AGM and Mini Conference

WATESOL is very proud to announce a wonderful and very affordable mini-conference to be held Saturday October 27, along with the AGM.

Featuring key presentations from the International ACTA Conference held in Cairns this past July, please see this flier for details.  You must pay and register by 17 October to be in, for catering purposes.

We have decided to hold the Annual General Meeting the morning of the conference (more details regarding nominations and agenda will follow, closer to the time).  If you wish to come for morning coffee and the AGM only, we would love to have you!

Please help us promote this quality EAL/D professional learning event by forwarding this information to EAL/D networks and colleagues (especially if you hold Institutional membership and therefore are the email conduit for your staff) or by printing and displaying the flier in your workplace.

Applied Linguistics Conference

The Applied Linguistics Assoc. of Australian National Conference 2012 will be held at Curtin University from 12-14 November. The title of the conference is ‘Evolving Paradigms: Language and Applied Linguistics in a Changing World’. Call for papers due 31 August 2012. For more information go to the website.

Pathways into University for International Students

This WAIER research seminar was recently presented by Associate Professor Rhonda Oliver:

“The number of international students enrolled in Australian universities has grown over the last decade. At the same time, concern and anecdotal reports indicating that many non-English speaking background (NESB) students experience considerable difficulties in their courses have increased. There are two important issues in relation to this: the admission procedures implemented prior to student enrolment; and, what is done once students are enrolled. These two aspects will be explored in this presentation using evidence from two large scale and recently published studies.”

The PowerPoint for the presentation is available for download here.

2012 ACTA International TESOL Conference

The conference “TESOL as a Global Trade – Ethics, Equity and Ecology”will run from the 3rd to the 5th of July 2012 in Cairns. “ACTA is thrilled to host leading national and international educators and researchers in the field to this symposium.” More information at the conference website here. A recent update on preparations for the conference is also available here.