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2018 National Conference

Enjoy this performance by local Western Australian poet, Jakub Dammer. It is called ‘This State of Mine’ and is his interpretation of The Art of English and all that this theme might mean.

We hope it starts you thinking about ideas for next July and we are eager to see you all in Perth next year.

2018 AATE/ALEA National Conference – This State of Mine

Cover to Cover with Kim Scott – 2018 AATE/ALEA National Conference guest speaker

Please follow the link below to the 2018 National Conference website

Early bird registrations are now available

The Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) is a national professional association established and supported by state and territory English teaching associations.

Together we provide a national voice with local impact, strengthen professional connections and collaborate to influence the teaching of English in Australia.

Please follow the link below to the AATE website

2018 National Conference Photos

2018 National Conference Short Talks

Professional Development – May 31, 2018

31 May, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Term 2 Professional Learning Seminar

English Teachers Association WA
Applecross SHS
Links Road, Ardross 6153
Thursday 31st May, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

The ETAWA would like to invite members to an afternoon of professional learning to coincide with Reconciliation Week. This year, the theme is ‘don’t keep history a mystery’ and the ETAWA, through our guest presenters, hope to enable our members to contribute meaningfully to this theme.

Session 1: Storytelling

This session will be presented by Mrs. Donella Brown, Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Irene McCormack Catholic College. Donella will explore the traditions and significance of storytelling within Aboriginal cultures, as well as how teachers might introduce Aboriginal stories into their classrooms in a sensitive and culturally appropriate way.

Session 2: Owning Your History

As a 17-year-old, Brianne Yarran wrote and featured in an award-winning documentary about her journey to learn more of grandmother’s history as a member of the Stolen Generations. Brianne, along with director and producer Kimberley Benjamin will discuss her documentary and members of the Carine SHS English department will share how they are using this in their classroom.
Other resources for supporting Aboriginal texts in the English classroom will be advertised.

  • Refreshments will be supplied.
  • There is free onsite parking at Applecross SHS
  • Public transport links along Canning Hwy and Risely St are regular.
  • The session will be held in the auditorium.
  • The PD session will be followed by the 2018 AGM – all members are invited to attend.



Professional Development – April 5, 2018

5 April, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Term 1 Professional Learning Seminar: Improving Your Students’ Reading & Comprehension Skills

English Teachers Association WA
Trinity College
Trinity Ave, East Perth 6004
Thursday 5th April, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

The ETAWA would like to invite members to an afternoon of professional learning.

Presented by Dr Margaret Merga, from Curtin University, this session on reading comprehension can help you to improve your students’ performance in reading comprehension, both in the classroom and on the NAPLAN and OLNA tests. We will explore the nature of reading comprehension, and how we can develop and support reading comprehension in our students. This will involve closely examining what expert readers do, and how we can make these strategies visible and applicable for our students. We will also look at reading comprehension test items, with particular attention to questions occurring in a reading comprehension context that are actually testing other skills and knowledge. The presentation draws on a body of relevant research to inform it.

Dr Merga will be followed by Mrs Susan Lazenby, HOLA at St George’s Anglican Grammar School, who will look at the specific nature of comprehension within the context of the ATAR English courses.

  • Tea, coffee and snacks will be supplied.
  • Trinity College is located between Trinity Ave and Nelson Crs, in East Perth.
  • There is free onsite parking, as well as ticketed street parking on Nelson Crs.
  • Claisebrook Train Station is close and both the Red & Yellow CAT buses stop nearby.
  • It will be held in the Staff Lounge, on the 3rd floor of the Cultural Centre Building (overlooking Nelson Crs).

Professional Development Events Nov 2018

1 November, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Term 4 Professional Learning Sessions

English Teachers Association WA
Hale School
160 Hale Road, Wembley Downs
Thursday 1st November, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Choose from:

  • Using English in Australia in your Teaching
  • Preparing to Teach in 2019
  • Planning Lower School English Units
  • Reviewing and Revising English and Literature Units

ETAWA members – free / Non-members – $20
The ETAWA would like to invite members to an afternoon of professional learning. There will be 4 simultaneous sessions, each to help with the concerns and demands of Term 4. It is also a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues before the end of the year and share ideas with ETAWA for 2019.

Session 1: Using English in Australia in your Teaching – The Love Edition

Don’t miss out on the inspiring ideas that are presented in our national journal English in Australia. You have online access to the new Love Edition packed with readings, resources and discussions about what love means today and how to have discussions with students about relationships, sexuality and identity.

Session 2: Preparing to Teach in 2019 with Melanie Thorpe

Are you new to teaching in 2019? Or maybe you’re still looking for guidance about how to prepare for the beginning of a new school year? This session will cover all the ways to make a successful, and sustainable, start in Term 1.

Session 3: Planning Lower School Courses with Melanie Hindley

This workshop walks teachers through the rationale and process of curriculum design in the English Learning Area in lower school. It aims to provide a 5 step practical process for colleagues to write their own engaging and relevant units of work that ‘ticks all the boxes’ in relation to engagement, assessment and syllabus requirements. The workshop references a sample Yr 7 programme, endorsed by ETAWA and is available online for DoE teachers.

Session 4: Reviewing and Revising English and Literature Units with Claire Jones

With our ATAR, General and Foundations courses in their third year it is time to evaluate how we are doing. Bring along a paper copy of the program for your unit/s that need reviewing and collaboratively work through the vital questions that we should ask of our syllabus, programs and teaching choices.There will be a coffee van to revive you on arrival and stay after the sessions for refreshments and conversation with your ETAWA colleagues.

  • There is free onsite parking at Hale School
  • Public transport links along Hale Road are regular



Launch of 2018 Australian Curriculum Teacher Education Packs

Emotions-Based Humanities Teaching Packs Increase Student Engagement

The latest Education Resource packs produced by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) may prove to be a teacher’s best friend after findings that emotions-based teaching in the humanities – History, Art History and English – increases student engagement.

“Throughout our nodes across Australia, we have found that by teaching humanities subjects from an emotions perspective, students look at such topics as rhythm and metre in Shakespeare’s plays, or Art History, with new eyes. This inspired us to create a resource that is mapped to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), that enables teachers to teach the humanities from new perspectives,” says Dr Carly Osborn, formerly CHE’s Education and Outreach Officer at its University of Adelaide node.

Spanning Years Foundation to 10, each pack is linked to Australian Curriculum standards and includes detailed lesson instructions, student resources and extension activities.

This set of free lesson plans was written by experienced classroom teachers in conjunction with history of emotions researchers around Australia. It represents the latest insights into history by some of Australia’s leading humanities researchers.

Osborn believes that the combination of real, working historians with real, experienced teachers has produced one of Australia’s best humanities learning resources.

“Not only do we have proven academic research, but we have the backing of real classroom expertise. We were delighted to do extensive in-classroom testing with students and teachers before publication,” Dr Osborn said.

The 2018 Australian Curriculum Teacher Education Packs include topics on art history, Shakespearean metre and rhythm, transport toys through history, fire stories, early modern European witch-hunts and the Black Death, and can be downloaded from the Centre’s website.

Media contact: Professor Jane Davidson

Professional Development Events March 2018

Term 1 Professional Learning: Early Career Teachers Mini-Conference

English Teachers Association WA
St George’s Anglican Grammar School
50 William St, Perth 6000
Saturday, 10th March, 10:30am – 2.30pm

The ETAWA would like to invite early career, graduate and student teachers to a day of professional learning.

Beginning your career as an English teacher can be a challenging time. This mini-conference will provide you with some useful tools and skills, as well as give you the opportunity to network and share your experiences with others.

On offer will be practical sessions covering topics such as: developing efficiency and avoiding burnout, developing reflective practice, making planning manageable, developing a professional profile, and developing fair, standards based marking. You’ll also be introduced to some free resources for making teaching easier.

Each will be facilitated by a leading English educator, and attendees are invited to share their own ideas as well. Time will also be made available for a Q&A session for participants to ask those questions you might be reluctant to voice in your workplace!

  • Tea, coffee and lunch will be supplied.
  • St George’s Anglican Grammar School is located at 50 William St, Perth; the heart of the CBD.
  • There is no onsite parking, but there are commercial carparks nearby and public transport links are


Professional Development Events November 2017

Term 4 Professional Learning: Planning and Programming for 2018

Tuesday, 28th November 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Seven Oaks SHS , 275 Sevenoaks St, Cannington WA 6107

The ETAWA would like to invite you to an afternoon of professional

On offer will be four sessions to share ideas regarding programming and
planning for your courses in 2018. Each will be led by a leading educator,
but attendees are invited to share their own ideas of what has proven
successful in their own schools.

Four separate sessions will cater for:

  • ATAR Literature – with special guest, Brian Moon, ECU
  • General English – with Rod Quin, English Consultant
  • ATAR English – with Melanie Thorpe, Carmel School
  • 7-8 English – with Melanie Hindley, Hale School

Each session will cover: approaching the syllabus, assessment, an
opportunity for questions and time for small group sharing of ideas.

Term 4 Professional Learning: Successful Job Applications

Wednesday, 8th November 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Carmel School, 123 Cresswell Road, Dianella 6059

The ETAWA would like to invite you to an afternoon of professional learning.

Writing a successful application, especially for graduates and early career teachers, can be a daunting task. However, it need not be. Melanie Thorpe, English teacher and Head of Secondary at Carmel School, has had the responsibility of employing many staff throughout her career. In this session, she will share a range of tips and strategies from writing a successful application to interview performance. Learn how to address criteria, write an engaging and succinct cover letter and writing in the most appropriate style.

In addition, you’ll hear from two English teachers who have recently been through the application and interview processes, and find out what made them successful candidates.


  • This session is open to graduate and early career teachers, as well as other interested teachers. Students are invited to take this opportunity to join the ETAWA at the discounted student rate, at our website:
  • Afternoon tea will be supplied.
  • Carmel School is located at 123 Cresswell Road, Dianella, with plenty of on and off-street parking and is accessible via a number of Transperth bus routes. The session will take place in the Library.

Professional Development Events September 2017

Term 3 Professional Learning:

(1) Literature discussion & (2) Composing under pressure

Trinity College, East Perth, Thursday 14th September 4:30pm – 6:00pm

The ETAWA would like to invite you to an afternoon of discussion and professional learning.

The observations of many teachers suggest that Literature as a subject is in a precarious state, with schools reporting declining numbers, a lack of incentive for students to take up the subject at WACE level, and a lack of confidence in staff new to the course.

We have gathered an engaging group of professionals to join in the conversation, including current and past teachers, academics in both Literature and teacher education and early career Literature teachers.


Professional Development Events April 2017

Perspectives on the Glossary

Shenton College, Shenton Park, Wednesday 5th April 4:30pm – 5:30pm

You are invited to join our panel for a discussion on the function and interpretation of the ATAR English and Literature glossaries, examining not only specific and problematic terms – ‘perspective’, ‘intertextuality’, ‘allusion’, ‘genre’, and ‘aesthetics’ – but also the potential of the glossary as a teaching tool, and its application both in reference to course-specific usage and across the discipline as a whole.

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