December 2016

Here is the final VicTESOL e-Bulletin for 2016.

Looking back, what a great year it has been! We have been honoured to host a range of inspiring professional learning events across all sectors, in particular the insightful one-day Mini-Conference held at the Bastow Institute.

Thank you to everyone involved for your continued enthusiasm and support. We wouldn't be where we are without the commitment and motivation from the committee, or the passion and interest from our members, so thank you!

Enjoy the break over the festive season and we look forward to working with you all for another fantastic year in 2017! Read on for the review of our Annual General Meeting, upcoming professional learning and valuable resources for EAL.

VicTESOL Office Closing

The office will be closed from the 21 Dec - 23 Jan, 2017.

In this issue
  1. VicTESOL Annual General Meeting
  2. 2017 VicTESOL Committee
  3. News, resources, links and opportunities
  4. VCE EAL
  5. Adult EAL
  6. Upcoming Conferences


The VicTESOL Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at the Immigration Museum on Wednesday 23 November 2016. There was a very good response rate to the invitation sent out to members with approximately 30 people in attendance.

The event combined a tour of the galleries led by Jan Molloy, Education Officer at the Museum followed by the official proceedings. Dr. Alan Williams chaired the meeting which in addition to a set agenda included two report presentations, one from our President Dr. Anne Keary and also a Treasurer’s report by Robert Colla.

Nominations of Office bearers and general committee position were then confirmed. The four executive roles were filled and the general committee for 2017 will be made up of 13 members including six newcomers.

The final presentation was the awarding of the inaugural VicTESOL Research Grant to Dr. Katrina Tour and Dr. Maria Gindidis from Monash University. The meeting closed and the evening concluded with drinks and nibbles at the nearby Trust bar.


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 and the Parliament of Victoria
The Parliament of Victoria has a range of free programs and resources to help you plan and teach your adult EAL classes.

At Parliament
Bringing students on a tour of parliament gives them hands-on experience of democracy in action. During a tour, students will learn about the history of our Westminster system, and they’ll get to ask and answer questions on anything and everything to do with parliament.

The Easy English booklet is given to EAL students as an accompaniment to their tour. Easy English uses simple words and pictures to help explain the role and function of parliament and all the other topics covered on a tour of Parliament House.

Website and other resources
For EAL teachers and students, they have a 151-page workbook that’s full of activities designed to be accessible for adult learners at ISLPR 1-1+. The activities in the book provide students with the opportunity to practise skills as mapped to the EAL Frameworks and CSWE curricula.

The Journeys data disc title takes students inside parliament where they can learn about how parliament works from people like the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the President of the Legislative Council. They can hear from Habib, Hayatullah, Lensa and Joseph to find out about their incredible journeys from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Iraq to Victoria.

A teacher’s guide, including sample activities, is included on the disc. Parliament’s YouTube channel has a number of playlists consisting of short videos on a range of topics from how a law is made to the history of the Westminster system and the role of an MP. There’s also a virtual tour you can do from the website, and you can watch parliament in action via our web streaming service.

To find out more,  click here.

Online Foundations Skills Tool
The 2016 Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) is now available for use. It is an interactive online tool designed to identify and measure an individual’s foundation skill levels (English language, literacy and numeracy skills as well as employability skills). These skills are fundamental to participation in the workforce, the community and in adult education and training. Click here to visit the site.


Meet the Assessors
Tuesday 7 February 2017
Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy

Meet the Assessors is an opportunity to hear from some of the people responsible for managing the assessment of VCE exams for English, Literature, English Language and EAL. As well as an overview of the 2016 exam results, you will also have an opportunity to hear about the 2017 exams for English, EAL and Literature.

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.

Adult EAL

Draft Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework available

The framework enables capability in the provision of foundation skills services to be described across a range of contexts, levels of expertise and professional standard. It is designed for use by a wide range of stakeholders through the development of associated tools. Click here to view the draft framework.

Webinar resources
An explanation of the draft framework and proposed tools can be accessed via the webinar recording, click here to view. A webinar Q&A is also available by clicking here.

Upcoming Conferences

TESOL International Association
Online Participant registration in now open for the Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession! The Summit will take place in Athens, Greece, 9–10 February 2017. The summit will also feature an online component, allowing you participate from anywhere in the world! Registration is now open. To register click here.

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