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RMIT Training contributes to successful English Australia Conference in 2019

RMIT Training leaders and educators featured prominently at this year’s annual English Australia (EA) conference. Held at the Pullman Melbourne in Albert Park from 18-20 September, the 2019 conference theme was ‘Engage, Include, Adapt,’, focusing on the ELICOS student experience and ensuring students are engaged with their learning and connected to the broader community.

In its 32nd year, the three-day conference is a major event on the ELICOS calendar for the English language sector of International Education to share knowledge and network with colleagues and peers from across Australia. 

RMIT Training has a proud history of association with the EA Conference and this year its involvement was elevated with representation on the conference program committee and in the presenter line-up.

Acting Deputy Director Quality Curriculum and Assessment, Nick Philippou, represented RMIT Training as an active member of the conference program committee and five educators presented sessions, with two guest educators from RMIT’s School of English and University Pathways (SEUP) in Vietnam also co-presenting a session. 

The well-received sessions held by RMIT Training educators included: Motivational interviewing: Finding the Secret Levers of Student Engagement was presented by Ken Herrera, Tammy Tan and Petrina Boylan; Lending (students) an ear: A new diagnostic tool for gauging listening skills was presented by David Threadgold and David Flowers and Business as usual: Normalising difference through inclusive practice at a strategic level was led by Ronnie Hill and Urica Lopez (SEUP Vietnam).

RMIT Training supported many educators and staff members in attending the conference as part of an ongoing Professional Development program. 
The conference offered a broad range of learning opportunities for educators balanced with social opportunities such as a networking breakfast and the annual English Australia Gala Awards dinner. 

Another major highlight of the event was a student performance titled, ‘Be you, be seen’, which elicited a standing ovation from the conference audience. RMIT Training’s Student Experience coordinator, Matt Cox, was instrumental in bringing the group’s performance to the attention of the conference program committee. 

“This year’s conference was considered an exceptionally successful one, and RMIT Training can take pride in having played a significant role in its success.” Mr Philippou remarked.

Photo: The English Australia Conference 2019