TESOL Seminar 2 – May 29th 2021

In 2021 the Department of Education, in collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney, will again present a series of TESOL Seminars. As with the seminars for 2021, these will be delivered via ZOOM.

Last year, in response to COVID, an online platform was developed and this has proved to be very successful. It has enabled us to reach a larger and much more dispersed audience. Continuing with this mode of delivery, the seminar on May 29th will be made available online as a recorded sessions followed by a live Q & A session.

TESOL Seminar 2, May 29th 2021

EAL/D Effective School Practices – research and resources

This seminar will be delivered in two parts. A video recording will be made available for participants to access during the week prior to May 29th.

The second part will be a live QandA session that will take place from 10:30 am on Saturday, May 29th. The access codes for both the recordings and the QandA Session will made available to participants as they register.

Questions on notice for the presenters can be sent via the comments bar at the bottom of this page. Just enter your question in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom of this page.

You will also have the opportunity, on the day, to ask questions via the Chat function in ‘Zoom’. Please make sure you identify yourself and your school before you add your question. These questions on notice will be discussed by our presenters on the day.

Target Audience

Participants must have TESOL qualifications and be currently teaching in an EAL/D position in a primary, secondary school, IEC or IEHS.

Seminar 2 Details

EAL/D Effective School Practices – research and resources

With almost one in four students learning English as an additional language or dialect in NSW Government schools, objective, evidence-based research into what works for these learners can make a significant contribution to effective EAL/D education. The EAL/D Effective School Practices research was conducted jointly by CESE and the Multicultural Education team. The research identifies and documents effective practices in six schools identified with high EAL/D student learning progress. The research identified the teaching, leadership and school organisational practices that were characteristic of schools which produced sustainable improvements in EAL/D student learning.

A school practice guide has been designed to support schools to implement the findings from the EAL/D effective school practices research. This resource provides practical strategies and reflection questions to help teachers and school leaders develop a school and classroom environment where EAL/D learners are supported to achieve to their full potential.

In this session Margaret Turnbull & Gill Pennington will outline the EAL/D Effective School Practices research process and results. Jodie Braiding will share and unpack the EAL/D Effective School Practices resource and guide for schools

Margaret Turnbull works as a Principal Policy Analyst in the NSW Department of Education, Centre for Educational Statistics and Evaluation. In this role she has initiated literacy and EAL/D research and has worked on the development of the ACARA National Literacy Learning Progressions. For the majority of her career she has worked in EAL/D education. As an Instructional Leader at a culturally and linguistically diverse school in South Western Sydney she led teacher learning in EAL/D pedagogy and assessment practices. As the coordinator of the EAL/D program in NSW Department of Education, she led assessment, curriculum and research projects and policy development for EAL learners.

Gill Pennington has worked as a primary school EAL/D teacher and consultant within the ACT and more recently as an EAL/D consultant in south-western Sydney. She has taught at the University of Sydney, where she completed her PhD in 2018, researching Storytelling in a Multilingual Community. Her current research interests include the use of home languages in the classroom, and multilingual ecologies which support English language learning. With a colleague, Gill devised and delivers workshops for teachers on the use of Multilingual Storyboxes in the primary classroom, where educators are encouraged to set up opportunities for playful responses to multilingual stories. She is currently working as a freelance EAL/D consultant and research assistant, most recently within the NSW Department of Education, where she worked on a research project into effective practices for EAL/D learning. She is a Council member and past president of ATESOL NSW. 

Jodie Braiding

Jodie is the EAL/D Education Advisor for rural and regional schools in the NSW Department of Education. Her long history of supporting teachers in rural and regional schools and her role in the development of policy and professional learning in EAL/D education for NSW schools, has enabled her to develop the EAL/D Effective School Practices – school resource. Jodie believes that every teacher can make a difference in supporting the learning needs of their EAL/D students given the skills and understandings needed to do so.

Once you have listened to the recordings – please add questions or discussion points via the ‘Leave a Reply’ bar below




4 thoughts on “TESOL Seminar 2 – May 29th 2021

  1. I understand that the research report and the school resource have still not been officially released. When can we hope to get approval to share these with teachers and schools?


  2. Thanks for the detailed report and very useful school resource that you have created.
    As a school we will engage with both documents and look at where we can improve.
    Do you plan on creating a registered PL series for schools to use, or are you happy that we develop our own PLs based on what you have offered today?
    Lyn Nguyen- Cabramatta HS


  3. Thank you for the very useful research findings and school resource you have provided in support of EALD Education.
    Because growth in NAPLAN results were used to chose the schools and New Arrivals are exempt from NAPLAN, do these findings relate mainly to Emerging, Developing and Consolidating students?
    Colette Diacos
    Chatswood PS


  4. I love the TESOL seminars and look forward to them each term, however I do struggle, particularly this time, to complete all the readings and the videos within the five days prior to the live session (especially with a full time work load).
    Is there any chance of the readings and videos being released earlier? Even just over a weekend would be helpful. Thanks


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