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January 2016

Welcome to 2016!

This special summer edition of the VicTESOL eBulletin contains a message from the new president of VicTESOL Anne Keary, and invitations to key upcoming professional learning events held by VicTESOL and VATE.

We hope your holidays have been enjoyable and look forward to working with you all for another fantastic year!

In this issue
  1. Welcome from the new VicTESOL President
  2. Upcoming VicTESOL Events
  3. VicTESOL Draft Professional Learning Calendar 2016
  4. Upcoming VATE Events

Welcome to 2016

Letter from the new VicTESOL President, Anne Keary 

Welcome to 2016. I am Anne Keary, the new President of VicTESOL for 2016.

First of all I would like to thank Mark Melican for his outstanding three year presidency. It was a professionally rewarding period for the Association with the hosting of the 2014 ACTA conference, the implementation of a comprehensive and vibrant professional learning program and growth in membership. 

The VicTESOL AGM in December was well attended and there was a great deal of interest by attendees in joining the 2016 VicTESOL committee. Hence, we have a robust committee for 2016 and in particular I welcome new members to the committee Jessie Sambell, Julia Lippold, Michelle Andrews and Manalini Kane. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the returning members who provide a great deal of experience and knowledge to the Association.

My background is varied. Many years ago I began my teaching career as an early childhood teacher, working in mainstream and Indigenous contexts in New Zealand, the Northern Territory and Queensland. I then moved into teaching in the Primary Early Years and spent a number of years working in early special education.

I returned to Melbourne and taught in New Arrival settings, secondary EAL contexts, acted as Education Officer for VicTESOL for three years, and undertook research positions at Monash and Deakin. Currently, I am a lecturer in education at Monash University.

I look forward to working with the VicTESOL committee and members this year.

Anne Keary
President, VicTESOL

Upcoming VicTESOL Events

Workshop: Miriam Faine, Adult Sector
Thursday, 4th February, 2016

Speaker: Miriam Faine
The session will cover aspects of Faine's work in the areas of language, literacy and evaluation in the adult sector.

~Book Now!~
To book click here

     Time 5:30 - 7:30pm
     Date Thursday, 4th February 2016
     Venue Bastow Institute, 603 - 615 Queensberry St. North Melb
     Target Audience Adult Sector
     Cost $20 Member  $30 Non-Members

Miriam Faine's Biography
Miriam Faine's role in the Faculty of Education in Monash is as a lecturer in the area of language, literacy, re
search methodology and adult education. 

Faine worked setting up the ESL program at CAE in Melbourne and was active as an advocate for ESL Literacy programs for ESL learners with little or no education. She was the program manager of the Migrant Women's Learning Center at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.
VCE English and EAL day
Friday, 12th Feb, 2016

VATE and VicTESOL are pleased to present the 2016 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. We are also offering an overview of Bridging EAL.

This day will be a good opportunity for teachers to network and share ideas about the course, so get your registrations in to avoid disappointment.

For more details and to book
Click here

     Date 12th Feb, 2016
     Time Registration from 
     Venue Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East

VicTESOL Professional Learning for 2016

VicTESOL Pronunciation Workshop with Dr Shem Macdonald, 2015

Semester 1, 2016

Topic: Identity and Communication
Sector: Early Childhood / Early Years
Presenters: TBA
Date: Thursday, March 17th
Time: 5 â€“ 7pm
Venue: TBA

Topic: TEAL Webinair
Presenters: Dr Alan Williams & Janet Saker
Date: Wednesday, March 23rd
Time: 1 - 2pm
Venue: Online

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
Topic: Strategies for supporting New Arrival EAL learners in the mainstream - The conversation continues
Sector: Language Centres / Schools
Date: Thursday, June 9th
Time: 5 - 7pm
Venue: TBA
Date: TBA
Topics: VCE EAL listening (Term 3)

Upcoming VATE Events

Meet the Assessors
Date 8th Feb, 2016
5:15 pm
Venue Monash University, Caulfield Campus

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 2015 exam results you will see examples of student responses to exam questions.

To book please click here.

VicTESOL is a professional association committed to promoting excellence in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and multicultural education, and to fostering and supporting cultural and linguistic diversity. VicTESOL provides support and services to TESOL teachers working in schools and pre-schools, adult and community education, ELICOS centres, and university and industry settings throughout Victoria.
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