English Matters 2014

is the Newsletter of ETAQ Inc. It is usually published 6 times a year and contains items of interest to all English  teachers.    

Newsletter No 1/14 contains the following topics: Australia Day honour for Paul Sherman, Renewal of membership, new website, Review of the Australian Curriculum, 2014 AATE/ALEA national conference in Darwin, Assistance to attend the national conference, Brisbane March seminar, AGM, Literary and Digital Story competitions, AATE 50th jubilee, English and related educational matters in the media, Brisbane PD dates for 2014, and Branch news

Newsletter no 2/14 contains the following topics: renewal of membership, Annual General Meeeting, Paul Sherman appointed a Life Member, Research survey re English teacher knowledge about language, new website, review of the Australian Curriculum, 2014 AATE/ALEA national conference in Darwin, assistance to attend the national conference, AATE 50th jubilee, English (& related educational matters) in the media, Brisbane PD dates for 2014

Newsletter no 3/14 contains the following topics: All things visual, grammar refresher, from the president, members' profit sponsor memberships, digital story competition, beginning teachers day sponsorship, Garry's letters.

Newsletter no 4/14 contains the following topics: Reading Australia Resources, seminar 2 feedback including access to Google Hang-Out videos, branch news Cairns and Toowoomba, TESS network for ESL teachers

Newsletter no 5/14 contains the following topics: Events in October, State Conference report, AEF review, branch news from Toowoomba and Townsville, new Hamlet film for schools and Digital Story competition.

Newsletter no 6/14 contains the following topics: Literary Excellence, English Communication forum, Literary Breakfast, branch news, and a literary competition story.

Upcoming Events

Short Stories - Year 11

Emma Monfries and Kiri Lucas will present some practical activities and observations from Unit 2: Texts and Culture.  With these activities, students can conceptualise in concrete ways the relationship between place and culture, for example, through layered maps, and to convey this in texts such as short stories.  Students can a...

Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th February 2020
Venue:   Ryan Catholic College
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


An Afternoon with Christine Hills

The Darling Downs Branch will present an Afternoon with Christine Hills and the Collins Writing Program on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020. Afternoon tea will be served from 3:15 to 3:45 pm. This workshop will allow teachers and school leaders an opportunity to: Explore elements of grammar that are central to good writing and align w...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Wednesday 26th February 2020
Venue:   St Ursula's - Toowoomba
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


March Seminar 2020: Diving Deep into Story

Literature is the lifeblood of the English classroom and we all endeavour to make our classrooms creative spaces, helping students to experience the pleasures of responding to and creating literature. This seminar will explore diverse ideas related to creativity in English. The keynote address will be presented by Assoc. Professor Kim Wil...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:10 AM
Date:   Saturday 21st March 2020
Venue:   Griffith University TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Diving into Analytical Writing

ETAQ will present a session on how to write an 'analytical essay' on Tuesday 28 April, at Aquinas College, Edmund Rice Drive, ASHMORE. In 2020, students will be required to write an 'analytical essay' in the external exam for General English. However, the term 'essay' is not used consistently across subject areas a...

Category:   Professional Development
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Tuesday 28th April 2020
Venue:   Aquinas College
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Tony Hytch presents

Tony will present a session entitled  "Getting students assessment ready for Essential English" at Pimlico State High School, Townsville on Saturday 2nd May, 2020. Teachers will explore teh possible options for assessment in Units 1 and 2. In particular how to develop an assessment program which best prepares students for the t...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 2nd May 2020
Venue:   Pimlico High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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