To prospective and current members, welcome to the WATESOL digital home! We are proud to be offering a range of Professional Learning events, products and news updates that can benefit you as a teacher, tutor or mentor to EAL/D students. Please have a look around our website on the links below, and let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help you on your EAL/D journey!
ATAR Mock examination available for download
The written and practical exam are now available for members to download and use. You need to make sure you are logged in as a member and then click the link.
Good Answers Guide now available to purchase
The new Good Answers Guide is now ready and available to purchase from the website. It contains sample answers for the synthesis and all extended writing questions from the 2018 EaL/D ATAR examination. Buy yours here.
WATESOL is currently finalising the mock examination, which will be available from the website in Week 6.
Upcoming Understanding Language PD
The Understanding Language Professional Learning will be run by UWA, in collaboration with the Department of Education.. The purpose of the forum is to provide teachers with an opportunity to learn more about how language works; to dispel myths about additional language or dialect acquisition and to engage in related teaching reflection. The PL is led by a team of accomplished, dedicated linguists at The University of Western Australia and experienced Educators from the WA Department of Education. Information for the PD can be found by following this link.
ACTA Submission to AMEP Evaluation
ACTA has submitted a thorough submission to The Evaluation of the AMEP “new business model”. The submission highlights that the primary goal of AMEP is to assist adult migrants in learning English. The submission outlines a range of issues identified in aliginging the AMEP with the SEE program and makes a range of recommendations to be implemented.
The full version of the report is available here.
Term 2 PD: Brian Dare presents Supporting EAL/D students from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds in primary and secondary classrooms
Brian Dare is heading to Perth and WATESOL are lucky enough to have secured him to run a PD on April 30th from 3.45-5.30pm.
Brian Dare will be presenting an interactive professional learning session for primary and secondary teachers working with English as an Additional Language/Dialect
students. His presentation will focus on the importance of knowing the cultural and linguistic background of EAL/D students to assist them in learning across the curriculum.
This session is suitable for primary and secondary teachers working in mainstream classrooms as well as in Intensive English Centres.
For all your information and bookings, click here.
ACTA AGM – April 18th
Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) Annual General Meeting
ACTA is holding its annual general meeting on Thursday 18 April, 7pm AEDT. Please contact the ACTA secretary if you wish to participate. Secretary@tesol.org.auACTA is the national coordinating body for all associations of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) across Australia. Membership of ACTA comes automatically through membership of one of its constituent associations.All members of TESOL associations are welcome to attend the AGM.ACTA is made up of councillors from each state and territory association. Councillors, need to be nominated by state and territory TESOL associations. Only TESOL association councillors or their designated proxies are entitled to vote at the AGM.ACTA Objectives
- to represent and support the interests of teachers of English to speakers of other languages and dialects and their students
- to ensure access to appropriate English language instruction for speakers of other languages and dialects
- to encourage implementation and delivery of quality professional programs at all levels
- to promote study, research and development of TESOL at local, regional, national and international levels.
5th ALRF Colloquium: Language, Identity and Culture in Education
This colloquium will bring together leading and emerging applied linguists to discuss different linguistic rationales for opportunities and challenges for language, identity and culture in critical language education contexts.
The sessions will offer new levels of analysis to common approaches to language education, offering researchers, teachers and practitioners complex and critical perspectives on multilingual and multicultural diversity in an increasingly globalised world.
Keynote speakers include:
Professor Brian Paltridge
Professor Ian Malcolm.
More information and bookings can be made here.
TESOL In Context is now online!
You will no longer be receiving copies of TESOL In Context in the mail. Instead, stay up to date with all the latest academic papers by simply clicking here.
Looking to join? Click here.