Teachers helping teachers

The Association for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ATESOL) NSW helps educators, from pre-school to adult education, identify and support 25% of students who are learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D).

Our Purpose

We are a collective of educators who believe passionately that every student has the right to feel a sense of belonging and equal educational opportunity. We strive to ensure that language diversity is embraced and supported in every classroom. 

We do this through the creation and delivery of content which ensures all students develop English language proficiency regardless of their first language. We acknowledge that a third of NSW students come from language backgrounds other than English (LBOTE), and 25% require support in acquiring English as an additional language and/or dialect (EAL/D).


Joining ATESOL NSW delivers educators with access to quality professional learning opportunities, which help identify EAL/D students in their classrooms and develop effective teaching and learning practices to best support the academic, social and well-being learning needs of their learners.


Pre-service teachers/ General educators


  • Email subscription to newsletter and updates
  • Limited access to resources
  • General public rates for Professional Learning (PL): $30 for any PL



All teachers of EAL/D learners


  • Email subscription to newsletter and updates
  • Log in to the member portal for unlimited access to resources
  • Discounted member rates for Professional Learning (PL):  $20 for any PL
  • Free membership of ACTA
  • Member rates to biennial ACTA conference
  • Access to member rates for PL hosted by state/territory ACTA affiliates



For Schools, organisations or institutions


  • Benefits as described under Member
  • Choice of either the HSC Trial Paper Pack or EAL/D Professional Library
  • 3x ATESOL NSW individual memberships. 


ATESOL Ambassador - Irena Kobald

Irena Kobald

Irena is the author of children's books and an artist. Born in a mountain village in Austria with a Masters in Russian, Irena learned English through her own informal education. Did you know she has completed her TESOL qualifications at the University of Southern Queensland? Her first book, My Two Blankets, covers themes including cultural diversity, integration and social issues. It also talks of family, friendship and feelings, bringing together not only the broader context of inclusion but the rich conversations around how we connect as individuals.

Visit her website to find out more!

Our Supporters

ATESOL NSW is joined by strong supporters who advocate for quality and effective EAL/D pedagogy. Our supporters believe deeply in what we do and are passionate in helping educators support their EAL/D students to access the curriculum, experience success and become life-long language learners.

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