Youth Coalition of the ACT – report of our professional learning session 10 March

Following the 2016 ATESOL ACT AGM on 10 March, members heard from Emma Robertson, Director of the Youth Coalition of the ACT.  Emma provided an excellent overview of the work undertaken by the Youth Coalition and its partnership with the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network (MYAN ACT). Read a report and links from this professional learning … Read more Youth Coalition of the ACT – report of our professional learning session 10 March

ATESOL ACT has a new Constitution

At our 2016 Annual General Meeting on 10 March, members voted to approve a new Constitution for ATESOL ACT. The association has had the same constitution for more years than any current Committee member can remember; it certainly predates digital recordkeeping and appears to have been produced using very early word processing technology.  The Committee … Read more ATESOL ACT has a new Constitution

ACTA 2016 STATE OF EAL/D SCHOOLS SURVEY

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) has just launched its second national survey on the state of EAL/D Education in Australia in 2016.  I would encourage friends of ATESOL ACT to actively participate in this survey and to share it with colleagues in the ACT and interstate.  The survey, which takes about 10 to … Read more ACTA 2016 STATE OF EAL/D SCHOOLS SURVEY

ATESOL ACT Annual Dinner – report & photos

Another year, another successful ATESOL ACT Annual Dinner! We were pleased to host Yvette Berry MLA as our guest speaker. We also heard from one of the recipients of ATESOL ACT’s CamTESOL Sponsorship, Mongkul Tep.  Once again we raised funds from dinner guests to enable us to continue our links with CamTESOL sponsorship. Read more … Read more ATESOL ACT Annual Dinner – report & photos

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 Scaffolding Literacy Community of Practice – photos

Winners of the Competition for Sponsored Registration for 2016 ACTA-ACAL Conference

ATESOL ACT are sponsoring registration fees for two members to attend the 2016 ACTA-ACAL Conference The winners were drawn and announced at the ATESOL ACT Annual Dinner on Wednesday 4 November. Congratulations to  Jennifer Mayers (school sector winner) and Lesley Cioccarelli (adult sector winner) We look forward to their presentations at an ATESOL ACT PD … Read more Winners of the Competition for Sponsored Registration for 2016 ACTA-ACAL Conference

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

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

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