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Changes in Learning & Teaching Practices

VALBEC2021   |  25 – 26 November 2021

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Welcome

Organising a conference in the current climate presents a range of new challenges as we alternate between being able to get out-and-about and lockdowns. This year we need to be inspired more than ever and we encourage potential presenters to share your successes with us all.

Our conference will be online again but with a little difference – we will run it over two days and we will have a couple of surprises for conference participants to engage and motivate you. We look forward to meeting you all in our virtual conference world on the 25th and 26th November 2021.

This year the VALBEC Conference is on Thursday 25th & Friday 26th November, so save the dates!

The cost to attend is $125, Presenters attend for FREE

This year we are offering VALBEC members to attend online for FREE. So why not think about becoming a VALBEC member and enjoy the additional benefits such as FREE access to webinars, e-Valbec and our journal Fine Print.  Become a Member

Liz Gunn

Liz Gunn

President of VALBEC

VALBEC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government and the Adult Community and Further Education Board

Special Guest Keynote Speaker

Our Keynote Speaker this year is the multi-skilled Daniel Teitelbaum, lead facilitator at Playful Thinking, radio broadcaster*, comedy cabaret performer, an Associate Teacher of Design at Monash University and Chair of the Board for Tiny Non-Profit, an organisation dedicated to project led advocacy for sustainable living and dignified housing for all Australians.

Play shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul” Dr Stuart Brown. In this keynote, Daniel Teitelbaum will convince you that play is more than fun and games. Our drive to play is at the heart of how we make meaning, is essential to our self-expression, guides our values and defines our communities. Discover how powerful play can be in your life.

Daniel Teitelbaum

Daniel Teitelbaum

Daniel leads people to discover playful tools from education, game design, theatre, philosophy, psychology and science to apply to the challenges of modern organisations and groups. Look forward to Daniel igniting Valbec’s Conference with playfulness on November 25th, 2021.

*Tune in to Daniel’s playful broadcasts on 3RRR and ABC 774 afternoons with Jacinta Parsons.

Speakers

Chris Malakar

Chris Malakar

Chris started teaching EAL back in the Jurassic period, well before the days of online learning and classroom access to the internet. At that time there was a shortage of interesting and enjoyable teaching resources. So, creating materials has been a long-time interest.

Sharon Duff

Sharon Duff

Sharon has 20 years’ experience teaching English to new migrants. In her role as an EAL teacher, she has taught students of all language levels from diverse cultural backgrounds. Over this period of time, she has created numerous materials for EAL teachers, including...

Carmel Davies

Carmel Davies

Carmel has over 20 years' experience teaching English language skills in a variety of contexts in Australia and internationally. She has worked in refugee camps in Thailand developing EAL curricula and cultural awareness programs, and has directed and co- written...

Bernard Miles

Bernard Miles

Bernard Miles is a learning designer based in Sydney, Australia. He creates learning materials and assessment tools for English/LLN programs as well as vocational training programs. Before that, he taught English to migrants and also international students.

Clare Harris

Clare Harris

I started off as a volunteer tutor, as a university student in Liverpool, in the UK. My learner had one afternoon a week off, from her work in a family restaurant – and how did she spend it? Studying with me. That was my introduction to just how much someone can want...

Tina Berghella

Tina Berghella

Tina Berghella is the Director of Oggi Consulting, a business formed in 1998 to provide quality vocational education and training consulting services. Tina has a background in manufacturing and project management and is an experienced VET researcher. She has worked on...

Kirsty Macafee

Kirsty Macafee

Kirsty is a Learning Designer with RMIT College of Vocational Education and is currently working on projects to improve digital literacy outcomes for students. Kirsty has a background as an Educator in VE where she developed an extensive library of ‘bite size’ video...

Marie Alafaci

Marie Alafaci

As an educator, I am passionate about helping people find practical strategies to improve their writing through tailored writing workshops, one-on-one coaching or content creation. I have worked for over a decade in retail, arts administration and the not-for profit...

Dave Tout

Dave Tout

Dave is an experienced LLN educator who is particularly interested in making mathematics relevant, interesting and fun for all students, and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading adult numeracy personnel. He has over 40 years’ experience, mainly in the VET...

Shruti Malavde

Shruti Malavde

Shruti has been working passionately in the Adult Education Sector for the past 15 years. During her career, she has successfully completed projects like Virtual Staffroom, Google Classroom and has written several courses: Operate Windows 10 efficiently, Zoom and...

Rakesh Saha

Rakesh Saha

Rakesh Saha is a lead educator at AMES Australia. Rakesh is an experienced EAL/ELICOS practitioner with nearly 15 years of industry experience in teaching, mentoring and management. As a 2020 Department of Education and Training(DET) fellow, Rakesh is currently...

Liam Frost-Camilleri

Liam Frost-Camilleri

Liam Frost-Camilleri is a Lecturer in the school of Education at Federation University Australia. He works as the assistant Program Coordinator for the university’s Master of Teaching (Secondary) program and in the Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program. Early in...

Ruth Ryan

Ruth Ryan

Ruth is an energetic and passionate English as an additional language (EAL) teacher who has taught abroad and in Australia and currently works with adults in the AMEP program atChisholm Institute.

Jelena Petronijevic

Jelena Petronijevic

Jelena is an innovative and engaging teacher with many years experience teaching English as an additional language to adult learners. She is currently teaching within the AMEP program at Chisholm Institute.

Teresa Lidonnici-Giovine

Teresa Lidonnici-Giovine

Teresa is a highly experienced and dedicated educator who has worked in the English as an Additional Language area as a teacher and education manager. She is currently working with the Academic Learning Support Unit to improve literacy and learning skills for students...

Tanja Cuka

Tanja Cuka

Tanja is an English as an Additional Language teacher who has worked with children and adult learners. She is currently teaching within the AMEP program at Chisholm Institute.

Sally Smith

Sally Smith

Sally Smith is an experienced ESL and Arts educator. For over twenty years, Sally has been teaching dance in a variety of community, school-based and adult education contexts. She is a professional dancer and choreographer performing throughout Australia, Europe,...

Tom Gaffney

Tom Gaffney

I have recently begun working as an LLN practitioner after over a decade as an English Language Teacher in Australia and overseas. As both a teacher and LLN, one of my main areas of interest in finding classroom strategies that are meaningful and engaging to enhance...

Elizabeth Gunn

Elizabeth Gunn

Elizabeth is an educator, writer and advocate of post-secondary literacy, language and numeracy education. She’s interested in multimodality, digitisation, and helping students manage learning in complex environments. She is a member of Valbec journal Fine Print’s...