March Newsletter

March Newsletter

March Newsletter 1707 2560 English Teachers Association Western Australia

We hope all are keeping spirits high as we head into the last two weeks of the term. Read on for our latest news.

The Power of Language ETAWA State Conference Saturday May 13th, 2023 University of WA

ETAWA invites applications to present a 10-minute short talk, 20- or 45-minute workshop or research presentation that seeks to explore our 2023 conference theme, The Power of Language. All teachers, including graduates, are encouraged to apply.
Presenters might consider ideas related to the theme such as:

  • The power of language to examine culture and perspective
  • The power of language in rapidly changing environments
  • Texts and language that empower students
  • The power of voice

Short Talks
A Short Talk is an exploration of an idea for the curious mind with a short attention span. The presenter could pose their own questions or share their own experience with links to curiosity and the English classroom. This year we are offering digital short talk presentations and welcome presenters to submit a pre-recorded short talk to be played at the conference

A Workshop session typically involves an element of interactive activity for participants. The presenter could explore issues and ideas and their implementation in their own setting or explore strategies to add to a teacher’s repertoire. The interactive component could involve a question and answer or panel session, participant trialing of strategies, group problem solving or workshopping of ideas and techniques. Workshops will be scheduled during concurrent sessions on the conference program.

Research Presentations
Research extracts will be reviewed by members of the ETAWA Committee. No facility for full review of papers is available but presenters are encouraged to submit their research to the conference edition of Interpretations. Presenters are encouraged to develop papers that emphasise the benefits of research and research findings for the teaching community.

Proposals are to be submitted no later than Friday April 14th and must include:

  • nomination of session type
  • an abstract (up to 250 words)
  • biographical details of the presenter/s (up to 50 words per presenter)
  • any equipment you need for the presentation, such as data projector, wifi access etc.
  • an agreement to be recorded and/or photographed

Applicants will be notified about the success of their proposal within two weeks of their submission. Short talk presenters will receive 50% off the cost of registration. All other presenters will receive complimentary registration to attend the full day of the conference. Offers to present must be accepted by Friday April 21st.

Please fill in the form here to submit your proposal.



ETAWA invites ‘Expressions of Interest’ for the following position

Professional Development Officer

ETAWA is looking for a highly qualified and self-motivated person to continue and develop the association’s professional development program. The position requires an individual who has experience developing teaching resources, managing financial assets and project funds, co-ordinating resources and bookings, delivering high-quality publications and presentations to teachers of all levels of experience, and communicating with teachers.

 This position will require approximately 8 hours (paid) of work a week and the project manager will be guided by the ETAWA committee, as well as the Executive Officer.

 If this is of interest to you please provide a 100 word summary of experience and your interest in the position, as well as your CV, to by Wednesday 12th April 2023.

March Professional Development – Recording Available

Links to our March Professional Learning held at UWA on March 16th are now available. We were delighted to host Stuart Bender and Anna Hardy for two concurrent sessions about ChatGPT and selecting picture books and graphic novels for study.

The link for accessing these recordings is within the Members Only section of our ETAWA website. Please log in and access here to listen.

Primo Lux 2023

Have your poetry published If you are in years Ten, Eleven or Twelve see your English teacher for a submission form now.

Only Students from Years 10, 11 and 12 are eligible

Entries close July 1st 2023 – Submit your entry through the link.

Good Answers Bookshop

Good Answers ATAR English and ATAR Literature are still available for purchase.

See our bookshop here if you would like to place an order.