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Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Penny McKay Memorial Award 2016

Applications are now open for the 2016 Penny McKay Memorial Award . more

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Latest ACTA Advocacy in Adult ESOL Sector

ACTA recently responded to the Draft Request for Tender for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) 2017- 2020. Read the response on our Adult ESL News and Issues page. more

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The AMEP and SEE Evaluation reports have now been released

Find links to the reports and read ACTA's submission to the AMEP and SEE reviews on our Adult ESL News and Issues page. more

Saturday, June 4, 2016

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... more

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


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... more

Saturday, February 13, 2016

ACTA 2016 State of EAL/D Schools Survey

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... more

Sunday, December 13, 2015

ACTA-ACAL Conference - Latest Updates

ACTA-ACAL 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... more

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Penny McKay Memorial Award

Applications are now open to the Penny McKay Memorial Award for 2015. Details here more

Monday, June 1, 2015

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... more

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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

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... more

Friday, March 6, 2015

ACTA 2015 Councillors and Executive elected 5 March 2015

ACTA is pleased to announce its new Executive and Councillors for 2015. Read more more

Friday, December 19, 2014

ACTA eNews December 2014

ACTA's new eNews December 2014 has just been emailed to members of our state and territory TESOL associations  across Australia.  more

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Updated EAL/D Elaborations now available

Download the ACTA EAL/D Elaborations for the Australian Professional Teacher Standards more

Monday, November 10, 2014

ACTA 2014 Schools EAL/D Survey report now available

ACTA's Schools EAL/D Survey report is now available to download from its Advocacy pages more

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ACTA 2014 Conference presentations now online

We are pleased to announce that presentations from the 2014 ACTA conference are now available on our website more

Saturday, October 4, 2014

ACTA 2014 conference a great success!!

ACTA and VicTESOL are pleased to announce that the ACTA 2014 international TESOL conference held 30 September - 3 October 2014 was a great success!!! Thank you to all the participants! more

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Early Bird extended

Register for ACTA2014 International Conference by 31 August to get Early Bird rates. more

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ACTA Submission to Senate Inquiry into School Funding

ACTA Council recently 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 website... more

Friday, March 28, 2014

#ACTA2014 Conference - Presenters confirmed so far

Visit our conference program page to see the list of presenters and titles for #ACTA2014 as at 28 March 2014 more

Friday, March 21, 2014

ACTA Schools Survey now closed

Thanks to all our members across Australia for completing the national survey on EAL/D in schools. Data will be used to develop a report in the coming weeks. more

Friday, March 21, 2014

National survey on English teachers' knowledge of language

Visit our surveys page to find out more about this national survey on language open until 16 May 2014 more

Thursday, March 13, 2014

ACTA Schools Survey

There's still time to complete the ACTA Schools Survey on EAL/D Closes 17 March 2014 more

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Draft Standards now available

ACTA has just released drafts of its Elaboration of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) for teachers working with EAL/D learners more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Have your say on EALD provision in your school! Do the ACTA Survey more

Monday, December 2, 2013


ACTA IS pleased to announce its Call for Papers has been extended until February 16 2014. more

Thursday, September 26, 2013


VicTESOL, host of the 2014 ACTA International TESOL Conference is pleased to announce the Call for Papers is now open. To read about how to submit a proposal more

Saturday, September 21, 2013


ACTA and ALAA announce details for the Penny McKay Award for best thesis in language education more

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Early Early Bird registrations are now open for members of ACTA's state and territory associations Visit our conference page more

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

AITSL Survey

ACTA encourages all EAL teachers to complete the current AITSL survey on classroom practice by 13 September 2013 more

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

ACTA media release

ACTA president, Adriano Truscott, releases media statement on the National Plan more

Friday, July 26, 2013

2013 NAPLAN Inquiry Interim Report

Read the Senate Committee's Interim Report on the NAPLAN Inquiry 2013 more

Thursday, June 13, 2013


ACTA Submission to the Standing Committee an Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ‘The effectiveness of the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy’ The Committee has released ACTA’s... more

Friday, May 17, 2013

ACTA International Conference 2014

Keynote speakers announced for the 2014 ACTA International TESOL Conference ! more

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Scholarship Opportunity

Seeking a PhD scholarship in an exciting area of education research in social justice, education policy and/or teachers' pedagogy? For more information Applications close 21 June 2013 more

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Australian based editors for TESOL Quarterly

TESOL International Association has announced that Australian based Ahmar Mahboob and Brian Paltridge will begin their five-year term as co-editors of TESOL Quarterly, the association’s academic journal, with the March 2014 issue.... more

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AITSL Illustrations of Practice - ACTA

AITSL Illustrations of Practice – EAL professional development resources. The following resources are available now. The first two resources were developed by our SA colleagues from ACTA and the third was developed by our WA... more

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Capability Framework for ATSI EAL/D

At the invitation of the national Indigenous EAL/D online resource project officers, ACTA provided detailed feedback on the draft Capability Framework for Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D Learners , which has been... more

Sunday, August 19, 2012

LLNP Discussion Paper

Read ACTA's response to the LLNP Discussion Paper Creating a more flexible LLNP in 2013-2016 . more

Friday, June 1, 2012

HRC National Children's Commissioner Bill

Read ACTA's submission to the Inquiry into the Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children's Commissioner) Bill 2012. more

Monday, April 2, 2012


'Teaching EAL/D Learners in Australian Classrooms', an academic article co-written by ACTA Councillors Michèle de Courcy, Karen Dooley, Robert Jackson, Jenny Miller and Kathy Rushton, has been published by the Primary English... more

Friday, September 16, 2011

ACTA submission to the government Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities

Read ACTA's submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities. (22 August 2011) more

Saturday, August 13, 2011

ACTA submission on the general capabilities

Read ACTA's submission to ACARA on the draft general capabilities for the Australian Curriculum. (8 August 2011) more

Sunday, May 1, 2011

ACTA letter re. ACARA Languages Shape Paper

Read ACTA's letter to ACARA regarding the Languages Shape Paper. (29 April 2011) more

Thursday, August 5, 2010

ACTA response to the draft senior years English curriculum

Read ACTA's submission to ACARA on the draft senior years English curriculum. (5 August 2010) more

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Joint ACTA ALAA and ALS response to the Senate Inquiry on the NAPLAN

Read ACTA's joint submission - with the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) and Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) - to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee Inquiry... more

Sunday, May 30, 2010

ACTA Response to the draft K-10 Australian Curriculum in English, mathematics, science and history

Read ACTA's submission to ACARA on the draft K-10 Australian Curriculum in English, mathematics, science and history. more

Friday, May 21, 2010

ACTA Response to the draft National Professional Standards for Teachers

Read ACTA's submission to MCEECDYA on the draft National Professional Standards for Teachers. more

Sunday, April 11, 2010

ACTA response to the draft Indigenous Education Action Plan (IEAP)

Read ACTA's joint submission (with ALAA and ALS) to MCEECDYA on the Stage 2 Consultation Draft of the Indigenous Education Action Plan (IEAP) 2010–2012. more

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Australian Curriculum

Discussions surrounding the current draft English, Maths, Science and History K-10 Australian Curriculum documents are under way. If you wish to participate in the consultation process, please contact one of your state or territory... more

Friday, October 9, 2009


Formerly known as VATME, Victoria's state association is now known as VicTESOL. more

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Penny McKay Award

ACTA and ALAA (the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia) are proud to launch an appeal for dontations to support the Penny McKay Award for Promising Doctoral Research in School-Based Language Development, Curriculum and... more

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

TESOL International's 2009 Conference

Registration for the 2009 TESOL Convention and Exhibit in Denver, Colorado is now open.  Click on this link for more information: more

Friday, December 12, 2008

AusAID tender

REQUEST FOR TENDER AusAID, the Australian Agency for International Development, manages the Australian Government's official overseas aid program. AusAID assists developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable... more

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

National Curriculum

National Curriculum Discussions surrounding the development of a National Curriculum are underway.  If you wish to submit your views on this, please contact one of your state representatives by email (see 'Contact us'... more

Monday, July 14, 2008

ACTA's Conference

Pedagogies of Connection - ACTA's conference The ACTA 2008 'Pedagogies of Connection' conference was recently held in Alice Springs.  This was an opportune time for those around the country and our guests from overseas to meet,... more

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Kate Mullin - a tragic loss

Kate Mullin ACTA mourns the tragic loss of a dynamic and visionary colleague and its sympathies are extended to Kate Mullin's family, friends and colleagues.  Kate was a person of great passion and dedication, who always had the... more

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The passing of Dr Marika

ACTA remembers Dr Marika ACTA regrets to announce that Australia has lost one of its leading indigenous lights with the passing of Dr Marika - a pre-eminent bilingual educator, researcher and leader. She was to have been a keynote... more