Message from Mark Melican, VicTESOL President 2014:Please come along and join us to celebrate the achievements of 2014. We have had a great year with plenty of learning opportunities and great contributions from presenters and participants in our lively sessions together with the very successful international ACTA conference here in Melbourne.
Booking details available soon.
GO TO OUR OTHER EVENTS PAGE HERE TO READ ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:
Friday 6th March 2015
Presenters: Prof Chris Davison; Dr Alan Williams and Janet Saker
Time: 4-30pm for a 5pm start - 6-30pm
Venue: Docklands Library 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands
Parking: limited parking available. Two hour parking available at Woolworths
Recommend Public Transport:
Trams 48 and 11 - go up Collins St. Get off at last stop.
To download presentations go to the ACTA 2014 Conference page
Topic: 'Learner Pathways and Content Based Instruction and language learning through community partnerships'
VicTESOL is very pleased to host a twilight session for adult sector EAL teachers. Come along, buy a drink, listen to our fantastic presenters and join the discussion in a casual atmosphere.
This two-hour workshop will provide an overview of the EAL Companion to AusVELS and EAL Developmental Continuum and how these documents might support teachers in their teaching and assessment of EAL learners.
EAL Companion to AusVELS, available here.
Presenter: Carmel SandifordCarmel has extensive experience in literacy education and ESL/EAL in primary schools. She worked in the ESL Unit of Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), was a member of the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Advisory Group for the Australian curriculum, and was the Project Manager of the EAL Developmental Continuum developed for DEECD. Carmel is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus).
Monash Presenter: Carmel Sandiford Carmel has extensive experience in literacy education and ESL/EAL in primary schools. She worked in the ESL Unit of Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), was a member of the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Advisory Group for the Australian curriculum, and was the Project Manager of the EAL Developmental Continuum developed for DEECD. Carmel is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus). University, Caulfield - All day
This two-hour workshop will provide an overview of the EAL Companion to AusVELS and EAL Developmental Continuum and how these documents might support teachers in their teaching and assessment of EAL learners. Participants are asked to bring 2 or 3 copies of an EAL student’s written text. It would also be helpful if participants could bring a soft copy of the EAL Companion to AusVELS, available at http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/auscurric/EAL_companion_to_AusVELS.pdf Wifi should be available, so please bring laptops or ipads to access the EAL Continuum during the workshop. Presenter: Carmel Sandiford Carmel has extensive experience in literacy education and ESL/EAL in primary schools. She worked in the ESL Unit of Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), was a member of the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Advisory Group for the Australian curriculum, and was the Project Manager of the EAL Developmental Continuum developed for DEECD. Carmel is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus). VATE and VicTESOL are pleased to present the 2014 VCE English and EAL Day. The focus of the day is on coursework for, and approaches to, the three areas of study. For new teachers of Units 1 and 2 or Units 3 and 4 English or Units 1 - 4 EAL there is a workshop dedicated to helping you navigate your way through the course. This day will be a good opportunity for teachers to network and share ideas about the course, so get your registrations in quickly to avoid disappointment.
To book for this event you must be a current VicTESOL (or VATE) member.
Details and booking
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Overview of the newly accredited Victorian EAL certificates
Presenters: Nadia Casarotto & Cheryl Bartolo, Victoria University
Presenter: Jacky Springall, AMES
Venue: Statewide Resource Centre, 150 Palmerston St. Carlton
Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members
To book please follow this link: www.trybooking.com/EBLN
Australian Catholic University
Meet the Assessors is an opportunity to hear from some of the people responsible for managing the assessment of VCE exams for English, Literature, English Language and EAL. As well as an overview of the 2013 exam results you will see examples of student responses to exam questions.
5:15-6:00pm: Refreshments – served in the café in main building opposite the library.
6:00-8:00pm: Exam Assessment Report
To book for this event you must be a 2014 VATE member or current VicTESOL member.
Our presentations on Saturday 7 December were a great success! Here is a selection of images and information
from the session.
ESL teacher / presenter Alice Ulgezer’s is also a writer. Her website http://ulgezer.com.au
From our VCE EAL teacher presenter - Megan - this tapestry brings together forty designs from our students and was inspired by the student’s various countries of origin and experiences they have had relocating to Australia. The tapestry marries the age-old tradition of storytelling through tapestry with progressive contemporary thinking about enhancing learning through the arts.
Listening intently to a volunteer tutor describe her work at AMES
Venue: The Huddle, North Melbourne Football Club
204 - 206 Arden St. North Melbourne
FREE EVENT - REFRESHMENTS SERVED
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EAL (ESL) Teachers' Presentation
Our panel will consist of EAL teachers from different sectors who will each give a 5 minutes presentation on their stand out EAL experiences. Speakers include people with experience and new to EAL teaching.
A VCE EAL teacher
A EAL program volunteer
An EAL Community teacher
An AMES-Adult teacher
A pre-service EAL teacher
A New Arrivals Program teacher
An ELICOS (international students) teacher
A Primary EAL teacher
VicTESOL is delighted to host its AGM at The Huddle, an educational centre at the North Melbourne Football Club. The Huddle’s innovative education programs support EAL learning and multicultural education for the highly diverse cultural and linguistic students in our schools. Its programs are based on the premise that in order for young people to feel connected to community, they need to understand their place within it. The Huddle received the Premier’s Award for Community Harmony (2012) and the National Migration and Settlement Awards (Sports Leadership Award, 2013).
A presentation and discussion by Alan Williams, Lecturer in TESOL, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne.
Venue: Pelham St Theatre
Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
cnr Bouverie & Pelham St Carlton
Time: 5:30 - 7pm
For booking details click here
'New to EAL and Pre-service Teachers'
Come and Network with Teachers New to EAL
Listen to the stories of First Year Out Teachers
Share Your EAL experience
Three teachers new to EAL (schools and adult sector) will discuss stories of being first year out teachers, challenges in the curriculum and the type of support/mentoring they have received. Student and time management will also come under discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own stories.
Venue: Little Markov, Carlton, 350 Drummond Street Carlton - Drinks available at the bar. Nice places to eat afterwards! (Parking available across the road at Lygon Court or in nearby streets)Event is free but Registration essential. Limited spaces - preference given to VicTESOL Members
Professor Chris Davison - UNSW, Sydney will conduct a Presentation & Workshop on the TEAL Project
'Tools to Enhance Assessment Literacy for Teachers of English as an Additional Language'
What is TEAL?
A project of national and international significance developing tools and advice for the assessment and reporting of the English language proficiency and progress of children who are learning English as a second (ESL) or additional language (EAL) in Australia.
Chair: Dr. Anne Keary, VicTESOL Vice-President
Panel: Dr. Russell Cross and Shem MacDonaldLittle Markov
This course was promoted through VicTESOL and we believe it offered a quality program of considerable rigor that was responsive to the changing language and grammatical focus across subjects within the new Australian curriculum. Unfortunately there was insufficient interest expressed to deliver this program. VicTESOL hopes that it may be able to offer the course at a later date. For further information on the program see http://www.unlockingtheworld.com/programs.
Meet the Assessors is an opportunity to hear from some of the people responsible for managing the assessment of VCE exams for English, Literature, English Language and EAL. As well as an overview of the 2012 exam results you will see examples of student responses to exam questions.
6:00-8:00pm: Exam Assessment Report
Venue: Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC
VATE and VicTESOL are pleased to present the 2013 VCE English and EAL Day. The focus of the day is on coursework for, and approaches to, the three areas of study. For new teachers of Units 1 and 2 or Units 3 and 4 English or Units 1 - 4 EAL there is a workshop dedicated to helping you navigate your way through the course. This day will be a good opportunity for teachers to network and share ideas about the course, so get your registrations in quickly to avoid disappointment
Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East VIC
To book for these events you must be a current VicTESOL member or a 2013 VATE member.
At 2:30 pm we invite all to join us for an end of year celebration with drinks and refreshments.
AGM Election of 2013 Committee Members
Fill in and sign a nomination form to join the VicTESOL Committee for 2013.
Sessions will focus on the use of Information Communication Technology to enhance EAL student learning in schools.
The program includes:
Clarity English – Interactive Computer Programs for ESL Learners by Markus Maciulaitis, Bookery Education
Choice of two concurrent workshops:
Workshop 1: Supporting EAL assessment and reporting: An introduction to the DEECD EAL video student work samples for speaking and listening and reading
Workshop 2: Building EAL students’ capability with ICT devices to support their learning
Where: State Archive Centre, 99 Shiel St, North Melbourne
The regular monthly EAL online session for 31 October is on Community Learning. Session starts at 4pm.
Guest speakers are Mairead Hannan and Elizabeth Davidson from VicTESOL and Laura Chapman (tbc) of the Fitzroy Learning Network.
The session will give insight into the learning of English as an additional language with older students. There will also be an update from VicTESOL - your professional organisation. These sessions are for all educators interested in EAL and encourage participation and experience sharing from participants.
PREPARING FOR THE SESSION:
• Ensure that you have tested the software at least 2 days prior to your session so that any technical issues can be resolved in time for the conference. Follow the steps at the ‘Getting Started’ webpage at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/researchinnovation/virtualconferencecentre/use/start.htm
• If you have trouble connecting to Elluminate in your setup, your issue is likely to be solved by following the tutorials on our support page at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/researchinnovation/virtualconferencecentre/support.htm
• If you wish to use your microphone during the session, please use a microphone headset to avoid audio feedback.
HOW TO JOIN THIS SESSION:
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Since 1999, DEECD has subsidised teachers in government schools for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) study. There are 56 teachers currently studying and 131 teachers have completed their studies at Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate level. For this session, three practising teachers will discuss their theses and how this has impacted on their classroom practice. The session is open to all teachers, but will be particularly relevant for those studying or intending to upgrade their qualifications.
To access this session you need to have Java platform on your computer (easily downloaded) and it is a good idea to have a head set with a microphone if you wish to speak. The virtual room opens an hour before the starting time to test the technology. The Collaborate Blackboard link for this session is:
If you have not used online learning before, you can check out “Getting Started” at the Department’s Virtual Conference Centre at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/researchinnovation/virtualconferencecentre/use/start.htm
Further inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: New Definitions of English Proficiency and Changing Pedagogical Priorities
Venue: Clayton Campus, Building 54 (Japanese Studies Centre)
August 16 2012 Professional learning session postponed
As many of you will be aware, the AEU is currently involved in an industrial dispute which includes a ban on implementation of the National Curriculum. In light of this, VicTESOL has decided to postpone the August VicTESOL professional learning session that was to have focussed on literature in the national curriculum. We apologise for any inconvenience. A new date will be announced in due course.
Following a short afternoon tea break there will be a presentation for all sectors from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Cost: Members $30/Non-Members $50.
Booking is easy. Follow this link to book your place: http://www.trybooking.com/BJAG
By sharing our own tales of immigrant journeys, and by telling stories of previous immigrant generations, we create a classroom that is conducive to the telling and sharing of stories. In doing so, we discover the uniqueness of each personal journey, as well as what we share in common – both that which is personal and universal. Author Arnold Zable will draw upon on his own journey as a writer of immigrant journeys, and his extensive work in migrant education to provide models for the telling of stories in the classroom.
Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, storyteller, and educator who has depicted many immigrant journeys in novels such as Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven and Sea of Many Returns, and memoirs such as Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, and most recently, Violin Lessons. He is the author of numerous, features, essays, columns, and co-author of the play, Kan Yama Kan, in which asylum seekers recount their stories. Zable has spoken extensively about the immigrant experience throughout Australia. He is president of the Melbourne Centre of International PEN and has a doctorate from the School of Creative Arts, Melbourne University, where he was recently appointed a Vice-Chancellor’s fellow.
Parking. There is some parking in nearby streets, or at the following carparks: Lygon Court (Safeway) on Drummond Street, Carlton (5 minute walk); Elgin Street carpark near corner of Lygon and Elgin Streets, Carlton (5 minute walk).
Tram No 96 from Swanston Street to Lygon Street and Elgin Street, Carlton or Bus 250 / 251 from Melbourne Central to Elgin and Rathdowne Street.
Coming up in February
9 FEB (THURS) - Afternoon session
Meet the examiners: VCE ESL (with VATE) S Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy
17 FEB (FRI) - Full day session
VCE Teachers’ ESL/English Day (with VATE) S Monash University, Caulfield
Pronunciation symposium 2 July 2012
3rd to 5th July 2012
Visit the conference website for more information.
15 October 2011
7 June 2011
In this presentation three teachers, Inna Gvozdenko, Brenda Lawson and Beverley Berger will report on their research project, which focussed on the e5 Instructional Model in the English as a Second Language context. In 2010 these teachers were granted Teacher Professional Leave (TPL) of 30 days each. They conducted classroom-based research which was linked to their own practice. The main focus was to explore how the e5 Instructional Model was utilized in the ESL classroom and how e5 guided their teaching practice to improve student learning outcomes. Teachers will report on their findings from reflective journals, video-recordings of lessons and students’ surveys.
As part of their artefact the TPL team developed an e5 Digital Portfolio to help principals and teachers gain a better understanding of the model. The teachers will introduce the portfolio. It contains staff professional development activities, units of work on debating and an intensive reading program, and reflective tools to aid teachers in developing a common language.
Dr Inna Gvozdenko is a Curriculum Coordinator and Professional Learning Team Leader (PLT) at Noble Park English Language School (NPELS). She taught EFL/ESL and German in secondary schools and universities for over twenty years in Russia, the USA, and Australia. Inna’s research, teaching and publications centre on second language acquisition with an emphasis on teacher education, the role of individual differences in language learning, the use of ICT to improve student learning, and collaboration and innovation in the provision of LOTE. At present Inna is teaching ESL and ICT to secondary students.
Beverley Berger is a Curriculum Coordinator and PLT leader at NPELS. She has a double Masters in English and Philosophy. Beverley taught in university and secondary schools in India and Dubai for over 20 years. Being passionate about second language learning and acquisition, she decided to do her Diploma in TESOL and is currently teaching ESL and ICT to new arrivals.
Brenda Lawson is a secondary PLT leader at NPELS. She taught Indonesian at Lyndale High School, and then moved to Brighton Secondary College where she taught senior English and was English Coordinator for many years. Her passion is debating. At Brighton she established a very highly regarded debating program and coached numerous teams to Grand Final victory in the Debaters Association of Victoria competition. She now enjoys introducing the skills of debating to students in the New Arrivals Program at NPELS.
Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2011, 4-6 pm
Venue: The Huddle, North Melbourne Football Club, 204-6 Arden St, North Melbourne 3051
Cost: $12 members / $20 non-members