Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Caitlin Holroyd

2020 November-The Refugee Experience – Resources for Teachers

RESOURCES FROM THE WEBINAR   ‘Refugees’ describes the situation of people, but it doesn’t define who they are.  Australia has many different refugee communities.  Whether you are looking to learn more about refugees,  you have a friend from that community,  or you are teaching refugees and/or other students,  the wealth of resources on the Refugee […]

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2020 October- AMEP Advisory Committee

ACTA is delighted that the Department of Home Affairs has set up an AMEP Advisory Committee in line with one of the recommendations of the 2019 Social Compass AMEP Evaluation. The Committee is chaired by Alison Larkins, who was appointed in late 2019 as the Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services. For the official announcement, including

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2020 September- Historic Reforms to the Adult Migrant English Program

For decades, ACTA and other advocacy groups have argued against the limits on adult migrants’ access to the AMEP because of the eligibility requirements that were instituted in the 1992 Immigration Education Act. On Friday 28th August, 2020, Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge announced major reforms to the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). The reforms

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2020 July- Briefing Paper on the AMEP for meeting with Migrant Services Coordinator General

Following ACTA President Margaret Corrigan’s letter to the Acting Immigration Minister, the Hon. Alan Tudge, she and the ACTA Vice-President (Helen Moore) have been invited to a (online) meeting on 21 July 2020 with Ms Alison Larkins, Coordinator-General for Migrant Services in the Department of Home Affairs (21 July, 2020). More details and the link

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2020 June-Letter to the Immigration Minister regarding the future of the AMEP

ACTA President, Margaret Corrigan, has written to Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge about the implications for the AMEP of the suspension of immigration for the foreseeable future. The letter recommends lifting existing AMEP eligibility requirements in order to address the backlog of unmet English language learning needs in the Australian community. Download from the link

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2020 June- Meet our new ACTA President

At the ACTA Annual General Meeting in April 2020, ACTA Councillors elected Margaret Corrigan as the new ACTA President. Margaret is Vice President of VicTESOL and is CEO of Carringbush Adult Education, a not-for-profit training provider delivering a range of EAL and work readiness programs in Melbourne’s Richmond and Collingwood. She is a fellow of

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2020 June- ACTA President’s Report

After 5 years as ACTA President, Michael Michell stepped down at the AGM this year.   Michael delivered his final President’s Report for 2019-20, highlighting ACTA’s activities and achievements for the past 12 months, and reflecting on his time as President and his thoughts on the future.   Read the report here: 2020 AGM President’s

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2020 June- ACTA Survey on the Effects of COVID-19 on Post-School EAL Educators

Have you taught or managed in programs for international students and/or adult migrant and refugee English language learners, for example in the AMEP, SEE Program, TAFE, university, ELICOS and community and State-funded programs? Then you’ll know that the closure of Australia’s borders has huge implications for your program and employment! To help ACTA advocate on

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2020 April- ACTA International Conference rescheduled to 2021

Due to COVID-19 uncertainty, the ACTA International Conference has been rescheduled to 2021. QATESOL will host the next ACTA Conference in Brisbane from 28 – 30 September 2021. The Conference theme is: Pushing the Boundaries. Conference website: actaconference.com And follow the Conference Facebook page to get updates leading up to the Conference: facebook.com/ACTAConference  

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