Newsletter October 2016

ETA Annual Conference

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. The full program is now available. 
Registration by fax or post.   Online registration.  Full program.

We also have conference pre-purchase specials of The Artful English Teacher and still to be released the ETA's own publication, the first of a series on writing, Creative Horizons: Crafting Creative Writers by Mel Dixon.
Enjoy a small sample lesson.

Election of a new Executive

Every two years ETA members elect a new Executive to manage the Association. The Executive meets four times a year, usually online, to meet its responsibility of a duty of care for the governance of the ETA.

Additionally, the Executive and working committees come together in face to face meetings four times a year to

  • Report on the implementation of the ETA strategic plan
  • Engage in professional exchange and development.

ETA personal members can be nominated to stand for election to the Executive by faxing this nomination form to the the ETA Office 9572 9534.

Elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the English Teachers' Association at the end of the conference on 19th November at 3.30pm in Matthews Theatre A at the University of NSW.

Teaching Australia Project

The ‘Teaching Australia’ project aims to support the teaching of Australian texts in primary and secondary schools and provide opportunity for teachers and students to discuss their experiences of teaching and learning about Australian literature. A key instrument for data collection for the project is a survey of New South Wales and Victorian teachers. Please assist in this valuable research.

Survey details

Are you teaching English in Year F-10? How do you go about selecting and teaching Australian texts? Share your views on Australian literature and contribute to the development of future resources for schools. Please complete this short survey to provide your input to this important research. 

To complete the survey please click here. 

The Teaching Australia project seeks to support the teaching of Australian texts in Primary and Secondary schools and provide opportunity for teachers and students to discuss their experiences of teaching and learning about Australian literature.

Lesson sequence: The lost child

Australian poems and stories often reflect on the beautiful, vast, and often challenging Australian landscape and the interaction of humans with the natural world. One familiar literary motif that highlights is that of the lost child – the child that disappears into a dangerous, natural landscape or the child that is lost in the urban landscape. 

The activities in this sequence are framed around the 8 ways framework,  an "Aboriginal pedagogy framework is expressed as eight interconnected pedagogies involving narrative-driven learning, visualised learning processes, hands-on/reflective techniques, use of symbols/metaphors, land-based learning, indirect/synergistic logic, modelled/scaffolded genre mastery, and connectedness to community,” [1] which is a worthwhile approach to engagement with many texts.



November 18th and 19th UNSW

AATE conference 2017 - Call for papers 
An array of international speakers will be at this conference. Plan a trip to Tasmania next July and combine with professional learning.

Google will be running free online conferences from educators around the world  on 3rd and 4th December. Check it out - Australian program coming soon.  

Plan for 2017

Textual concepts

A year in Concepts: Use Textual concepts to plan effective programs and scope and sequence that lead into Stage 6 English
Textual concepts lessons with texts

New HSC syllabus

The preliminary year
Texts and text selection
Read to Write


Writing for NAPLAN
Leading whole School literacy
Grammar in Context