AGENDA FOR ROUNDTABLE with POLITICIANS & SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
1. Welcome & outline of proceedings.
2. Results of ACTA schools survey (Jennifer Mayers)
3.1 The type and extent of EAL/D needs in the ACT for migrant background and international fee-paying students in:
· mainstream schools
· senior secondary colleges
· Introductory English Centres.
Reasons for unmet needs.
3.2 Accountability for Commonwealth EAL/D funding at Territory and individual school level, including:
· Directorate procedures for schools reporting back on allocations
· reporting to parents.
3.3 The conflation of EAL/D and “literacy” pedagogy & programs
3.4 Qualifications: ensuring the appointment of TESOL qualified teachers, including, the lack of EAL/D qualifications/strands/specialism for schools in UC teacher ed. courses
THE AMEP & SEE PROGRAM 11.30am – 1pm
1. Welcome and outline of procedures
2. The ACTA Background Paper (go to: http://www.tesol.org.au/Advocacy/ADULT-EAL-NEWS-AND-ISSUES) and subsequent developments (Helen Moore)
3.1 The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), especially in the AMEP, including:
· appropriateness for assessing eligibility
· appropriateness for assessing learner progress
· associated workload and effect on teaching.
3.2 Other administrative & paperwork requirements
3.3 The re-direction of the AMEP from a focus on settlement to employment
3.4 The relationship between the AMEP and SEE Program, including:
· who are the clients?
· problems with pathways from the AMEP and eligibility for the SEE Program
· teacher qualifications
3.5 The current contracting system:
· hidden costs and waste
· effects of short-term contracts
· casualisation of staff
· admission of for-profit providers
3.6 Morale, student & staff well-being