Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Caitlin Holroyd

ACTA calls for EAL/D education to be included in the next National Schools Reform Agreement

ACTA forwarded a submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of the National School Reform Agreement arguing that EAL/D learners be recognised as a priority equity cohort in the 2024 National Schools Reform Agreement and be included in the National Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia which measures progress towards achieving the outcomes of the NSRA. …

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Ongoing Opportunity: Foundation for Learning and Literature Symposium 2022

In 2022, the Foundation for Learning and Literacy will convene a symposium featuring organisations whose primary work is with children and young people, literacy and drama. The 2022 Literature Symposium will involve a series of free online presentations from a range of organisations, the details of which can be found here. We are excited to announce …

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Update to the Foundation Skills Framework Review

The ACER team would like thank everyone who took part in the consultation phase of the Foundation Skills Frameworks review project. The richness and diversity of feedback – provided through discussion forums, focus groups, interviews and the online survey – are a testament to your passion and expertise. Our consultation activities are now complete, and …

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SBS reports on Fears over new funding model for Australia’s migrant English program

SBS TV and on-line have reported on concerns about the proposed new funding model for the AMEP. The reports include comments by Dr Helen Moore, ACTA Vice-President. To see the on-line report, click here: Fears over new funding model for Australia’s migrant English program (sbs.com.au) To listen to audio of the TV news item, click …

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Media release: ACTA calls for national reform and revitalisation of EAL/D in schools

ACTA National Roadmap for English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Education in Schools ACTA has launched its National Roadmap for English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Education in Schools, calling for national ‘build back better’ reform of specialist provision for English language learners in schools ahead of the Federal Election. The …

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Media release: Adult literacy inquiry calls for new national strategy.

The following Media Release was issued on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 by the Parliament of Australia.   Adult literacy inquiry calls for new national strategy.   The House Employment, Education and Training Committee has today presented the report of its inquiry into adult literacy and its importance, which recommends an Australian national language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy …

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Development of Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Digital Literacies Framework and Guide

The Department of Home Affairs is pleased to announce an initiative to support the development of digital literacies in the AMEP. The Adult EAL sector is well positioned to equip adult language learners with digital literacies required for settlement and finding employment, however research and feedback indicates that institutions and teachers are often uncertain about …

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Join us in a forum: Foundation Skills Frameworks Review Project

  The discovery phase of the ACER review of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and the Digital Literacy Skills Framework (DLSF) is now complete. The next project phase will launch with an online survey and two online discussion forums. Online survey starting 11 March 2022 The survey will help the project team understand your …

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How many English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Learners are there in Australian Schools?

How many English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Learners are there in Australian Schools? Data collated and presented by Michael Michell – Immediate Past President, Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA)  There is no national requirement for state and territory education systems to report publically on the cohort of students learning English as …

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Media Release: Misguided policies directly causing remote Indigenous students’ poor school attendance and literacy, and rising incarceration rates

MEDIA RELEASE: Misguided policies directly causing remote Indigenous students’ poor school attendance and literacy, and rising incarceration rates. RELEASED: 15th September, 2021 Misguided Commonwealth and NT Government policies are directly contributing to remote Indigenous students’ falling school attendance and abysmal literacy levels, according to two scathing submissions by a teachers’ organisation to a current federal …

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