Tasmanian Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Professional development, networking opportunities and resources for TESOL professionals

TasTESOL supports Tasmania’s EAL/D teachers by providing professional development and networking opportunities throughout the year. TasTESOL is affiliated with the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA). Through ACTA and other state and territory associations, TasTESOL provides members with access to resources, current research, and the opportunity to have their say on local and national issues.



TasTESOL term 3, 2022 forum (Zoom)

English Language Learners and Trauma Informed Learning

TasTESOL is excited to announce that Victoria Wilson, who will shortly complete a PhD at University of Queensland in trauma-informed English language teaching to adults, will be presenting at our next online forum.

Victoria has been teaching ESL and EFL since 2004, starting her career in Japan. In 2011 she was living in coastal Fukushima at the time of the Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster, which killed 18,000 people and left many more displaced. Victoria continued teaching in the disaster zone for several months afterward and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning to Australia. In 2014 she began teaching ELICOS at University of Southern Queensland and found that many of her students – both former refugees and international students – had experienced significant trauma. A lack of specialised research in how best to support their learning led her to start her PhD.

In this presentation, Victoria will discuss some of the effects of PTSD on learning and engagement and explore evidence-based strategies for minimising (post-traumatic) stress and maximising learning.

Date – Monday 5th September

Time – 5pm – 6pm


  • TasTESOL members – no cost
  • non-members – $15
  • students – $10

Bank Details – BSB: 067-002        Account number: 2800 6086

  • Please use full name as reference
  • Payments due by 31st August

RSVP by Wednesday 31st August (forum Zoom link will be sent prior to the date) to contact.tastesol@gmail.com

TasTESOL term 4, 2022 forum (Zoom)


Each year, TasTESOL holds a state-wide conference and several themed forums. These events allow teachers to hear from local and interstate peers working in a wide range of contexts, to share ideas and resources, and to network. Browse past events to access presentations and related resources.


Access TESOL In Context, the peer-reviewed journal produced by ACTA, and browse our directory of TESOL service providers in Tasmania. There are also various teaching resources submitted by members. Access our Resources

News from ACTA

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) is a key national coordinating body for associations of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Keep up to date on what is happening in the English Language teaching field at the national level. Read news from ACTA