Idiom is VATE's online journal. Three editions of Idiom are published each year and recent issues have focused on 'Literary Perspectives', 'Demands of Data' and VATE's Community of Practice: Reading Project.
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No 2: The Inclusive english classroom
The second edition of Idiom in 2018 seeks to highlight the experiences of teaching the inclusive English classroom. We like to think of the contemporary classroom as an inclusive space, welcoming and accepting of the diversity of our students. The English classroom has a particular place in any discussion of inclusivity because of the nature of the subject and because it is the only compulsory subject throughout secondary school here in Victoria.
Both in celebration of the inclusive classroom, and to support each other in making our classrooms positive and productive learning spaces, we are seeking submissions about the what, how, why and who of inclusive English classrooms. We invite your papers, stories, lesson plans and units of work, and teaching and learning ideas. Read more here...
Contributing Editor: Annelise Balsamo (Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School, member of VATE Council and Publications and Communications Committee)
No 3: initial teacher education
Initial teacher education plays a crucial role in the preparation of future English teachers. Their experiences in preparatory teacher programs in Universities, and on placement in schools, are integral to shaping how these teachers perceive their role as educators and what they can contribute to student learning and the development of pedagogical practice. What is taught in initial English teacher programs? What knowledge and experience do pre-service teachers bring with them? What are the opportunities and challenges faced by those associated with preparing future generations of English teachers? How and why do the experiences of new English teachers differ?
This edition of Idiom seeks to capture the nature of initial English teacher education. Read more here...
We invite contributions from all those associated with English teaching:
• pre-service teachers
• English teachers and coordinators who support placement experiences in schools
• academics tasked with teaching and assessing pre-service teachers
Contributing Editors: Alex Bacalja (Lecturer in Literacy and English Teaching, Melbourne Graduate School of Education) and Jenna Larkin (Loreto College, member of VATE Publications and Communications Committee)