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.

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