University of Wollongong’s Summer Institute

The University of Wollongong’s School of Education is pleased to host the third annual Summer Institute from 14 – 17 January 2014.  


English as an Additional language or Dialect is a frontline focus in the national curriculum and is an acknowledgement of the need to meet the learning requirements of all students. This Institute will take a practical approach to orientating primary and high school teachers to the demands of working successfully with EAL/D curriculum and students in their classrooms. Focuses will include discussing and interpreting the Australian Curriculum prescriptions for EAL/D learners; strategies for assessing EAL/D learner needs and progress; classroom pedagogies that acknowledge and build upon learners’ bilingual and multilingual backgrounds and language proficiencies; and strategies for gathering data and researching classroom practice to improve outcomes. This institute provides an opportunity to share experiences and expertise with colleagues in the context of exploring issues around the challenges of supporting EAL/D learners in mainstream classrooms. Completion of the institute, and subsequent assessment under the subject code EDGT930, enables participants to claim advanced standing in the Faculty TESOL postgraduate program.



Have you ever considered teaching English overseas? Have you ever dreamed about volunteering as an English teacher to children in Africa or landing a paid position as a private language school teacher in Japan or as a college instructor in China? This four day intensive Certificate in Teaching English Overseas will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to successfully embark on an unforgettable experience as an English language teacher in a foreign country. This course will couple “hands-on” practical experience in teaching English with in-depth discussions of “critical issues” or “hot topics” concerning living and working abroad . Practical topics will include lesson planning, materials development and techniques for teaching listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing and grammar to diverse groups of learners. Completion of the course and an individual project qualifies participants to claim advanced standing in a postgraduate level TESOL course. No teaching experience is required.


Below is some general information regarding the Summer Institute including how to register.


The Institute provides educational professionals and others with accredited, face-to-face courses delivered by leading experts in areas including Assessment, Grammar, Special Education, and by popular demand, our offerings now include English Language Teaching, Quantitative Research, Oracy and more. The Institute has grown to include workshops (‘Summer Shorts’) and one-day courses in addition to the four-day intensive courses and Master classes.  Dr Phil Lambert, General Manager – Curriculum at ACARA, will deliver a Keynote addressing the topic of curriculum change, and this theme is reflected in the workshops and courses offered during the week.


Details of the conference for your information and to register are on our website