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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, your membership with ACTA is automatic. 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 also produces the journal TESOL in Context.


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

In 2020 it will be hosted by QATESOL in Brisbane, October (date TBA).

Visit our Conference pages to find out about past conferences.


ACTA Conference 2020

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ACTA Conference 2018

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ACTA Conference 2016








Perth, Western Australia 7-10 April 2016

ACTA Conference 2014



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

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Survey of AMEP and SEE Program teachers, managers & volunteers

If you work in the AMEP and/or SEE Program, we need your input! This ACTA survey seeks your confidential perspectives on the operation of these Programs since the current contracts began on 1st July 2017. The results will provide Government, the Opposition and other Parties with clear and comprehensive insights into your experience in the AMEP and SEE Program over the past 18 months. The questions draw from consultation with practitioners and cover a range of topics, including curriculum, assessment and working conditions. Read more and link to the survey on the Adult EAL Issues page.

ACTA Strategy for Language in Education and Training - November 2018

The ACTA Strategy for Language in Education and Training has 15 actions in 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 we have been advocating for in our submissions over the last few years.
The document will be used as the focus for discussions with Government and other parties about their education and training policy commitments prior to the federal election.
You can download the strategy from the Media Room page

ACTA response to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL Consultation- June 2018

ACTA’s response to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s Victorian Curriculum F-10 English as an Additional Language (EAL) Consultation is now published. The response considers the rationale for a new EAL curriculum, the nature of the EAL curriculum document, EAL curriculum development and consultation, and specific comments on the EAL curriculum rationale and aims, and the EAL scope and sequence. Read more and link to the ACTA response on our Advocacy – EAL/D Issues Schools page.

ACTA Report on English Provision for Adult Migrants - May 2018

In the light of the profound concerns raised by our members about the consequences of the latest contracts for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), ACTA has prepared a comprehensive Background Paper examining this Program, including its relationship to the Skills for Employment and Education (SEE) Program. The report includes verbatim accounts from teachers and recommendations for change.  Read on our Advocacy - Adult EAL News and Issues page.

No one teaches you to become an Australian: report of the Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes

The report of the parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s recent Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes was published in December 2017. The ACTA submission addresses all of the Inquiry's Terms of Reference, specifically focussing on English language provision, examples of best practice, the importance of English language ability on prospective migrant outcomes, and social engagement of “youth migrants”. Read more and link to the ACTA submission and Inquiry Report on our Advocacy - Media Room page.

ACTA presentation at the AMEP-SEE Forum, November 2017

ACTA was invited to present at the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Employment and Education (SEE) Service Provider Forum, held 16-17 November 2017. Helen Moore represented ACTA, and delivered a presentation on "Reforming English Language Provision for Adult Migrants & Refugee Youth from the Top Down – Some concrete proposals from the Bottom Up". Helen has also written a report on the Forum for ACTA members. Read more on our Advocacy - Adult EAL News and Issues page.

ACTA submission to the Review to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools (Gonski Review) November 2017

ACTA's submission to the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (Gonski Review) has now been published. ACTA's submission focused on the role of language in educational achievement; evidence on the difference that EAL/D pedagogy makes in classrooms when supported by schools and systems; the importance of a systemic approach including leadership development, specialist teacher standards, teacher education and professional learning; the unfinished business of defining and measuring EAL/D students’ educational success; the deterioration of EAL/D programs in schools under state and territory school autonomy and flexible resource management policies and restructures; and promising projects and tools of national significance that drive good EAL/D practice and continuous improvement. Each issue is addressed by specific recommendations.
Read more at our Advocacy - Media Room page