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This weebly has been created for members to share materials they have found successful in their teaching of the HSC Standard and Advanced courses. Extension and ESL courses will be added as material is provided.

Preparing for the new Stage 6 Syllabus

The ETA will be begin a comprehensive program to support the release of the new Stage 6 English Syllabus on 19th May at UTS. This day will include an overview of the kinds of changes in the new courses, how these develop students' conceptual understanding of the subject and will introduce some teaching and programming strategies for the Year 11 courses. Save the date: 19th May, UTS Aerial Function Centre.

Annual Conference: Call for Papers

Re-imagining English

None of us wants to be in calm waters all our lives.
                                                                                                   Jane Austen, Persuasion
The future of English for the next decade or so has now been laid down as the final component, Stage 6, of the English syllabus has been put into place. So how has English been defined by the syllabus, where are we leading our students and how can we get there? What kind of growth is encouraged and how can we ensure a rich experience for our students?
To respond to these questions, ETA NSW invites teachers and educators to submit outlines for presentations and workshops for our annual conference based on successful ideas, explorations and examples of approaches to teaching and learning, program implementation or action research aligning with one or more of the following areas:
1. Innovative and strategic approaches to teaching of the new Stage 6 syllabus
2. Laying the foundations for Stage 6 in years 7-10
3. The transition from Stage 3 to Stage 4
4. English for literacy
5. The English teacher.
The full Call for Papers. The online Call for Papers. 


Creative Horizons: Crafting creative writers
Mel Dixon

This publication from the English Teachers Association NSW is the first book in a series of three on creative writing. The elements of stories are explained, making students aware of the relationships between responding and composing. Each chapter is supported by activities, and worksheets that can be used in the classroom. Links to ACARA learning areas, English Textual Concepts, sample programs and lists of useful websites complete this welcome addition to your classrooms.

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  • Friday 19th - Teachers - This event is now FULL -  Stage 6: Change and continuity, Aerial UTS Function Centre - located in Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo - Program.


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    Premier's ETA English Scholarship

    The ETA sponsors the Premier's Scholarship award of $10,000 for a study in English. It is anticipated that successful applicants would spend up to five weeks involved in this teacher-devised program. Time need not be spent in formal study, but may involve a program of visits to sites, schools and institutions to conduct interviews, observe exemplary practices and collect resources for the preparation of teaching materials related to English education. Further details and application.
    If you are interested in any particular area of research that will feed back into the professional community, please apply for funding before 5th May.

    Latest mETAphor    

    Issue 1, 2017
    In Issue 1 2017 you will find the 2016 Ken Watson Address by Professor Liam Semler on the systematisation of education plus articles on: Visible thinking, teachers and writing groups, a comparative study on Elysium and Animal Farm, intertextuality and An Elegant Young Man,  The Secret River, Yeats, EALD, as well as reviews and advice on apps.

    HSC online courses for students

    ETA has partnered with Edrolo, an extensive study and exam revision resource create online teaching and learning modules for the HSC Standard and Advanced courses. Developed and presented by expert teachers, these presentations and activities are designed to assist you in guiding your students through their coursework during the year and as they prepare for their final exams.

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    mETAphor monograph

    Primary teachers will now also receive a publication specifically directed at teaching English concepts in Stages 1-3. Our first edition is on Genre and intertextuality. Please login in to enjoy this members only benefit.

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    2016 Volume 52 number 1

    Individual members of ETAs in other states

    Members of ETAs in other states can access all online resources including our journal mETAphor by joining as an associate member.