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

Visit our Conference pages to find out about past conferences.

ACTA Conference 2016









Perth, Western Australia 7-10 April 2016

ACTA Conference 2014



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

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The Penny McKay Memorial Award

Applications are now open to the Penny McKay Memorial Award.

The Award is for an outstanding doctoral thesis which benefits the teaching and learning of second/additional languages in Australian schools and pre-schools, including Indigenous languages, community languages, foreign languages, Standard Australian English as an additional language or variety, and English as a foreign language.

The Award, which honours Penny’s contribution to research and development in second/additional language education, is jointly offered by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA), the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) and the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ).

The closing date for 2015 applications is 13th September.  Find full details and application form here.


Call for Presentations and Papers now open for the joint ACTA-ACAL Conference 2016

The next ACTA International Conference will be held jointly with the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL) and hosted by WATESOL and WAALC. You are invited to participate in this event held in Perth, Western Australia from 7-10 April 2016.

The theme of the conference is DIVERSITY: exchanging ways of being

Read more about the Conference or go straight to the Call for Presentations and Papers

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