What’s New?

Notice to schools- 19 December 2018

Principals/Directors: English as an Additional Language curriculum update

Main points:

A new F-10 English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum will be released in March 2019. The new curriculum follows extensive feedback on consultation drafts and has been developed by a specialist team comprised of Professor Chris Davison, Dr Alan Williams and Dr Michael Michell.

The new curriculum

  • provides three learning pathways, with the appropriate pathway determined by a range of factors, including prior learning
  • presents the study as a curriculum domain in its own right, rather than as a ‘companion’ to the English curriculum
  • connects EAL progression to both the English curriculum and the curriculum in other learning areas.

Feedback on the new curriculum will be sought until September 2019. A final version of the curriculum will be released in October 2019 for implementation in 2020.

New resource: About Teaching Languages: A professional development program for primary teachers.  Unit Two: Sociolinguistic Profiling

A wonderful new resource has just been added to the TEAL professional learning module on Knowing your students By new we mean back by popular demand, as it was first published in 1989! This unit, written and compiled by Sarina Greco and Elina Raso, is back- and it’s wonderful! It contains over 200 pages of ideas, games and resources to help you to get to know your students. (Look to your left for just one example!) It was written some time ago but is still so current today, in part due to its focus on sociolinguistic profiling. You can read more about this unit (and find a direct link to it) in the Reading and Resources section of our Knowing your students page.

 Perfect holiday reading before your new students arrive next year!


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.

Online moderation in 2019: If you’d like to receive an email once we have decided upon moderation dates for Semester 1, 2019, just complete the short form at our moderation page. 

Moderation recordings: Thanks to all of the teachers who contributed to our online moderation sessions in 2018. Recordings of three of these sessions are now available in the  TEAL Benchmarking forum.

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. 


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

Join the 200 registered users of this web site:

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. It’s quick and it’s free.


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

  • the TEAL Contact Form or
  • the TEAL Feedback form          
  • Due to the school holidays, we will reply to emails we receive after 21 Dec. on 29 January, 2019.                                                                         


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

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
Mackillop College Werribee Rebecca Paic
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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