Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Australian Council of TESOL Associations

ACTA publishes the journal TESOL in Context

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Tesol in Context


TESOL in Context is the peer-reviewed publication of the Australian Council for TESOL Associations (ACTA) for teachers, researchers and others interested in TESOL within Australia and internationally. Normally two issues are produced each year.

The journal has moved online and following Vol 26, No. 1, hard copies are longer being produced. The move to open access is part of an initiative to make the journal more easily accessible by readers and members. The journal will continue to be peer reviewed and attract high quality articles from experts in the TESOL field.

The TESOL in Context Journal site is at

Recent issue: Volume 30, No 1 (November 2021)

Languages in Early Childhood Education

TESOL in Context Vol 30 No 1"In the context of ever-changing global movement of peoples in and between countries, linguistic diversity, and diversity in modes of communication and expression have become increasingly vibrant and visible (D’warte & Slaughter, 2021). These changes have also been reflected in research scholarship into languages acquisition where monolingual-centric assumptions have been disrupted by heteroglossic perspectives that view the linguistic repertoire of any individual, including the very young child, as complex – shaped by the “linguistic, cognitive, social and emotional” characteristics of the individual (Seltzer & García, 2020, p. 2). In orienting this to the classroom, Cummins & Early (2011) argue that the relationship between language and identity cannot be untwined but that indeed, a critical precondition for learning involves recognising and engaging with the cultural and linguistic knowledges and learning experiences of students."

[Reference: Slaughter, Y., Keary, A., Gillian, P., & Bonar, G. (2021). Editorial: Languages in Early Childhood Education. TESOL in Context30(1), 1–8.]

This issue contains four articles:

  • Leveraging Languages for Learning: Incorporating Plurilingual Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education and Care / Caroline Cohrssen, Yvette Slaughter, Edith Nicolas

  • Mothers as First Teachers: Exploring the Features of Motherchild Interactions That Support Young Aboriginal Children’s Multilingual Learning at Playgroup / Janet Scull, Jane Page, Wan Yi Lee, Lisa Murray, Dorothy Gapany, Samantha Stewart, Marilyn Murukun, Nuala Scannell, Rona Lawrence, Jonica Dhurrkay, Felicity Hayes, Verity Burarrwanga, Leah Chynoweth, Michelle Callahan, Jessica Noella Goveas, Megan L. Cock, Susan Mentha, Patricia Eadie, Joseph Sparling

  • Knowing Who You Are: Heritage Language, Identity and Safe Space in a Bilingual Kindergarten / Kerry Taylor-Leech, Eseta Tualaulelei

  • The Niichii Project: Revitalizing Indigenous Language in Northern Canada / Shelley Stagg Peterson, Yvette Manitowabi, Jacinta Manitowabi

Three books are reviewed in this issue:

  • Bilingual Families: A Practical Language Planning Guide
  • Rooted in Strength: Using Translanguaging to Grow Multilingual Readers and Writers
  • Early Language Learning and Teacher Education. International Research and Practice

Click to view the TESOL in Context. Vol 30 No 1.

Click to view Launch of TESOL in Context Special Issue: Languages in Early Childhood Education.

GUEST EDITORIAL TEAM: Dr Yvette Slaughter, Dr Anne Keary, Dr Gary Bonar and Dr Gillian Pennington

Past issues of TESOL in Context

Explore the wealth of ideas by browsing through back issues, going right back to the very first TESOL in Context issue that was published in 1990.

Journal Editorial Teams

TEAM 1: Dr Sue Ollerhead, Dr Julie Choi and Dr Sasikala (Shashi) Nallaya

TEAM 2: Dr Averil Grieve, Dr Sharon Yahalom and David Wei Dai

Contributing to TESOL in Context

Upcoming issues:

  • L2 interactional competence in the online space
  • Maximising the pedagogical affordances of digital learning spaces to enhance language development 

If you would like to submit an article to be considered for publication in TESOL in Context, go to the "For writers" page for further information.

Copyright for all articles published in TESOL in Context is vested in the journal. Permission to publish articles elsewhere should be sought from .

Please note: views expressed in contributions to TESOL in Context do not necessarily reflect those of ACTA.


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