Newsletter June 2016

Launch of English Textual Concepts™ 

After much work, consultation and technological activity, we are delighted to announce that the English Textual Conceptsweb site is now live.  The concepts have been developed in a joint project by ETA and the Department of Education. The material on this site is open to everybody and authorised professional development around the use of the concepts is currently taking place around the state. Aside from the Greater Sydney events, there has been a professional learning day in Newcastle and more are to follow at
  • Dubbo, Saturday 23rd July
  • Armidale, Friday 9th July and
  • Lismore,  Saturday 15th October.
Next semester, we will be running webinars to support the use of concepts in the classroom and for programming. As with our program this semester, there will be accredited events for both primary and secondary schools. Please check future Newsletters and the ETA web site for dates and programs.

Book room survey

As we will be developing materials around teaching concepts, what we would like to do is to target resources to include what is already in your book rooms. If you are interested in sharing with us your book room lists so we can get a sense of which texts are popular today, please send your text list to with the subject heading Book room survey. You will be making collation of information much easier for us if you send the list on an Excel Spreadsheet attached to the email.

AATE conference 

A reminder that our national body, the AATE, is holding its annual conference in Adelaide this year from 7th to 10th July. Of particular interest will be the pre-conference institute Re-Reading Dartmouth: What is English (now)? where English educators review the significance of the Dartmouth conference in the light of current teaching and views of the subject.

Stage 6 Draft syllabus consultation

Following wide consultation  the draft English syllabuses will be available on the website together with the online surveys early in term 3. Teachers are advised to keep an eye out for Board notices over the next few weeks for information about venues for consultation meetings and timelines.



Tuesday 14th
Teachers: webinar series 4.30 - 5.30pm (Session 2) Developing a culture of creativity.  Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registrations

Wednesday 22nd
Students: HSC Modules Day: 10.00-2.30pm, University of Technology Sydney Broadway & Haymarket Campus  Program and registration by fax or post.   online registrations.   Information for Modules day at UTS  Risk assessment.   


Wednesday 7th - Sunday 10th 
National Conference - Adelaide - Weaving Worlds with Words and Wonder

Saturday 23rd - Dubbo
Secondary Teachers: Teaching through concepts, Dubbo Christian School, 141 Sheraton Rd, Dubbo NSW 2830. Program and registration by fax or post. Online registrations.

Friday 29th - Armidale
Secondary Teachers: Teaching through concepts, Armidale Bowling Club Auditorium, 92-96 Dumaresq St, Armidale. Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registrations.  

Annual Conference
18th - 19th November
Call for Papers

With a new senior syllabus at our doorstep and the introduction of the English Textual Concepts™, we are navigating through exciting waters.  This conference aims to explore the possibilities of emerging currents that bring with them profound changes to the ways we teach our students. Even after four centuries great literary figures like Shakespeare offer inspiration and newness and create pathways through the present. Shakespeare may not have dreamed of our world but he understood those rhythms of humanity that steer us forward.

400 years and still the king!

As we are all commemorating the anniversary of Shakespeare's death, it's worth looking at the British Library for the learning materials, Discovering Literature; Shakespeare, compiled from its collection and recently launched as a part of the celebrations.

And if you are doing something special at your school, get reacquainted with TES for masses of resources. 

You can also add Royal shakespeare rapper to the side bar:

and the new website that Liam Semler ( Usyd) has helped create for teachers: 'Shakespeare Reloaded' website:

Red Room Poetry Object

Free Teacher Resource now available.