In 2020 the Department of Education, in collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney, will present three TESOL Seminars. In line with recent advice to implement social distancing in schools and corporate operations, we are postponing face to face professional learning, gatherings and events where practically possible. This postponement is in support of wider NSW Health containment strategies and minimises non-essential travel.
This is the third seminar for this year however it is actually the first one we planned to deliver back in March but were unable to do so. In response to COVID an online platform was developed and this has proved to be ver successful. It has enabled us to reach a larger and much more dispersed audience.
The TESOL Seminar on November 7th, will not be held as a face to face session. The seminar will be made available online as a series of recorded sessions followed by a live Q & A session.
TESOL Seminar 3, 7th November
This seminar will be delivered in two parts. A Zoom recording will be made available for participants to access during the week prior to November 7th.
The second part will be a live QandA session that will take place from 10:30 am on Saturday, November 7th. The access codes for both the recordings and the QandA Session will made available to participants as they register.
Questions on notice for Dr Creagh 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 Dr Creagh on the day.
Participants must have TESOL qualifications and be currently teaching in an EAL/D position in a primary, secondary school, IEC or IEHS.
Seminar 3 Details
EAL statistics: The relationship between how we count and how we teach
In this presentation Dr Sue Creagh will explore the power and challenges that come with counting EAL learners. She will present a series of statistical tableaus which represent her ongoing examination of how we can count and identify English language learners in our school system. Moving from system level down to school level, she will highlight how the categories we use, and the analyses we draw on have significant implications for pedagogy. Statistics intertwine with and justify policy which in turn impacts on the classroom practices of teachers, which in turn impacts statistics. How do we understand this cycle and use it powerfully, to support our EAL learners? How do we make our work count? Sue will explore these thorny questions in her presentation.
Powerpoint for this seminar can be accessed here
Dr Sue Creagh’s article provides some interesting background reading:
Once you have listened to the recordings – please add questions or discussion points via the ‘Leave a Reply’ bar below