EAL and multicultural education professional learning calendar

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Professional learning events for EAL and multicultural education, including intercultural understanding.

These learning events are provided by a variety of organisations and are aimed at mainstream primary and secondary teachers, EAL primary and secondary teachers and school support staff.

Putting TEAL into Practice: A whole school approach to improving the assessment of EAL students

This three-day program focuses on building the capacity of schools to teach, assess and report on the progress of EAL students against the framework of the EAL Continuum, using the TEAL (Tools for Enhancing Assessment Literacy for Teachers of EAL students), a DET online assessment resource centre. The program is suitable for teachers of primary and secondary EAL students. It is only available to Victorian government schools.

  • Audience: Teams of three, for example EAL teacher, curriculum leader and classroom teacher, to facilitate implementation back at school
  • Location: Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn
  • Dates: Monday 18 September, Tuesday 10 October and Friday 20 October
  • Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
  • Cost: No cost
  • To register, or for further information, email: eal@edumail.vic.gov.au

* This program is now fully subscribed. Due to the high level of interest in the Craigieburn workshop, another Putting TEAL into Practice program may be scheduled in this area in 2018. Please email eal@edumail.vic.gov.au to be included in any future mail-outs about the TEAL program schedule.

2017 VCE Metro Revision Day - English and EAL

VATE offers VCE Student Revision Days each year for Units 3 and 4 EAL, English Language and Literature. At these days, VCE students attend sessions presented by experienced teachers to revise for the VCE EAL, English, English Language and Literature exams.

  • Audience: EAL students undertaking Units 3 and 4  
  • Location: Caulfield Campus, Monash University
  • Date: 14 October (Saturday)
  • Cost: $45, plus $1.50 credit card fee
  • To register, email: Linda Baron (Mon - Thurs) events@vate.org.au or call 9411 8500

Minding the Gaps in Adult Learning within TESOL Contexts:  Implications for Pedagogy in a Globalising World

This presentation explores Adult Learning principles and how those ideas might unfold within TESOL pedagogical contexts in the current globalising world. Grounded in their teaching and research expertise and their engagement with international students’ pedagogical challenges, presenters will shed light on the existing gaps in theory and practice of Adult TESOL contexts. They discuss the affordances of ‘Dialogic Pedagogy’ in bridging those gaps through offering some practical examples and collaborative discussions.

  • Audience: Teachers of adult EAL students, academics, TESOL educators
  • Location: The Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St North Melbourne, 3051
  • Date: 19 October
  • Cost: $20
  • To register, email:  victesol@victesol.vic.edu.au

Addressing the Needs of English as an Additional Language (EAL) Students in Primary Classrooms

One in four learners in Australian schools come from a home where the main language is not English. This course is designed to provide mainstream primary school teachers with useful knowledge and skills that will help meet the language-related needs of these learners. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have an increased awareness of the needs of EAL students and how to use the students' home language(s) as a resource. You will also have an increased repertoire of strategies which take into account the EAL students' diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and experiences.

  • Audience: Teachers of primary EAL students
  • Location: Clayton Campus, Monash University
  • Date: 20 and 27 October (Fridays)
  • Time: 9.00 am - 3.30 pm
  • Cost: $469 (incl GST)
  • To register, email: edu-shortcourses@monash.edu

Presentation: How long does it take to learn a second or additional language?

Patsy M. Lightbown is Distinguished Professor Emerita (Applied Linguistics) at Concordia University in Montreal. In this presentation, she starts from the basics and talks about how much time is really needed for learning a new language and how much is available in different teaching/learning contexts. She will also look at how to increase learning time in ways that have been shown to have the greatest long-term benefits.

  • Audience: Teachers of English as an Additional Language, teachers of other languages, academics and researchers
  • Location: La Trobe University City Campus, 360 Collins Street Melbourne 3000
  • Date: 2 November
  • Time: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
  • Cost: $40 VicTESOL Members, $60 Non-members
  • To register, email: victesol@victesol.vic.edu.au

Literacy for Learning – Primary

This three-day extended professional learning program is designed for mainstream primary classroom teachers with English as an Additional Language (EAL) students in their classrooms.

The course incorporates group workshops, classroom-based activities and highly practical readings. It provides all teachers with successful, curriculum-wide classroom strategies for improving the learning achievements of all students. The course consists of 18 hours of face-to-face learning in six modules which, when combined with between module readings and activities, is equivalent to more than 36 hours of professional development for teachers.

  • Audience: Mainstream primary classroom teachers/coordinators who work with EAL students  
  • Location: Suzanne Cory High School PD Centre, 225 Hoppers Lane, Werribee VIC 3030
  • Date: 12 October, 26 October and 9 November (Thursdays)
  • Time: 9:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Morning tea and lunch will be provided)  
  • Cost: $595 for complete program, including teacher development course book
  • To register, email: scott.deanne.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) International Conference 2018 - English Language Learning in a Mobile World