Themed tour of the National Portrait Gallery and ATESOL ACT AGM

ATESOL ACT invites you to 
a special tour of the National Portrait Gallery followed by the 2020 Annual General Meeting DATE: Thursday 19th March 2020 _______4:00pm start to view the collection on ‘Identity’ _______4:45pm ATESOL ACT AGM LOCATION: The National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes REGISTER here: (before 12 March) See EVENTS page … Read more

ACTA International Conference 2020 – Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations and Registrations are now open for the ACTA International Conference 2020! This is OUR national conference, hosted by our colleagues in Queensland, QATESOL. It will be held in Brisbane, from 30 September to 2 October, with pre-conference workshops on 29 September. The Conference theme for 2020 is: Pushing the Boundaries. ATESOL … Read more

Multilingual Storyboxes – professional learning event on 2nd November 

Are you looking for something new about EAL/D pedagogy? Do you love using stories for language and literacy development? Then come along to explore the use of multilingual Storyboxes in the classroom with Dr Gill Pennington, EAL/D Consultant in NSW (and former President of ATESOL ACT). Storyboxes promote the diversity of languages in the community, … Read more

Scaffolding Literacy Community of Practice – photos

On Saturday 31 October, several Scaffolding Literacy practitioners shared their practice from ACT classrooms, and lead discussions about working with the Scaffolding Literacy pedagogy. See photos from the events on our Recent Events page. You can also download copies of some of the presentation slides and handouts and check under the photos for links to … Read more

Tai Chi and Tennis Balls: Haptic Techniques for Teaching Pronunciation – Report & Links

ATSEOL ACT members enjoyed some energetic insights into pronunciation teaching at our Term 3 professional learning/development event with Michael Burri from University of Wollongong. We explored the sounds, stress patterns and intonation of English with practical exercises using gesture, touch and movement. This kinaesthetic pronunciation teaching method can help students develop fluency and sound differentiation … Read more

Using the Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery with Students Learning English as Speakers of Other Languages – Report

Our Term 2 professional development event was a guided tour of the National Portrait Gallery collection discussing ways of using portraits with students learning English as Speakers of Other Languages. Feedback comments from participants, posted on our Facebook group: What an excellent afternoon. Thanks so much for providing this opportunity. I second that! Really enjoyed … Read more

Why Oracy is Critical for Improving Inferential Comprehension – Report from our Term 1 PL session

In what I think was a record for ATESOL ACT, we had around 80 teachers turn out for our first professional learning event for 2015 on Saturday 21 February. I’m sure all of those present are very grateful to Committee member Fern Hyde for suggesting we ask Margery Hertzberg to come to Canberra to present … Read more