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Welcome to the Australian Council of TESOL Associations website. We seek to advocate for and enhance the profile of the TESOL profession in Australia through a wide range of activities in local, regional, national and international contexts. If you are currently a member of your state or territory TESOL professional association, membership with ACTA is automatically included together with a copy of our journal TESOL in Context . If you are not a member of an Australian state or territory TESOL organisation, you might like to browse our site to see what it is that we do and then contact your state association to join.


ACTA Conference 2016









Perth, Western Australia 7-10 April 2016

ACTA Conference 2014


Melbourne September 30 - October 3, 2014

Watch the video made at the 2014 ACTA Conference


ACTA President Adriano Truscott opens Day 2 of the conference

ACTA 2014

Delegates at #ACTA2014

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ACTA Conferences

The ACTA International TESOL conference is held every 2 years and hosted by a State or Territory TESOL association.

In 2016 it will be hosted by WATESOL in Perth April 7-10.

Visit our conference pages to find out about past conferences.


Membership of ACTA is through your local state or territory TESOL association.Find out more about the benefits of  Membership.

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Call for Presentations and Papers now open for the joint ACTA-ACAL Conference 2016

The next ACTA International Conference will be held jointly with the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL) and hosted by WATESOL and WAALC. You are invited to participate in this event held in Perth, Western Australia from 7-10 April 2016.

The theme of the conference is DIVERSITY: exchanging ways of being

Read more about the Conference or go straight to the Call for Presentations and Papers

New teacher resource: EAL/D Elaborations of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The EAL/D Elaborations of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers has now been endorsed by AITSL and is ready for use in your setting. The two-page overview tells you all about the Elaborations and how they can help. The short version provides an easy way in for each Standard and Focus Area. The full version gives you the guts of how to work effectively with EAL/D learners and where to look for help. Download all 3 versions here

ACTA 2014 Conference article in TESOL International Affiliate news March 2015

Read the article by Shem Macdonald (VicTESOL) here

Congratulations to our new ACTA Council and Executive

A new ACTA council and Executive were elected at the 2015 ACTA AGM on 5 March.

Congratulations to:

  • Michael Michell, President
  • Karen Barber, Vice President
  • Margaret Turnbull, Secretary
  • Jennifer Mayers, Treasurer
  • and our new and continuing Councillors.

Thanks also to our retiring councillors.

ACTA Submission to the adult programs SEE and AMEP review 2014

On 19 December 2014 ACTA submitted its response to the AMEP and SEE review. Read ACTA's submission

TESOL International Elections

ACTA congratulates Misty Andoniou (Past President ACTA) on her election to the TESOL International Board of Directors! Read more

ACTA 2014 State of EAL/D Schools Report now available (November 2014)

After collecting responses from over 200 members across the country, and analysing over 1000 comments, ACTA is proud to release the preliminary draft report on the ACTA 2014 State of EAL/D survey. This report reflects current experiences and challenges faced by EAL/D teachers through anonymous quotes, accompanied by respective sector and jurisdiction, and comments on apparent trends. The writers have strived to remain objective, quoting in context and covering all jurisdictions. Read more

Winners of 2014 Penny McKay Award

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Penny McKay Memorial Award for Best Thesis in Language Education. Their Executive Committees have accepted the Selection Committee's recommendation that there be two recipients of the inaugural award due to the outstanding quality of both submissions.

The 2014 winners are Susan Creagh and Julia Rothwell. Read more


Members of affiliated state and territory TESOL associations receive the ACTA journal TESOL in Context as part of their membership and do not need to subscribe.

TESOL In Context - latest issue

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Issue 24 Number 2, December 2014

Special Assessment issue

This issue includes a precis of the theses produced by the joint winners of the Penny McKay Memorial Award for Best Thesis in Language Education in 2014, Susan Creagh and Julia Rothwell. Also included are articles by Rod Neilsen (pre-service teachers in Malaysia), Susan Creagh (NAPLaN), Chris Davison and Michael Michell (teacher EAL/D assessment literacy) and Michele de Courcy, Misty Adoniou and Doan Ba Ngoc (teacher use of assessment resources)

Book reviews in this issue include Understanding Language Testing and The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing.