NEAS NEWS – Benjamin Law asks the big questions at the 2019 NEAS Management Conference

Hear Benjamin Law discuss ELT outside the classroom at the NEAS Conference. Benjamin will explore the fascinating and sometimes hilarious ways that language is co-created in migrant families as well as Australia’s unique role in building cross-cultural and multilingual communities in the Asia Pacific region.

Benjamin Law is the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East  (2012)—both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards—and the Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools, Moral Panic 101  (2017). The Family Law is also an award-winning TV series for SBS, which Benjamin created and co-writes.

Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show Stop Everything. He also co-hosts online startup and tech TV show That Startup Show,  and you can catch him on TV shows like Q&A (ABC), The Project (Ten) and Filthy Rich and Homeless (SBS).

Australian-ASEAN Influencer Panel

Experts in international education who are working and living in South East Asia and the Middle East share the lived experience of delivering quality ELT programs to students who are the future speakers of English in business, education and service industries around the world. The panel will discuss perspectives on quality assurance, teaching English in countries where English is an additional language, the Australian way of teaching and what teachers and students from Australia’s neighbours and source countries have to offer Australia.

ASEAN Plenary Presenters

Daniel Ruelle  (RMIT Vietnam),

Debra McDermott  (UOWD UAE), Denise Finney  (IALF, Indonesia),

Ashley Irving (ACE Cambodia),

Sean Chee  (ELS Malaysia) and Alex Nanni (Mahidol Thailand)

Transnational Quality Assurance and Regulation 

ASQA and TEQSA both continue to quality assure and regulate the transnational education activity of Australian providers. This presentation will provide a joint update on the quality assurance and regulatory activities of the two agencies.

In 2018 ASQA commenced the International Education Strategic Review (the Review) focusing on international VET and English language education services. The Review is informed by ASQA’s regulatory work, including a program of tailored audits that assess providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) delivering to overseas students, providers delivering VET in China and providers offering assessment-only services to offshore students in a number of countries. The Review involves collaboration with government and non-government agencies, research into regulatory approaches of other countries, enhanced scrutiny of the delivery risks associated with international education and an exploration of the drivers of student and provider behaviour that are within and outside of ASQA’s regulatory jurisdiction. Through these activities ASQA aims to ensure that the quality of Australia’s international VET and English language education services remains at a high standard, students are protected and Australia’s reputation as a destination of choice for international students is enhanced.

Over 2018-2019 TEQSA has continued to implement its International Engagement Strategy, this has resulted in the development of strong working relationships with our key regulatory partners agencies in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. TEQSA continues to develop its transnational regulatory work and in late 2019, undertook its first meeting with providers in country in Dubai. Further, in 2019 TEQSA is considering further meetings with providers in our key partner countries, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong supplemented by some form of student engagement survey.

Fewer than three weeks to the 2019 NEAS Management Conference!

Main Ticket prices

“All Access Pass”– $1250 + GST

Includes the two main days of the conference, pre-conference workshops and the Gala Dinner. Lunch and welcome drinks included

Two-day main conference – $1050 + GST

Includes the full two days of the conference. *Dinner, Pre-conference workshops and welcome drinks sold separately. FIND OUT MORE – 2019 NEAS MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE [] BUY YOUR TICKET NOW [] Only time for just one workshop?

Come to our Pre-conference workshops – each workshop is $150 + GST

Wednesday AM workshops – Teaching listening and speaking in the EAP classroom, Out-of-class English language learning: a whole of college approach and English for Young Learners

Wednesday PM workshops – NEAS ELT Leaders Program, ETS TOEFL Centre Manager Workshop and NEAS Self Assessment

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NEAS extends its congratulations to James Cook University College (JCU College), Townsville and Cairns on achieving NEAS Quality Endorsement! The Townsville campus is located outside the city in lush tropical surroundings, and the Cairns campus is centrally located and close to several cafes. JCU College primarily provides a pathway for ELICOS students and scholarship students to James Cook University to a range of disciplines and currently offers EAP courses. Students reported being very happy with their teachers and the amount of personalised, individual attention they experience.