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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, your membership with ACTA is automatic. 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 also produces the journal TESOL in Context.

ACTA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

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

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Perth, Western Australia 7-10 April 2016
 

ACTA Conference 2014

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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

ACTA presentation at the AMEP-SEE Forum, November 2017

ACTA was invited to present at the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Employment and Education (SEE) Service Provider Forum, held 16-17 November 2017. Helen Moore represented ACTA, and delivered a presentation on "Reforming English Language Provision for Adult Migrants & Refugee Youth from the Top Down – Some concrete proposals from the Bottom Up". Helen has also written a report on the Forum for ACTA members. Read more on our Advocacy - Adult EAL News and Issues page.

ACTA submission to the Review to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools (Gonski Review) November 2017

ACTA's submission to the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (Gonski Review) has now been published. ACTA's submission focused on the role of language in educational achievement; evidence on the difference that EAL/D pedagogy makes in classrooms when supported by schools and systems; the importance of a systemic approach including leadership development, specialist teacher standards, teacher education and professional learning; the unfinished business of defining and measuring EAL/D students’ educational success; the deterioration of EAL/D programs in schools under state and territory school autonomy and flexible resource management policies and restructures; and promising projects and tools of national significance that drive good EAL/D practice and continuous improvement. Each issue is addressed by specific recommendations.
Read more at our Advocacy - Media Room page

ACTA supplementary submission to the Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes

The supplementary submission ACTA prepared as part of its presentation to the inquiry committee at the public hearing in October 2017 is now published. It summarises the problems and proposals of English language provision in Australia outlined in its May submission. Read more and link to the ACTA submission on our Advocacy - Media Room page.

ACTA International Conference 2018 Call For Presentations is now open

The next ACTA Conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from 2 October to 5 October 2018. The Call For Presentations is now open and will close on 29 January 2018.

ACTA submission re the proposed English language proficiency test for Citizenship

ACTA's submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee's Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017, has now been published. ACTA's submission focused on the English proficiency test proposed for Australian Citizenship eligibility: the arbitrary and negative effects of the test on specific groups; current English language learning opportunities for migrants; social cohesion; arbitrary exemptions and inclusions; types of tests and the notion of “competent”; and, the ethics of language testing.  Read more and link to the ACTA submission on our Advocacy - Media Room page.

ACTA submission to the Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes

ACTA's submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes has now been published on the Inquiry's website. The ACTA submission addresses all of the Inquiry's Terms of Reference, specifically focussing on English language provision, examples of best practice, the importance of English language ability on prospective migrant outcomes, and social engagement of “youth migrants”. Read more and link to the ACTA submission on our Advocacy - Media Room page.

ACTA submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry on the National Education Evidence Base

ACTA's submission to the Inquiry on the National Education Evidence Base focuses on the long-standing issue of the serious gap in national data collection and reporting in relation to the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) student target group. Read more and link to the ACTA submission on our Advocacy - EAL/D Issues - Schools page.