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

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 was 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.

Meet the Assessors

Meet the Assessors is an opportunity to hear from some of the people responsible for managing the assessment of VCE exams for English, Literature, English Language and EAL. As well as an overview of the 2017 exam results.

NB: Please send any questions about the 2017 exams to education@vate.org.au, including the English study in the subject line. The assessors will review these questions when developing their presentations for the evening.

  • Audience: Teachers of VCE EAL
  • Location: Australian Catholic University - Melbourne Campus, Victoria Parade, Fitzroy
  • Date: 6 February
  • Time: 5:15 - 6:00pm: Refreshments      6:00 - 8:00pm:  Exam Assessment Report
  • Cost: $75 per person - To register you must be a 2018 VATE member
  • To register or for further information, email: events@vate.org.au or phone 9411 8500

VCE English and EAL Day

The focus of the day is on coursework for, and approaches to, the three areas of study. For new teachers of Units 1 and 2 or Units 3 and 4 English/EAL there is a workshop dedicated to helping you navigate your way through the course. This day will be a good opportunity for teachers to network and share ideas about the course. 

  • Audience: Teachers of VCE EAL
  • Location: Victoria University, Footscray City campus, Ballarat Rd
  • Date: 16 February
  • Time: Registration times vary for new and experienced teachers, check the VATE website for details: http://www.vate.org.au/
  • Cost: Individual $250, Organisation $280, Concession $220 - To register you must be a 2018 VATE member
  • To register or for further information, email events@vate.org.au or phone 9411 8500

Using ICT to Support Multimodal Literacy Practices from Foundation to Year 6

This course is designed for teachers of primary EAL students, and will cover a range of abilities from beginners to more advanced uses of ICT. The course explores the pedagogy and potential use of ICT to support all areas of literacy, including: reading, writing, visual literacy, speaking and listening using multimodality, which is a prominent part of the curriculum.

  • Audience: Teachers of primary EAL students 
  • Location: Clayton Campus, Monash University
  • Dates:  14 March (Wednesday) 2018
  • Time: 9.00 am - 3.30 pm
  • Cost: $392 (incl GST)
  • To register, or for further information, email: edu.pdp@monash.edu

Addressing the Needs of English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Students in the Secondary Mainstream

How can you maximise the engagement and learning of English as an Additional Language (EAL) students in content areas of the mainstream? This course is designed for secondary teachers and subject area leaders looking for practical understanding and strategies to support their EAL learners.

  • Audience: This course is designed for all mainstream secondary teachers who have EAL students in their classes.
  • Location: Clayton Campus, Monash University
  • Dates: 2 and 9 May (2 x Wednesdays) 2018
  • Time: 9.00 am - 3.30 pm
  • Cost: $490 (incl GST)
  • To register, or for further information, email: edu.pdp@monash.edu

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

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
  • Dates and venue for 2018: please email edu.pdp@monash.edu to express interest in the next program

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