In 2021, ATESOL NSW will continue to support educators with a variety of professional learning opportunities. Numerous workshops have been planned and registration is available on the PTC (Professional Teachers' Council) website by clicking on the link below. Online workshops and presentations will be offered for free to ATESOL NSW financial members. Registration link:

https://www.ptc.nsw.edu.au/atesol-nsw-presentation-registrations/


CURRENT EVENTS & PROFESSIONAL LEARNING


August 2021

Multilingual Storyboxes in the EAL/D Classroom (Zoom)
When: Tuesday, 10 August 2021
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Presenter: Gill Pennington
Members: FREE
Non-members: $10.00
Participants will be introduced to significant aspects of EAL/D pedagogy and the value of stories as vehicles for language and literacy development, especially when accompanied by opportunities to respond playfully to multilingual texts.
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page.

“Your story: Read it to me” Three-part online course (Part 2)
When: Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Presenters: Joanne Rossbridge, Kathy Rushton
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
‘Readers’ Theatre’ will be explored as a comprehensive strategy which supports EAL/D students with the four Macro Skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page.

Revitalisation and maintenance of Aboriginal languages (Zoom)
When: Thursday, 12 August 2021
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Presenters: Aboriginal Teachers from Central Australia & NSW, with Susan Poetsch
Members: FREE
Non-members: $10.00
To celebrate the 2021 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, this presentation is an opportunity to hear about the work of Aboriginal teachers. What is involved in their efforts to keep their languages and cultures strong for future generations? What role does English play in their communities? How can non-Indigenous Australians support them?
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page.


September 2021

Speaking and Listening Activities to Build Academic Language K-6 (Zoom)
When: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Presenter: Janet Freeman
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page.

“Your story: Write it with me” Three-part online course (Part 3)
When: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Presenters: Joanne Rossbridge, Kathy Rushton
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
Participants will be supported to encourage students to use and reflect on all of their linguistic resources including their first language or dialect. Through the use of joint construction, drama strategies and scaffolds for writing participants will be supported to move the English classroom beyond an English-only zone to include students’ creative multilingual and multimodal repertories in both writing and representing.
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page.

Language-based rich tasks: Learnings from the EAL/D Science Projects (Zoom)
When: Thursday, 16 September 2021
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Presenter: Michael Michell, Professor Ken Cruickshank
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page.


2021 ACTA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

The ACTA International Conference will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, from 28 to 30 September 2021. The theme of the conference is 'Pushing the Boundaries'. Education is about pushing the boundaries. A changing global dynamic requires new insights, understandings and innovation which challenge TESOL researchers, policy makers and practitioners to rethink and redefine.
ATESOL NSW is sponsoring the attendance of members whose submission to present at the conference is successful. Please visit the conference website to submit a presentation proposal: Present
ATESOL NSW financial members are eligible to attend the conference for the members' rate. We will send you the discount code in July 2021. Delegates must register and pay by Friday 13th August 2021 to be eligible for the early bird registration. Registration payments not received by COB Friday 13th August 2021 will revert to the standard rate. Conference website: ACTA International Conference


November 2021

Using the EAL/D Progressions for initial assessment across K-6 (Zoom)
When: Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Presenter: Janet Freeman (host), Caitlin Park
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page

Learning progressions for community languages: Development and implementation (Zoom)
When:
Thursday, 4 November 2021
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Presenter: Michael Michell, Professor Ken Cruickshank
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page

 

PAST EVENTS


July 2021

Teaching and Assessing Oral Communication (Zoom) - Repeat
Audience: TAFE/Tertiary & Secondary Educators
When: Postponed (new date TBA)
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Presenters: Glenice Aiken, Marina Pearce
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
In this session, we will present practical classroom-based approaches for engaging your students in:
- diagnostic assessment of oracies (listening, speaking and pronunciation);
- self and peer assessment of spoken performance;
- addressing assessment criteria relevant to subject-specific outcomes, employment and individual needs.
Glenice and Marina are currently working in the university and TAFE sectors. Their work draws on fields including linguistics, drama and voice production (NIDA), AV production for educational purposes (AFTRS), speech physiology, phonetics and phonology. Research interests and publications focus on pronunciation and listening; language development and stabilisation, and design of materials and methods; independent learning skills and self-assessment; AV recording skills for self/peer assessment; and, oral histories to promote language development.
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page


June 2021

Shared experiences in teaching and supporting refugee students (Zoom)
When:
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Time:
5:30-6:30pm
Presenter:
Kim Cootes, Gill Pennington, Cindy Valdez-Adams
Members:
FREE
Non-members:
$10.00
This session will include whole school strategies for supporting refugee students, programming for refugee students in mainstream classrooms and a sharing session with school leaders and teachers about what works best.
Registration:
Click on the link at the top of this page

Formative assessment for EAL/D learners (Zoom)
When: Thursday, 17 June 2021
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Presenter: Margaret Turnbull
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page

Teaching refugees - The way forward (Zoom)
When: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Presenter: Dorothy Hoddinott AO
Members: FREE
Non-members: $10.00
Dorothy was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 and was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal in 2014 for her work protecting the human rights of refugee and disadvantaged students. She is Ambassador for RACS, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service and a director of Career Seekers.
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page

Teaching writing using quality texts K-6 (Zoom)
When: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Presenters: Janet Freeman (host), Lina Ponto (Marie Bashir PS)
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page

“Your story: Show it to me” Three-part online course (Part 1)
When:
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Presenters: Joanne Rossbridge, Kathy Rushton
Members: FREE
Non-members: $20.00
This session of the three-part course is to support teachers to know their students and how they learn using a strategy which involves students researching the ways in which they communicate. Participants will be able to develop knowledge about their students’ linguistic repertoires by supporting them to become researchers in the English classroom (Dutton, D’warte, Rossbridge & Rushton, 2018).
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page

Developing language through the Arts (Zoom)
Date: Monday, 14 June 2021 (Public Holiday)
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Presenter: Cindy Valdez-Adams
Members: FREE
Non-members: $10.00
This presentation will describe a program that provided newly arrived EAL/D learners, including refugees, with opportunities to express and communicate their ideas through various art forms. There was a noticeable increase in the oral language development, substantive engagement, improved confidence and achievement of students.
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page


March 2021


Annual General Meeting 2021 (Zoom)
ATESOL NSW is holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 20 March 2021 at 10:00am. All financial members of ATESOL NSW are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held online, with a Zoom link to be provided to all members. AGM minutes from the 2020 meeting, the 2020 auditor’s report, the 2021 agenda and councillor nomination forms will also be made available. We hope you can join us!

What works in effective EAL/D schools: CESE research report (Zoom)
Date:
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Time:
4:00-5:00pm
Presenters:
Gill Pennington, Margaret Turnbull
Members:
FREE
Non-members:
$20.00
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page

The PL workshop below will be repeated
“Your story: Show it to me” Three-part online course (Part 1)
When:
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Presenters: Joanne Rossbridge, Kathy Rushton
Members: FREE
Non-members: $10.00
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page

Planning for teaching EAL/D students in K-6 mainstream classrooms (Zoom)
Date:
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Time:
4:00pm-5:00pm
Presenter:
Janet Freeman
Members:
FREE
Non-members:
$20.00
Registration:
Click on the link at the top of this page

Exploring, thinking, and learning about languages and literacies with young people in Australian classrooms 
(Zoom)
When:
Monday, 15 March
 2021
Time:
5:30-6:30pm
Presenter: Dr Jacqueline D’warte
Members: FREE
Non-members: $10.00
Registration: Click on the link at the top of this page
The presentation notes are available here.
More resources are available here.

Listening to AMEP Teachers - A forum with Alison Larkins, Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services (Zoom)
A follow on event from the ACTA Forum on the future of the AMEP
(11 November 2020)

When:
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Time:
7:00-9:00pm AEDT
Cost:
FREE
More information is available here.


October & November 2020


English for Adult Migrants – Future Directions Webinar
Learn about the Commonwealth Government’s vision for English language provision for adult migrants
When: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Time: 7:00-
8:00pm
Cost:
FREE
Registration is available here.
Presenter Alison Larkins was appointed in late 2019 as Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services. Her role is to work closely within the Commonwealth and State/Territory governments, industry and the community sector to drive improvements to employment, English language and broader settlement outcomes, and through this work, to promote the contribution of migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants to Australia. Experienced AMEP teachers Jakki Cashman (Canberra) and Skye Playsted (Queensland) will provide brief responses, followed by audience questions.
Enquiries:
victesol@victesol.vic.edu.au

A recording of the webinar is available here.

Supporting Students' Literacy Development in Science
Presented by practising teachers and Sydney University researchers/ teacher educators involved in 2019 Science/EALD projects. This NSW DoE funded research project involved eight secondary school teams of Science, EAL/D and literacy teachers working with Year 8 classes to develop student engagement and outcomes in secondary Science.
When: Wednesday, 28 October & 18 November 2020 are the two remaining webinars in the series
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Cost: FREE
Registration is available here.
Enquiries:
sicle.seminars@sydney.edu.au


July 2020

Write with me: Confirming identity in the writing classroom (Zoom)
When:
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Time:
3:30-4:30pm
Presenters: Cindy Valdez-Adams, Kathy Rushton
Cost: FREE for 2020 financial members (enter discount code into 'promo code' box); $20 for non-members
In this workshop we will explore one strategy for supporting students to confirm their identity in the writing classroom. We will examine the language and literacy demands related to producing an imaginative text, a Readers’ Theatre, by innovating on a narrative. We will also explore this strategy for developing language and literacy using quality children’s literature.
Registration is available here.


June 2020

Embracing cultural diversity: Teaching writing in a multilingual classroom (Zoom)

When:
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Time:
3:30-4:30pm
Presenters: Margaret Turnbull, Gill Pennington
Cost: FREE for 2020 members (enter discount code into 'promo code' box); $20 for non-members 
This workshop explores ways of using the cultural and linguistic skills which students bring to the classroom to enhance and extend their understanding of English and subject knowledge, while enlivening learning for the whole class. The session will involve participants in a range of activities designed to encourage expression and creativity in their students’ writing, drawing on EAL/D pedagogy to focus on oral language and the explicit and systematic teaching of language.
Registration is available here.

The PL Workshop below has been rescheduled
Grammar in Writing (Zoom)
When:
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Time:
3:30-5:00pm
Presenters: Janet Freeman, Caterina Baitieri
Cost: FREE for 2020 financial members (enter discount code into 'promo code' box); $20 for non-members
With links to Beverly Derewianka’s teaching and learning cycle, this one and a half-hour workshop will examine how to teach grammar purposefully within Stage 2 and 3 writing programs. A range of grammar activities will be explored which develop skills across language modes and different text purposes to support student understanding of how language works.
Registration is available here
.


May 2020

Multilingual Storyboxes in the Primary Classroom (Zoom)
When:
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Time:
3:30-4:30pm
Presenter: Dr Gillian Pennington
Cost: FREE for 2020 members (enter discount code into 'promo code' box); $20 for non-members   
This workshop offers an overview of the principles of using multilingual storyboxes in the primary classroom. Multilingual storyboxes value the diversity of languages spoken in the school community and allow students to draw on their linguistic resources to develop oral language and literacy skills in English. Participants will be given advice on how to create their own storyboxes for use in the classroom; box contents include a core text written in English and home language(s), as well as related toys, craft materials, dress-up costumes and online resources to support and extend students’ understanding through use of English and their home languages.
Registration is available here
.

ICT in the EAL/D Program (Zoom)
When: Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Time:
3:30-4:30pm
Presenter: Janet Freeman
Cost: FREE for 2020 members (enter discount code into 'promo code' box); $20 for non-members   
How do we address the needs of EAL/D learners while at the same time embrace the technology expectations of classroom teachers, schools and increasingly, curriculum? This one-hour online workshop explores ways of integrating ICT meaningfully within the EAL/D program to support student learning.
Registration is available here.   
If you were an attendee of this PL, the presentation notes are available here.


April 2020

ACTA 2020 Annual General Meeting (Zoom)
When: Thursday, 2 April 2020
Time: 7:00-7:30pm EST
ACTA is the national coordinating body for all associations of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) across Australia. All state and territory association financial members are welcome to attend the AGM via video conference. ACTA is made up of councillors from each state and territory association. Councillors need to be nominated by state and territory TESOL associations. Only Councillors or their designated proxies are entitled to vote. All other attendees may observe, comment and put forward motions.
Please contact the ACTA secretary if you wish to participate: secretary@tesol.org.au


March 2020

The PL workshop below has been postponed due to COVID-19
FREE ATESOL NSW Writing & Grammar Workshop
When: Saturday, 28 March, 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: University of Sydney, Education Building (A35), Room 612
No registration is necessary. Please come on the day. The workshop will start at 9:30am after our AGM. The teachers presenting will focus on activities for upper primary students.

ATESOL NSW 2020 AGM
If you're a 2019 Financial Member of ATESOL NSW, we warmly welcome you to join our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 28 March at 9:00am via video conference. All financial members are welcome to stand for Council. This commitment involves attending up to six Saturday morning meetings per year and volunteering to assist with ATESOL NSW events, action research and advocacy initiatives throughout the year. We look forward to your greater involvement in the NSW professional association for EAL educators.


November 2019

FREE ATESOL NSW Workshop on Translanguaging
When:
Saturday, 9 November, 9:30am–12:30pm
Where:
University of Sydney, Education Building (A35), Room 408
Presenter:
Dr Sue Ollerhead, Macquarie University
We all know that multilingualism is good for us. Not only does speaking more than one language keep our brains healthy as we age, but it holds many benefits for children too. A growing body of research shows that drawing on children's home language and cultural backgrounds validates their identities and provides a strong foundation for additional language learning. But what does this mean for classroom teaching, especially in school contexts that equate English language proficiency with academic success? How can teachers harness the benefits of students' multilingualism, while at the same time helping them to develop the academic language they need to succeed in Australian classrooms? In this workshop, Sue Ollerhead will explore various ways of incorporating diverse students' home languages and unique knowledge systems into their classroom learning. No registration is necessary. Please come on the day.

September 2019

2019 HSC English (EAL/D) Revision Day: This annual highlight for Year 12 English (EAL/D) students attracts hundreds of students and teachers each year and will take place on Monday, 30 September at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney. All sessions are presented by experienced teachers and markers of the HSC English (EAL/D) course. For registration and further details, please click on this link: 2019 HSC English (EAL/D) Revision Day


August 2019

ATESOL NSW Grammar & Writing Workshop
When:
Saturday, 10 August, 8:30am–1:00pm
Where: University of Sydney, Education Building (A35), Room 459
Cost: FREE for 2019 financial members; $100 for non-members
For registration and further details, please click on this link:
ATESOL NSW Grammar & Writing Workshop


June 2019

The 2019 ATESOL NSW Symposium on 'Informative Assessment: Equitable practices for assessing EAL/D learners in the mainstream classroom' will be held at Fairfield RSL Club on Thursday, 27 June. Presentations by experts, teachers and leaders in EAL/D education will investigate the tools used in task-based language assessment, and model best practice in planning for assessment through the teaching learning cycle. The importance of reliable, valid, flexible and fair assessment will also be addressed. The cost is $175 for members and $275 for non-members. For registration and further details, please click on this link: 2019 ATESOL NSW Symposium Registration


April 2019

ACTA 2019 Annual General Meeting (Video conference)
When: Thursday, 18 April
Time: 7:00-7:30pm EST
All state and territory association financial members are welcome to attend the AGM. Only Councillors or their designated proxies are entitled to vote.
Further details are available here and here.


March 2019

FREE Teach Meet at Beverly Hills Intensive English Centre (IEC) - Thursday, 21 March, 4:00–5:30pm. Teachers from all sectors and systems are welcome. It will be a great afternoon of professional learning, sharing and networking. Refreshments provided. No need to register - just come along on the day. Follow the signs from the carpark. Parking: On-site carpark (follow Melvin Street right to the end, until adjacent to railway line. Melvin St North is off Broadarrow Rd, Beverly Hills)

FREE Teach Meet at the University Of Sydney - Saturday, 16 March, 10:30am–12:00pm. A series of short presentations related to advocacy and EAL/D pedagogy will be given, followed by general discussion. No need to register - just come along on the day. Our Annual General Meeting will follow (optional). Venue: University of Sydney, Education Building (A35), Room 612

FREE Workshop at Fairfield High School - Thursday, 14 March, 3:30–5:00pm. National Literacy Learning Progression: Implications for EAL/D teaching. This workshop is designed for both primary and secondary teachers of EAL/D learners. The workshop will briefly introduce the National Literacy Learning Progression before examining the relationship with the ESL Scales and the EAL/D Learning Progression. Through examining a series of student work samples teachers will develop an understanding of the implications for EAL/D teaching and learning. Teachers are encouraged to bring their own work samples to analyse as part of the workshop.
No need to register - just come along on the day.
Presenter: Margaret Turnbull, ATESOL NSW Vice President

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program) Evaluation Forum. Sponsored by ACTA, USyd and UTS, the forum will discuss critical issues relating to the current AMEP “New Business Model”.
When:
Saturday, 2 March, 9:30am–3:30pm
Where:
University of Sydney, Old Teachers’ College, Manning Road, Seminar Room 427
Cost:
$35 (to cover catering)
Registration is available here
.


February 2019

FREE Teach Meet at Arncliffe Public School - Thursday, 28 February, 3:30–5:00pm. Primary and secondary teachers from all systems are welcome. It will be a great afternoon of professional learning, sharing and networking. Refreshments provided. No need to register - just come along on the day.


October 2018

2018 HSC English (ESL) Revision Day: This annual highlight for Year 12 English (ESL) students attracts hundreds of students and teachers each year and will take place on Wednesday, 3 October at Kogarah High School. All sessions are presented by experienced teachers and markers of the HSC English (ESL) course. For registration and further details, please click on this link: 2018 HSC English (ESL) Revision Day

The ACTA International Conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from 2-5 October 2018. The theme of the conference is 'English language learning in a mobile world'. ATESOL NSW is sponsoring the attendance of members whose submission to present at the conference is successful. Please visit the conference website to submit a proposal or register to attend. ATESOL NSW financial members are eligible to attend for the members' rate:
ACTA International Conference 2018


June 2018

The 2018 ATESOL NSW Symposium: 'Differentiation in the EAL/D Classroom' will be held at Fairfield RSL Club on Tuesday, 26 June. This symposium aims to guide and support teachers of EAL/D learners in mainstream classes both in school and post-secondary settings. It will explain how the choice of classroom content, processes and products can be inclusive of the English language needs of EAL/D learners and will demonstrate programs that provide explicit language learning support across the curriculum: 2018 ATESOL NSW Symposium Payment


February/March 2018

ATESOL NSW welcomes all teachers/educators of EAL/D students to our FREE Teach Meet events (N.B. 15/02/18: same date, two locations):
Thursday, 15 February:
Fairfield High School, 3:30–5:30pm
Thursday, 15 February:
Hurstville Public School, 4:00–5:30pm
Thursday, 1 March:
Mascot Public School, 3:30–5:00pm
Friday, 16 March:
Beverly Hills Intensive English Centre, 4:00–5:30pm
Thursday, 22 March:
Willoughby Girls' High School, 3:45–5:00pm
These will be great afternoons of professional learning, sharing and networking. Refreshments provided. No need to register - just come along on the day.


September 2017

2017 HSC English (ESL) Revision Day


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