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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 though 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 send contact your state association to join.



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ACTA Awards

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.


April 2014 Senate Inquiry into School Funding - ACTA Submission

ACTA Council has submitted a response to the Australian Parliament ‘Senate Select Committee on School Funding’ inquiry. To read the submission which draws on the recent ACTA survey into school EAL visit the Senate Committee website

The ACTA Submission is number #74

Please note: Once a committee has authorised the release of a submission, subsequent publication of it is protected by parliamentary privilege. Please do not download and forward the submission to others  but refer them to the above website.

March 2014 National Survey on English teachers' knowledge of language

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March 2014 ACTA EAL/D Schools Survey

Survey is now closed Thank you to all who completed the survey. A report on the results will be published in due course. Watch this space!

December 2013 - ACTA EAL/D Teacher Standards

ACTA has recently been developing an Elaboration of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) for teachers working with EAL/D learners, and a draft is now available.


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. If you are a non member and want to subscribe click here for a subscription form

TESOL In Context - latest issue               

 --- Issue 23 1.2 Front Cover

Issue 23 Number 1 and 2, December 2013

Advocacy is integral to the work of many TESOL specialists. For several decades, ACTA and the state TESOL associations, along with other professional associations, and individual teachers, researchers and administrators have all engaged with conversations about EAL/D education in public forums. These advocates have drawn attention to implications of policy developments for EAL/D students; they have proffered alternative forms of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to better account for the particularity of EAL/D learning pathways; and they have argued the necessity of specialist EAL/D teaching. In response to the Australian Language and Literacy Policy of the early 1990s, for example, there was “a frenzy of writing responses… a conference… and attempts to publicise what was going on through the press and television” (Moore, 1995, p. 6). It is in this spirit that this double issue of TESOL in Context has been compiled.
The issue has two sections:

Section 1 - Submissions to the 2013 Senate Inquiry on NAPLAN
The first section presents substantial excerpts from four submissions to the 2013 Senate Inquiry, The effectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy.

Section 2 - Skutnabb-Kangas keynote from the 2012 ACTA
The second section presents the keynote address delivered by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas at the ACTA International Conference 2012, TESOL as a Global Trade – Ethics, Equity and Ecology.

Each section raises questions about a key area of EAL/D advocacy in the school sector in Australia at present: high stakes literacy testing and bilingual education for speakers of indigenous and minority languages