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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ACT Government announces an Inquiry into literacy and numeracy in ACT public schools

ACT Government announces an Inquiry into literacy and numeracy in ACT public schools. Fordetails, go to: Inquiry into literacy and numeracy in ACT public schools - Education

New TESOL in Context issue available now!

New TESOL in Context issue available now! Special Issue "Teaching English Language Learners Across the Curriculum". Showcases the remarkable efforts that teachers and educators are making to cater for the needs of EAL/D learners in schools and mainstream environments....

“Culture cannot be disconnected from language” – Tony Burke

“Culture cannot be disconnected from language” says Arts Minister Tony Burke. Listen to his inspiring speech (5 mins) at the launch of Australia's Action Plan for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (23 August 2023)....

Check out the resources from our fabulous Jodie Whitehurst event on using drama to teach language

Resources: ATESOL ACT (sharing slides) Teaching Language through Drama ATESOL ACT handout Open scripts Scene planning sheet You can view the original event detials here.


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

Sign up to receive notices about on-line events around Australia: Events – Australian Council of TESOL Associations

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

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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.

We are very sorry that the Voice Referendum has been lost.

We pledge to find ways to work to heal any hurt and damage that this has caused,

and to continue our commitment as educators and individuals to strive towards a positive future.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Canberra