VicTESOL is a professional association committed to promoting excellence in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and fostering and supporting cultural and linguistic diversity through high quality multicultural education. VicTESOL provides support and services to generalist, content, trade and EAL (ESL) specialist teachers across sectors including: kindergartens; schools; adult & community education; TAFE; LLNP, AMEP and WELL programs; ELICOS centres; universities; and industry settings.
VicTESOL aims to support teachers and students by developing and disseminating information that advances knowledge of what constitutes best-practice in education to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
VicTESOL constantly advocates on behalf of EAL students and their teachers and keeps members informed of state and national initiatives and issues as they emerge, according to the association's prescribed policy.
VicTESOL hopes to contribute to the development of educational policy that impacts support for EAL students and teachers. The distinctive educational needs of these students can be overlooked by policy makers and VicTESOL members actively participate in consultative workshops convened by state and national authorities to ensure that these students are well represented.
VicTESOL supports research into issues and practices that influence the educational outcomes and/or language learning trajectories of ESL learners across all educational sectors.