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October 2016

Welcome to our e-bulletin for October 2016.

This month we have not one, but two VicTESOL twilight sessions coming up – see the details below and pop them in your diary!


50% Off VicTESOL Memberships

October also means that VicTESOL Memberships are now at a 50% pro-rata rate. All memberships are valid until the 31st of March, 2017.

Joining VicTESOL will allow you to attend all our professional learning events for a discounted price, as well as an opportunity to support your state TESOL & EAL association. To join, please click here.


Membership Pro-Rata Prices

  •      Concession Membership - $27.50
  •      Individual Membership - $44
  •      Institutional Membership (1-4 Practitioners) - $132.50
  •      Institutional Membership (5+ Practitioners) - $230
In this issue
  1. Upcoming Professional Learning
  2. VicTESOL Annual General Meeting
  3. News, resources, links and opportunities
  4. VCE Update
  5. ACTA Update
  6. EAL Research
  7. Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Professional Learning

Workshop: Principles of Assessment in EAL
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Bastow Institute, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Dr Kathryn Hill

This workshop is designed to help teachers think about their current feedback practices and how they might be improved.

It will cover what’s different about classroom-based assessment, the role of feedback in promoting learning, good feedback practice & principles, and some tools for thinking about common feedback practices.

Participants are encouraged to bring examples of feedback on student’s writing for analysis and discussion.


To book please click here

Session Details
Audience: EAL teachers in all sectors
Venue: Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St. North Melbourne
Date: 27 October 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Cost: $10 VicTESOL Members   $20 Non-members

Workshop: Developing Listening Skills Through Song
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Bastow Institute, 5 - 7pm


Carmel Davies & Sharon Duff

In this workshop Sharon Duff and Carmel Davies ( will give teachers strategies on using song to improve students’ listening skills – macroskills for meaning and comprehension as well as nuanced deeper listening for persuasion and attitudes. Tasks will have broad application, but will focus on themes of identity and belonging, and generational conflict.

Teachers will be given a range of tools to assist them prepare students for listening assessments for B band (B1 to B3) and S band (S1 to S4) (EAL Companion to English VELS).


To book please click here

Session Details
Venue: Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St. North Melbourne
Date: 20 October 2016
Time: 5-7pm
Cost: $10 VicTESOL Members   $20 Non-members


Wednesday, November 23 2016
5 - 7:30pm, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St CBD

One of the highlights of the VicTESOL calendar is always our AGM. Last year we were lucky enough to have a private tour of the Ian Potter Gallery. This year we are looking to tour the beautiful Immigration Museum and the Identity exhibition followed by canapés and drinks.

Put the date in your diaries and see you there!

News, resources, links and opportunities

Ingrid Laguna's "New Students" in The Monthly

The is a New Student folder in my pigeonhole. I flip it open and scan the enrolment form. From her listed date of arrival, Kafa* has been in Australia for less than two months. She has come from Ethiopia, speaks Oromo and lives with her aunt. She is 15. Years of Schooling: two. Country of schooling: Ethiopia. Date last attended school: 2009. Interruption to schooling: approximately six years. Orphan child visa: 117 - “for a child whose parents are dead, permanently incapacitated or of unknown whereabouts”. It’s the middle of term and Kafa is my third new student in a fortnight. So it goes.

Read more here. (Article locked for Monthly subscribers only.)

Article from Misty Adoniou in The Conversation

Adoniou's article Australia’s educational policies both embody and entrench low expectations of students details the lack of support and entrenched "low expectations of students with disabilities, and those who speak English as an additional language or dialect (EALD)". Click here to read the full article.

VicTESOL Research Grant 2016

Thank you to all those who submitted an application for the innaugral VicTESOL Research Grant. The VicTESOL Research Grant Advisory Group - consisting of members from the VicTESOL executive, experienced and expert practitioners and researchers from the TESOL field - has begun to evaluate the applications and responses will be sent soon.

For more information about the application evaluation program, please click here.

VCE Update

VATE: VCE English & EAL Revision Day
Saturday, 8 October 2016

VicTESOL committee members Anne Keary, Shem Macdonald and April Edwards assisted with the recent VCE English & EAL revision day.

ACTA Update

ACTA Press Release: 10/10/16

Last Friday Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Request for Tender guidelines were quietly introduced.

“The new tender arrangements actually encourage employment of cheaper, unqualified graduates who think teaching ‘social English’ classes involves little more than chatting with students. It signals a return to a pre professional era when the thinking was ‘if you can speak English, you can teach it’.

“Increased class sizes and employment of unqualified teachers in the new AMEP tender arrangements will be attractive to those competing for contracts and looking for every possible means of keeping their bids low.

“This quality downgrade completely ignores the findings of the Government’s most recent review of the AMEP, its own service standards, and the concerns of national organisations involved in migrant and refugee resettlement and quality teaching.

“As the Prime Minister recently boasted in Paris, Australia is recognised world-wide as a successful immigrant nation. Key to this success is that new arrivals with very little/no English can access quality English language programs. That’s why the Immigration (Education) Act 1971 gives adults a legal entitlement to 510 hours tuition in the AMEP.

"Creation of an inferior social English stream surreptitiously undermines this legal entitlement and threatens the quality and effectiveness of the AMEP as a whole.”

Read more here.

For more info and how to voice your concerns:
Dr Helen Moore, ACTA AMEP spokesperson (m) 0410 708 975; 02 6193 8722
Dr Michael Michell, ACTA President: (h) 02 9610 4870; (w) 0293851956
Ms Karen Barber, ACTA Vice-President: 0400 498 368

EAL Research

An opportunity to find out about your language awareness
Victorian primary EAL teachers are invited to participate in a study into the relationships between teachers' levels of language awareness, their beliefs in their ability to assess writing, and the ways in which they make decisions when using the TEAL Common Writing Assessment Tool.

This study is being conducted by Susanne Stanyer, under the supervision of Prof. Chris Davison and Dr. Michael Michell. Participating in this study involves completing an online survey and an online language awareness test. Participants will receive instant feedback, a certificate of completion and a $10 eGift voucher. For more information, please click here.

EAL teachers wanted for PhD research survey
Are you an EAL teacher in Australia? Are you interested in methods for teaching culture? If so, please help with my PhD research by completing this survey about your experiences teaching Australian culture.

This research has been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2016/418). Please click here for more information.

Upcoming Conferences

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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