Peter Botsman Award 2003

Lindsay Williams

Lindsay Williams is a person with whom you are all well acquainted. His work on developing English curriculum both in the classroom and in the wider English community has been outstanding and places him in the forefront of English teaching in this state.

With a career that spans twenty years, beginning at the Springsure Secondary Department, Lindsay has not only followed the waves of syllabus changes but has in many cases been part of the influence.

His teaching began in 1983 at Springsure, then to Shailer Park and then on to English Department Head at Dakabin in 1990. From Dakabin he moved on to Park Ridge where he started to develop an interest in curriculum, and was seconded as Education Officer in 1992 to work as part of the English syllabus team. In 1999 he commenced his present position as Head of English at the Anglican Church School (Churchie).

His work on committees has been tireless and constant. He was on the English Subject Advisory Committee from 1989–1993, the Queensland Reference Group for the National English Statement and Profile from 1991-93, North Brisbane Language Arts Project in 1991, External English Examinations Sub-committee for the BSSSS from 1991-95, the Language Reference Group for the South Coast region from 1993-96, the English Review Panel for the South Coast Region from 1994-98, the Steering Committee for Global Education in English Project, the Subject Advisory Committee for Years 1-10 English from 2000 to 2003 and Review Panel Chair for Brisbane Central District

During this time he continued with his research projects that include:

  • 1991  Senior Schooling – Autonomous Learning in the Senior School
  • 1991  Metropolitan East English Language Arts Cross-Referencing Task Force
  • 1992-97 Asian Studies Magnet Schools and Asian Studies Project
  • 1993  Identifying Key Features of Selected Genres Workshop
  • 1995  Global Education: Integrating Curriculum and Professional Development, Griffith University
  • 1995-96 ‘The Production of Power, Knowledge and Truth within Discourse of a Critical Literacy Classroom’ with Dr Wendy Morgan
  • 1996  Symposium to review implementation of the English syllabus for Year 1 to 10
  • 1997  ‘Alternative Literacy Approaches in Secondary Schools’ research by Christa can Kraayenoord (Schonell Special Education Research Centre, University of Queensland)
  • 1998  ‘Technology, Critical Literacy and English Teachers’ with Dr Wendy Morgan
  • 2001-2  Syllabus in development and trial school for Years 1 to 10 English syllabus, QSA

But perhaps Lindsay is better known from his contacts with other teachers in workshops he has presented. He has presented for the Education Department, for the Peninsula Region English Teachers Association, for Catholic Education in Brisbane and the Darling Downs, at Griffith and QUT, for AISQ and has been invited to many individual schools to share his work and assist in the development of sound English teaching practice.

His papers and published articles, some co-authored, further illustrate the extent of his knowledge of subject English and its applications with contributions in

  • A World of Texts: Global Understanding in the English Classroom,
  • Critical Literacy Readings and Resources by AATE
  • Teaching and Learning (About) Written language: Approaches through Functional Grammar and Critical Literacy.
  • ‘Critical Literacy in the Senior English Curriculum’ in John Fein and Vicki Keliher (eds) Gbobal Education
  • Integrating Curriculum and Professional Development for Global Education, Griffith University
  • and many more articles including regular contributions to ETAQ and Words’Worth.


Just as he helped introduce critical literacy into our classrooms through workshops and publications, he is now leading us into new terrains, focusing on computers in the classroom and boys and literacy. His great strength is his ability to reinvent himself and his teaching, to be aware of new trends in academic and adolescent thinking and to transform what os meaningless theory for many into practical and workable teaching practice. He is able to do this because not only is he aware of the macro level but also the micro level. His skill as a communicator cannot be underestimated in this.

ETAQ has always been able to depend on Lindsay to provide workshops that attract teachers and offer inspiration to all. We always know that he will present a polished performance that will challenge not only us but also our students. We also know that whatever he offers is user friendly. This same standard is applied at national and international level where Lindsay has addressed audiences.

Not only is he involved in shaping curriculum, but also in co-curricular matters he demonstrates just how creative English teachers can be and how much they can affect the life of a school. He has assisted with school musicals, coached debating, co-ordinated the Plain English Speaking Award in the South Coast with Judy Murphy and run leadership camps.

It is with great pleasure that we are able to acknowledge Lindsay’s many years of work with the Peter Botsman Award.

Upcoming Events

May Masterclass 2021

THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING ANALYSIS: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR PRACTICES? Teaching the process of analysing texts in order for students to produce a spoken or written response remains amongst the most exciting and difficult challenges we face as a community of English teachers. Most recently, the high-stakes nature of unseen examinations fo...

Category:   Master class
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th May 2021
Venue:   University of Queensland (tbc)
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


JCU Spectacular

Join Dr Claire Hansen for a two-hour session on teaching Macbeth. We'll dive into an exploration of the language of Macbeth and teaching strategies to engage students with Shakespeare's Scottish play.  The workshop will also explore learning activities for Macbeth created by the Shakespeare Reloaded project. This session will...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 22nd May 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Grammar Day

A grammar workshop will be held at Elanora State High School  on Saturday 29 May 2021 to assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E). Also highly relevant to Years 11 & 12. This will be an updated re-run of the activity ...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 29th May 2021
Venue:   Elanora State High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Teacher event - external assessment

The second series of pre-external examination events will be held for teachers on Saturday 31 July as a face-to-face event and online. Recorded materials will remain available to all participants online until the examination week in October. Date Claimer giving further information is available for download ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 31st July 2021
Venue:   TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Student event - external assessment

Flexible modes  of delivery will allow you and your students to engage with the materials at a time that suits you.  Once again this event will be fully online to cater for all members and their students. This year the materials will come to you live in the afternoon of  Wednesday 8 September and again in the morning of Saturda...

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 8th September 2021
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Venue:   Online
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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