Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Australian Council of TESOL Associations

The ACTA International TESOL conference is held every 2 years and hosted by a State or Territory TESOL association.

In 2021 it will be hosted by QATESOL in Brisbane, 28 - 30 September.

The ACTA International TESOL conference is held every 2 years and hosted by a State or Territory TESOL association.

In 2021 it will be hosted by QATESOL in Brisbane, 28-30 September.

The ACTA International TESOL conference is held every 2 years and hosted by a State or Territory TESOL association.

In 2021 it will be hosted by QATESOL in Brisbane, 28-30 September.

The ACTA International TESOL conference is held every 2 years and hosted by a State or Territory TESOL association.

In 2021 it will be hosted by QATESOL in Brisbane, 28-30 September.

The ACTA International TESOL conference is held every 2 years and hosted by a State or Territory TESOL association.

In 2021 it will be hosted by QATESOL in Brisbane, 28-30 September.

ACTA International Conference 2021

Pushing the Boundaries

Brisbane, Queensland
28 - 30 September 2021

 

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Hosted by QATESOL

Associate Professor Russell Cross
Language and Literacy Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle
Faculty of Education, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Low Ee Ling
Dean, Teacher Education and Professor of Education (Applied Linguistics and Teacher Learning) at the English Language & Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Due to COVID-19 uncertainty, the next 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.

For more information, go to https://actaconference.com/

To register go to: https://actaconference.com/registration/

DATES:

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Monday 27th September 2021
  • Conference: Tuesday 28th September - Wednesday 30th September 2021

Conference Theme: Pushing the Boundaries

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ACTA International Conference 2018

English Languge Learning in a Mobile World

Adelaide, South Australia
2 – 5 October, 2018


Hosted by SATESOL

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Professor
Ester J. de Jong

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Phan Le Ha

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Gillian Wigglesworth

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Constant Leung

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Associate Professor
Kathleen Heugh

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Associate Professor
Yu-Chuan Joni Chao

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Associate Professor
Wan Ng

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Professor Ester J. de Jong

EAL Expertise and Taking a Multilingual Stance

Professor in ESOL/Bilingual Education, and the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education, University of Florida. She teaches courses in ESOL/bilingual education and in curriculum, methods, and assessment for English speakers of other languages. Prior to academia, she worked for the K-12 public schools in Massachusetts as the Assistant Director for Bilingual Education and ESL programs. Her research focuses on two-way bilingual education, language-in-education policy, and mainstream teacher preparation for bilingual students. Her book Foundations for Multilingualism in Education: From Principles to
Practice (Caslon Publishing, 2011) addresses policies and practices of responding to increasing linguistic diversities in schools. Her work has been published in the Bilingual Research Journal, the International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Language Policy, Language and Education. She is currently President-Elect for the TESOL International Association.

Professor Phan Le Ha

English and English as a medium of instruction (EMI) in broader Asia: Why, How, For Whom, By Whom, and So?

Phan Le Ha is a Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently located at The Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Brunei). Prior to this appointment, she was with the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She has also held adjunct and honorary positions at universities in Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the UK. At the University of Hawaii she is also the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in leading the University’s engagement with Southeast Asia.

Her teaching and research areas include international
higher education, academic mobility, identity-language-pedagogy-culture studies, globalization and internationalization of education and knowledge production, and TESOL in a variety of regions, with a particular focus on Australia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East. Phan Le Ha has published widely in international refereed journals and books.

Professor Gillian Wigglesworth

Indigenous learning in remote Australia: translanguaging, mobility and the role of digitisation

Professor Gillian Wigglesworth is Professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne, and Chief Investigator in the Melbourne node of the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, where she coordinates the Learning Program. With an extensive background in first and second language acquisition and bilingualism, her major research focus is on the languages Indigenous children living in remote communities are learning, and how these interact with English once they attend school. She is very widely published in international journals and books, and has edited or authored ten books including Ng, B.C. & Wigglesworth, G. 2007. Bilingualism, an advanced resource book. London, Routledge, and Wigglesworth, G., Simpson, J. and J. Vaughan (Eds.) 2018. From home to school: Languages practices of Indigenous children and youth. UK, Palgrave McMillan.

Professor Constant Leung

In Conversation: (Dis-)invention of languages, translanguaging, multilingualism, English as Lingua Franca – how relevant are these for TESOL and teaching in English across the curriculum?

Constant Leung is Professor of Educational Linguistics at King’s College, London, focusing on pedagogies and practices related to English as an additional language. His particular academic and research interests include classroom pedagogy, content and language-integrated curriculum development, language assessment, and language policy, as well as English for academic purposes and multilingual pedagogies. He is Joint Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

Associate Professor Kathleen Heugh

In Conversation: (Dis-)invention of languages, translanguaging, multilingualism, English as Lingua Franca – how relevant are these for TESOL and teaching in English across the curriculum?

Associate Professor Kathleen Heugh is a socio-applied linguist who specialises in bilingual and multilingual education.

Her theoretical and field research in multilingual education in more than 30 countries has informed UNESCO language education policy recommendations for countries in Africa and South-East Asia. She has particular expertise in the relationship between the languages of learning and school retention, particularly for marginalised, migrant and displaced communities; and also in the relationship between faith and literacies in education in urban and rural settings.

Kathleen has designed and taught at Masters’ Degree and Post-graduate Diploma levels in language policy and planning, and bilingual and multilingual education at the Universities of Cape Town and Antwerp. She currently co-ordinates UniSA’s English Additional Language major, in which she has embedded contemporary translanguaging pedagogy and research.

Associate Professor Yu-Chuan Joni Chao

In Conversation: Can authentic use of mobile technologies promote accurate and elaborated learning of English?

Yu-Chuan Joni Chao is an Associate Professor at the Department of English Language, Literature and Linguistics in Providence University, Taiwan.

She received her MA in Linguistics from University of Texas at Arlington, and her PhD in Education from University of Auckland, New Zealand. She specializes in second language writing and vocabulary acquisition, with particular interests in CALL. She has implemented wiki for process writing and collaborative learning, conducted a large-scaled project of Facebook-mediated vocabulary learning, and designed an online Grammar Attention and Language Awareness (GALA) system for focusing on forms. Using technology has become an integral part of her pedagogical practices and empirical studies in the university. She recently involved pre-/in-service teachers to engage their young learners with mobile technologies and applications.

Associate Professor Wan Ng

In Conversation: Can authentic use of mobile technologies promote accurate and elaborated learning of English?

Wan Ng is Associate Professor in Science/Technology Education and the School of Education Research Coordinator at the University of Technology Sydney.

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ACTA-ACAL Conference 2016

Diversity: Exchanging Ways of Being

Perth, Western Australia
7 – 10 April, 2016

Hosted by WATESOL. Joint conference hosted in conjunction with Australian Council of Adult Literacy (ACAL) and WACAL

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ACTA International Conference 2014

Meeting the Challenge

Melbourne, Victoria
30 September – 3 October, 2014

Hosted by VicTESOL

THANK YOU TO OUR CONFERENCE ORGANISERS, PLANNING COMMITTEE, VICTESOL, ACTA AND TO OUR KEYNOTES, PRESENTERS AND ALL OUR DELEGATES FOR MAKING #ACTA2014 SUCH A SUCCESS!!!!!


'Amazing experience – my first one and it's all shiny and dazzling and I admit, I have so much to take back to my school and think about.'

VENUE

The conference was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

CONFERENCE ORGANISER

National Curriculum Services
Telephone 03 9415 1299
Direct 03 5447 4910
Contact Kristi Sheldon

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The world is globalizing. Populations are on the move. Digital technologies are linking us all. The challenge for all societies is to embrace pluralism. In the long run, this challenge will be met only through an education that equips everyone to participate in a multicultural and multilingual society.

Embracing plurality is currently made all the more difficult by the uniform prescriptions of education systems. There is a growing emphasis on performance against standardized assessment outcomes, rather than an appreciation of diversity and learning in context. This obscures holistic views of the needs of learners in language and literacy, which we know are vital for successful learning.

At the 2014 ACTA International TESOL Conference, experts from around the world will gather to celebrate the ways practitioners meet this great challenge of our times. We will explore how theory, research and practice can continue to contribute to leading, enhancing and transforming the educational experiences of learners of English as an additional language and contribute to a more genuinely intercultural world.

TESOL professionals have always been concerned with empowering learners through education and by actively supporting diversity. This we have done very successfully in many contexts. We know that linguistic and cultural diversity in classrooms enhances the education of all by opening minds to new perspectives. This transforms our schools, communities and societies.

Melbourne is one of the world’s great multicultural cities. Visitors will see this every day in the streets and cafes. Conference goers will also be able to join tours of institutions, such as museums and learning resource centres, that celebrate Melbourne’s history and the reality of multiculturalism.

Come to Melbourne 2014 ACTA-VicTESOL International TESOL Conference to be informed and transformed.

 

#ACTA2014 Conference Highlights from VicTESOL on Vimeo.

WELCOME

Dr. Alan Williams, Convenor #ACTA 2014 Conference Planning Committee in Melbourne Australia introduces the conference

Adriano Truscott, President of ACTA, welcomes participants to the 2014 ACTA International Conference, speaking from Wiluna in Western Australia where he teaches in a remote Aboriginal community.

ACTA 2014 Conference Welcome from ACTA on Vimeo.

ACTA International Conference 2012

TESOL as a Global Trade - Ethics, Equity and Ecology

Cairns, Queensland
2 – 5 July, 2012

 

Hosted by ATESOL NSW

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ACTA International Conference 2010

Redefining "TESOL" for the 21st Century: Language learning and teaching for the future

Gold Coast, Queensland
8 – 10 July, 2010

Hosted by QATESOL

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ACTA International Conference 2008

Pedagogies of Connection: Developing individual and community identities

Alice Springs, Northern Territory
7 – 12 July, 2008

 

                                 

Hosted by SATESOL

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ACTA 2008 Conference Dinner

The conference dinner was held at Ooraminna Homestead out of Alice Springs, on the set for the as yet unmade movie, "The Drovers Boy".

Video by Jocelyn Howard and Mike Wall

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