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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
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ACTA 2014 CONFERENCE
Melbourne September 30 - October 3
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(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
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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
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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
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March 2014 ACTA EAL/D
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.
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Context as part of their membership and do not need to
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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
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