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Overview of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations International TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference

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2010 September 20


The Australian Council of TESOL Associations International TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference was held in July at the Gold Coast and hosted by the Queensland Association of TESOL with the theme “Redefining “TESOL” for the 21st Century: Language learning and teaching for the future.  The biennial ACTA conference encourages participation of teachers of all students from pre-school to tertiary level who are learning English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D), including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who speak traditional Indigenous languages and Aboriginal English.

This presentation will provide an overview of at least two keynote speakers and their current area of interest and two workshops which will impart information which will be of interest to those working in the areas of Indigenous education, second language acquisition and ESL teaching. New initiatives such as the Successful Language Learners Project; joint initiative of NSW DET and the Catholic Education Commission of NSW and funded by DEEWR will be reported on. The work of the following researchers will be highlighted:

•    Professor Chris Davison (University of NSW) ‘Putting the Teacher (and Learner) Back into Assessment’- a paper which explores Assessment for Learning  methodology which utilises formative assessments in the classroom to give appropriate and student centred feedback  to improve the quality of student learning.
•    Ms. Denise Angelo - Understanding Children’s Language Acquisition Project: aimed to increase understanding of Indigenous children’s language backgrounds in rural and remote locations in Queensland.

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Julie Fraser - Research Assistant Mobile Preschool Study, Menzies School of Health Research

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