May Masterclass 2021


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 for our ssenior students have intensified our focus on this crucial area of our practice.

Building on lessons from ETAQ's 2020 student and teacher events and ongoing QCAA advice, the May Masterclass will focus on skills for analysis and response across years 7 to 12, exploring ways for students to become increasingly independent.

Keynote speakers: Lisa Bottomley (QCAA) and Lindsay Williams. 

The program is now available and registrations are open. Registrations will close on Friday 7 May.


Email sent to all registrants Tuesday (11th) pm

Links being emailed to online participants on Wednesday (12th) pm

Contact us if you have not received these, but do check your junk mail first.

Program clarification and update

  1. For our rural and regional members who can't make it on the day, the keynote presentations will be live-streamed but not recorded and will not be available after the session. The presentations for the breakout sessions will be available via zoom and will be recorded for viewing later if you wish.  (29 April)
  2. Time for workshop sessions is amended to 11:20 - 12:50    (29 April)

You may register for physical attendance or remote participation if you are unable to attend on the day.

When you register online, you will see on-screen confirmation of registration and get an email confirming your registration if you are paying at the time of registration, or get an invoice emailed to you if have opted for the pay offline option. In the unlikely event that you do not get confirmation, your registration has not come through. Please contact Trish Purcell at asap.

Registration fees

Registration fees for this event are made up of two components:

  • a base (or common registration fee)
  • physical attendance charge to cover catering, venue charges etc
Registration fees
Registration category







Member - online $60   $60
Member - physical attendance 60 20 80
Presenter -   -
Retiree/Student - online 40   40
Retiree/Student - attending 40 20 60
Non-member - online 90   90
Non-member - physical attendance 90 30 120

Living with Covid-19

If we do have to go into lock-down, the program will go ahead without the face-to-face component. Our presenters are experienced at presenting online.
Our Covid safe plan specifies procedures to be followed on the day and includes:

  • Registration for the event and checking in on arrival
  • Hand sanitation
  • Social distancing
  • Individual pre-packaged morning tea

If you are feeling unwell in the days leading up to the Masterclass or on the day itself, please do not come. Contact the Administration Officer on for details of how to join the online presentations. The physical attendance component of the registration fee will automatically be refunded to you.

ETAQ and The University of Queensland expect that all attendees will be familiar with the Covid safe plan

Cancellation policy

The Cancellation policy is being varied to accommodate the on-line options. If you register for physical attendance and have to:

  • cancel because of illness, you will receive a refund of the physical attendance fee.
  • cancel for other reasons, you will receive a refund of physical attendance fee up until the Wednesday before the event; after that no refund will be possible.

It is assumed that if you cancel the physical attendance part of your registration, you will join the online presentation.



Venue:University of Queensland
Starting:9:00 AM
Saturday 15th May 2021
Ending:1:00 PM
Phone Enquiries:0455464000
Email Enquiries:

Upcoming Events

Teacher event - external assessment

Latest news Due to the lockdown in south east Queensland, this event will now be fully online.  Links for the sessions will be emailed to all registrants on FRIDAY  afternoon; you will be able to access the materials from 9am on Saturday morning. If you registered for in-person attendance, your registration will be automatic...

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 7th August 2021
Venue: St Laurence's College
Phone Enquiries: 0455464000
Email Enquiries:

Darling Downs Branch presents

The Darling Downs Branch will present Everything about the external exam on Wednesday 11 August from 3:30 to 5:30pm.  Join us for an afternoon to reconnect with English colleagues, engage in discussion and explore ideas on how to prepare students for the external exam.
The afternoon will commence with Kathleen Hannant, Head of Engl...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 3:30 PM
Date: Wednesday 11th August 2021
Venue: Toowoomba SHS
Email Enquiries:
venue information: Venue is Toowoomba State High School Performing Arts Centre
   Enter via Stuart Street Parking halfway up driveway on left
   PAC is also on the left next to the car park.

Grammar PD term 3

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 28 August at a venue (to be announced) in the metropolitan area.  Download the flyer for further details. If your school is inter...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 28th August 2021
Venue: TBA
Email Enquiries:

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. The recorded materials will th...

Category: Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Date: Wednesday 8th September 2021
 Repeating On specific dates
Venue: Online
Email Enquiries:

Pre-service teachers present

Townsville branch will present EMBEDDING INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES IN AUSTRALIAN SHORT STORY UNIT. by a group of pre-service teachers on Saturday 16 October 2021 from 9 am till 11 am.

See the flyer for more details. Registrations will open on 1st September.

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 16th October 2021
Venue: Online
Email Enquiries:

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