Who we are

QATESOL was formed in 1972 to serve the needs of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in primary, secondary and tertiary level sectors of both public and private education.

In March each year, a volunteer Management Committee is elected to conduct QATESOL business.

QATESOL is an affiliate of The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA). QATESOL members are also members of ACTA.

Testimonials

I always love QATESOL presentations. They are informative and directly related to our situation as well as being very practical.

QATESOL Member

I always enjoy the QATESOL seminars and come away with some gems to ponder or to implement.

QATESOL Member

I simply loved all that was on offer! The best Saturday morning ever - glad I attended the PD!

QATESOL Member

The opportunity to talk with others and hear good stuff from presenters is always enjoyed and appreciated.

QATESOL Member

What we do

QATESOL’s role is to:

  1. Provide professional development opportunities to TESOL, ESL and EAL/D teachers
  2. Promote the study of teaching English to speakers of other languages qualifications
  3. Provide leadership on issues relevant to a culturally diverse community
  4. Advocate on behalf of our teachers and learners

QATESOL Activities and Initiatives

  • QATESOL provides professional development and networking opportunities for TESOL professionals including workshops, conferences and seminars
  • Publishes a newsletter for QATESOL members 3 to 4 times a year
  • Advocates for the needs of TESOL teachers and our learners
  • Responds to local and national educational initiatives and policies on TESOL, EAL/D and ESL issues
  • Works with other states through the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA)
  • Distributes ACTA information and publications to QATESOL members
  • Supports QATESOL members to attend professional learning opportunities
  • Disseminates relevant information from local, national and international sources
  • Promotes research in our field though the Anna Kohler fund and QATESOL Newsletter

Anna Kohler Memorial Fund

Anna Kohler EditedThe Anna Kohler Memorial Fund was established to celebrate the life of Anna Kohler, a much loved leader in the field of TESOL in Queensland and Australia. Anna passed away in 1997.

The aim of the memorial fund is to enhance the professional development program within QATESOL in a way that will capture the spirit of what Anna Kohler devoted her life to: fostering the TESOL profession; enhancing the professionalism of teachers; mentoring teachers; providing opportunities for those with potential but with few chances to realise this potential; encourage those embarking on new or different TESOL related ventures and fostering activities displaying lateral thinking in fields outside TESOL but which could benefit TESOL.

QATESOL Members are invited to apply for funding that could include the following:

  • a replacement teacher
  • development time for a resource
  • production of a resource
  • time out for action research or a project
  • travel within Queensland  or interstate to observe/network with TESOL professionals and programs
  • other ideas that would enhance professional capacity and could be shared with QATESOL colleagues through a presentation or a paper.     

Further information