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March 2016

Hope you are all enjoying the beginning of Autumn!

We have begun 2016 with a bang, with a fantastic professional learning event lead by Miriam Faine at the Bastow, and we have many more planned for the coming months. We are also looking forward to the ACTA Conference in Perth next month. 

You'll find below upcoming VicTESOL events, the next event focussing on Early Childhood. We have Opportunities, Updates and News as well.

Hope you enjoy reading!

In this issue
  1. Recent VicTESOL Events
  2. Upcoming VicTESOL Events
  3. News, resources, links and opportunities
  4. Upcoming Conferences
  5. VCE Update
  6. ACTA Update
  7. TESOL International

Recent VicTESOL Events

Workshop: Language Teaching and Citizenship
Thursday, 25th Feb

Speaker: Miriam Faine

In Faine's presentation, a diverse and engaged group of adult sector educators came to gather at the Bastow Institute to share their experiences and issues, discuss the current practices and policies of language teaching, and discuss the implications on their professional practice.

Faine discussed the political, financial, governmental and societal impediments to effectively working with adult EAL learners in the many different settings described by the participants.

From the participants:

"I find the topic very interesting and an important one."
"Affirming to hear that there is nothing that can be called 'Standard English'."
"I felt I was able to air views about a topic that lurks beneath our work."
"Useful to help understand the current situation of language learning and immigration."

Upcoming VicTESOL Events

Workshop: Early Childhood
Thursday, 17th March, 5 - 6:30pm

Speakers: Dr Melissa Barnes & Robyn Babaeff

Presentation Synopsis
This seminar is designed to present diverse parent and child perspectives of self and action through challenges and triumphs of sustaining heritage language and culture in Australia. 

The socio-affective dynamics can socially and subjectively mediate aspects within the construction of one’s identity. What does this indicate for early years educators practices for embracing diversity? 

Narratives from research present diversity scenarios that are analytically discussed to consider developmental support to a child’s authentic and strong sense of identity. The early years national and state framework outcomes are deliberated for determining practice in action to support children’s dynamic cultural and linguistic being through family heritage and English in educational contexts.

~Book Now!~
To book click here

Dr Melissa Barnes
Dr Melissa Barnes is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia. While her teaching career began in the United States, it is her teaching experiences in Germany, Vietnam, Australia and Brunei that have collectively shaped her understanding of language, literacy, assessment and teacher education in diverse educational contexts.
Robyn Babaeff
Robyn Babaeff commenced her career in early years education as a preschool/kindergarten educator/director in Australian multicultural/multilingual preschools for just over twelve years, and then moved to tertiary teaching in the early years field. 

She is a lecturer at Monash University, Faculty of Education, since 2009. Robyn’s role is in early childhood and primary education in the area of child development, diversity, family and curriculum. Her doctoral research study focuses on parents sustaining of their heritage culture and language with their children in Australia, post-migration.

Event Details
Time 5 - 6:30pm
     Date Thursday, 17th March, 2016
     Venue Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
     Target Audience Early Childhood
     Cost $25 Member  $30 Non-Members

Future Events

Webinar: Tools for enhancing assessment literacy for teachers of EAL
Presenters: Dr Alan Williams and Ms Janet Saker

Date: Wednesday, March 23rd
Time: 1 - 2pm
Venue: Online

This webinar will introduce participants to the TEAL Project, an innovative e-based toolkit of assessment tools and advice for teachers of EAL students. TEAL provides teachers with a deep understanding of assessment for learning principles, as well as access to a bank of EAL-appropriate assessment tools and tasks, exemplars and work samples for Listening and Speaking and Writing. An online assessment tool for Reading is also being developed.

These tools and tasks will assist teachers to assess the English language development of their EAL students, and to align their assessments with the EAL Companion to AusVELS and the EAL Continuum. The project was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET), the Catholic Education Commission, Victoria (CECV) and Independent Schools, Victoria (ISV). 

Broadcast through Adobe Connect:
Choose: Enter as a Guest, Type in your name, Click "Enter Room"

*Please note* Only the first 40-50 people that log in will be able to access the webinar live. However a video-recording will be available for VicTESOL members on the VicTESOL website after the event.

Sector: Later Years of Schooling / Adult
Presenters: TBA
Date: Thursday, April 21st
Time: 5 - 7pm
Venue: TBA

Topic: Building Communities
Sector: Early Childhood / Schools / Adult
Presenters: TBA
Date: Thursday, May 26th
5 - 7pm
Venue: TBA

News, resources, links & opportunities

Professional Learning opportunities at Blackburn ELS

Developing Effective EAL Programs

Blackburn English Language School is offering a professional learning program for mainstream and EAL teachers in Term 1, 2016 entitled “Developing Effective EAL Programs”. The program, conducted by Sandra San Martin, started on Wednesday the 17th of February and will run over 6 weeks.

Due to high demand and requests for more places, the program will be repeated in Term 2, 2016 at the B.E.L.S. Maroondah Campus in Croydon North. Contact Professional Learning Leader, Leah Kontos, for more details.


TOEFL Young Learner Research Grants
Information about two upcoming TOEFL Young Learner Research Grants, one is for graduate students.

The TOEFL Young Students Series (YSS) Research Grants are intended to support research related to the TOEFL YSS assessments, as well as foundational research that promotes high-quality language assessment related to young language learners between ages 8 and 16. 

For more information click here.

EAL Opportunities 2016
Would you like to make a real difference in countries like Indonesia, South Africa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste or Myanmar? Australian Volunteers International (AVI) are looking for candidates with expertise such as:

  • Senior ESL teachers
  • Teacher Trainers
  • English Language Program developers

Sound like you? Click here for more information!

Joe Lo Bianco to Give TIRF Talk at TESOL 2016
The latest issue of TIRF features a piece on Jo Lo Bianco, one of Australia’s most important contributors to TESOL research and practice. This month’s newsletter can also be found online here.

Upcoming Conferences

ACTA 2016 Conference Registrations

The ACTA Conference is nearly here! Running from the 7th to 11th of April, aims to proposes to explore the concept of language, literacy and numeracy education as a process of exchanging ways of being.

Want more information? Click Here for further details. 

The conference is also on Facebook and Twitter.

ALTAANZ is calling for papers for their November 2016 conference

ALTAANZ is conducting a Call for Papers for the 2016 ALTAANZ conference to be held at the University of Auckland from the 17th to 19th of November this year. Please note that the call for papers closes on April 18th.

Click Here for further details.

VCE Update

VCE English and EAL Implementation Workshops
In collaboration with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) is conducting implementation workshops for teachers of VCE English and EAL.

Each workshop will brief teachers about the revised study designs and provide activities for professional development. These sessions will focus on Units 3 and 4. There is no cost for attendance.
The majority of sessions are now open for registrations on the VATE website.

ACTA Update

ACTA Schools Survery
ACTA is currently conducting a survey to ascertain the state of EAL/D programs in schools across the country. The information gleaned will be published and inform ACTA policy and advocacy work with government.

ACTA is seeking the support of state agencies to promote the survey to encourage maximum participation. We encourage you to do so as all improvements to EAL/D in the schooling sector is welcomed.

To begin the survey please click here.

TESOL International

Celebrate 50 years of TESOL International Association on 17 March 2016 with a full day of savings! For one day only, TESOL will offer big discounts on:
     Online Courses
     TESOL 2016 International Convention & English Language Expo
     TESOL Press Publications
Stay tuned! More details at the TESOL 50th website.

TESOL 2016, TESOL's 50th anniversary, will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday, 5 April, through Friday, 8 April 2016. For updates click here.

Other TESOL Information
A listing of selected upcoming conferences is also available on the
ACTA website
See also the
TESOL Worldwide Calendar of Events.

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