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July 2016

We hope you’re keeping warm while browsing our e-bulletin for July 2016! 

We are ramping up preparations for our upcoming VicTESOL Symposium: Thinking Beyond the Classroom, which will be held on 1 August 2016, at the Bastow Institute.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

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In this issue
  1. VicTESOL Symposium: 1 August 2016
  2. Upcoming VicTESOL Events
  3. News, resources, links and opportunities
  4. VCE Update
  5. ACTA Update
  6. Upcoming Conferences

VicTESOL Symposium
Thinking Beyond the Classroom

1 August 2016
The Bastow Institute
615 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

EAL learners have ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic identities that interface with their educational and community lives. This symposium invites educators from the early childhood, schools and adult sectors to share the ways in which they think beyond the classroom to support the educational needs of EAL learners.

This symposium aims to stimulate thinking and promote connections between, and beyond, classrooms into, and from, the wider community.

VicTESOL Symposium Poster
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Click here to download the poster.

Symposium Keynote Speaker
Professor Joe Lo Bianco

Joseph Lo Bianco is professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Currently he is completing a four year project in SE Asia on language – policy and peace building in conflict zones in SE Asia.

Recent publications include: Learning from Difference: Comparative Accounts of Multicultural Education, (Springer, 2016) and Conflict, Language Rights, and Education: Building Peace by Solving Language Problems in Southeast Asia.

Keynote Abstract
In this talk I will trace the role of teachers of language into the sphere of planning and policy. While teachers can be active as policy influencers in their role as citizens and specialists in language and learning, they are policy planners in a more specifically professional way. Sometimes called educational linguistics I will describe some ways in which teacher talk, teacher language modelling and other classroom and communication practices represent language planning as much as language teaching.

The aim is to support both individual teachers and teacher associations to think of themselves in leadership roles. As our communities become increasingly diverse in a cultural and linguistic sense, teachers and teacher associations need to become more aware and more assertive of the their unique perspective on the language development and therefore the social, personal and educational prospects of young learners and the resultant effects of new conceptions of citizenship, new forms of economy and new kinds of identity.

Symposium Keynote Speaker
Associate Professor Misty Adoniou  

Misty Adoniou is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia. She is a past President of TESOL Greece and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations, and is currently on the Board of Directors of TESOL International. She was lead writer for the Australian Curriculum’s English as an Additional Language document and support materials, a contributing writer for the Literacy Continuum, and an advisor on Equity and Diversity in the Australian Curriculum.

Her current research activity is as co-investigator on a federally funded investigation of pathways into higher education for refugee background learners in Australia; lead investigator on an evaluation of language, literacy and multilingualism in the International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP programmes, and lead investigator on an evaluation of the off-shore and on-shore orientation programmes offered to refugees by the International Organisation for Migration and the Department of Social Services.

Keynote Abstract
Many of us enter the TESOL profession for the genuine joy of teaching English to EALD learners. The job, however, is much bigger than teaching English and the role of the EALD teacher is expanding to fit changing social and economic circumstances. In this presentation I outline the changing role of the EALD teacher, from being a teacher for our students to being an instructional leader for our mainstream colleagues and an advocate for our students and their families.

I talk about the ways we can take on these new roles by connecting to the larger TESOL community and migrant services and communicating our messages clearly to the public. Embracing our expanding role is key to ensuring our profession not only survives but thrives into the future.

For more VicTESOL Symposium Information please click here.

Upcoming VicTESOL Events

Adult Sector Social Event for ESL/EAL Teachers
Wednesday, 26 July 2016, 4:30 - 6pm

A chance for ESL/EAL teachers in the adult sector to get together, network, socialise and share ideas.

Co-hosted by VicTESOL, #AusELT and ReadyTeacher
European Bier Cafe, 120 Exhibition Street, Melbourne CBD 
FREE Event, no requirement to register, but RSVPs welcome

News, resources, links & opportunities

Malaysia International Placement Experience
Monash University pre-service teachers experience

During June, nine Monash University pre-service teachers with support from an academic undertook a three-week teaching placement in schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The following story tells of the experiences of three of these pre-service teachers and how they met some of the challenges they faced working in a different cultural setting.  


Genevieve Barlow, Soukdalone (Lon) Phommathep & Emily Pearson

In Sekolah Kebangsaan Setiawangsa primary school, we have had a very interesting experience. From the very first day we were thrown into the classroom and teaching Grade 5. We taught a variety of subjects, which include English, PE and art. During these lessons we have not had any guidance or a mentor to give us any feedback. This is something very different to Australia and we had to change how we act on placement. This includes interactions with the students, giving each other advice, daily reflection and discussion as a group and actively seeking out extra information from our supervising teacher, who teaches Grade 6.  

We have been given a challenge but it is a learning experience we will all remember. We were given the chance to pick a topic from the English text and design a unit of work surrounding that. We chose natural disasters. Sometimes we use the activities from the book but we like to be creative and come up with interesting ways to deliver the lesson with the same focus, whether that focus is a style of writing, comprehension or adjectives.

We arrived a few days after Ramadan had begun, the fasting month for Muslims. We had to change how we would normally teach because of the lack of energy and how tired the students are because they get up very early and do not eat or drink during daylight hours. This has been the main difference but there are other traditions in the school such as the students standing up when the teacher arrives and leaves which we had to adjust to, as we were not informed or able to see other classes. We had to learn to go with the flow.

One of the reasons that made this placement memorable were the Malaysian students. We could tell that they were very excited and happy to have us coming to their classroom from the first day we arrived. There was one girl from Grade 5 who came up to us and tried to explain things in Bahasa Malaysia. We had no clue what she was talking about. She was repeating herself three times. Finally a Malaysian teacher translated to us that the girl was trying to say that she and her friends wanted to teach us Bahasa Malaysia.

It might not be something big, but that really made our day and has warmed our hearts. Another student offered to bring us in satay, a traditional food to try. The students made us feel very welcome. It took some time but the teachers began to have conversations with us too, asking us about where we are from and what our experiences have been like so far.

Employment Opportunity
Teaching Overseas 

Every month, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) has a range of specialised teaching opportunities available for education professionals across Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

Assignments can focus on teacher training and capacity building, resource and curriculum development, modelling student-centred teaching methodologies and effective pedagogical practices.  

Return airfares, accommodation, visas, insurance, a living allowance, extensive briefing and orientation, language training, support whilst in-country and returned volunteer support is provided.  

Go to:

Applications are open monthly from the 1st – 21st and must be submitted online.
Contact: Ian McDonald - or phone 03 9279 1795

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Australian Alliance of Associations in Education - Members’ Forum
On Saturday 18 June, representatives from a number of national teaching associations met at the Bastow Institute to update each other on news and issues from their fields. The TESOL field was represented by ACTA (Kristy Collins).

At the forum we heard from the AAAE’s new patron, Tony MacKay, who shared the history of the innovative International Summit of the Teaching Profession (ISTP) and how Australia could become involved. We also heard from Professor John Hattie, who reminded us how important effective teaching is to the success of our students.

Other associations present included the Australian Association for Environmental Education, the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, the Australian Association of Special Education, the History Teachers Association of Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia.

VCE Update

VCE EAL Student Revision Day
VicTESOL will be calling for presenters to participate in the upcoming VATE English and EAL Revision Day, to be held on Saturday, 8 October, 2016. Please keep an eye on the VicTESOL 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

ACU’s Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference 27-29 September
Language as social power: 20th century beginnings, 21st century futures

The theme of ASFLA 2016, “Language as social power”: 20th century beginnings, 21st century futures, turns our attention in two directions: to celebrate what SFL has achieved and to reinvigorate what it might do.

Click Here for further details.
2017 CamTESOL Conference
Building a Regional Community: English Across Platforms

The 13th Annual CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching will be held on 18-19 February 2017 at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, therefore, the theme for the 2017 conference is Building a Regional Community: English Across Platforms. 

The CamTESOL Secretariat invites all those working in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT), or those who have an interest in this field to submit an abstract for the conference.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 19 September 2016

Click Here for further details.
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.
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