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.

    • 2023 WATESOL AGM

      Date: 22/11/2023

      Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

      Description:

      Members are encouraged to attend our annual general meeting to show support for our association and to help vote in the 2024 committee.  You can nominate yourself or a colleague by downloading and completing the form at this link and emailing it to secretary@watesol.org.au OR bring it on the day and hand in as you sign in OR shout out your name when we call for nominations.

      In addition to voting in the new executive and committee members, the meeting will include

      • the presentation of the winner of the Kate Mullin award
      • a show and tell by Lauren Piovesan of ESL Reads
      • guest speakers (see below)
      • After the meeting, participants are invited to take part in barefoot bowls.

       

      Unsettling the norms: Feminist dialogic approaches to professional learning and research in TESOL

      Helene Markmann (North Metropolitan TAFE), Elizabeth Bennett (North Metropolitan TAFE), Maggie McAlinden (Edith Cowan University), Toni Dobinson (Curtin University)

      TESOL teachers and academics usually work in contexts that are often far removed from each other. Moreover, the prevalence of traditional hierarchies and asymmetrical power relations in Academia and Education often reinforce the differences between teaching and research.  In 2023, TAFE lecturers Elizabeth Bennett and Helen Markmann embarked on a short internship with Maggie McAlinden at Edith Cowan University. The internship was part of a TAFE program which supports TAFE Lecturers to engage in professional learning.

      One outcome of the internship was a short literature review and survey about Trawsieithu (Williams, 1994); better known in English as Translanguaging. Another was the beginnings of a collaborative research project to explore new ways that TESOL teachers and researchers in Western Australia can learn from and with each other.

      To begin our dialogue (Bhaktin, 1981), Helene, Elizabeth, and Maggie reflect on their experience and the value of collaboration. In the second part, we will think and learn together in dialogue with Toni Dobinson to explore some of the questions about Translanguaging that have arisen from the project.

      This will be a reflective, dialogic presentation in which the audience are invited to join the conversation.

       

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    • EALD Support Teacher Network Meeting

      Date: 07/09/2023

      Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

      Description:

      WATESOL EALD Support Teacher Network Meeting 2023  

      WATESOL aims to host annual meetings to provide EALD support teachers across all sectors an opportunity to network and up-skill.

      At this meeting, Kara Gard (DoE) will give a presentation on common grammar errors made by language learners and how to help students correct them.

      We also aim to respond to some of the requests raised by members and friends in the lead up to this meeting including EALD students and explicit direct instruction, use of interpreters and use of Progress Maps to support student learning.

       

      $20 non-members.

      Free to members- sign in to access the member’s ticket.

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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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