Current discussions and professional learning workshops are posted on our Facebook page. Please join this group to receive updates:
Our 2019 Professional Learning program includes visits to schools and other educational institutions. If you or your community of schools would like to host a PL workshop (min. 20 participants), please contact: ATESOL NSW President, firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE ATESOL NSW Workshop on Translanguaging
When: Saturday, 9 November, 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: University of Sydney, Education Building (A35), Room 408
Who: 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 necessary. Please come on the day. The workshop will start at 9:30am. Enquiries: email@example.com
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
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
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
ACTA 2019 Annual General Meeting Videoconference
When: Thursday, 18 April
All state and territory association financial members are welcome to attend the AGM. Only Councillors or their designated proxies are entitled to vote. To join the videoconference, login at:
https://zoom.us/j/106629963 Meeting ID: 106 629 963
Further details are available here and here.
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.
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
Enquiries: Helen Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 presenters who have submitted an
application via our association. For other members, please visit the
conference website to register. You are eligible for the discounted
ACTA Conference 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
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.