NEAS News 19th March – Anne Burns confirmed as the Academic Plenary for the 2019 NEAS Management Conference

In recent years it has been increasingly argued that, in order to promote effective teaching, professional development should be linked to and embedded within the contexts where teachers work. In her plenary, Anne argues that institutional leaders are central to this perspective and that they play a key role in enabling (or impeding) the kind of professional development that will become motivating for teachers. She then explains the idea of context-embedded teacher development that taps into teacher agency and motivation.

Anne will draw on my experiences of working with teachers who have undertaken this kind of teacher development, particularly in relation to action research, and will describe how investigations by teachers in their classrooms can provide professional insights not only for individual teachers but also for leaders and institutions. The presentation concludes by considering what lessons can be drawn from these initiatives for sustaining teacher professionalism.

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Online and Blended Learning: Tools for engagement in ASEAN countries?

Online and blending learning are tools that both Australian and ASEAN institutions are using to broaden access to their programs. Cath Moore, ETS TOEFL, and her co-presenters from two ELT centres are presenting on this topic at the 2019 NEAS conference.

We’d love your help!

To ensure that the session offers up to date knowledge about how online and blended learning solutions are being used in ELT centres, Cath and her colleagues would love your help.

They would like to ascertain if ELT institutions are currently using online and blended solutions as part of their programs and how these tools are being used. They have created a short survey that should take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time. Please follow the link to complete the survey. 

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Date – April 2nd, 2019.




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NEAS Quality Endorsement
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2019 NEAS Management Conference – Insights from Vietnam

Vietnam’s economic growth over the last two decades has been steady and is predicted to continue. Vietnamese industry and the Ministry of Education remain committed to improving English language skills, and the flourishing middle class is increasingly sending their children overseas for secondary and tertiary education, which has resulted in a notable increase in the number of IELTS test candidates. So, what does this mean for English language teaching?

IELTS preparation, testing and scores are increasingly intertwined with English language teaching, and as a test, it exerts considerable influence on learning pathways in schools and language centres. IELTS candidates in Vietnam are getting ever younger and demand is growing for IELTS preparation at lower proficiency levels. Academic leadership in Vietnam, more than ever, involves shaping this influence in a positive way.

This session will present a case study of how RMIT University has responded to market influences by conducting a rigorous review of its test preparation courses and designing programs to better integrate the wants and needs of stakeholders. Participants will leave with an overview of an ASEAN English language teaching market and an understanding of one organisation’s solution to balance potentially conflicting influences.


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NEAS at RELC International Conference

NEAS General Manager, Ana Bratkovic, presented on Best Practice in Online ELT delivery at the 54th RELC International Conference held in Singapore.  The conference attracts teachers, practitioners, teacher trainers, researchers and school leaders to collaborate, promote dialogue, develop greater understanding and share best practice in language education.

The Conference gives NEAS an opportunity to share best practices in language education quality assurance and learn from the experiences of language teaching experts from across the Asia Pacific region. “RELC fosters a culture of mutual respect and collaboration amongst our peers from around the globe. I really enjoyed and benefited from the chance to develop a greater understanding of how the English language is taught in classrooms and on devices all around the world” commented Ana on her experience.