WATESOL

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WATESOL is a not-for-profit incorporated association representing the interests of teachers and learners of English as an Additional Language or Dialect across Western Australia. Our members teach at primary, secondary and/or tertiary institutions and come from the ELICOS sector, adult migrant colleges, Catholic Education, Independent schools, and Education Department of WA.

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  • News
  • News

    The latest news and updates in EALD. Also find out how WATESOL is advocating for EALD students in WA. To view the news archive, click the icon above.

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  • Events
  • Events

    Professional development opportunities, events, seminars and conferences. To see past events, click the icon above.

    • Investigation Task Moderation Workshop (New Syllabus)

      Date: 15/09/2022

      Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

      Description:

      Join us to review student work samples of the Oral Proposal and Written Report conducted this year for the first time. We’ll discuss the scoring of the samples using marking keys and share ideas for refining the investigation process. This workshop is primarily geared towards ATAR teachers of EAL/D, but all interested members are encouraged to come along.

      Places are limited – so please register early!

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    • Bringing Indigenous contact languages into the classroom

      Date: 12/05/2022

      Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

      Description:

      Join Dr Carly Steele of Curtin University for this fully-online event on Thursday 12 May 2022 at 5pm. Free for members and $15 for non-members. A link to join will be sent to registered participants’ email prior to the event.

       

      Abstract

      Most Indigenous peoples live in urban and regional settings across Australia and no longer speak their traditional languages fluently. Instead contact languages, creoles and dialects, are widely spoken. Little is known about these languages especially in educational settings where the first languages of many Indigenous children remain “invisible” to educators (Sellwood & Angelo, 2013). In this talk, I present findings from my PhD research conducted in far north Queensland where I examined the Standard Australian English (SAE) language learning needs of First Nations children who speak contact languages. In response, I co-taught a series of three lessons using contrastive language analysis to teach some of the language differences between the local language and SAE. Qualitative sociolinguistic discourse analysis was employed to examine student responses. Findings suggest it is possible that acquiring two closely related languages presents a greater challenge for the learner, not just in terms of noticing the linguistic differences, but also for the complex social, cultural, historical and political factors that underpin how nonstandard and standard languages are positioned in educational settings. I advocate for a critical language awareness approach for teaching SAE to be adopted for students from Year 5 onwards. From this perspective, it is not enough to bring Indigenous contact languages into the classroom, we must engage in critical conversations about language and power. Finally, I consider future directions and the constraints faced putting these approaches into practice.

       

      Speaker information

      Carly Steele is a Lecturer and early career researcher in the School of Education at Curtin University, Perth having previously held a Lecturer position at James Cook University in Townsville. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2021 which explored the role of language awareness and the use of contrastive analysis for teaching Standard Australian English as an additional language and/or dialect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in primary school classrooms. Carly coordinates and teaches professional experience units in postgraduate and undergraduate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses and draws on a range of research and teaching experiences across Australia which include positions in remote WA and NT, Far North Queensland and Sydney.

       

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  • Membership
  • Membership

    Join WATESOL to receive regular EALD updates direct to your inbox. The full benefits of each membership category are listed below.


  • Full Member

    Full

    Professionally qualified in TEFL/TESOL
    TESOL Links [label type=”info” text=”e-magazine”] or [label type=”info” text=”hard copy”]
    TESOL in Context
    Discounted PD
    One vote at general meetings
    Borrow from EALD Resource Centre


    Institute

    Institute

    Government or private sector body
    TESOL Links [label type=”info” text=”e-magazine + hard copy”]
    TESOL in Context
    Discounted PD for 2
    Two votes at general meetings
    Borrow from EALD Resource Centre


    Country & Remote

    Country & Remote

    WA members outside the Perth metro area
    TESOL Links [label type=”info” text=”e-magazine”]
    TESOL in Context
    Borrow from EALD Resource Centre


    Interstate & Overseas

    Interstate & Overseas

    Members outside Western Australia
    TESOL Links [label type=”info” text=”e-magazine”]


    Student

    Student or Concession

    Current holder of a student or pensioner concession card
    TESOL Links [label type=”info” text=”e-magazine”]
    TESOL in Context
    Borrow from EALD Resource Centre
    Discounted PD


    Associate

    Associate

    Unqualified by subscribe to the objectives of WATESOL
    TESOL Links [label type=”info” text=”e-magazine”]
    TESOL in Context
    Borrow from EALD Resource Centre
    Discounted PD

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