EAL and multicultural education professional learning calendar

Learn about professional development and training opportunities for English as an Additional Language (EAL) and multicultural education.  

Online EAL moderation sessions

Teachers invited to participate in online moderation sessions focusing on assessing English as an Additional Language (EAL) students’ writing, speaking and listening skills.

These sessions will provide teachers with an opportunity to:

• analyse samples of student work

• discuss the attributes of the samples that relate to the indicators of progress outlined in the EAL Developmental Continuum P – 10

• reach a consensus on the proficiency level of each 

 • discuss next steps in developing students’ language proficiency

• develop confidence in making assessment decisions.

Teachers are able to submit de-identified samples of student writing for discussion and review.

Six separate online moderation sessions will be run in Semester 1 2019, each targeted at a different stage of student learning.

Audience: teachers of EAL students

Location: meeting room in Adobe Connect (link to be provided upon registration)


Term 2 – Speaking and listening mode

  • Tuesday 7 May – Speaking and listening, secondary
  • Wednesday 22 May – Speaking and listening, middle/upper primary
  • Thursday 6 June – Speaking and listening, lower primary

Time: 3.45 pm – 4.30 pm

Cost: free

Register: see Online EAL Moderation

Introduction to the draft English as an Additional Language curriculum

The VCAA, in partnership with VicTESOL and with support from DET, CECV and ISV, are conducting six face-to-face presentations and four webinar sessions to introduce teachers to the English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum and support materials.

The VCAA recently released the draft EAL curriculum for familiarisation, feedback and optional implementation in 2019 with implementation expected to commence from Term 1 2020. The aim of these sessions is for participants to become familiar with both the draft EAL curriculum and EAL curriculum support materials. The face-to-face presentations will include five regional centres and one in metropolitan Melbourne.

Register, see: Professional Learning: Introduction to the draft English as an Additional Language curriculum.

For information about the draft EAL curriculum, see: English as an Additional Language (EAL) F–10 curriculum update

VCE EAL Reading and Comparing Texts: Face-to-face session

VicTESOL is providing an opportunity for VCE EAL teachers to build on their knowledge of the Reading and Comparing Texts study. Teachers will be offered some strategies and ideas that can work for any pair of texts, however the session will especially focus on ‘The Longest Memory’ and ‘Black Diggers’, and ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Year of Wonders’. Specific worksheets will be provided.

Audience: VCE EAL teachers

Location: The Bastow Institute, 603-615 Queensberry St North Melbourne, 3051

Date: Monday 27 May

Time: 5.00 - 6.30 pm

Cost: $10 (VicTESOL members); $20 (non-members)

Register:  VCE EAL Reading and Comparing Texts – Face-to-Face Session

VCE EAL Reading and Comparing Texts: Online conversation rooms

VicTESOL is offering the opportunity for VCE Units 3 and 4 teachers to meet and discuss the upcoming Reading and Comparing Texts unit. In this online conversation room, you will be grouped with EAL teachers who are teaching the same text pairing as you. This is a space for you to discuss the themes, characters and motifs of the texts, share approaches to comparison, and swap ideas for writing comparative responses. There will also be the opportunity to share resources and stay in touch with the teachers in your small group. This session will be participant led. Places are limited. Please only register for this session if you are a Unit 3 and 4 VCE EAL teacher or coordinator.

Audience: VCE EAL teachers

Location: https://zoom.us/

Date: Thursday 30 May

Time: 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm

Cost: free

Register: Reading and Comparing Online Conversation Rooms

North West Victoria (NWV) regional EAL leaders professional learning network

Designed for EAL educators, including EAL leaders/coordinators and teachers leading EAL provision in schools, the EAL Leaders Professional Learning Network aims to raise the profile of EAL across the region and to build leadership capacity, collective expertise and consistency of practice in responding to the needs of EAL students and their families in schools.

Specific aims are to:

  • support schools in analysing school EAL data and student work samples
  • plan appropriate curriculum, pedagogy, moderation and assessment for EAL students
  • make links with key national and DET initiatives, policies and resources
  • establish professional learning teams for collegiate discussion and sharing
  • foster a culture of research and inquiry
  •  build skills in leading and managing change
  • explore principles and models underpinning best practice in whole-school EAL provision.

Audience: EAL leaders/coordinators and teachers leading EAL provision in schools across NWV region

Location: Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Boulevarde South Morang

Date: Thursday 13 June

Time: 8.45 am – 4.00 pm

Cost: no cost to participants. Schools to cover CRT replacement. Morning tea/coffee and lunch provided.

Register: NWVR Regional EAL Leaders Professional Learning Network Day

Professional learning webinar: New teaching and learning resources for Intercultural Capability (F-10)

The webinar, hosted by the VCAA, will include an overview of recently published teaching and learning resources including sample units of work with rubrics and work samples, a classroom teacher guide and classroom posters a discussion; discussion on how to use the teachers guide; and a chance to ask questions about the teaching and assessment of Intercultural Capability.

Audience: teachers of Intercultural Capability

Date: Thursday 30 May

Time: 3.45 to 4.45pm

Cost: free

Register: see Intercultural Capability webinar

Professional learning webinar: Assessment of the Capabilities (F-10)

This webinar, hosted by the VCAA, will provide an overview of what is involved in the assessment of the Capabilities (Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Capability, Intercultural Capability, and Personal and Social Capability).  It will include tips on assessing the Capabilities, an overview of Capabilities' indicative progress examples and discussion of an example of a Capabilities unit of work with accompanying rubric.

Audience: Teachers

Date: Thursday 6 June

Time: 3.45 to 4.45pm

Cost: free

Register: see Assessment of the Capabilities (F-10)