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Stop Press: New EAL curriculum – implementation update

The Minister has formally approved 2020 to be a transition year for implementation of the Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL. This means that during 2020 schools can choose to adopt the new EAL curriculum (in part or entirely) or continue to use the EAL Companion to AusVELS as their curriculum document. The Department will provide interim assessment and reporting advice to support teachers choosing to adopt the new EAL curriculum in 2020.  This advice will be available from the English as an Additional Language (EAL) web page from mid-January.

A School Update later this term will formally notify Victorian government schools that 2020 will be a transition year to allow time to prepare for the new EAL curriculum and that in 2021 they will be expected to use the new EAL curriculum to support the English language learning of their EAL students.

Throughout 2020 the Department will support schools to plan and implement the new EAL curriculum by progressively rolling out EAL planning advice, assessment and reporting advice and updated as well as new resources. As these become available we will be using English as an Additional Language (EAL) as a central location to publish updates, advice and information on the release of resources.

New to the TEAL website! 

Drum roll please … Rad resource 

Every week of the school term in Victoria, the TEAL website will feature a Rad resource. It might be an interesting academic article, a website or a game that you can use in the classroom.

As we are getting to the end of the term, this week’s rad resource is a fun word game you can play with EAL (or non-EAL) students of all ages. It is called ‘Just a minute’ or ‘Taboo’ in some circles.

Resources: Paper, scissors, star stickers

Step 1: Choose a list of key vocabulary items from a current topic or class text and put them into groups of four in a Word document (or handwritten on a piece of paper). Make sure that each group of four has a combination of easy and difficult words. Cut up the groups of words.

Step 2: Write the name of the game on the board. Hand one piece of paper (with a set of 4 words) to each student. Tell the students that they are not allowed to show anyone the paper.

Step 3: Tell the students that they will have to get up in front of the class and explain what the word is without actually saying the word. They will have one minute to get through the 4 words while their team mates guess. Do a demonstration of a word that they already know. Make sure that students have a chance to ask you what their words mean, if they are not sure, or look them up.

Step 4: Go around the class and give each student a number from 1 – 4. Once you have numbered the 4th student, start at number 1 for the next student until everyone in the class has a number.

Step 5: Write the names of the students on the board in their groups (i.e. put all of the number 1s together, all of the 2s together etc.)

Step 6: Ask the first student at the front (who was assigned number 1) to come up and start. Remind them that they cannot say the actual word.

Step 7: Award their group a point for every word they guess correctly. Move on the next student (number 2) after one minute.

Step 8: Have fun! As a reward, the winning team could all get a star sticker on the front of their books. We’re never too old to get a reward!

 


Free online moderation:

Thank you to the teachers who submitted writing and speaking samples to us for use in our online moderation sessions in Terms 1 and 2,  and to the many teachers who attended them.

Recordings of sessions we have conducted to date have been posted in the Benchmarking Forum. 


Thanks to Alan Williams for sharing the document to your right with us. It highlights the equivalence between ACARA EAL/D Progressions and the EAL stages used in Victoria (and throughout the TEAL web site.)

Click on the image on the left for more details, or read the related post in our public discussion forum.

 

 


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. 


TEAL Webinar: Over 80 people met online on 30 October last year 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.

Web site contacts UNSW

Anna-Lise Wallis

wallis.anna-lise.a [at] edumail.vic.gov.au

Alternatively, use

Prof Chris Davison,

TEAL Project Leader

c.davison [at] unsw.edu.au

                                                         

The TEAL Steering Committee The TEAL Project Team

Department of Education and Training:

Chris Finch

Anna-Lise Wallis

Catholic Education Melbourne:

Judy Connell

Hanya Senjov

Margaret Vingerhoots

Independent Schools Victoria:

Andrew  Hay

UNSW:

Prof Chris Davison

Janet Saker

Alan Williams

Janelle Ho (Educational Assessment Australia)

Dennis Alonzo

Robert Colla

Sarah Culican

Gerry Davies

Pam Luizzi

Giuliana Mecoli

Helen Pearson

Janet Saker

Alan Williams

Student researchers (UNSW)

Susanne Stanyer

Sara Mashayekh

De Phung

Oluwaseun Ijiwade

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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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