Professional Learning

Presentations & Workshops

As a community of educators, we believe that ongoing and evolving professional learning enables us to support each other and share the rich experiences which makes us all better educators.  ATESOL NSW schedules regular events, including open forums.  We value input from our members and welcome any suggestions for professional learning that you and your colleagues may have, especially if you are in regional NSW.  Below are links to sessions ran in the last few years which are open to all to view.

Would you like to host an ATESOL workshop at your school, TAFE or Early Childhood workplace? Contact: Dr Kathy Rushton

Harmony Day

Presenter/s: Nathan Jeffrey, Vi Nguyen and Cindy Valdez

Date: 21st March



Celebrating World Refugee Day

Presenter/s:  Irena Kobald

ATESOL host: Robyn Johnson

Date: Thursday 22 June @ 4pm – 6pm

Venue: Lavington East Public School

Members $20 and non-members $30

Register here

Considering EAL/D Learners when implementing the NSW English K-6 Syllabus 

Audience:  Primary teachers, school executives and EAL/D Specialist Teachers   

Rationale:  The aim of this course is to support teachers to apply an EAL/D lens to unpacking and implementing the new English K-6 Syllabus. By considering the teaching of language in context to ensure all interactions in the English subject area are based on making meaning, teachers will be comfortable knowing that they can implement the new syllabus whilst also supporting their learners based on their expertise in EAL/D pedagogy across K-6. Strategies for planning and programming with the new syllabus will be explored and exemplified.

Presenter/s:  Joanne Rossbridge
When:  Saturday, September 2 2023
Time:  10am – 1pm (*morning tea provided)
Where:  NSW Teachers Federation, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
Cost: $20 Members, $30 Non-members

To register for this professional learning seminar, please click HERE. Please inform us of any dietary requirements when you register.

Tell Me Your Story

Audience:  Primary teachers, Secondary teachers, and EAL/D Specialist teachers   

Rationale:  In this interactive workshop we will explore some practical strategies to engage learners using literature as the springboard to support the expression of identity as language and literacy are developed.   

Presenter/s:  Kathy Rushton
When:  Tuesday, September 5 2023
Time:  4pm – 5pm 
Where:  via Zoom.  A link will be sent to the participant once registered.
Cost: $20 Members, $30 Non-members

To register for this professional learning seminar, please click HERE

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Recorded Events

As a member of ATESOL NSW, you are able to participate in professional learning offered by other state and territory associations across Australia associated with ACTA. The professional learning cost is the same for any association member.

Using the EAL/D Learning Progression for initial assessment across K-6
3 November 2021
Presenter: Caitlin Park

Click here.

Revitalisation and maintenance of Aboriginal languages
When: 12 August 2021
Presenter: Aboriginal Teachers from Central Australia & NSW, with Susan Poetsch
Click here.

Multilingual Storyboxes in the EAL/D Classroom
When: 10 August 2021
Presenter: Gill Pennington
Click here.

Shared experiences in teaching and supporting refugee students
When: 17 June 2021
Presenter: Kim Cootes, Gill Pennington, Cindy Valdez-Adams, Vi Nguyen & Nathan Jeffrey
Click here.

Teaching refugees – The way forward
When: 16 June 2021
Presenter: Dorothy Hoddinott AO
Click here.

Developing language through the Arts
When: Monday, 14 June 2021
Presenter: Cindy Valdez-Adams
Click here.

Exploring, thinking, and learning about languages and literacies with young people in Australian classrooms
When: Monday, 15 March2021
Presenter: Dr Jacqueline D’warte
Click here.

The presentation notes are available here.
More resources are available here.

Listening to AMEP Teachers – A forum with Alison Larkins, Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services
When: 10 March 2021
Click here.

English for Adult Migrants – Future Directions Webinar

Learn about the Commonwealth Government’s vision for English language provision for adult migrants
11 November 2020
Click here.

Multilingual Storyboxes in the Primary Classroom
When: 20 May 2020
Presenter: Dr Gillian Pennington
Click here.

ICT in the EAL/D Program
When: 13 May 2020
Presenter: Janet Freeman
Click here.

The presentation notes are available here.

Other Professional Learning

Our partners offer Professional Learning that demonstrates effective pedagogies to support all learners.

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