Welcome to ATESOL ACT

ATESOL ACT is the Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in the Australian Capital Territory. Our members work within a range of contexts including school education, adult new arrivals programs, ELICOS, tertiary studies and research programs.


We aim to support all teachers and learners of English as an additional language within the ACT. We offer workshops and seminars which cater for all professionals working in the TESOL field and welcome mainstream teachers with EAL/D students.


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New TESOL in Context Journal volume available now!

Check out our latest issue: Collaboration, training and funding for the professional development of teachers of EAL/D students.

Applications for this year’s Penny McKay Award now open

Applications for this year’s Penny McKay Award are now open and will close on 31 October, 2023.

AMEP outcomes-based payment will not proceed

The Department of Home Affairs has announced that it will not be proceeding with the proposed outcomes-based payment system. The announcement was made in November 2022 in the context of a request for feedback on future settings for the AMEP.


Find out about ACTA, our national Council: www.tesol.org.au

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Participate in conversations and ideas from EAL/D teachers around Australia: ACTA Adult ESOL Interest Group: Professional Conversations | Facebook

Read ACTA’s free on-line journal TESOL in Context

Attend biennial ACTA conference

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ATESOL ACT acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands and waterways where we live and gather – the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, who, for many thousands of years, have occupied and nurtured this country and its beautiful Murrumbidgee River and Brindabella Ranges.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We are especially thankful for the rich lessons that, as educators, we can learn from First Nations’ traditional and emerging cultures, knowledge, languages, histories and ways of learning here and across Australia.

We wish to express our sadness for the hardship, harm and hurt that has been part of colonial occupation of this country, and our sincere hope that, together, we can build a future of healing and harmony.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Canberra