What’s New?

Exciting announcement: The Reading and Vocabulary assessment for EAL students (RVEAL) assessment tool is now available to teachers in Victorian schools! Please visit the Common Reading and Vocabulary Assessment Tools page for more information.

Free online moderation session for secondary teachers of EAL students – Register now! 

Professional learning opportunity for teachers of secondary English as an Additional Language (EAL) students.

This session will provide teachers with an opportunity to:

  • analyse samples of student work
  • discuss the attributes of the writing that relate to the indicators of progress outlined in the EAL Developmental Continuum P – 10
  • reach a consensus on the proficiency level of each writing sample
  • discuss next steps in developing students’ writing skills
  • develop confidence in making assessment decisions. 


Date: Tuesday 20 November

Time: 3:45 – 4:30 pm

Cost: free

Location: meeting room in Adobe Connect (link to be provided upon registration)


Book your place here! 

Click here to see the writing samples that we’ll be assessing next Tuesday (Note- You need to log into the site via the top left hand corner of any page, for this link to work. If you have no log in details, you can register as a TEAL forum user here.) Thanks to the teachers who volunteered to send us some writing samples to moderate. We now have enough samples for the upcoming session. Thank you.

Frequently asked questions:

Why do we have to log in to the Benchmarking forum to access the recordings and writing samples? This forum is a private forum. i.e. It is protected from search engine spiders. Posts in this forum are only visible to people who have logged in to the site, and membership is limited to teachers in Victorian primary and secondary schools. This protects the students whose work is being discussed, and allows teachers to discuss their students’ progress (either in posts or in our online moderation meetings) with that extra measure of privacy. You’ll see the word ‘private’ before all folders in the forum- or ‘private private’ before a private folder within a private folder! Take it as reassurance we’re doing all we can to create a private moderation space for you. NB: Recordings from two of our primary moderation sessions are now available in this forum.

How does it all work? Once you’re a member of the TEAL site, the forums work just like Facebook or any other forum. You might like to get into the habit of logging in (via the top left hand corner of any page) when you come to the site, so the forums will always be visible to you. (Hopefully your computer will remember your settings, making things even easier.) There are some FAQs about signing up and logging in on this page. Still not sure of how to log in? Feel free to drop us a line. 

TEAL Webinar: Over 80 people met online on October 30 to hear our very own Anna-Lise (Wallis) speaking about TEAL. Anna-Lise spoke about the history of the tools and highlighted the importance of assessing our EAL students’ progress in a way that furthers their learning. She also gave a guided tour of the TEAL web site, and answered quite a few questions! 

This webinar was recorded. The recording and PowerPoint slides that Anna-Lise used are now both available on the VicTESOL web site. 

New unit of work: A new unit of work has been uploaded to this site. This new unit is on the topic of Procedural texts for secondary students and is suitable for use with students at Stages S1 and S2. There is more information about the goals and focus of this unit at the above web page. The links to activities are at the bottom of this page. These documents are available in both Word and PDF formats.

Two stars and a wish: A handy template with images you can use to give feedback using the "two (or three) stars and a wish" method has been added to some of our Professional Learning pages. Professor Dylan Wiliam mentions this model in the video on our page about Involving Learners Actively in Assessment. 

Professional development news: Would you like to learn more about the Tools to Enhance Assessment Literacy?

Are you a registered TEAL site user yet? 

Now is the perfect time to sign up. As a member you can post in the TEAL forums, and will be able to read (and post in) our private Benchmarking forum.Click on the logo to your left, to register. 



CONTACT US: For further information on TEAL and guidance for the web project, please contact one of our team members.

Team Member Contact Details

Contact for website enquiries:

Susanne Stanyer

stanyer.susanne.m [at] edumail.vic.gov.au

Alternatively, use


Prof Chris Davison,  TEAL Project Leader



c.davison [at] unsw.edu.au



The TEAL Steering Committee

Department of Education and Training:

Chris Finch

Anna-Lise Wallis

Catholic Education Melbourne:

Judy Connell

Hanya Senjov

Margaret Vingerhoots

Independent Schools Victoria:

Andrew  Hay


Prof Chris Davison

Janet Saker

Alan Williams

Janelle Ho (Educational Assessment Australia)


The TEAL Project Team

Dennis Alonzo

Robert Colla

Sarah Culican

Gerry Davies

Pam Luizzi

Giuliana Mecoli

Helen Pearson

Janet Saker

Alan Williams


Many thanks to all the schools, teachers and students who contributed so much to the TEAL Project, including those listed below:

Primary and Secondary Schools    Teachers
Blackburn ELS Robyn Antrim, Chris Everett, Ruth Giffard, Alex Perry                        
Collingwood English Language School               Marissa Varrasso, Juliette Greening, Maria Irinous, Jenny Markos
Creekside College K-9 Madalin Coghlan, Lisa Bargiamidis
Doveton College Michelle Landgraf
Laverton P-12 College Sandra Di Mieri, Margaret Svigos      
Noble Park English Language School Patricia Franke, Georgina Georgalli, Derva Josic, Erin Kaitler, Inna Gvozdenko, Kay Rothstadt, Anna Trudzic
Oakleigh Grammar Duncan Goddard
St Anthony’s Coptic Orthodox College Merete Entwistle
Wesley College Andrea Belmonte
Western English Language School     Michelle Bond, Kevin Pozniak                  
 Primary Schools  Teachers
Albany Rise Primary School    Diane Campasino  
Athol Road Primary School     Rebecca Learmonth
Bell Park North Primary School Lynda Newell
Bellview Park Primary School Janelle James
Christ the King Primary School, Braybrook Brigida Paino, Maria Watt, Lucy Dinoto, Tameka Pentreath
Dana St. Primary School Joan McKaskill
Flemington Primary School Christina Laught
Mont Albert Primary School Rosemary Fitzpatrick
Mother of God Primary School, Ardeer Michelle Buckley
Oatlands Primary School, Narre Warren Nicki Whitehead
Preston North East Primary School Michelle Andrews
Resurrection Catholic Primary School, Kings Park Vesna Curmi, John Hein
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, St. Albans Sarah Ceddia, Chantal Mifsud, Sandra Tanner, Belinda Joannou
St. Andrews Primary School, Clayton South Sharon McCarter
St. Dominics, Broadmeadows Gay Nicholls
St. Mary MacKillop Primary School, Keilor Downs Fiona Parnell
St. Mary’s Primary School, Colac Jodie Hassett, Susie Scott
St. Patrick’s Primary School, Pakenham Iris De Visser
Sunshine Harvester Primary School Christine Durbridge, Siobhan O’Brian
Windsor Primary School, Windsor Lily Papamihail
Secondary Schools Teachers
Brunswick English Language Centre                                                                                        Erica Dunn, Anne-Marie Lynzaat, Susan Pardy, Roberta Zekic                                                
Brunswick Secondary College                                  Mitchell Brannon, Megan Conley, Steven Kolber, Anne Siciliano, Nony Smitzis
Catholic Regional College, St. Albans Grace Cini, Hanja Senjov, Rebekah Loring
Catholic Regional College, Melton Rebekah Loring
Geelong English Language Centre Bronwyn Smith, Carry Varley, Lynda Newell, Paul O’Connell
Geelong North Secondary College Monica Thomson
Hoppers Crossing Secondary College Anne Bury
Hume Central ELC Elizabeth Tedge
Koonung Secondary College Sharyn Paspa
McGuire College, Shepparton Jagdish Mahinder Singh
Melba College (formerly Croydon-Maroondah College) Lynne Dwyer
Nazareth College, Noble ParkNorth Brendan Hermon
Preston Girls Secondary College Renata Tirabassi, Ekaterina Xanthopolous
St. Monica’s College, Epping Medeleine Haddad
Thomastown Secondary College April Edwards
Traralgon Secondary College Maral Coleman
Wellington Secondary College Maria Papasotiriou
Westall ELC Anastasia Kotisou

Special thanks to Mairead Hanna at VicTESOL for her assistance and support for TEAL.

Thanks also to Margaret Nutbean, Jane Banks, Eliza Costigan, Trish Fattor, Sharon Pledge, Pierina Perri from Catholic Education Melbourne, and Dominic Byrne, Judy Massey, Giuliana Mecoli, Jennie Patterson, and Madeleine Parker from the Department of Education and Training.

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