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VicTESOL eBULLETIN

September 2016

Welcome to our eBulletin for September 2016.

This month we are still happily reviewing the feedback from our VicTESOL Symposium: Thinking Beyond the Classroom which was held last month, and we also have some upcoming professional learning opportunities to share with you.

Don’t forget that applications for our inaugural VicTESOL Research Grant are closing soon, you will find more details below. Similarly, the closing date for the Penny McKay Memorial Award applications is also drawing near.

If you come across any events, resources or articles that you think the VicTESOL community might get something out of, why not share them in our next e-bulletin? Email victesol@victesol.vic.edu.au by the end of the month and we'll endeavour to include it in the following edition.

In this issue
  1. VicTESOL Symposium Feedback
  2. Upcoming Professional Learning
  3. VicTESOL Research Grant
  4. Penny McKay Memorial Award
  5. VicTESOL AGM
  6. VCE Update
  7. EAL Research
  8. ACTA Update
  9. Upcoming Conferences

VicTESOL Symposium
Thinking Beyond the EAL Classroom



Feedback

We have really appreciated your feedback from our Symposium on 1st August. We were pleased to learn that 96% of attendees found the symposium ‘valuable’ or ‘extremely valuable’.

We have taken on board other feedback regarding session lengths, and will use it to provide an even better symposium for 2017.

VicTESOL members can view presentation slides, recordings and other documents from the day by clicking here.

Upcoming Professional Learning

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

Speakers
Carmel Davies & Sharon Duff

In this workshop Sharon Duff and Carmel Davies (urbanlyrebirds.com) 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

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

Speaker
Dr Kathryn Hill

Session details and booking information will be sent to all VicTESOL members soon.

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

VicTESOL Research Grant

Inaugural VicTESOL Research Grant
Applications close October 7, 2016

The inaugural VicTESOL Research Grant offers funds of $5000 to a research team to conduct research into a project that aims to meet the needs of refugees. The project must involve researchers and practitioners as research partners.

The research team will work collaboratively with VicTESOL to report their findings in a manner that is relevant to the VicTESOL membership, other EAL/TESOL practitioners and researchers in Victoria and potentially to other members of TESOL communities nationally and internationally.

 

Click here to find out more


Applications and queries should be directed to: grants@victesol.vic.edu.au

Penny McKay Memorial Award

Applications closing Friday 7th October

The Award is for an outstanding doctoral thesis which benefits the teaching and learning of second/additional languages in Australian schools and pre-schools, including Indigenous languages, community languages, foreign languages, Standard Australian English as an additional language or variety, and English as a foreign language.

The Award consists of $500, a certificate and free conference registration at either the 2016 ALTAANZ conference at the University of Auckland OR the 2016 ALAA Conference at Monash University.

 

Click here for application forms and more information


The winner will be offered a slot to present a paper on an aspect of their research at the conference of their choice. The winner’s name and a 300-word summary of their thesis will be published in each Association’s journal.

VicTESOL AGM 2016

Yes, we are coming to that time again! Term 4 is full of activities for all in the education sector and for us here at VicTESOL one of the annual highlights is always our AGM.

Last year we were lucky enough to have a private tour of the Ian Potter Gallery followed by in-house catering with over 45 members attending. This year we are looking to tour the beautiful Immigration Museum and the Identity exhibition followed by canapés and drinks.
 
Look out for further details in our next eBulletin!

VCE Update

VCE EAL: 2016 Trial of the Listening to Texts section of the exam
We have uploaded to the VicTESOL website the powerpoint and handout from a webinar conducted earlier in the year related to the trial of the Listening to Text section of the VCE EAL exam.

These documents provide useful information about the new VCE EAL Listening to Texts component of the Study Design and examination task which comes into effect next year. To view the documents please click here.



VCE EAL: Examiners Wanted
Gleaneagles Secondary College is looking for an external examiner to mark 17 practice Unit 4 EAL exams in September. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact EAL/RAMP Coordinator Jess Mason at mason.jessica.m@edumail.vic.gov.au.

EAL Research

PhD research survey
Project Title: A Cultural Dictionary of Australian English

Lauren Sadow, a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the Australian National University, aims to compile a cultural dictionary and teaching resource of Standard Australian English, focussing on cultural key words and ways of interacting in Australia.  

This project will attempt to bridge the gap between linguistic theory and pedagogical need. The final aim of this project is to produce a theoretically sound and complete working resource for language teachers, including an introduction to the linguistic theories used, reference materials, explanations and classroom exercises.

Sadow is asking for EAL teachers to help with her PhD research by completing a survey about your experiences teaching Australian culture. This research has been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee. To take the survey, please click here.

 

Victorian primary EAL teachers wanted for research survey
Victorian primary EAL teachers in a mainstream school, language school or language centre are invited to participate in the first phase of a study into the relationships that might exist 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 Tools to Enhance Assessment Literacy (TEAL) Common Writing Assessment Tool.

This will involve taking a short online survey, and completing an online test of your language awareness. You will receive instant feedback on your performance, a certificate of completion, and a $10 eGift voucher- redeemable at Coles, Kmart, Target or Officeworks.

To complete this survey please click here. For more information please contact sstanyer@student.unsw.edu.au.

Disclaimer: These research projects are not endorsed by VicTESOL in any way. Indivudals should make their own judgement about the suitability of completing each survey.

 

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

ACU’s Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference 27-29 September
Language as social power: 20th century beginnings, 21st century futures


The theme of ASFLA 2016, “Language as social power”: 20th century beginnings, 21st century futures, turns our attention in two directions: to celebrate what SFL has achieved and to reinvigorate what it might do.


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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