To prospective and current members, welcome to the WATESOL digital home! We are proud to be offering a range of professional learning events from Western Australia and around the world, 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 assist you in your EAL/D role.
Your 2020 WATESOL committee consists of Kate Simeon (vice president), Melanie Postmus (secretary), Graydon Smith (treasurer), Pippa Beetson (ACTA representative), Sophia Sabatier (Kate Mullin Award) and Mishayla Webber (CAC Rep).
Year 12 Mock Examination Paper now available
The 2020 Year 12 ATAR Mock Examination Paper and Marking Key are now available for download in the Member’s Area. Please login to access these.
The listening transcript and audio will be available for download on September 1st.
As we have developed a bank of practical materials over the last 4 years, this year we have not produced any visual stimulus materials for the practical examination. Please access previous years in the Member’s Area.
***Please note – from 2021 we will need to charge a small amount per student for access to the Mock Examination materials to cover the cost of the exam.
Upcoming PD – Teacher Moderation for Good Answer Guide 15th September
The 2020 Good Answer Guide has included unannotated student work samples for teacher development at this event.
To gain the most from the session, participants should come having annotated the text types from the 2020 GAG that they are interested in workshopping. There will be a 30 minute session on the synthesis, and then facilitated breakout sessions for each of the extended writing text types examined in the ATAR course.
The event is free for members (you must be logged in to access this) or $20 for non-members of remote/ overseas participants via Zoom.
To register click here
Good Answers Guide now available
The new Good Answers Guide is ready to be purchased. It contain sample answers for all sections of the 2019 EAL/D ATAR examination. This year’s GAG contains more samples and discussion than ever before. It also has some blank samples for you to annotate, which we will hold a moderation PD on in Term 3. Buy your copy of the GAG here. (Please note, invoices will go to the email address used in the payment, or if you are logged in, the Member’s Area).
2020 ACTA Conference Postponed
Due to the unfolding Covid-19 Pandemic, ACTA have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s conference, due to be held in Brisbane in October. The conference will now take place in October 2021. To follow information for the conference click here. We still look forward to seeing you there in 2021.
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.
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.