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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.

    • 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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    • Description:

      Presenters: Anagha Joshi, Julie Ngwabi and Zakiyyah Muhammad. Facilitator: Gill Munro.

      Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 1:00–2:00pm AEST.   Find your time zone

      Children and families from CALD backgrounds can experience challenges that affect their mental health and wellbeing. They can also face barriers to accessing and engaging with services. Tailoring your approach to work with children and families from CALD communities can help you to better address their mental health and wellbeing needs.

      • Understand the factors contributing to child mental health in CALD communities.
      • Consider ways to proactively engage with CALD communities to support early intervention and prevention.
      • Understand key principles and practice approaches for building trust and rapport with children and their family.
      • Use strengths-based approaches to support child mental health in CALD communities.
      Register for this free webinar
      This webinar is co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds in a series focusing on children’s mental health. They are working together as part of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

      About the presenters

      Anagha Joshi

      Anagha is a senior research officer at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. She is experienced in evidence synthesis and knowledge translation, and has produced practice papers, resource sheets, short articles and webinars to increase uptake of evidence in the child, family and welfare sector. She recently completed a scoping review to understand what Australian research exists on child mental health in culturally and linguistically diverse communities with Emerging Minds. Anagha has a clinical and program implementation background, with experience working with diverse communities in Australia and internationally.

      Julie Ngwabi

      Julie completed General Nurse training in Zimbabwe, and a Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing before moving to Australia with her family in 2004. In Australia, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Dual Diagnosis) and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Nursing. Her passion is family focused mental health care. For the past ten years she has worked as a Perinatal Mental Health Clinician, COPMI Coordinator and as a Family and Carer Consultant in Sydney NSW. She believes in a holistic and systemic approach to mental health care to achieve positive mental health outcomes. Julie is passionate about CALD and social justice issues. In her spare time, she volunteers to support recently arrived refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the community.

      Zakiyyah Muhammad

      Zakiyyah has journeyed alongside some of the most vulnerable members of the global community over the last 30 years; women and their families who had been victims and survivors of domestic and family violence, prostitution, alcohol and drug related problems, rape, abuse, refugees and asylum seekers, those who had experienced FGM, also those who have been suffered pregnancy loss, been pregnant, birthed and parented in some of the most difficult situations imaginable. Zakiyyah’s passions are studying and living within a social justice framework. This has led to her obtaining a wide range of experience and qualifications which enhance her holistic practice.

      Meet the facilitator

      Gill Munro

      Gill is a social worker who has spent many years as manager of a large specialist drug and alcohol service. During her time in this role Gill noticed that the service experienced huge demand and easily met its KPIs but that it could do better in attracting people from diverse backgrounds. Gill’s passion for ensuring equity and access to the service, together with her discovery that very few people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds accessed the service, led to her to seek to find innovative ways the service could connect with migrant families and communities to facilitate their access.

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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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