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June 2016

Welcome to our e-bulletin for June 2016!

We have had a busy May, with two engaging professional learning events hosted at the Bastow Institute, you can read more details about those events below.

We have also been busily planning for our upcoming VicTESOL Symposium: Thinking Beyond the Classroom, which will be held on 1 August 2016, also at the Bastow Institute. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

We would also like to mention that registration for the Symposium is significantly cheaper for VicTESOL Members, so we encourage you to join VicTESOL now if you are planning on attending the event.

If you come across any resources, articles or events 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 Symposium: 1 August 2016
  2. VicTESOL Professional Learning
  3. Upcoming VicTESOL Events
  4. News, resources, links and opportunities
  5. VCE Update
  6. ACTA Update
  7. Upcoming Conferences

VicTESOL Symposium
Thinking Beyond the Classroom

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

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Misty Adoniou
  • Professor Joe Lo Bianco

Symposium Strands

  • Theory
  • Pedagogy
  • Leadership
  • Networks/Networking

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 Member $130
  • Non-member $175
Full registration details and presenter list will be released shortly.

VicTESOL Symposium Poster
Help spread the word by downloading the VicTESOL Symposium poster and displaying it in your workplace, school or institution.

Click here to download the poster.

VicTESOL Professional Learning

The Later Years of Schooling for EAL students
VicTESOL Workshop

May 12, 2016


Melanie Reynolds – RMIT
Alexandra Vardis – Melbourne Polytechnic
Kellie Mason & David Kezilas – Dandenong High School


This presentations focussed on EAL students transitioning from school to post school options. Speakers reported on successful programs and strategies which aim to meet the needs of later years schooling EAL learners.

The session was balanced between presentations on classroom strategies and on support structures to assist young people in achieving their goals. There was also time for questions, discussion and networking.

The powerpoint presentations from the event are available on the VicTESOL website, for members only. You can log in and view them by clicking here.

Building Communities for EAL Learners
VicTESOL Workshop

May 26, 2016


Amalia Fawcett – Centre for Multicultural Youth
Hanya Senjov – Mercy Connect Program, Catholic Education Office
Dr Kirsten Hutchison – Deakin University

The 3 presenters at the VicTESOL workshop provided an overall insight into the complex, but essential, area of building communities and supported this through theory and its application, practical strategies and research information on currently operating programs.

Amalia Fawcett from the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) provided some theoretical background before speaking about the Refugee Education Support Program, run by CMY. A number of insights were provided on the important role that teachers can play.

The second speaker was Hanya Senjov from Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM). She spoke at length about the volunteer program “Mercy Connect” and the breadth of its work and how CEM was supporting this. She also provided advice on how volunteer programs can be supported through professional learning.

Finally Dr Kirsten Hutchison, from Deakin University, provided advice and ideas from her research into successful homework support programs for both students and parents and how merging learning and fun sociality is a key driving factor in students attending these programs and therefore their success.

This presentations focussed on EAL students transitioning from school to post school options. Speakers reported on successful programs and strategies which aim to meet the needs of later years schooling EAL learners.

Event report contributed by VicTESOL Treasurer, Robert Colla.

The powerpoint presentations from this event are available on the VicTESOL website for members. You can log in and view them by clicking here.

Upcoming VicTESOL Events

Twilight Session: New Arrivals & School Transition
Friday, 29 July 2016, 5 - 6:30pm

This twilight forum will focus on strategies to support the transition of new arrival students, and as an opportunity for networking.

Presenters: TBC
Venue: The George Hotel, South Melbourne

News, resources, links & opportunities

Employment Opportunity
Haileybury International School Tianjin seeking Middle School and Senior School TESOL teachers

Haileybury International School Tianjin has grown rapidly since its foundation three years ago, and is projected to reach its capacity over the next two years. As a result of this growth, we are now seeking to employ a number of TESOL teachers to further strengthen the intensive English programs delivered in this pioneering educational project.

Applications are sought for the 2016/2017 academic year beginning in September. Further information about the positions and application process is available from, and from Dr Stephan Muller, Assistant Principal, on .

Disclaimer: The activities, goods and services mentioned in the e-Bulletin are not endorsed by VicTESOL in any way. People should make their own judgement about the suitability of each item.

Adult EAL / ESL Resources
We’d like to remind members of some useful online resources.

The Parliament of Victoria
The Parliament of Victoria has a store of teaching resources for school and adult education sectors: Click here to view.

Parliamentary lesson plans
With the Federal election looming, these links to Parliamentary Lesson Plans may prove useful to some teachers: click here to view.

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

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.
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.
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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