A list of English language teacher associations in Australia and New Zealand, with a brief description and details of PD events, publications, etc.
- English Australia
- Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) and state/territory affiliates
- National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS)
- University English Language Centres Australia (UECA)
- Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA)
- Australian Linguistic Society (ALS)
- Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL)
English Australia is the national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia. They represent member institutions that teach ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students).
- The annual English Australia Conference is usually held in September.
- There are also regular webinars, as well as PD workshops and presentations in each state. Click here for more details of EA Professional Development Events.
- The English Australia Journal features peer-reviewed articles based on current research, activity-based articles for teachers by teachers, and the latest reviews of ELT resources. It is published twice a year, and is free to read online.
- EA also run the Action Research in ELICOS Program (in partnership with Cambridge ESOL)
Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) and state/territory affiliates
ACTA, the Australian Council of TESOL Associations, is the national coordinating body for all associations of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) across Australia. ACTA aims to advocate for and enhance the profile of the TESOL profession in Australia though a wide range of activities in local, regional, national and international contexts. They cover all levels and sectors of TESOL, from early learning to adult education.
Membership of ACTA comes automatically through membership of one of its constituent associations:
Some associations also have guides to TESOL education and employment in their state/territory.
Most PD is organised by the various state/territory associations (see links above), though ACTA does organise the following nationally:
- A journal TESOL in Context published twice a year
- The ACTA Conference is held biennially, in ‘even’ years.
National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS)
NEAS provides accreditation and quality assurance services in English language teaching for International English language programs (ELICOS) and government programs such as the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).
- An annual NEAS Management Conference
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand Te Rōpū Kaiwhakaako Reo Ingarihi ki Iwi Reo Kē (TESOLANZ)
TESOLANZ is the New Zealand association of ESOL teachers in all areas of education. TESOLANZ offer you an opportunity to network with others in the ESOL field, professional development, conferences and expos, and we are also a major representative of the ESOL sector lobbying for the language needs of migrants and refugees.
- An annual conference – CLESOL Conference – held in conjunction with CLANZ – Community Languages Association of New Zealand.
- An annual journal: TESOLANZ Journal
University English Language Centres Australia (UECA)
UECA is a network of Australian universities offering a variety of English Language Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS), TESOL teacher training and professional development programs.
- UECA run annual PD Fests in Sydney and other cities.
Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA)
ALAA is the national organisation for applied linguistics in Australia. ALAA aims to provide leadership in applied linguistics and supports the development of teaching, learning and research in the field. ALAA includes national and international members and is affiliated with the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA).
Australian Linguistic Society (ALS)
The ALS is the national organization for linguists and linguistics in Australia. Its primary goal is to further interest in and support for linguistics research and teaching in Australia.
[NOTE re ALS and ALAA:
“If you’re looking at TESOL and related topics, then definitely ALAA. I’m a member of both, but I always find that ALS is more focussed on fine grained analysis of various languages (particularly under-documented ones) where ALAA is all about the applications and is very useful. You’ve mentioned language learning, motivation and teaching methodologies – all of which had multiple presentations at ALAA this year.”
– Thanks to #AusELT community member Lauren Sadow for this useful overview (Dec 2016)]
Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL)
AALL aims to provide a forum for professional development, networking, and information for academic language and learning educators working in higher and further education institutions. AALL members play a valuable role in their institutions by providing teaching both inside and outside curricula to assist students in developing appropriate academic skills; by collaborating with other academic staff in the development of curricula so that they provide better learning opportunities for students’ development of academic skills; and by contributing to the development of policy in relation to academic language and learning.