On Saturday March 26 SA TESOL Members met at the Fullarton Park Community Centre for the 2022 Mini-Conference and AGM.
As part of the mini conference we were treated to the following presentations:
Being an EALD educator in an English-language teaching environment Being an educator who is EALD in a largely monolinguistic educational environment may present different challenges to those presented to educators for whom English is their main language. Educators from across sectors talk about their challenges in coping in this environment, and some of the strategies they have used to help them address those challenges. Presenters: Haoqian Gong, Dr. Omid Mehrabi-Yazdi, and Sandani Dayananda.
Working with multimodal media texts in the EAL/D classroom Joel has worked in Brazilian public schools as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in this session he will present a range of strategies for working with multimodal texts in the EAL/D classroom. Drawing on approaches from a range of critical literacy studies, he will focus on the use of citizen-journalist produced texts in secondary and adult education, and the Global Storybook Portal at primary level. Presenter: Joel Windle
Teaching EALD to Australian First Nation Students – challenges and strategies Many Australian First Nation students, not just those who are EALD, are new to or limited in Standard Australian English (SAE). This comes with its own challenges which accompany the need to take into consideration histories and cultures. Sarah will speak as a teacher new to this field and share some of the challenges she has faced, and strategies she has used to support students’ engagement, learning and achievement. Presenter: Sarah Radford
The Commonwealth Department of Education and Training (DET) has commissioned an Evaluation of the AMEP, which is being undertaken by an independent consultancy group called Social Compass: www.socialcompass.com.
ACTA (Australian Council of TESOL Associations) is convening a Forum on Saturday 2 March at Sydney University to discuss the matters covered in the Evaluation.
This is an important ACTA initiative which needs your support. It would be great if you could attend.
ACTA have just made a submission to the VET review, currently being undertaken through the Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet. The submission drew heavily on responses to the recent survey of AMEP and SEE teachers.
SA TESOL is hosting the sixth ACTA International Conference, in October 2018. Two pre-conference workshops will be held on 2 October, and the 3-day conference will run from 3 – 6 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Registrations are now open. All details are available on the conference website. Members receive a discount, so it’s worth becoming a member or renewing your membership. Early bird discounts finish on 30 June.