- ATESOL ACT Life Membership
- ATESOL ACT University of Canberra TESL and TESOL Student Awards
- Penny McKay Memorial Award for Best Thesis in Language Education
ATESOL ACT Life Membership
In 2021, the ATESOL ACT awarded the Life Membership of ATESOL ACT to Lesley Cioccarelli and Jennifer Mayers.
Jennifer has been a member of ATESOL ACT for over 25 years and served as president, treasurer and committee member during that time. She has been involved in the TESOL field from her first posting to a preschool in Post Augusta, South Australia, in 1979. In 1980, she was the first ESL preschool teacher appointed to visit preschools in the ACT, combining the role with identifying students with delayed or disordered language development. Her work in the ACT included teaching in primary schools, leading an Introductory English Centre and managing the EAL/D programs in the ACT Education Directorate. She was one of the first accredited Teaching ESL in the Mainstream tutors in the ACT, presenting central and school-based courses for over seven years. Jennifer has been an ACT representative councillor on the national Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA), serving as treasurer since 2012. She has also been treasurer for the SATESOL association.
Lesley has been a Committee member since 2006, and has served as President and Vice President. She built ATESOL ACT’s original website in 2006 and, except for a couple of years she took off, she managed the website until 2021. Lesley also established ATESOL ACT’s social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. She has delivered many stimulating professional development events for ATESOL ACT, and organised many more. Lesley has also served as an ACTA Councillor and managed the ACTA website for many years. She has presented at ACTA Conferences and also for our sibling associations, QATESOL and TasTESOL, and at other conferences in Australia and beyond.
In 2018, the ATESOL ACT awarded the Life Membership of ATESOL ACT to Helen Moore.
Dr Helen Moore is a long standing TESOL researcher and advocate for the field was also recognised for significant service to English language education, and to community music, by being awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Queen’s Birthday honours list in 2019. Read more about Helen and her work here: Queen’s Birthday Honour for Dr Helen Moore
In 2014, the ATESOL ACT awarded the first Life Membership of ATESOL ACT to Misty Adoniou.
Misty has been ATESOL ACT President, ACTA Representative, and was also President of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) from 2007 to 2009. She has also served on The Affiliate Leadership Council of TESOL International, an organisation representing 103 worldwide Teachers Associations and the TESOL International Board of Directors.
Read more about Misty and her work here: Misty Adoniou – ATESOL ACT’s first Life Member
ATESOL ACT University of Canberra TESL and TESOL Student Awards
The ATESOL ACT Student Awards were instituted in 2008 to recognize outstanding achievements in studies in:
- ‘Teaching English as a Second Language’ in the Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra – the TESL Student Award
- ‘TESOL Methodology’ in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra – the TESOL Student Award
Winners each receive a full year’s membership to ATESOL ACT.
- ATESOL ACT TESOL Student Award 2014 awarded to Katherine Johnson
- ATESOL ACT TESL Student Award 2014 – awarded to Sarah Crawford
- ATESOL ACT TESOL Student Award 2013 awarded to Florence Farley
- ATESOL ACT TESL Student Award 2013 – no award this year
- ATESOL ACT TESL Student Award 2011 awarded to Saskia Hancott
- ATESOL ACT TESOL Student Award 2011 awarded to Cathy Crompton
- ATESOL ACT TESL Student Award 2010 awarded to Anne Enchelmaier
- ATESOL ACT TESOL Student Award 2010 awarded to Bernard Grant
- ATESOL ACT TESL Student Award 2009 awarded to Anna James
- ATESOL ACT TESOL Student Award 2009 awarded to Rowena Tayler-Henry
- ATESOL ACT TESL Student Award 2008 awarded to Sue Honeyman
- ATESOL ACT TESOL Student Award 2008 awarded to Genevieve Hye Yeong Jamieson
Penny McKay Memorial Award for Best Thesis in Language Education
This is a national award for an outstanding doctoral thesis which benefits the teaching and learning of second/additional languages in Australian schools, including Indigenous languages, community languages, foreign languages, Standard Australian English as an additional language or variety, and English as a foreign language.
The Award is jointly offered by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA), and administered by ALAA.