PD Calendar

What are you doing for PD this month?

MOOCs, webinars, conferences, article discussion groups, Twitter chats…anything related to ELT PD in Australia and New Zealand or online at a realistic time for ELTs in our region.

NB: This calendar is crowd-sourced by the #AusELT community, and all events either take place online at a realistic time, or within Australia and New Zealand. If you know of other PD events in Australasia, please post details on the #AusELT Facebook group and/or Twitter using the #AusELT hashtag, and we will add them here. If there is not yet a link at the time of preparing this, you’ll be able to find the info by searching for the name of the event.

See also:

  • TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand) for teachers of ESOL in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  •  events organised by your state/territory TESOL association in Australia. Find your local TESOL association here on the Australian Council of TESOL Associations website 
  • other regular PD opportunities such as those through English Australia PD with links to webinars, live PD events, action research and the CPDF (Continuing Professional Development Framework) as well as a range of NEAS events 


2020 Calendar

January 2020

11 Jan – 16 Feb     Electronic Village Online EVO 2020

Five weeks of free PD for English language teachers. This is a global event, but since most of it is conducted online asynchronously, it is easy for teachers from our region to participate.

February 2020

17 Feb     Taste of English Australia Conference 5.15-7.15pm

You are invited to hear ‘a taste of the 2019 English Australia Conference’ at this PD event brought to you by the VIC branch of English Australia and featuring speakers from Victoria who presented at the 2019 English Australia Conference.

  • RMIT English Worldwide, Level 9, 235-251 Bourke Street Melbourne

March 2020

14 Mar     PD West

PD West is an annual Perth event that attracts English language teachers from WA. The event aims to provide professional development for local teachers by local teachers.

  • Curtin University, Biomedical Sciences Building (Building 410), Bentley 

21 Mar     Qld PD FEST 

  • ICTE -Sir Llew Edwards Bldg, The University of Queensland, St Luci, Brisbane

28 Mar     UECA PD Fest Sydney

‘By Teachers, For Teachers’: Assessment Practices, Academic Literacy, Well-being, Innovation

  • The Abercrombie Building (enter off Codrington St near Abercrombie St), The University of Sydney

April 2020


May 2020

 6-8 May     2020 NEAS Management Conference

Theme: Transformative Journeys in Education

  • Doltone House, Sydney

June 2020


July 2020


  • Southern Cross University, The Gold Coast

August 2020

 1 Aug     NSW PD Fest

  • UNSW Global, 223 Anzac Parade Kensington NSW

 22 Aug     PD Fest Melbourne

September 2020

4-5 Sep ACAL Conference, http://www.acal.edu.au/conference/

  • Multi-literacies for Critical Times, Canberra

15 Sep UECA Director’s Forum, Perth

16-18 Sept     English Australia Conference

  • Pan Pacific, Adelaide Terrace, Perth

29 (pre) 30 Sept-2 Oct    Australian Council of TESOL Associations Conference

Conference Website https://www.actaconference.com/

Theme: Pushing the boundaries

  • Brisbane Hilton, Brisbane

October 2020

1 -4 Oct     CLESOL ConferenceCommunity Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages, St Cuthberts, Epsom, Auckland

13-16 Oct   Australian International Education Conference, Gold Coast Conference centre, Qld, https://aiec.idp.com/

November 2020

Nov 7      PD Fest Adelaide

December 2020


For past events, see below


January 2019

13 January – 27 February

Electronic Village Online EVO 2019: Five weeks of free PD for English language teachers. This is a global event, but since most of it is conducted online asynchronously, it is easy for teachers from our region to participate.

February 2019

3 Feb

AusELT Twitter Chat Feb 3 Learning from our students


March 2019

9 March

PD West – UWA CELT Crawley Campus, Claremont, WA

Building Creativity, Building Skills, Building Academic English Skills, Building Community


April 2019

7 April

AusELT Twitter chat Empowerment and Teachers


13 April

UECA PD Fest Sydney – UNSW Global, Sydney
Theme: Innovate! Delivery, Assessment, Support and Services in EAP and Pathway programs

May 2019

7 May

UECA Benchmarking workshop – WSU, Sydney   link TBA

8-10 May

2019 NEAS Management Conference
Doltone House, Sydney
Theme: Leadership in ASEAN and Australia: Influencers in ELT

June 2019

June 2

AusELT Twitter chat Transferability of Skills


AusELT article discussion

From feedback to backfeed: Increasing student engagement with feedback: Bianka Malecka UNSW Global


July 2019

13 July

UECA Assessment Symposium – UQ-ICTE, Brisbane

August 2019

Aug 14

MeetELT Melbourne IDEA: Innovate, Digitalise, Engage, Activate

Aug 28

MeetELT Sydney pruh-nun-see-ey-shun

Link to MeetELT website for slides etc

September 2019

18-20 September

English Australia Conference 2019 links
Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne ‘Engage, Include, Adapt’

October 2019

3-5 October

ACAL Conference 2019 – Australian Council for Adult Literacy
Theme: Critical re-imagining: adult literacy and numeracy practices for sustainable development

November 2019

02 November

UECA PD Fest Melbourne 2019 – Swinburne, Melbourne: Shape: Tech, Academic, Social and Cultural Engagement

25-27 November

ALAA & ALANZ Joint Conference 2019 – Applied Linguistics Association of Australia & Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
Theme: Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching: Making Connections


October 2020

ACTA International Conference
Theme: Pushing the Boundaries


NOTE: The links below may not still work given that they are to events already held, and we don’t always check up on these after the event.  We wanted to include them as many have links to presentations, handouts and video recordings.


November 2018

3 November 2018
UECA PD Fest, Adelaide
Adelaide, SA
Theme: Inspiring Engagement of Learners & Teachers

25 November 2018
Pronunciation Symposium (in conjunction with ALAA Conference)
University of Wollongong, NSW
Theme: Making Pronunciation Accessible

26-28 November 2018
Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) Conference
University of Wollongong, NSW
Theme: Engaging diversity: creating connections and building knowledge

October 2018

2-5 October 2018
ACTA International Conference 2018 – Australian Council of TESOL Associations
Adelaide, SA
Theme: English Language Learning in a Mobile World

5-7 October 2018
CLESOL 2018 – National CLESOL Conference for Community Languages (CL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Christchurch, NZ
Theme: Transforming our Landscape

September 2018

8 September 2018
University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium
Sydney, NSW

17-18 September 2018
How Languages are Learned: A special forum on second language acquisition
Canberra, ACT

19-21 September 2018
English Australia Conference 2018
Sydney, NSW
Theme: Thriving in changing times

August 2018

4 August 2018
UECA PD Fest, Melbourne

Melbourne, Vic
Theme: Survival of the Fittest

11 August 2018
Pathways PD²: By teachers,for teachers – SYDNEY (English Australia & IEAA)
Macquarie University International College

July 2018

14 July 2018
UECA English Language Assessment Symposium
University English Language Centres of Australia (UECA) in conjunction with The Association of Language Testers Australia & New Zealand (ALTAANZ) and The University of Queensland’s English Language Centre (UQ-ICTE)

14 July 2018
Pathways PD²: By teachers,for teachers – MELBOURNE
(IEAA & English Australia)
Trinity College, The University of Melbourne

June 2018

9 June 2018
Southern Cross University, Gold Coast campus
Theme: Syllabus, Strategies and Sanity Savers

28 June 2018
An overview: English Australia Guide to Best Practice in International Student Mental Health – EA Webinar
Presented by Sophie O’Keefe, PD Manager English Australia
Slides | Recording

May 2018

9-11 May  2018
2018 NEAS Management Conference
Sydney, NSW
Theme: Beyond the Digital Revolution

12 May 2018
UECA PD Fest, Sydney
Sydney, NSW
University English Language Centres of Australia (UECA) and UTS Insearch,
Theme: Metamorphosis: The Student Journey

17 May 2018
Gamifying the international student experience through CET’s Student Engagement Program – EA Webinar
Presented by Robert Chasse, Education Manager Services, Sydney University’s Centre for English Teaching (CET)
Webinar Recording on YouTube | Slides

April 2018

7 April 2018
PD West (UECA & EA)
WA (hosted by Curtin University)
REGISTER | PD West Facebook group

March 2018

8 March 2018
Building with words: Engaging through vocabulary – EA Webinar
Presented by Vanessa Beal, Macquarie University English Language Centre
Recording of webinar | Slides

10 March 2018
QATESOL PD Morning and 2018 AGM
AGM Guest Speaker: The Honourable Grace Grace, Minister for Education
PD Presentation : How Language Works Lynette Lingard

14 March 2018
Innovation Conversation – EA Webinar
Presented by Katherine Olston, Centre for English Teaching, the University of Sydney and Catherine Moore, ETS TOEFL
Recording of webinar | Slides

17 March 2018
EA Queensland PD Fest
University of Queensland St Lucia campus
More information

February 2018

21 February 2018
English, communication skills and employability
English Australia Professional development webinar presented by Catherine Moore
Recording of Webinar | Presentation Slides

January 2018

14 January – 18 February 2018
Electronic Village Online EVO 2018: Five weeks of free PD for English language teachers. This is a global event, but since most of it is conducted online asynchronously, it is easy for teachers from our region to participate.


November 2017

1-3 November 2017
AALL Conference – Association for Academic Language and Learning
Geelong, Vic
Theme: 21st Century Language and Learning

5 November 2017
#AusELT Twitter chat“What if…”

27-29 November 2017
ALAA-ALANZ-ALTAANZ Conference 2017 – Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand, Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and Association of Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Theme: Applied Linguistics in the New Millennium: Multiple Theories, Pathways, and Practices

October 2017

16-22 October 2017
#AusELT/English Australia Journal Article Discussion Group
Discussion of an article from Volume 33 No. 1, September 2017

September 2017

1 October 2017
#AusELT Twitter chat – Conference/PD Swap Shop

September 2017

6 September 2017
MacGyver! meetELT Melbourne

8-9 September 2017
The University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium 2017

13-14 September 2017
ACAL National Conference: Australian Council for Adult Literacy
Darwin, NT
Theme: Traders, Neighbours and Intruders: Points of Contact

20-22 September 2017
English Australia Conference
Theme: Empowering Global Citizens

July 2017

10-14 July 2017
International Systemic Functional Linguistics Congress
Theme: Transforming Contexts
Wollongong, NSW

29 July 2017
UECA PD Fest Melbourne: University English Language Centres of Australia,
Melbourne, hosted by Monash College English Language Centre

May 2017

11-12 May 2017
NEAS 2017 Conference
Theme: The Q Factor – What is your quality factor?

13 May 2017
UECA PD Fest Sydney
: University English Language Centres of Australia, NEAS, English Australia
Sydney, hosted by Centre for English Teaching, University of Sydney
Theme: Leadership, Engagement and Diversity in an Academic context

April 2017

1 April 2017
Qld PD Fest – English Australia Qld Branch
UQ, St Lucia

5 April 2017
MeetELT #6
Poster and Registrations
Theme: Writing: stranger than fiction!

21 April 2017
PD West
– English Australia WA Branch
North Metropolitan TAFE in Northbridge
PD West Facebook group

January 2017

8 January – 12 February 2017
Electronic Village Online EVO 2017: Five weeks of free PD for English language teachers. This is a global event, but since most of it is conducted online asynchronously, it is easy for teachers from our region to participate.


December 2016

5-9 December 2016
Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) annual conference -5-7 Dec
Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) annual conference – 7-9 Dec
Monash University, Melbourne

October 2016

6 November 2016
#AusELT Twitter chat –Teacher Motivation & Recharging your Batteries (#AusELT Twitter chat summary, 6/11/16)

17-19 November 2016
ALTAANZ Conference 2016
– Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ)
University of Auckland
In the classroom and beyond: Assessing language ability in different contexts

23 November 2016
meetELT #5 : Apps for action, interaction, learning and teaching!

October 2016

2 October 2016
#AusELT Twitter chat – 2016 Conference/PD wrap up and swapshop

15 October 2016
UECA PD Fest Adelaide
: A Celebration of Learning, Teaching and Assessment
University English Centres Australia
University of Adelaide

September 2016

3-4 September 2016
#AusELT Twitter chat on Conferences & Presenting (slowburn chat over two days)

21-23 September 2016
English Australia Conference

Create, Connect, Collaborate
Hobart, Tas
Conference slides and handouts

August 2016

7 August 2016
#AusELT Twitter chat on  Reflective practice: benefits, tips and feedback

July 2016

3 July 2016
#AusELT Twitter chat on Strategies, tools and resources for pre-literate learners: Addressing literacy issues in very low / pre-literate learners:

14 – 17 July 2016
– 15th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL
TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand) and CLANZ (Community Languages Association New Zealand).
Learners in Context: Bridging the Gaps
The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

June 2016

5 June 2016
#AusELT Twitter chat on Materials-light teaching (why and how)

May 2016

12-13 May 2016
2016 NEAS Management Conference

Open Source Thinking – out of the box
Sydney, NSW

14 May 2016
UECA PD Fest Sydney
– University English Centres Australia
The Force Awakens – Empowering Students and Teachers
UNSWIL, Sydney

April 2016

7 April 2016
meetELT #4
Where real-life meets the classroom: To infinitive and beyond!
Sydney, NSW

7-10 April 2016
ACAL-ACTA Conference 2016 (Australian Council of Adult Literacy and Australian Council of TESOL Associations)
Diversity: Exchanging ways of being
Perth, Western Australia

9 April 2016
English Australia Queensland Branch PD Fest 2016
ICTE-UQ, University of Queensland St Lucia campus

January 2016

10 January – 14 February 2016
Electronic Village Online EVO 2016: Five weeks of free PD for English language teachers. Courses on: Young learners, Moodle, Copyright, Pronunciation, Minecraft, and lots more.


December 2015

[No #AusELT Twitter chat in December]

3–5 December 2015
Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning: a TESOL International Association Regional Conference
National Institute of Education, Singapore

9–11 December 2015
ALS 2015 Conference – the 46th annual conference of the Australian Linguistic Society
Western Sydney University, Parramatta NSW

November 2015

3 November 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat
Voted topic

9-15 November 2015
AusELT/English Australia Journal Article Discussion Group
2-8 November (Reading time) and 9-15 November (Discussion time)

17-18 November 2015
Prof Fred Dervin Leading academic on intercultural competence at Macquarie University, Sydney

19-21 November 2015
14th Symposium on Second Language Writing: Learning to Write for Academic Purposes
‘Learning to write for academic purposes: Advancing theory, research and practice’
Auckland, New Zealand

20 November 2015
Transforming through Praxis: Students from Refugee Backgrounds in Higher Education
University of Newcastle

21 November 2015
UECA PD Fest 2015 – University English Centres Australia
Victoria University, Melbourne

23-26 November 2015
4th International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2015)
University of Auckland, New Zealand

25-27 November, 2015
12th Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL)
‘Critical Intersections’
Wollongong, NSW

30 November – 2nd December 2015
Combined conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) and the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ) and Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ)
‘Learning in a multilingual world’

October 2015

8 October 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat
Conference/PD wrap up (swapshop)

September 2015

3 September 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat
LGBTQIA issues in course-books and classrooms

23-25 September 2015
English Australia Conference 2015 – ‘Looking ahead: change challenge and opportunity’

24-25 September 2015
ACAL Conference 2015 – ‘Resilience, Risk, Preservation’ (Australian Council for Adult Literacy)
24th and 25th September 2015 at the Adelaide Zoo

August 2015

6 August 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat
Mobile language learning: Moving from ‘why’ to ‘how’, with guest moderator Mark Pegrum

July 2015

2 July 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat

3-6 July 2015
AATE/ALEA National Conference 2015 – Canberra, ACT
Australian Association for the Teaching of English and the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association
‘CAPiTALiSiNG ON CURiOSiTY: ‘ninggi warrguu’- look  and ask why – Nurturing Inquiring Minds’

June 2015

4 June 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat
“Getting Away from Grammar” with Daniel Midgley

May 2015

2 May 2015
UECA PD Fest 2015 – University English Centres Australia

7-8 May 2015
NEAS Management Conference 2015
Darling Island, Sydney

14-15 May 2015
National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy and Assessment Conference 2015

April 2015

29 April 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat
Group work
Transcript: https://storify.com/SophiaK/transcript-of-auselt-twitter-chat-30-4-2015-group-

2 April 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat
App smashing (slowburn)
Intro & set-up: https://auselt.com/2015/03/23/april-2015/
Summary: https://storify.com/sujava/app-sharing

March 2015

21 March 2015
English Australia PD Fest 2015

5 March 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat
New to Twitter? (& practical swapshop)
Summary: https://auselt.com/2015/03/04/mixed-feelings-about-twitter/

February 2015

5 February 2015
#AusELT Twitter chat
voted topic – see Facebook group

January 2015

29-30 January 2015
Teaching and Learning Forum 2015
The University of Western Australia, The University Club
Theme:  Teaching and Learning Uncapped

12 January – 15 February
Electronic Village Online EVO 2015: Five weeks of free PD for English language teachers
Mostly asynchronous, so time zone differences don’t have much of an impact.
Courses on: Young learners, Moodle, Copyright, Pronunciation, and lots more.


December 2014

NB: No #AusELT Twitter chat in December

8th-9th December 2014
Workshop at Macquarie University: “The Role of Prosody in Language Learning: Stress, Tone and Intonation”

5th December 2014
Pronunciation Symposium: New directions in pronunciation theory and practice
University of NSW, Canberra, 8:30-4:30, Friday 5 December
Handouts available for download by AALL members: http://aall.org.au/forum/handouts-2nd-pronunciation-symposium

November 2014

5 November 2014
#AusELT Twitter chat

October 2014

2 October 2014
#AusELT Twitter chat

September 2014

30th September – 3rd October 2014
Australian Council of TESOL Associations – ACTA International Conference, Melbourne

17-19 September 2014
English Australia Conference, Melbourne

4 September 2014
#AusELT Twitter chat

August 2014

22-23 August 2014
TESOL Research Network Colloquium 2014 – University of Sydney

12 August 2014
Jack Richards lecture at Macquarie University
“What Does It Take To Be An English Language Teacher? Exploring Teacher Knowledge, Skill And Cognition”
1-2 pm E6A102 Macquarie University North Ryde

7 August 2014
#AusELT Twitter chat (Huw Jarvis / MALU)

July 2014

July-August 2014 (8 weeks)
MOOC: Learning to Teach Online, offered by UNSW and taught by Simon McIntyre & Negin Mirriahi

3 July 2014
#AusELT Twitter chat 8.30pm on ‘Professional Development – that’s what I want!’
> Pre-chat information and suggested reading
> Chat Summary

10 – 13 July 2014
CLESOL Conference, Wellington, NZ

June 2014

5 June 2014
#AusELT Twitter chat 8.30pm on management issues, with Andy Hockley
> Pre-chat information and suggested reading
> Chat summary

May 2014

31 May 2014
10pm Perth – midnight for Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane: IATEFL webinar with Jill Hadley on ‘Motivation, imagination and L2 identity’

11 May 2014
9pm Sydney time: #KELTchat on Twitter on topic of critical pedagogy, guest moderated by Divya Madhavan: http://keltchat.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/sun-may-11th-keltchat-on-critical-pedagogy-with-special-guest-moderator-divya-madhavan/
Michael Griffin BELTA webinar on ‘All about feedback from students’

Until 9 May 2014
IATEFL Research SIG article discussion on ‘Engaging learners: conversation- or dialogic-driven pedagogy?’
based on Phil Chappell’s recent article in the ELTJ, free to download from above link.

1 May 2014
#AusELT Twitter chat: Slowburn on Russ Mayne’s IATEFL 2014 talk on neuro-myths & pseudo-science in ELT. See here for details & a link to the original talk: https://auselt.com/2014/04/29/pseudoscience-and-neuromyths-in-elt/

April 2014

30 April 2014
at 7pm Perth & 9pm Sydney/Brisbane
Andy Hockley British Council webinar on ‘Peer observation – how can we make it work?’
PS Andy wrote about this on the #AusELT blog here:https://auselt.com/2013/09/22/setting-up-a-peer-observation-scheme/.
See also our chat summary on this topic here: https://auselt.com/2013/04/18/auselt-chat-summary-setting-up-and-running-effective-peer-observation-programs-4-april-2013/

28 April – 9 May 2014
IATEFL Research SIG article discussion on ‘Engaging learners: conversation- or dialogic-driven pedagogy?’http://resig.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/28-april-9-may-article-discussion-engaging-learners-conversation-or-dialogic-driven-pedagogyelt-journal-681-1-11.html
based on Phil Chappell’s recent article in the ELTJ, free to download from above link.

26 April – 28 April 2014
7th Virtual Round Table Web Conference on language learning technologies
Recordings: http://www.virtual-round-table.com/page/program-overview