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 29, No 2 (December 2020)

Teaching and learning English in the age of COVID-19: Reflecting on the state of TESOL in a changed world

TESOL in Context, volume 28 number 1, journal cover image"These are challenging times for education, and for our profession.  Employment in the TESOL field, for a long time precarious because of casualisation, has been affected by a high number of job redundancies as a result of the significant decline in international student numbers, especially in vocational and higher education sectors.  The entry of international EAL/D students into primary and secondary schools has also sharply fallen as Australia's borders have been closed to all but returning Australian residents and citizens."

[Reference: Neilsen, R. ., Weinmann, M., & Arber, R. (2020). Editorial: Teaching and learning English in the age of COVID-19: Reflecting on the state of TESOL in a changed world. TESOL in Context29(2), 1–13.]

This issue contains three articles:

  • Symbolic capital and the problem of navigating English language teacher practice: the case of Indonesian pesantren / Andrew Skourdoumbis and Ahmad Madkur
  • The affordances and limitations of collaborative research in the TESOL classroom / Yvette Slaughter, Julie Choi, David Nunan, Hayley Black, Rebecca Grimaud and Han Trinh
  • Considering the benefits of research participation: insights from a study of adult EAL educators / Ekaterina Tour, Edwin Creely and Peter Waterhouse

Three books are reviewed in this issue:

  • Emotions in Second Language Teaching: Theory, Research and Teacher Education
  • Reflections on Task-Based Language Teaching
  • Mind Matters in SLA

Click to view the TESOL in Context. Vol 29 No 2.

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

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

Contributing to TESOL in Context

Upcoming issues:

  • Early childhood education and EAL/D
  • 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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