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 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Diversity: Exchanging Ways of Being
Perth, Western Australia
Melbourne September 30 - October 3, 2014
ACTA President Adriano Truscott opens Day 2 of the
Delegates at #ACTA2014
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
Membership of ACTA is through your
local state or territory TESOL association.Find out more about the
benefits of Membership.
ACTA and ALAA
(the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia) jointly manage
the Penny McKay Award for Promising Doctoral Research in
School-Based Language Development, Curriculum and
Assessment. To read more about applying for the award and
download a donation form please click here.
23 November 2014 National Professional Teacher
Updated EAL/D Standards Elaborations and Feedback
Survey now available
Following trialling and consultations with the Australian
Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), an updated
version of the EAL/D Elaborations of the Australian
Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) is now available in
summary and full versions.
We ask you to provide feedback on the EAL/D Standards
Elaborations in terms of content, format and usefulness to
contribute to the final document planned for early in the new
Link to Elaboration and survey
ACTA response on teacher education - Teacher Education
Ministerial Advisory Group
In April, ACTA was invited by the Teacher Education Ministerial
Advisory Group Secretariat of the Australian Government Department
of Education to submit a response to key questions on "how teacher
education programmes could be improved to better prepare new
teachers with the right mix of academic and practical classroom
skills." ACTA submitted its response on 13 June based on input from
associations and members in schools and universities. For further
information about TEMAG, click here.
We would like to thank all those who took the time to contribute
and support us on this important work, the results of which will be
released by the end of 2014.
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. To read more
National Foundation Skills for
Adults Practitioner Survey
Who is delivering Foundation Skills?
If you teach or help people develop
their English language, literacy, numeracy or employability skills
please complete a short survey
To read more about the survey, see
our Adult EAL news and issues page.
Penny McKay Memorial Award 2014
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. To 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
Issue 24 Number 1, June 2014
The broad range of
topics discussed within this issue of TESOL in Context
highlights the different layers of understandings which frame the
work of English language teachers. This journal issue concerns the
pivotal and broader question 'How do we define the best pedagogy
for diverse students in the very different contexts in which we
work in Australia and world-wide'? Our response to the question
brings to the fore the complex interconnections which exist within
and between notions of language, identity and context. This issue
contains papers by Xuan Pham, Byanjana, Sharma and Karen Slikas
Book reviews in this issue include
English-Medium Instruction at Universities and
Principles and Practices of Teaching English as an