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
Location: meeting room in Adobe Connect (link to be provided upon registration)
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?
- Venture to the TEAL Professional Learning modules for some self-directed learning.
- Watch this space, as news of professional learning opportunities will be posted here.
- For other EAL-related professional learning events, visit the Department of Education and Training’s EAL and Multicultural Education Professional Learning Calendar
Are you a registered TEAL site user yet?
|Team Member||Contact Details|
Contact for website enquiries:
stanyer.susanne.m [at] edumail.vic.gov.au
Prof Chris Davison, TEAL Project Leader
c.davison [at] unsw.edu.au
The TEAL Steering Committee
Department of Education and Training:
Catholic Education Melbourne:
Independent Schools Victoria:
Prof Chris Davison
Janelle Ho (Educational Assessment Australia)
The TEAL Project Team
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|
|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|
|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.