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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 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.

ACTA Adult ESOL Interest Group: Professional Conversations

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) would like to initiate professional conversations about teaching English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) to adult learners.  Read more about the group on Facebook and how to join here: ACTA Adult ESOL Interest Group: Professional Conversations 

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