While it is a really important issue, the recent cuts to budgets for the ABC and SBS are probably not core business for ETAQ. Nevertheless, I thought English teachers would be interested in how quite small editing changes in a text can affect meaning. I had a version of the letter below on this topic published in The Courier-Mail of Saturday 22 November 2014. Underlined words were deleted and the ones in brackets inserted. The paper's heading for a collection of four letters was "Sense of extravagance at ABC in need of pruning". It goes without saying that the choice of that heading is interesting in itself.
ABC cuts and Tony Abbott's word
Irrespective (Regardless) of the extent to which they might or might not be justified, the ABC (funding) cuts show (to me) that the Prime Minister was prepared to lie to the Australian people (voters) to boost the chances of a Coalition election victory.
(As a result, I believe) all of his future pronouncements should be interpreted in that light.
Quibbling by (Communications Minister) Malcolm Turnbull notwithstanding, thousands (of people) took Tony Abbott at his word on this issue and are now entitled to feel betrayed.
Essential English: Community of Practice 2021
Following on from the success of last year's event for teachers of Essential English, we will be running this event again this year with some modifications. The program is available and registrations are now open. Venue: Deception Bay SHS, Phillip Street, DECEPTION BAY. Registrations will close on Saturday 30 October. Interes...
Grammar PD term 4
To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 20 November at John Paul College. The flyer gives further details. Registration will close on 14 November. ...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
I know that ETAQ conferences in the past have never disappointed - valuable, relevant, practical, inspiring so I came again.Read All