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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.

February Newsletter

February Newsletter 1707 2560 English Teachers Association Western Australia

2023 is now in full swing and conversations in many offices have been full of enthusiasm and excitement with the opportunity the new school year brings. We have lots of news to bring you about upcoming professional development and more.

REGISTRATIONS OPEN – March Professional Learning

Term 1 Professional Learning Workshops

The ETAWA invites you to an afternoon of ideas and discussion (and refreshments) at Curtin University. With two topical sessions to choose from, the afternoon promises to be a valuable opportunity to engage with specialist presenters and colleagues.


Session 1: ChatGPT and Teaching English
Stuart Bender (Curtin University)


Session 2: Selecting Texts for Study: Picture Books and Graphic Novels
Anna Hardy (The Literature Centre)

Further session and venue details to be provided soon. A recording of the sessions will be made available for regional members.

Thursday 16th March, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Curtin University



GOOD ANSWERS 2023 – Now available for order

To order follow the link here


Please follow the link here for Semester One Examination orders. Orders will close on March 31st.



2023 ETAWA STATE CONFERENCE – Call for Papers


December Newsletter

December Newsletter 1707 2560 English Teachers Association Western Australia

The last one…for now.

We hope all of our members and subscribers enjoy a restful and happy holiday break. Please enjoy our latest news below. We will bring you our most up to-date news in February including an update on our 2024 Conference! See you all in 2023.



November Newsletter

November Newsletter 1707 2560 English Teachers Association Western Australia

Wow. Week 5 of Term 4 already. We know 2022 has been another challenging year in the landscape of teaching. Thankfully, those well-deserved holidays are now only 5 weeks away. The assignments, exams and tests continue to roll in as the report writing deadline loom closer, but we hope you can take a moment to look over the news we are bringing you this fortnight.

Summer Intensive Microcredential Units at UWA

On-campus Summer Intensive
In this delivery of the unit we will meet each day for a 2 hour tutorial. It is a great chance to immerse yourself in the content of the course, as well as the UWA campus during the summer holidays. This face-to-face delivery allows you to meet and collaborate with other students and establish networks to take you into the teaching year. All lectures and readings will be available before the beginning of the class week, but tutorial discussions will keep pace with the unit outline in classes so that you can watch and read as we progress if that is your preference.
The three units will be timetabled throughout the day so you can enrol in all units if you would like to.
Apply now with the links below.

Making Marking Better PD – Recording Online Now

The ETAWA PD for Term 4 was a Seminar discussion of the ETAWA marking study that is currently being undertaken in conjunction with UWA. It was an online offering which meant we were able to cater to a greater number of our regional members. We had a wonderful turnout online and we would like to invite our members to access the recording of the online session through our resources page here


English in Australia and Interpretations

English in Australia hard copies will be posted to members this month along with the latest version of Interpretations. Keep an eye out for these high-quality publications.

November Professional Learning – Making Marking Better

November Professional Learning – Making Marking Better 2560 1920 English Teachers Association Western Australia

Online Professional Learning – Wednesday Nov 2

Join Susan Lazenby and Josie Wang for a virtual (Zoom) deep dive into the initial findings of the research and an overview of what the research project aims to do. There will also be time to ask questions and opportunities to contribute to the conversation.

The details:

Date: Wednesday November 2 from 4pm-5/5.30pm.
Venue: Online via Zoom
How to join: Register now and you will be emailed the Zoom invite.

Register now by following the below link.


September Newsletter

September Newsletter 1707 2560 English Teachers Association Western Australia
We hope you have the chance to celebrate the end of another massive Term and that the holidays bring rest and relaxation. We have a few updates to bring you that may catch your eye as you wind down and recover over the break. Term 4 will continue to bring lots of great opportunities for learning and connecting with other English Teachers. Stay posted for our October update and more news to come.

Upcoming Stella Prize Seminars for Secondary English Teachers

Expressions of Interest – closing soon!

A partnership between Stella and Melbourne Graduate School of Education are offering places in a pilot program for English Teachers. If you are interested in learning more about the potential for Indigenous literatures to teach and address climate change, you should submit an expression of interest through the link below.

The program will be offered through 2 x 1-hour Zoom Online Presentations in Term 4. You can read more information about this here.

Expressions of interest are accepted until 5pm AEST Monday 26 September 2022.

ETAWA Early Career Teacher Survey

If you’re an Early Career Teacher, we would love for you to complete this survey so we can get a better idea of how the ETAWA can help you with upcoming professional learning and mentorship opportunities. It will only take a couple of minutes.