What is the state of English teaching, literacy and reading in Western Australia?
Are we in the midst of a literacy crisis as some would have us believe?
How will the introduction of the Australian Curriculum impact upon English teaching?
How can we engage our students in reading in our increasingly digital world?
Keynote presenter – William McInnes
The conference committee is excited to announce that author and actor, William McInnes, will join us as the Keynote Speaker at the opening of the conference on Saturday 19th May.
Initially gaining popularity as Constable Nick Shultz in Blue Heelers, and then again as Max Connors in acclaimed Australian series Seachange, Queensland-raised McInnes has in recent years extended his repertoire to include award-winning author with the publication of several novels and of his memoir, A Manʼs Got To Have a Hobby. Named Australian Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2006, McInnes was also shortlisted for the Australian General Fiction Book of the Year for his novel Cricket Kings in 2007. Most recently, he has gained critical and public acclaim for his leading role in the film Look Both Ways, written and directed by his late wife Sarah Watt. In 2011, Worse Things Happen At Sea, a celebration of family life in words and pictures, was published.
Plenary Speaker – Kim Scott and representatives of the Wirlomin Noongar group
Twice winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award (2011 – That Deadman Dance; 2000 – Benang: from the Heart), author and educator Kim Scott will be joined as our plenary speaker by members of the Wirlomun Noongar community. Scott has written three novels and a children’s book, and has had poetry and short stories published in a range of anthologies. His first novel, True Country, was published in 1993 with an edition published in a French translation in 2005. His second novel, Benang, won the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards 1999, the Miles Franklin Award 2000, and the RAKA Kate Challis Award 2001. Scott was the first indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin Award.
Dinner presenter – Mike Lefroy
Formerly working as education officer on the HM Bark Endeavour Projectfrom 1988, then moving on in 1992 to the WA Maritime Museum as Head of Education, Lefroy has published many picture books, novels, education kits, non-fiction texts and web-based education activities. In 2003, Lefroy was named Fremantle Citizen of the Year for his work with the Maritime Museum and the promotion of Fremantle.
Conference 2012 has something for everyone…
Want to meet authors?
Susan Midalia: What is the significance of place for readers, writers and teachers? Using a range of texts from Shelley, to Tennyson, to her own works, Midalia will discuss her ideas about that imaginative space we enter into when we read a story.
Amanda Curtin: Curtin will discuss her enduring interest in writing fiction that imagines the past and explores what the past brings to bear on the present. She will elaborate on the idea that who we are now – individually and as a society – is as enmeshed with our many inheritances as it is with our present aspirations, the choices we make and are made for us, and the specific anxieties of our time.
Avon Lovell: Local investigative journalist Avon Lovell will discuss Litany of Lies, his novel examining the story of the Mickelberg brothers, and how it may be used in senior English courses.
Want to know about ICTs in English?
Trevor Galbraith: Discover how technology can be effectively integrated into English classes through active engagement, collaboration, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts.
Bruce Derby: Hear how a ʻfront line teacherʼ has transitioned to using ICTs in English to improve his studentsʼ experiences in several senior English courses, particularly in terms of feedback and delivery.
Want to be inspired?
One Arm Point Remote Community School: Hear about the journey this school took to produce their CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information books short listed book, Our World: Bardi Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon.
Beth Herbert and co-presenters: Just how do authors embed historical fact into a narrative? The aims of the action research project, When English Meets History, were to explore the genre of faction to see if it could be a vehicle for integrating the Australian Curriculum: English with the Australian Curriculum: History, to develop critical literacy, to undertake historical inquiry.
Want help with Australian Curriculum?
Viv Winter (Macmillan): This interactive workshop focuses on developing imaginative tasks that will engage and inspire junior secondary students.
Tara Daniel: Discover how you can expand your repertoire to include The Arts as an effective means of educating across the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy through its holistic approach.
Adam Kealley & Cam Salton (Pearson): See how Pearsonʼs new English series, Pearson English, meets the demands of this new curriculum.
Want ideas for your classroom?
Michael Valentine: Learn how students can demonstrate their intellectual agility in rich and memorable ways and still fulfil the expectations of the Australian Curriculum Framework for English.
Dr Anne Mcguire: Explore how graphic novels can be used to enrich your programmes.
Helen Merrick: The Hunger Games…Twilight…Harry Potter…our students are already consuming speculative fiction at an extraordinary rate. Merrickʼs presentation will show you how Australian speculative fiction can be used in your classroom.
Stuart Bender: Bender seeks to highlight the importance of how audiences, that is, our students, make sense of films.
Gemma Slater: 2012 is the centenary of Patrick Whiteʼs birth; explore the way his work can be used in exciting ways outside of senior Literature classes.