EAL and multicultural education professional learning calendar

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: Craigieburn and the CBD
  • Dates: Term 2  
  • Cost: No cost

 Registrations for the Semester 1 programs have now closed. More programs may be organised for Semester 2. Please email eal@edumail.vic.gov.au to be placed on the waiting list and informed of any future programs.

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.

  • Audience: This course is designed for all mainstream primary teachers who have EAL students in their classes.
  • Location: Clayton Campus, Monash University
  • Dates: 1 and 8 June (2 x Fridays) 2018
  • Time: 9.00 am - 3.30 pm
  • Cost: $490 (incl GST)
  • To register, or for further information, email: edu.pdp@monash.edu

Teaching and learning vocabulary in context, presented by Dr Jenny Miller

Vocabulary, responsible for up to 80% of comprehension, is implicated in all aspects of literacy. A consistent and explicit focus on vocabulary development is needed for all students to read and write with ease and enjoyment, and especially for EAL or disadvantaged students. This workshop presents a brief overview of vocabulary research, and an approach in which text, context, language modes and practice are integrated. Participants will gain a range of teaching strategies for teaching vocabulary in a text, and have an opportunity to discuss and apply these.

  • Audience: This course is designed for primary teachers who have EAL students in their classes .
  • Dates: Tuesday 5 June 2018
  • Time: 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
  • Cost: varies according to membership level in the Primary English Teaching Association Australia
  • To register, or for further information, email: pl@petaa.edu.au or visit www.petaa.edu/au/Register

Middle years literacy in and for the 21st century

This short course seeks to offer practical insights into how meaningful middle years learning can be interwoven across literacy curriculum. Middle years teachers are being charged with creating multi-modal and multi-literate literacy learning environments that seek to not only meaningfully engage students in literacy learning, but also prepare students for a world where the only certainty is that it will be very different from generations past. The practical insights of this course will be grounded in research understandings, offering a balance of theory and practice.

  • Audience: Middle years teachers
  • Location: Clayton Campus, Monash University
  • Dates: 19 and 20 September (Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Time: 9.00 am - 3.30 pm
  • Cost: $488 (inc GST)
  • To register, or for further information, email: edu.pdp@monash.edu

Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) International Conference 2018

English Language Learning in a Mobile World

  • Audience: Teachers of EAL students, EAL specialists, academics
  • Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • Date: 2 – 5 October 2018
  • To register, or for further information, visit: ACTA Conference 2018