EAL and multicultural education professional learning calendar

Learn about professional development and training opportunities for English as an Additional Language.

What support do you need to teach EAL learners?

The Department of Education and Training is conducting a survey of the professional learning needs of teachers of English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners.

The survey will provide teachers of EAL learners with an opportunity to tell the Department about the kinds of informal and formal professional learning activities and resources that most support them to meet the needs of the EAL learners in their classrooms. Feedback from teachers will inform the development of resources and programs to meet their professional learning needs and build their capacity to improve the learning outcomes of EAL learners. These resources and programs will also support schools to prepare for the implementation of the new Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL. 

We are looking for the insights of teachers who:

  • teach a primary school class with EAL students
  • teach a secondary school English class with EAL students
  • have EAL specialist expertise and teach dedicated classes for EAL students
  • have EAL specialist expertise and support teachers teaching EAL students.

If you match at least one of these descriptions, please have your say on your EAL professional learning needs.

The short, online survey will take no longer than 15 minutes. The information you provide in the survey will be de-identified by our evaluation partner, Synergistiq, before a high-level report is provided to the Department. The survey will be open until 5.00 pm on Friday 18 October.

Introduction to the draft Victorian Curriculum F-10 English as an Additional Language

A revised full consultation draft of the new F-10 English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum is now available. The curriculum is available for schools and teachers to review and provide feedback. Schools can also now choose to trial implementation of the new curriculum.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and VicTESOL has presenting a series of webinars and face-to face sessions on the draft curriculum to introduce teachers to the new curriculum and provide teachers and schools with an opportunity to ask questions.

The most recent webinar took place on Tuesday 20 August. To access a recording of the webinar, see EAL Curriculum Familiarisation Session 2019

North west Victoria region EAL Leaders Professional Learning Network

Designed for EAL educators, including EAL leaders/co-ordinators and teachers leading EAL provision inschools, the EAL Leaders Professional Learning Network aims to raise the profile of EAL across the region andto 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/co-ordinators and teachers leading EAL provision in schools across the NWV region

Date: Wednesday 23 October

Time: 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

Location: Gerald Maynard Room, Melbourne Polytechnic Conference Centre, 77 St Georges Road, Preston, 3072

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

To register: North west Victoria region EAL Leaders Professional Learning Network

Note: Registrations close on Monday 14 October.

VicTESOL: Bringing Language to Life – Teaching EAL to Adults through Drama

Using drama techniques in the teaching of adult EAL provides learners with authentic, meaningful contexts in which to practise the language, while increasing their motivation and speaking confidence. Drama can also energise a class and build a sense of trust, empowering students to take more risks and develop their communication skills. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn some useful drama-based activities which can easily be adapted for various language levels. You don’t need to be an actor, an extrovert or have a background in drama teaching; just bring an open mind and a sense of fun!

Audience: This session is designed for adult TESOL teachers, but all are welcome to attend as the ideas are transferable to other age groups.

Date: Tuesday 15 October

Time: 5.00 - 6.30 pm

Location: Williamstown Community and Education Centre, Joan Kirner House, 14 Thompson St, Williamstown, 3016

Cost: VicTESOL Members $10 / Non-members $20

To register: Bringing Language to Life – Teaching EAL to Adults through Drama

VicTESOL: The diverse interactions of Aboriginal EALD speakers: Codeswitching, translanguaging or “whatever”….

Australian Aboriginal people interact in diverse ways and this is especially the case for those who grow up and live in rural and remote locations. In such locations Standard Australian English (SAE) is often not spoken as the residents’ first language or dialect, instead they may have either traditional Indigenous language/s or an English-lexified creole as their first language, or they may have Aboriginal English (AE) as their first dialect. In addition, most will also use AE as the lingua franca to communicate with other Aboriginal people who do not share their home language. At the same time, however, to fully participate in mainstream Australian society Aboriginal people also need to develop an awareness of and have skills in using SAE.

While formal success in SAE seems elusive, many Aboriginal speakers, including children, demonstrate a complex linguistic repertoire. Rather than simply switching from one language to another they move fluidly between their various linguistic codes and do so as required by the context, audience, and the learning environment. This online session will present various observational data showing the diverse ways and various modes in which Aboriginal speakers do this and include suggestions for how pedagogy (including assessment) can move beyond our current monolinguistic hegemony to one that is Informed by a translanguaging perspective (Garcia & Wei, 2014).

Audience: Teachers of speakers of Aboriginal languages, academics, EAL teachers

Date: Monday 28 October

Time: 7.00 - 8.00 pm

Location: online webinar

Cost: free

To register:The diverse interactions of Aboriginal EALD speakers: Codeswitching, translanguaging or “whatever”….

Online EAL moderation sessions

Teachers have participated in a number of online moderation over the past two semesters focusing on assessing English as an Additional Language (EAL) students’ writing, speaking and listening skills.

These sessions provided 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.

Recordings of these sessions and student work samples are available for:

A Stage (lower primary) - Writing/Speaking and Listening 

B Stage (upper primary) - Writing/Speaking and Listening

S Stage (secondary) - Writing/Speaking and Listening

To access these recordings, log on to the Benchmarking Forum  of the TEAL website: Tools to Enhance Assessment Literacy for Teachers of EAL students