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 2014 CONFERENCE
Melbourne September 30 - October 3
Access resources from our past conferences
For local and international 2014 conference listings, click here
Membership of ACTA is through your
local state or territory TESOL association.Find out more about the
benefits of Membership.
ACTA and ALAA
(the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia) jointly manage
the Penny McKay Award for Promising Doctoral Research in
School-Based Language Development, Curriculum and
Assessment. To read more about applying for the award and
download a donation form please click here.
Penny McKay Memorial 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
The winners are:
Susan Creagh "A Foucauldian and
Quantitative Analysis of NAPLaN, the category 'Language Background
Other Than English' and English as a Second Language Level" (thesis
at presented the University of Queensland).
Julia Rothwell "Let's eat the captain! Thinking, feeling, doing:
Intercultural language learning through the process of drama"
(thesis presented at the Queensland University of Technology).
A formal announcement of the winners and a certificate
presentation will take place at the 2014 ACTA Conference, at the
beginning of the Penny McKay Memorial Plenary Lecture, to be given
by Professor Chris Davison at 8.45am on Wednesday, 1 October in
Congratulations Sue and Julia!!! Is there something in the
ACTA EAL/D Teacher Standards - updated
Elaboration draft and Feedback Survey now
ACTA has recently been developing an Elaboration of the
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) for
teachers working with EAL/D learners. An updated draft (July 2014)
of the EAL/D Standards Elaboration is now available, in
summary and expanded versions. We also ask you to provide feedback
on the EAL/D Standards Elaboration in terms of its content and
usefulness - see links to documents and the survey on the
Professional Standards for Teachers page.
Online Grammar course for teachers: Free and Non
This course was developed by the Association of Independent
Schools (AIS) in order to support teachers in both learning about
grammar themselves and learning about teaching it. While developed
initially for the NSW context, there are clear links to the
Australian Curriculum and to wider English language-learning
contexts. Links to other sites give teachers an opportunity to
brush up on identifying simple language features, and well as more
complex aspects. The course is accredited with the NSW Institute of
teachers. More details on our School EAL/D Resources page
April 2014 Senate Inquiry into School
Funding - ACTA Submission
ACTA Council has submitted a response to the Australian
Parliament Senate Select Committee on School Funding inquiry. To
read the submission which draws on the recent ACTA survey into
school EAL visit the Senate Committee website
The ACTA Submission is number #74.
Please note: Once a committee has authorised the release of a
submission, subsequent publication of it is protected by
parliamentary privilege. Please do not download and forward the
submission to others but refer them to the above website.
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
Issue 23 Number 1 and 2, December 2013
issue has two sections; Each section raises questions about a key
area of EAL/D advocacy in the school sector in Australia at
present: high stakes literacy testing and bilingual education for
speakers of indigenous and minority languages.
Section 1 - Submissions to the 2013 Senate Inquiry on
Section 2 - Skutnabb-Kangas keynote from the 2012