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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.


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

In 2018 it will be hosted by SATESOL in Adelaide, 2-5 October.

Visit our Conference pages to find out about past conferences.

ACTA Conference 2018

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ACTA Conference 2016








Perth, Western Australia 7-10 April 2016

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

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ACTA will be holding its Annual General Meeting at its 2016 'DIVERSITY: exchanging ways of being' Conference in Perth, on Thursday 7 April at 2.00pm. The AGM is open to all members of ACTA member associations. See the Meetings page for more information .


A biannual round-table forum for state and territory EAL/D Program Managers and curriculum officers will be held at the 2016 'DIVERSITY: exchanging ways of being' Conference in Perth, on Friday 8 April at 7.30am – 9am.

This closed-meeting forum provides the opportunity for representatives from all states and territories and sectors, along with their state and territory association representatives, to network, discuss pertinent and pressing issues for EAL/D across Australia, and address common issues of concern.

What’s the state of EAL/D Education in Australia in 2016? >>> Survey extended to 1st April <<< 

ACTA is conducting its second national survey of school EAL/D educators to ascertain the current health of EAL/D programs in schools, and policy impacts and developments since its last report in 2014. Findings will be published in a ‘State of EAL/D’ Report and used to inform ACTA’s policy advocacy with governments and education systems.  Read more and undertake the survey...

ACAL-ACTA Conference - Latest Updates

The WATESOL and WAALC conference organising committee have been working really hard to bring you the 2016 Diversity Conference over 5 days next April.  For the latest updates, including news about the program, details of all conference sessions and the 4 symposia, and registration information, see our 2016 Conference page

New teacher resource: EAL/D Elaborations of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The EAL/D Elaborations of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers has now been endorsed by AITSL and is ready for use in your setting. The two-page overview tells you all about the Elaborations and how they can help. The short version provides an easy way in for each Standard and Focus Area. The full version gives you the guts of how to work effectively with EAL/D learners and where to look for help. Download all 3 versions here