating values and goals which are not universally shared? How can educators adjust their practices to meet the needs of diverse learners, and what kind of knowledge and skills are required for this?

After a brief glance at the praxis literature,
Kaukko will discuss the role of theory, action and reflection in the work of TESOL teachers in Australia. And lastly, the views of Australian professionals will be contrasted with the views of their Finnish colleagues.

Click here to book

Date: Tuesday 14th of March 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St, North Melbourne
Cost: VicTESOL Member $10   Non-Member $20

VicTESOL Twilight: VCAA
Presenters: Jacqueline Moore, Deb Icely

More information about the presentation, venue and cost to be released closer to the event.

Date: Tuesday 2nd of May 2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: TBA


VicTESOL Workshop: Pronunciation
Presenters: Margaret Corrigan & Liz Keenan

More information about the presentation to be released closer to the event.
Date: Wednesday 24th of May 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St, North Melbourne
Cost: VicTESOL Member $10   Non-Member $20

VicTESOL Research Grant 2017 

Applications open Friday 31st of March, 2017

VicTESOL is pleased to announce details of the 2017 Research Grant and encourages all interested parties to submit an application.

The VicTESOL Research Grant of $7,500 targets a team that will conduct research into a project that aims to meet the needs of learners in rural or regional Victoria. The project must involve researchers and practitioners as research partners and have an EAL pedagogical focus.

The research team will work collaboratively with VicTESOL to report their findings in a manner that is relevant to the VicTESOL membership, other EAL/TESOL practitioners and researchers in Victoria and potentially to other members of TESOL communities nationally and internationally.


Click here to find out more

Applications and queries should be directed to:

News, resources, links and opportunities

TEAL Updates Online
Lower primary teachers: Two new writing samples (and commentaries) have just been added to the Writing Tasks on the TEAL site: one on the topic of "An imaginary animal" and one on "Likes and Dislikes". Both samples are at Stage A. Click here to read more.

English in Multiculturalism: Recorded Sessions
TESOL Summit 2017

Recorded sessions on English in Multilingualism, including Prof Joe Lo Bianco, recorded at the International TESOL Summit, which was held in Greece in February.  Click here to view.

Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program
The Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program aims to provide opportunities that support the civic learning and active participation in democratic processes of all Victorian students through local, state and national parliamentary programs and in school activities, and to support the professional learning of civics and citizenship education.

Local Constitutional Conventions provide Years 9-12 students with the opportunity to discuss contemporary social and legal issues especially those relating to the Australian Constitution. Local Conventions are to be held between May and July 2017.  Register your interest in hosting a local convention by Monday 20 March 2017.            

For more information click here, email or call NCS on 03 9415 1299.

Mainstream primary EAL teachers sought for a research study
If you are a mainstream classroom teacher in a primary school in Victoria, and there are EAL students in your class, you are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Susanne Stanyer at the University of New South Wales. Specialist EAL teachers are still more than welcome to participate in the study.

For more information, visit or contact Susanne at

Parliamentary Educational Material Survey
Natalie Nawrocki, currently on the Victorian Parliamentary advisory committee representing EAL teachers, would appreciate the input of EAL/TESOL practitioners on Parliamentary educational material. Click here to complete the survey


VCAA EAL Exams and Examination Reports
Friday 17 February 2017
Victoria University, Footscray

VCAA have recently published more information about Units 3/4 EAL including assessment advice and sample exam and listening tasks. VicTESOL will be running Twilight Professional Learning sessions throughout the year to support teachers in the teaching of the new study design.

To access the VCAA EAL Exams and Examination Reports click here.

Upcoming Conferences

Bridging Language Barriers Symposium
Macquarie University
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9am-6pm

Click here for more information.

TasTESOL Annual Conference
April 1st, 2017

TasTESOL are hosting a conference on ‘Developing metalinguistic understandings through functional grammar: a possible fast-track to language learning’ in Hobart on the 1st of April, 2017.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP to
For more information please click here.

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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