Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Australian Council of TESOL Associations

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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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Media Release: Recent submission to QITE Review

MEDIA RELEASE – 17 AUGUST, 2021 TEACHER EDUCATION FAILS MORE THAN HALF A MILLION ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS Teacher education is failing to respond to the widespread linguistic diversity of Australian schools, according to the recent submission to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment Quality Initial Teacher Education Review by the Australian …

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Research into Practice Conversations Project

The Australian Council  of TESOL Associations has collaborated with the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, the Primary English Teachers Association Australia, and the Foundation for Learning and Literacy  to bring our combined membership, friends, and broader audiences this series of videos that create a space for professional conversations between teachers, school leaders and researchers. Each video …

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Consultation on Reforms to the AMEP – June 2021

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is inviting public feedback on their proposed Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). DHA are holding forums for EAL teachers on 16-17 June and ACTA are holding briefing meetings on 7 and 9 June to prepare teachers for these forums and to encourage participation in forums …

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ACTA President’s Report for 2021

At the 2021 ACTA Annual General Meeting on 15 April, Margaret Corrigan was re-elected as ACTA President, starting her second term. Margaret delivered her President’s Report for 2020-21, highlighting ACTA’s activities and achievements for the past 12 months. Read the report here: 2021 AGM President’s Report – Margaret Corrigan Find out who the other ACTA …

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ACTA submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into The Importance of Adult Literacy

ACTA has made a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into The Importance of Adult Literacy. To see/download this and other submissions, please go to: Submissions – Parliament of Australia (aph.gov.au) ACTA’s is Submission number 85. To find out more about the Inquiry, visit the Inquiry home page and its Terms of Reference 

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ACTA’s 2021 Annual General Meeting

ACTA is holding its 2021 annual general meeting on Thursday 15 April, 7pm. Please contact the ACTA secretary if you wish to participate:  ACTA is the national coordinating body for all associations of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) across Australia. Membership of ACTA comes automatically through membership of one of its …

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“Listening to AMEP Teachers” – a forum with Alison Larkins, Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services

March 10 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEDT A follow on event from the ACTA Forum on The Future of the AMEP (11th Nov. 2020) The Department of Home Affairs has provided answers to the questions that arose in the forum. These were collated and summarised under relevant headings by Helen Moore and Jakki …

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English for Adult Migrants – Future Directions

RECORDING OF THE WEBINAR & OTHER RESOURCES Wednesday 11th November 2020 Learn about the Commonwealth Government’s vision for English language provision for adult migrants Presenter Alison Larkins was appointed in late 2019 as Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services. Her role is to work closely within the Commonwealth and State/Territory governments, industry, and the community sector …

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