Why join QATESOL?
- If you are a TESOL, ESL or EAL/D professional in Queensland, QATESOL is your professional association.
- Many TESOL, ESL and EAL/D teachers work in isolation as specialists and advisory teachers. Some visit a number of schools or campuses each week. As a member of QATESOL, you can maintain your professional knowledge of current academic initiatives and pedagogical trends. You also have the opportunity to attend professional development events and interact with TESOL colleagues via the QATESOL website.
- The QATESOL Newsletter focusses on articles of direct relevance to TESOL teachers throughout Queensland. Regional members can also benefit by reading notes from recent QATESOL PD events.
- As a QATESOL member, you are automatically a member of ACTA (Australian Council of TESOL Associations).
- QATESOL subsidises members to attend ACTA conferences and QATESOL professional development events
- QATESOL members can apply for grants from the Anna Kohler Fund for special projects, specialist speakers for events and resource development
- In 2017 QATESOL is planning another mini regional conference in collaboration with the Queensland Council for Adult Literacy.
What our members are saying...
Being a member of QATESOL has had many benefits for me as an ESL (EAL/D) teacher. I have found the PD events to be informative, useful and quite often, lots of fun! They are also a wonderful opportunity to network and find out what is happening in other sectors of education. The PDs, networking opportunities, TESOL in Context journal and the QATESOL Newsletters keep me up-to-date with current additional language acquisition pedagogy which then infiltrates into my classroom practices. I have also been fortunate enough to work on the QATESOL committee with a hardworking and proficient group of volunteers who aim to make QATESOL a worthwhile and proactive professional organisation to join.
Tina Winterflood (ESL Teacher- Brisbane)
In a time where there is connectivity to the rest of the world and easy access to a mountain of information from a variety of sources via the internet, it is quite easy to overlook the relevance and professional benefits of joining an organisation like QATESOL.
Membership to QATESOL not only gives people a valuable opportunity to tap into a professional network that advocates on behalf of teachers and learners and fosters professional development in ESOL, but it also gives members a place to connect with their peers – learn more, stay informed about issues, share ideas, ask for advice, volunteer to be a speaker or become a member of the committee.
Membership also gives you access to the TESOL in Context journal and QATESOL’s newsletters, which includes great information on upcoming local and national conferences, seminars, guest speakers, invitations to workshops, professional development suggestions, learn “best practices” or new ideas, resources and lots more. There is also an invaluable opportunity for members to access the Anna Kohler fund to assist with promoting research in ESOL.
These are just some of the many professional benefits of joining QATESOL.
Theresa Sisalio (ESL Teacher- Brisbane)