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ATESOL NSW, in collaboration with the national body ACTA, continues to advocate for professional standards which have been built up over decades. Below is a snapshot of our news and advocacy. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to peruse our newsletter and e-bulletin archive.


June-July: ACTA Survey on the Effects of COVID-19 on Post-School EAL Educators. Have you taught or managed in programs for international students and/or adult migrant and refugee English language learners, for example in the AMEP, SEE Program, TAFE, university, ELICOS and community and State-funded programs? Then you’ll know that the closure of Australia’s borders has huge implications for your program and employment! To help ACTA advocate on your behalf, we need a sound evidence base. You’ll need this password once you click on the link below: ACTA (upper case)

The ATESOL NSW AGM took place via Zoom on Saturday, 28 March. We warmly welcome Cindy Valdez-Adams, who was elected President of ATESOL NSW for 2020. She is currently an EAL/D specialist teacher in South West Sydney and has many years of experience in the field. We would like to acknowledge the skills and expertise that Janet Freeman generously shared as our previous President. We also thank Melanie Davies, who was Secretary of ATESOL NSW for three years. Her organisational skills have been greatly appreciated. She will continue to manage the website and our Facebook group. Particular acknowledgement was given to Michael Michell in the form of Life Membership for his unyielding and thorough advocacy work on behalf of EAL teachers and students over many years.

A letter from ATESOL NSW was sent on 2 March to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell. It welcomes the allocation in 2020 of an additional 104 EAL/D teaching positions in NSW Government schools and suggests actions to ensure improved student learning outcomes and maximise the Government's investment in EAL/D education. These actions encompass EAL/D staffing, training and professional support, reflecting the strategies outlined in the document Rebuilding Capacity: EAL/D and Refugee Education in NSW Public Schools - an Agenda for NSW Government 2019- 2023 issued by ATESOL NSW, Ethnic Communities Council of NSW and NSW Migrant and Refugee Education Working Party prior to the state election last year. The letter was also tabled at the Department's Multicultural Education Advisory Group meeting on 3 March. Members can read a copy of the letter in the Term 1, 2020 newsletter.


Teacher Survey: Use of EAL/D funding in schools. ATESOL NSW is conducting a survey to capture teacher feedback on the use of EAL/D funding in schools. The information will be used to support advocacy for EAL/D education in NSW. Your name and details will not be distributed or published, but a summary of responses will be made available. THIS SURVEY CLOSED IN AUGUST 2019. Please click here to read a summary of the responses received.

Rebuilding Capacity: English as an Additional Language and Refugee Education in NSW Public schools - an Agenda for NSW Government 2019-2023. ATESOL NSW, together with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and the NSW Migrant and Refugee Working Party, launched the document 'Rebuilding Capacity: English as an Additional Language and Refugee Education in NSW Public schools - an Agenda for NSW Government 2019-2023' at NSW Parliament House on 1 March 2019. The document, which was submitted to the Government and Opposition prior to the NSW State election, outlines a policy agenda for EAL/D education for NSW Government over the next four years through ten key proposals that address long-standing, unresolved, systemic policy issues. You can download the full agenda document here and a summary version here.


ACTA Strategy for Language in Education and Training, 2018.
This Strategy has 15 actions, all aimed at addressing the long-standing national policy/program gaps and neglect in the area of language in education and training (EAL/D, Indigenous, language education, AMEP) that ACTA has been advocating for over the last few years. It has been used as the focus for discussions with Government and other parties about their education and training policy commitments. For more information, please visit ACTA's Media Room page. The Strategy can also be directly downloaded here.

ATESOL NSW Newsletter

The ATESOL NSW newsletter is published electronically and sent via email every quarter to members. Current research, advocacy initiatives and teaching strategies are included in the newsletter. If you would like to submit an article or notice for possible inclusion, please email

Newsletter & e-Bulletin Archive

2020 - March, April

2019 - March, July, September, December

2018 - May, June, October, December

2017 - March, June, July, September

2016 - February, March, May, August, September

2015 - April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

A pdf copy of any newsletter from 2007-2014 is available by request.

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