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Welcome to the Australian Council of TESOL Associations website. We seek to advocate for and enhance the profile of the TESOL profession in Australia through a wide range of activities in local, regional, national and international contexts. If you are currently a member of your state or territory TESOL professional association, membership with ACTA is automatically included together with a copy of our journal TESOL in Context . If you are not a member of an Australian state or territory TESOL organisation, you might like to browse our site to see what it is that we do and then contact your state association to join.

ACTA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

ACTA Conference 2016

Diversity: Exchanging Ways of Being

Perth, Western Australia

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Melbourne September 30 - October 3, 2014

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ACTA President Adriano Truscott opens Day 2 of the conference

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Delegates at #ACTA2014

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ACTA Conferences

The ACTA International TESOL conference is held every 2 years and hosted by a State or Territory TESOL association.

In 2016 it will be hosted by WATESOL in Perth April 7-10.

Visit our conference pages to find out about past conferences.

Membership 

Membership of ACTA is through your local state or territory TESOL association.Find out more about the benefits of  Membership.

 

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LATEST NEWS

TESOL International Elections

ACTA congratulates Misty Andoniou (Past President ACTA) on her election to the TESOL International Board of Directors! Read more

19 December 2014 - ACTA eNews December 2014

ACTA has just sent out its December 2014 eNews to members of state and territory associations. If you didnt receive it, follow this link.

23 November 2014 National Professional Teacher Standards

Updated EAL/D Standards Elaborations and Feedback Survey now available

Following trialling and consultations with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), an updated version of the EAL/D Elaborations of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) is now available in summary and full versions.

We ask you to provide feedback on the EAL/D Standards Elaborations in terms of content, format and usefulness to contribute to the final document planned for early in the new school year.

Link to Elaboration and survey

ACTA response on teacher education - Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group

In April, ACTA was invited by the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Secretariat of the Australian Government Department of Education to submit a response to key questions on "how teacher education programmes could be improved to better prepare new teachers with the right mix of academic and practical classroom skills." ACTA submitted its response on 13 June based on input from associations and members in schools and universities. For further information about TEMAG, click here.

We would like to thank all those who took the time to contribute and support us on this important work, the results of which will be released by the end of 2014.

ACTA 2014 State of EAL/D Schools Report now available (November 2014)

After collecting responses from over 200 members across the country, and analysing over 1000 comments, ACTA is proud to release the preliminary draft report on the ACTA 2014 State of EAL/D survey. This report reflects current experiences and challenges faced by EAL/D teachers through anonymous quotes, accompanied by respective sector and jurisdiction, and comments on apparent trends. The writers have strived to remain objective, quoting in context and covering all jurisdictions. To read more

Winners of 2014 Penny McKay Award

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Penny McKay Memorial Award for Best Thesis in Language Education. Their Executive Committees have accepted the Selection Committee's recommendation that there be two recipients of the inaugural award due to the outstanding quality of both submissions.

The 2014 winners are Susan Creagh and Julia Rothwell. To read more..

Publications

Members of affiliated state and territory TESOL associations receive the ACTA journal TESOL in Context as part of their membership and do not need to subscribe.

TESOL In Context - latest issue

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Issue 24 Number 1, June 2014

The broad range of topics discussed within this issue of TESOL in Context highlights the different layers of understandings which frame the work of English language teachers. This journal issue concerns the pivotal and broader question 'How do we define the best pedagogy for diverse students in the very different contexts in which we work in Australia and world-wide'? Our response to the question brings to the fore the complex interconnections which exist within and between notions of language, identity and context. This issue contains papers by Xuan Pham, Byanjana, Sharma and Karen Slikas Barber.

Book reviews in this issue include English-Medium Instruction at Universities and Principles and Practices of Teaching English as an International Language.