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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.



Melbourne September 30 - October 3

ACTA 2014 Conference Welcome

Past conferences

Access resources from our past conferences

Upcoming Conferences

For local and international 2014 conference listings, click here


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

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.


Penny McKay Memorial 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 winners are:

Susan Creagh "A Foucauldian and Quantitative Analysis of NAPLaN, the category 'Language Background Other Than English' and English as a Second Language Level" (thesis at presented the University of Queensland).

Julia Rothwell "Let's eat the captain! Thinking, feeling, doing: Intercultural language learning through process drama" (thesis presented at the Queensland University of Technology).

A formal announcement of the winners and a certificate presentation will take place at the 2014 ACTA Conference, at the beginning of the Penny McKay Memorial Plenary Lecture, to be given by Professor Chris Davison at 8.45am on Wednesday, 1 October in room 105/6.

Congratulations Sue and Julia!!! Is there something in the Queensland air?

ACTA EAL/D Teacher Standards - updated Elaboration draft and Feedback Survey now available

ACTA has recently been developing an Elaboration of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) for teachers working with EAL/D learners. An updated draft (July 2014) of the EAL/D Standards Elaboration is now available, in summary and expanded versions. We also ask you to provide feedback on the EAL/D Standards Elaboration in terms of its content and usefulness - see links to documents and the survey on the National Professional Standards for Teachers page.

Online Grammar course for teachers: Free and Non linear!

This course was developed by the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) in order to support teachers in both learning about grammar themselves and learning about teaching it. While developed initially for the NSW context, there are clear links to the Australian Curriculum and to wider English language-learning contexts. Links to other sites give teachers an opportunity to brush up on identifying simple language features, and well as more complex aspects. The course is accredited with the NSW Institute of teachers. More details on our School EAL/D Resources page (under NSW).

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.


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 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 Barber.

Book reviews in this issue include English-Medium Instruction at Universities and Principles and Practices of Teaching English as an International Language.