Mission Statement

Mission Statement
Our mission is to advocate on behalf of and improve educational outcomes for learners of English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D), including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who speak traditional Indigenous languages, creoles and varieties of Aboriginal English.

The objectives of the Association are:

  • to promote intercultural harmony within the Australian community by supporting educators and all those with an interest in the teaching and learning of English as an additional language or dialect
  • to assist in maintaining and improving the standards of instruction in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) to young people and adults in New South Wales schools, TAFE colleges and other public and private educational institutions
  • to promote fellowship, mutual co-operation and understanding between members of the Association, and any other individuals or associations with similar objectives.

To achieve its objectives, our Association:

  • Conducts expert professional development programs for ESL, EFL and EAL/D teachers in NSW
  • Consults with and advises educational policy-makers in NSW
  • Provides information about the needs of our learners
  • Speaks out about matters that affect our learners and their families
  • Promotes research in the field
  • Publishes newsletters and research reports
  • Organises summer schools, symposia and conferences
  • Sponsors achievement awards
  • Works with other community groups to improve the educational achievement of learners of English as an additional language or dialect.