Photos  of  some of our keynote speakers at the symposium in April in Darwin 2014

Left to right - Katie, Melanie, Patsy & baby Mia                          Rod Gardner, Griffith University                                                  Samntha Disbray, Charles Darwin University

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The Award is 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 winner will present at the 2014 ACTA Conference in Melbourne and the award will be given at the conference. This is a great opportunity for members so please let possible applicants know.

For full details, application form etc go to the page on the ACTA website

ACTA International Conference, 30th September - 3rd October 2014


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For more information vistit the ACTA conference website at:

The latest Issue of TESOL in Context is out now and will be posted out to all finacial ATESOL NT members shortly.

So make sure you have renewed your 2014 membership so you don't miss out on the latest TESOL journal.

TESOL in context is23 Front Cover

Current issue: Volume 23 Number 1 and 2 (December 2013)

Advocacy is integral to the work of many TESOL specialists. For several decades, ACTA and the state TESOL associations, along with other professional associations, and individual teachers, researchers and administrators have all engaged with conversations about EAL/D education in public forums. These advocates have drawn attention to implications of policy developments for EAL/D students; they have proffered alternative forms of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to better account for the particularity of EAL/D learning pathways; and they have argued the necessity of specialist EAL/D teaching. In response to the Australian Language and Literacy Policy of the early 1990s, for example, there was “a frenzy of writing responses… a conference… and attempts to publicise what was going on through the press and television”(Moore, 1995, p. 6). It is in this spirit that this double issue of TESOL in Context has been compiled. The issue has two sections:

Section 1 - Submissions to the 2013 Senate Inquiry on NAPLAN The first section presents substantial excerpts from four submissions to the 2013 Senate Inquiry, The effectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy.
Section 2 - Skutnabb-Kangas keynote from the 2012 ACTA Conference The second section presents the keynote address delivered by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas at the ACTA International Conference 2012, TESOL as a Global Trade – Ethics, Equity and Ecology.

Each section raises questions about a key area of EAL/D advocacy in the school sector in Australia at present: high stakes literacy testing and bilingual education for speakers of indigenous and minority languages.


You don't have to have formal EAL qualifications to effectively begin teaching EAL/D the EAL/D resource described below. This has been written for mainstream teachers...

The EAL/D resource on the Australian Curriculum site now has the EAL/D annotations for four learning areas: English, Maths, Science and History. These are excellent. They highlight the linguistic and cultural challenges that EAL/D learners may encounter. Each content statement in all four Learning Areas has been annotated. The annotations also provide pedagogical advice for each content statement based on these challenges.

Click on the annotation links here for details.

 Tracks to Two Way Learning is a train-the-trainer resource aimed at engendering positive change through the four dimensions of Staff Knowledge and Practice, Community Engagement, Policy and Practice and Learner Engagement, to improve quality teaching and learning across education, training and the workplace.

The resource, developed collaboratively by Aboriginal and non Aboriginal researchers, educators and community people, has three parts: a Facilitators Guide, 12 Focus Areas containing resources and activities to deliver workshops, and a Sample Workshops Guide to model the possible use of these.

The Facilitators Guide provides guidance to a Two-Way Facilitator Team (an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal person working as partners in a team) on how to collaboratively plan and deliver short term and long term professional learning to their colleagues, using the 12 Focus Areas resources. Activities can be altered to ensure the delivery is most suited to the specific needs of a particular education or training site.

This Western Australian resource is available through this link Tracks to Two Way learning

The on-line AGM was held during the dates of Tuesday 04 Dec to Thursday 06 Dec 2012.

Office bearers were elected and we are pleased to welcome:

President: Leonard Freeman

Vice President: Gayle Raymond

Secretary: Julie Fraser

New Committee Members: Trish Joy and Lucy Murrell.

Members please view Minutes on the site.

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations is pleased to present the Special Conference Edition S3 of TESOL in Context. The edition comprises selected papers from the 2012 ACTA International Conference 'TESOL as a Global Trade: Ethics, Equity and Ecology'. There are very informative articles in this issue, I like the article "Into the deep end", looking at how powerful narrative picture books are for older readers in English language teaching.

I also liked the article "From the margins" about English language learning through visual art". To read these and other great articles, click here, Gayle Raymond

Read ACTA’s response to the LLNP (Language Literacy and Numeracy Programme) Discussion Paper Creating a more flexible LLNP in 2013-2016.

Noted in our calendar on the Home page or Click on Links in the Menu Bar and choose the ACTA site. EAL/D and associated conferences are listed for your information.

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