My ACTA-ACAL 2016 Conference Highlights

Last year, ATESOL ACT ran a competition to sponsor registration fees for two members to attend the 2016 ACTA-ACAL Diversity Conference, held in Perth in April. There were two sponsorships awarded: one for a member from the school sector, won by Jennifer Mayers, and one for a member from the adult sector, won by Lesley … Read more

PL: Bilingual tools to enhance EAL/D students’ language development – 30 July

Bookings now open for our next professional learning event on Saturday 30 July, 2016, 9:00am – 1:00pm Bilingual tools to enhance EAL/D students’ language development presented by Mallika Das (Auburn Public School).  This one is targeted at primary and secondary teachers. We came across Mallika presenting at the ACTA conference in Perth earlier this year, … Read more

Minimal English as a Pedagogical Tool – workshop report, links & photos

On Friday 6th May, interested professionals from all sectors gathered at the ANU for a workshop facilitated by Lauren Sadow, a PHD candidate with an extensive background in the fields of Linguistics and TESOL. The workshop developed teachers’ understanding of how culture and cultural values can be expressed through language, and how these aspects of … Read more

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

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

Welcome to our 2016 Committee

At our AGM on Thursday 10 March the new ATESOL ACT Committee for 2016 was elected. We are pleased to announce that Fern Hyde has stepped up into the President role. After serving us so ably as ATESOL ACT Secretary for the past few years, Jakki Cashman is stepping down, but we are pleased she … Read more


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

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

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

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