Our NT wide 2017 symposium is soon!  Saturday 7th October and located at CDU Darwin and Alice Springs campuses or particpate from any location via video conference. For more details refer to the flyer attached. Register your attendance by the 4/10/17 by emailing admin@atesolnt.org.au

Flyer_2017ATESOL_NTSymposium040917.pdf

Exciting News for our Members!

As of today our brand new Facebook page is up and running.

If you want to keep up to date with all the latest information, events and announcements follow the link and Like our page.

ATESOL NT Facebook

 

 

 

Proposed Australian Citizenship Legislation including a new compulsory English Test.

A Senate Inquiry is open till 21 st July. Members wanting to make submissions to the Inquiry are urged to refer to ACTA Media and News for ACTA position statements, meida releases and for further information.

 BACKGROUND ON THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST FOR CITIZENSHIP.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.acal.edu.au/conference/

Traders, neighbours and intruders: Points of contact, Darwin NT

Dates: 12-15 September 2017

Register soon for early bird rates.

AGM_12_May_2017_Minutes.pdf

Minutes of the ATESOL NT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING &

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

Friday 12 May 2017 @ 5.00pm – 6:00pm.

 

2017 PTANT Festival of Teaching Flyer A5 v1 2 Go to Professional Teachers Association http://ptant.com.au/

Mr Mark Collard

Mark is an experiential trainer, speaker & author. He runs a professional development business called Playmeo. He is an expert at helping educators learn the skills & strategies they need to deliver fun programs that engage & motivate students to get along. He is the author of four top-selling books, including No Props, Count Me In and his latest, Serious Fun. Mark has also developed the largest online database of group games & activities in the world.

We should take fun more seriously

The structures and demands of today's curriculum frameworks have essentially squeezed the fun out of education. Academic rigour and results are paramount, so much so, that many educational endeavours which focus on fun are either misunderstood and delivered poorly, or viewed by administrators as a waste of time. Yet, as evidenced by innovative classrooms all over the world, a new approach to Physical Education demands that we take fun more seriously.

In recent years, research has shown that having fun (playing) is critical to the optimal development of a human being. It is equally clear that human growth and learning occurs outside one's comfort zone, in the 'stretch zone'. Yet, how do we, as physical educators, invite students to willingly step outside their comfort zones, try new things, develop their skills and grow? In this practical and fun 'playnote' presentation, Mark will share his four-step approach to education called the Difference Model. You will learn to successfully introduce fun into the curriculum and this will make a difference to student performance.

Professor Joseph Lo Bianco

Dr Joseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He is a language planning specialist with extensive Australian and international experience in crafting language policies in multi-ethnic, multi-lingual settings and in supporting teachers, community groups, indigenous and ethnic minorities to succeed in advocacy for language rights in education. In recent years he has been active in Southeast Asia for UN agencies UNESCO and UNICEF on language policy and social cohesion, including peace-building in conflict affected settings. In this regard he has devised the 'facilitated dialogue' a specific method for problem solving debates between educators, officials and parents on disputed issues in language education.

Teachers as language planners: New perspectives from educational linguistics

Educational linguistics arose as a 'science' to account for the deep dependence of all educational practice on language, especially explicit knowledge and skilled use in language. I will extend the notion of educational linguistics specifically in the direction of 'language planning' and show how teachers are not just passive recipients of the plans, policies, and programs of language from 'on high' or 'beyond' the classroom. All learners, whether they are speakers of standard Australian English, speakers of an indigenous or immigrant language, or some other variety of language interact with the planned language that teachers offer them. The Keynote address will link to the workshop that aims to build confidence that teacher knowledge, experience and proximity to learners justifies a much stronger presence in policy-making than it presently receives. The talk will describe at least eight ways that teachers engage in direct and critical language planning individually on behalf of the learners they are teaching, and collectively and over time, for the entire society.

 

Notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting for ATESOL NT

The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages NT will be held on Friday 12 May 5-6pm.

Venue: Minister Paul Kirby's Port Darwin Electoral Office, 133 Mitchell Street, Darwin

OR

Skype for business (on application) email admin@atesolnt.org.au

 

All members are encouraged to attend in person, or to vote via online voting / nomination forms.

In order to vote, members must be financial for 2017.

 

Dinner Chat: with Professor 

Valerie Kinloch

Tuesday 21st February, 2017 

ATESOLNT is pleased to invite members and their guests to a dinner with Dr Valerie Kinloch.

 

Professor Kinloch will be discussing the importance of engaging students, in authentic and meaningful language and literacy experiences. The presentation will focus on how teachers and education systems can engage youth in education, particularly students who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, such as speakers of non-standard dialects or languages other than English.

 See flyer for more details:  ATESOLNT_Dinner_Chat_flyer_Prof_Valerie_Kinloch.pdf 

 

Leonard

President, ATESOLNT

 

Now available in the members area of ATESOLNT's website: 

The put it in writing workshop PowerPoint:

The critical conversations about text - Joint construction

 

as presented at the ATESOLNT workshop, CDU 24th September 2016

by Joanne Rossbridge & Kathy Rushton 

 

Members, make sure you log-in to the ATESOLNT website using your username and password. Once you have logged-in you can then visit the members area and view all the resources that are only available to our members.

 In the members area, you can access our newsletters, TESOL research articles and reports.

 

 

The critical conversations about text - Joint construction!

This workshop was well attended by 27 participants: educators from remote schools, urban and regional schools teaching all ages and in bilingual schools and English instruction schools

. Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge presented an engaging and informative workshop from 9am to 3pm on Saturday 24 September 2016 at Charles Darwin University.

Learning Intentions of the day:

· know how to analyse the language of a text using a functional approach

· actively collaborate with other workshop participants to design a teaching and learning activity for a particular learner group (stage of schooling) that develops students' SAE language learning and scaffolds their writing development.

This workshop cost $100 but was free to ATESOL NT members - another benefit of joing ATESOL NT!

Joanne Rossbridge with participants

                               Joanne Rossbridge with particpants.

 

FoT 2

The 2016 Festival of Teaching is now open for registration. To view the program, go to the Professional Teachers Association NT website http://ptant.com.au/festival-of-teaching

 

Download your 2016 membership form and become a member today! February 02 each year is our membership anniversary.

You are then eligible for entry to the following three professional learning events ATESOL NT has planned this year!

2016_ATESOL_NT_m_ship_form.doc

  1. Urban Lyrebirds teaching English through song workshop
  2. Festival of Teaching
  3. Put it in Writing workshop

Harmony Day

Harmony Day Monday 21 March 2016

Check out the Harmony Day educational resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum on the Australian Government and ABC splash websites:

Australian Government Harmony Day link      ABC Splash link

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready to nominate! Get ready to vote for a new Executive Committee!

ATESOL NT needs you! Nominate yourself or someone else for the positions below:

President: to represent ATESOL NT at all levels, from International and local conferences, to Professional Teacher Associations of the NT, to contribute to event planning and resource development

Vice President: to step in where the President is absent or needs to delegate, to contribute to event planning, and all other matters

Treasurer: prepares and curates files of membership payments, receipting, creates transactons via internet banking, notifies members of lapsed membership, prepares the books for auditing, contributes to event planning and resource development

Secretary: responsible for all association correspondence, website publishing and maintenance of content, record keeping of agendas and minutes in Executive meetings,contributes to event planning and resource development

Commitee member x 3: contributes to event planning and resource development, offers ideas and assistance in activities to the other members of the Executive team.

One committee member will accept role as the ACTA Councillor to attend teleconferences, feed in to the ACTA meetings and liaise with our parent body ACTA.

Download Nomination form here ATESOL_NT_Nominations_form_AGM_2016.docx

Download Nominations/Seconder form here ATESOL_NT_NOMINATIONFORM.docx

 

 

The Symposium Kids, Creoles and Classrooms was co-convened by the NT ATESOL, the CRC-Remote Economic Participation - Remote Education Systems Project, Charles Darwin University and The University of Melbourne. The Northern Territory Department of Education and Catholic Education NT also contributed. The two day professional learning and networking event took place 7-8th April, 2014 at Charles Darwin University. It was attended by 90 participants.Video footage of all the Keynote presentations are now available for financial members of ATESOL NT to access.

Members can view Day 1 and Day 2 Plenary sessions and Questions for the Panel where valuable dialogue exploring new horizons of modern Kriols and Aboriginal Englishes are explored, along with implications for educational success.

Highlights are the personal stories from our colleagues, as they share their 'growing up Bi-Dialectal / bilingual expereinces' and the insightful research projects in language growth in Australia being undertaken and shared.

ATESOL NT warmly thanks all presenters, speakers and audience members for their permission to film them speaking and listening.

Once you log on as a Member, you navigate to the Members area of the site (under About Us Tab on the home page) and then click on Videos.

Happy viewing and please post a comment once you have watched on the You Tube address if that's the portal you choose.

Gayle Raymond

Vice President ATESOL NT

 

Dear ATESOL NT,

Happy New Year to you.

This is Ella Wang. I am from IEAEC which is an association for international exchange programs, we based in Sydney. Also we have office in Beijing China. We have been doing exchange program between AU and China for 8 years.

As we work with many schools in China, now there are many request about foreign teachers to come teach in Chinese schools, so this would be a great way for your students to have the teaching experience overseas and also get paid and support their trip.

All the teachers in our program will get a China Work Visa to teach in schools, this is the China official visa for foreign teachers to teach in China. Visa issued by China government. Also we work with many schools in China, so the teachers will be placed into public and private schools also English training centers for teaching up to 1year, mostly teaching English to Chinese students, schools can be in the city and rural area. China schools will provide salary, benefits , insurance and accommodation to the foreign teachers. Also we have our coordinators in China to help teachers with arrival orientation as well.

Looking forward to your feedback.

Thank you.

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Ella Wang

Overseas Project Center

IEAEC (International Exchange Association for Education and Culture Australia)

Tel: +61-4 0489 9687
Email: ellawang@auculture.com
Add.: 95 Evans Street , Rozelle NSW 2037

Teacher vacancy at NTCSA - Mäpuru Christian School

ROLE DESCRIPTION
Job Title:
English as an Additional Language Multi-Age Primary Teacher: Full-time
Salary Classification:NT Christian Schools CT1-CT9 scale 2015 Salary Range:$65,794 - $93,490 Dependent on qualifications and experience.
Plus superannuation contribution of 9.5% of your annual salary.
School/Entity:Mäpuru Christian School
Responsible to:Principal
Date Advertised:January 2015

We welcome you to Mäpuru Christian School and hope you enjoy serving the Lord in this tiny remote town. Your role as the Primary Teacher is pivotal in the ongoing education of Mäpuru children and the community will warmly welcome your contribution. We encourage you to become involved in the lives of the precious children and their families by providing a quality Christian environment, becoming a role model for all students and by guiding, challenging, motivating and caring for the students each day.
Life at Mäpuru is more than just a job. To live and work at Mäpuru requires commitment not just to the employed position but to involvement in the wider community life, its joys and its demands. In addition to a willingness to serve, an openness to learn and grow, flexibility, and a capacity to live with ambiguities and uncertainties, are essential qualities.
Due to the nature of Mäpuru and surrounding communities, the work can be particularly challenging at times. Challenges include working with language and cultural differences, extreme remoteness and living in close community. Fulfilling the employed role therefore requires working with such challenges to help establish and maintain good relations with school staff, students, their families and communities. As is often the case, it is also the working with and through these challenges that is the source of much joy and satisfaction as breakthroughs are made and lives are impacted. As often as not it is also the staff who do the learning and whose lives are changed and enriched!
Introduction
All staff of the NT Christian Schools are expected to have a clear understanding of, and unqualified commitment to, the biblical basis expressed in out Statement of Faith; 'What we Believe', and to act both in the work place and in other contexts in ways that are consistent with that basis.
In response to God's love for us through Jesus Christ, staff members are encouraged to serve and love one another as Christ loves them. This also means acknowledging each other's fallibility and mutual reliance upon God. NT Christian Schools values mutual love, service, trust, acceptance, patience, forgiveness and support.
General Expectations:
Your work for NT Christian Schools involves serving and supporting those people for whom the organisation exists, namely students and their parents and community. This is the core function for all people employed by the organisation. Each is expected to work as a member of a team serving and supporting each other in the various tasks to which God has called them. Each team member is expected to contribute positively to the maintenance of a pleasant, purposeful, productive and safe workplace.

These responsibilities and duties are, therefore, underpinned by expectations of generosity, openness, teamwork, effectiveness, efficiency, attention to detail, pleasant working relationships and maintenance of an effective, attractive, safe work environment.
Position Information
Key responsibilities
The Primary teacher is responsible for the multi-age Primary class and will work as a team
member with Yolŋu co-teachers. Teaching duties include co-leading the primary teaching team with the Yolŋu teachers to deliver bi-literacy (Djambarrpuyŋu and English) and numeracy programs. You will be expected to be continuously engaging with and supporting the Yolŋu co-teachers through co-planning and meaningful activities relevant to the Mäpuru context and aspirations of Mäpuru School Council for their children. The Primary teacher will also be responsible for supporting the Primary Yolŋu teachers complete their studies through their explicit teaching in the classroom and supporting learning tasks.
Class composition
There are about 12 -20 beautiful, enthusiastic children ranging from Preschool through to Yr 6. The Primary area consists of 2 classrooms separated by a large verandah and breezeway side by side, enabling students to work together for part of the day and then separate into groups later in the day. This learning environment (as well as the teaching team set up) enables creative and flexible solutions to appropriate program delivery for grouping students for a range of activities.
Other Duties
Mäpuru Christian School is in its infancy, some aspects are already robust and others are very fragile. Part of your role will be to assist the entire team, teachers, students and families to build their school's sustainability. Your commitment to supporting the broader community as well as the students in your class will be an important part of your role.
Upholding and supporting the vision
Mäpuru Christian School Council require their teachers to uphold their school Vision Statement through supporting Elders, parents, students and teachers to practice an inclusive Christian theology where Yolŋu traditions, knowledge, languages, cultural practices and languages are respected. This vision includes:
 Supporting Mäpuru parents and community to live with dignity on their sacred ancestral estates as God intended.
 Supporting the teaching of, and respect for the sacredness and spirituality of the environment within an encompassing system of Yolŋu kinship.
 Actively supporting Mäpuru people to maintain their independent community lives, enabling them to do, to manage for themselves.
 Offering Mäpuru parents and community hope and stability in an ever-changing world.
 Offering an inclusive school curriculum, embedded in Yolŋu knowledges and Mäpuru's micro-enterprises.
 Encouraging and supporting non-Yolŋu staff and family members to actively participate in community life, to learn a Yolŋu language and use Yolŋu kinship within the school and wider community.
Applications from teaching couples are encouraged as potential employment of more than one teacher is an option.
Essential Criteria
 Ability to be registered as a teacher in the NT
 Primary / Early childhood teaching qualifications and experience
 Demonstrated ability to design and implement early literacy programs

 EAL/D or ESL experience and/or qualifications
 NT Working With Children Clearance (Ochre Card)
 Demonstrated ability to work as a flexible team member in a multi-cultural team
 Demonstrate deep respect for Yolŋu culture
 Integral to this role is an ability to uphold Mäpuru School Council's vision for their school coupled with the ability to work alongside and also take direction from Yolŋu teachers and elders
 An active Christian faith
Desirable Criteria
 Experience teaching Indigenous learners
 Have completed or are willing to complete the "Introduction to Yolŋu Culture and Language" course
 Have a good understanding of a Yolŋu language
 Have an understanding of bi-literacy and bi-cultural learning theories
 Driving licence
Additional Information about living and working in Mäpuru
(Provided by Linda Miller, Teaching Principal)
Location and access
Mäpuru is a tiny town of around 100 Yolŋu people in NE Arnhem Land. Close to 50 of these are children. It is located on the mainland, 30 km south of Galiwin'ku.
It is a very isolated location, taking around 13 - 15 hours to drive in the dry season (June to November). These roads are impassable in the wet season. The cheapest way to fly to Mäpuru from Darwin is via Elcho Island on Air North and then a Missionary Aviation Charter (MAF) flight to Mäpuru, about 10 minutes costing around $600 each way. Other more expensive routes are via Milingimbi and Gove.
Accommodation
A newly built, spacious one bedroom house, located within the town of Mäpuru, is provided. Community members at Mäpuru may adopt you into their family, ensuring you are surrounded by loving family who will encourage you to take part in broader community life.
Mäpuru Christian School runs two classes (Primary and Secondary) with two qualified teachers and four local Yolŋu teachers employed. The two qualified teachers are the only non-Indigenous people living at Mäpuru, therefore we are seeking a teacher or teaching couple who are independent, can live a simple sustainable lifestyle and enjoy Yolŋu as well as their own company.
The town, school and teacher accommodation are solar powered, ensuring adequate power for lights, fans, a fridge and washing machine. There is NO air-conditioning anywhere at Mäpuru. Every household (including teachers in each classroom) is mindful of the need to conserve our energy use, so there is adequate power for the lights, fans, fridges and washing machines.
Health Service
Mäpuru is visited by Marthakal Health Service usually for a morning per week. This team usually consists of Registered Nurses and an Indigenous Health Worker weekly, with a Doctor visiting once a month. In an emergency, Marthakal Health Service would organise medications to be delivered by plane or the patient to be evacuated for health care. Health Direct also operates a great phone service to provide expert medical advice.
The physical isolation of Mäpuru indicates that people applying should have very good general health and take a high level of personal responsibility for their ongoing health care.

Shopping
Mäpuru has a tiny store run co-operatively by the community. It contains basic, non-perishable food supplies like tins of flour, baked beans, corned beef, tomato sauce and golden syrup.
The Secondary students also run a shop selling other basics to the community, fishing lines, axes, machetes, brake fluid, tin mugs and cooking pots.
Obtaining goods and food supplies can be tricky, time consuming and expensive. It takes 3 hours to drive each way to the nearest shop at Gapuwiyak during the dry season and it costs $150 each way to fly to Elcho Island to the nearest shop. There are no shopping services, like Coles on-line, that deliver to Mäpuru.
Currently both households have vegetable gardens and enjoy making our own bread, yoghurt and being creative with hunting and making something delicious out of what we have left. In mid-October we also stock up with our non-perishable food supplies (milk powders etc) and essentials (toilet paper etc) to take us through to the following June, which is when we'll drive back to Darwin to have the school 'troopy' serviced.
Recreation
The Arts
 Mäpuru is home to some of the best weavers and dyers in Australia, the Arnhem Weavers. These skilled women can teach you a range of fibre arts and dyeing.
 Bark painting is an enjoyable past time for Mäpuru families
Gardening
 Creating and maintaining a vegetable and fruit garden is a much appreciated resource
Hunting
 Just over one hour's drive away is excellent fishing
 Families hunt for all their protein rich foods in surrounding estuaries, beaches, flood plains and forests. They may ask you to join them in these hunting days.
Note: Access to a vehicle would be advantageous for such trips as fishing to a boat landing (an hour away), hunting or shopping trips to Gapuwiyak. Whilst there is 1 school vehicle, it is used exclusively for school business and not for staff members' recreational or shopping activities.
We are excited that you are considering joining our team. We have tried to provide enough details to 'paint a picture' of the challenges and opportunities for 'westerners' (Balanda) in living in a geographically isolated place as well as the joy and privilege to be invited to live and work with Yolŋu at Mäpuru. Of course, this is something that really needs to be experienced first-hand in order to understand and appreciate. In the meantime, if I can provide you with any further information as you consider your application, please don't hesitate to be in contact with me.
Linda Miller
Teaching Principal
linda.miller@ntschools.net

Mapuru_Ad_website_18_September_2015.pdf

 Constitution

Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other

Languages (NT) Incorporated (A 01760)

 

ATESOL (NT) INC

1.       Name

The name of the Association shall be Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

2.       Aims

The aims of the Association (hereinafter so called) shall be to:

2.1        Promote the better teaching/learning of English as a second or foreign language and a second dialect.

2.2        Cooperate with other language related associations, international, national, state and territory.

2.3        Make representations on language related issues with implications for TESOL.

2.4        Provide advice to Northern Territory policy personnel on TESOL matters.

2.5        Provide opportunities for professional development of TESOL teachers.

2.6        Support activities which promote intercultural harmony within the Australian community.

3.     Membership

Membership is available to anyone who:

3.1        Is employed in any capacity as a teacher in a situation where students are speakers of other languages or dialects of English.

3.2        Is engaged in English related areas (advisory services, curriculum materials development, teacher education) either full time of part time.

3.3        Is a student pursuing TESOL or applied linguistic studies

3.4        Holds specialist qualifications in the field of TESOL

3.5        Is in the opinion of the Executive deemed eligible for full membership.

4.       Activities

4.1        Arrange at least one conference, seminar or workshop on topics of interest to members in the Northern Territory each year.

4.2        Dissemination of information to members about research and trends in the teaching of English as a second language, or as a second dialect.

4.3        Arrange visits to the Northern Territory of overseas and Australian scholars in the field of ATESOL.

4.4        Publish a newsletter.

5.       Office Bearers

5.1    Office bearers of the Association shall be:

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

S3 Committee Members

These shall form one Executive Committee.

5.2    Nominations for the above named positions must be received in writing by the Secretary and should contain the name of the nominee, the nominator and the signature of the nominee indicating acceptance.

5.3    In the event of a nomination not being received for an office, nominations may be called for from the floor at the Annual General Meeting.

5.4    Tenure of office shall be for two years with 3-4 members changing every alternate year.

5.5    The Executive Committee may co-op replacement members before the AGM if any positions fall vacant within the year.

5.6    The Executive Committee may co-opt additional members as required for special tasks, or may appoint standing committees as required.

5.7    In the event of more nominations being received that for the number of positions vacant then an election will be held.

6.     Quorum

6.1        For Executive Committee meeting the quorum shall be four members.

6.2        The general or special meetings, the quorum shall be 10 members, currently listed as financial members, two of whom must be on the Executive Committee.

7.       Meetings

7.1        The Annual General Meeting shall be held in September or as close to that month as possible.

7.2        The Executive Committee shall meet monthly or as deemed necessary.

7.3        A general or special general meeting may be called at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

8.       Fees

8.1        Fees for membership shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting, by the category of membership: Individual, Institutional, Concessional.

9.       Accounts

9.1    A cheque shall be operated at a savings bank at the discretion of the Treasurer. Excess funds may be placed in an interest bearing account. The signatories shall be two of the four persons selected as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

10.    Amendments to Constitution

10.1    If any amendments need to be made to the Constitution then these are to be submitted to the Secretary in writing 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting.

11.    Dissolution

11.1    The Association may be dissolved or wound up by a resolution at an Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting called for such purpose. In the absence of a quorum the dissolution will be carried out by the Registrar under the Incorporated Associations Act.

12.    Liability of Members

12.1    The liability of a member to contribute towards the payment of debts and liabilities of the Association or costs, charges and expenses of the winding up of the Association is limited to the amount, if any, unpaid by member in respect of membership of the Association and any other personal liabilities to the Association arising in the normal way.

13.    Distribution of Surplus Assets

13.1    If upon the dissolution of or the winding up of the Association, there remains, after satisfaction of all outstanding debts and liabilities and costs, charges and expenses of the dissolution, any property whatsoever, the same shall be transferred to an institution or institutions having similar objectives to the Association, such institution or institutions to be determined by the members of the Association at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting called for that purpose.

ACAL-ACTA Conference 2016 logo

 

Diversity: Exchanging Ways of Being

The next ACTA International Conference will be held in Perth, Western Australia from 7-10 April 2016.

Hosted by WATESOL and ACAL.

For more information see below or click on the following conference links:

Call for Presentations and Papers now open!  Applications close September 30, 2015

 

Diversity: Exchanging Ways of Being

This is the theme which will be explored in Perth in April 2016 when two national professional organisations combine to pursue their common interests.  The Australian Council of TESOL Associations, or ACTA (concerned with teaching English to speakers of other languages or dialects) and the Australian Council for Adult Literacy , or ACAL (concerned with teaching adult literacy and numeracy) invite you to participate in this event.

In the past, too often, diversity among learners, and between learners and teachers, has been regarded as an obstacle to learning, leading to one-way approaches to education which fail to take into proper account the relevance of prior learning and experience on the part of learners. This is educationally invalid, as it ignores the diverse foundations on which learning is being built. It is also ethically invalid, as it fails to recognize the right of equal access of all learners to the learning which is being imparted.

This ground-breaking conference proposes to explore the concept of language and literacy/numeracy education as a process of exchanging ways of being It is concerned with how the learning experience can enable students and teachers of diverse backgrounds to learn from one another, and, in the process, to develop effective competencies in a common language.

The need to come to terms with diversity is apparent worldwide as competencies in world languages are being increasingly sought by groups to whom they have become relevant through population shifts, or through growing awareness of social inequities which have reduced their access to such competencies in the past.

Australia has accurately been described as a meeting place of languages and cultures. There has been a longstanding commitment to meeting the English language needs of immigrants and, in recent time, the need has grown through Australia (like many other countries) becoming a refugee destination. Australia has also increasingly recognized the diverse linguistic inheritance of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and the need for specialized educational programmes to cater to their needs.  This conference provides a significant platform for making known the achievements – as well as the enduring struggles – in meeting the language and literacy needs of all Australians.

While the predominant focus of the conference will be the application and extension of the professional skills of members of the research and teaching communities engaged with language and literacy education, there will also be room for addressing questions of language policy, social justice and human rights and how inequity and disadvantage can be most effectively addressed in the political arena.

Proposals for conference papers, poster presentations and special interest groups are invited from teachers, academics, researchers, public servants and others concerned with the issues raised by the conference theme. In line with the conference theme, presenters with a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds would be welcomed.

Contributions would especially be welcomed on the following themes:

  • Exchanging ways of  being in classroom practice
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language/s and learning
  • Language and learning of indigenous groups  from other countries
  • Migrant and refugee language learning and settlement
  • Numeracy and the language of mathematics
  • Transitions in life and education
  • Inclusive approaches to pedagogy and assessment
  • Language planning for social justice and equity

Visit the Conference website, register for updates, follow on Facebook or Twitter, or go straight to the call for papers.

ATESOLNT PROUDLY PRESENTS:

Marianne Schubert - Principal Testing Officer, Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QSA) & Executive Committee Member Australian Literacy Educators' Association.

Workshop Details:

Venue: Charles Darwin University, Blue 2 (ACIKE building)

When: Saturday 18th April, 2015

Time:  8:30 – 1:30

Some funding will be available for educators in remote locations.

Please register your interest by emailing Leonard Freeman before 15th April 2015 leonard.freeman@ntschools.net

Workshop flyer: ATESOL_Grammar_Flyer_edited_FINAL.pdf

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