ELFS Link June/ July 2015

ELFSC Award for Excellence; Contractors and WH&SStaffing News; For the Diary/Upcoming Events; National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia (NAEEA); Biggest Morning Tea; Language Centre News

ELFSC Research Newsletter

For all the latest news on research in the centre go to the Research Newsletter.

From the Director

Among the universities visited by the Director on his recent visit to Japan, was Kumamoto University, a sister university of 25 years standing. The Director gave a presentation on Newcastle to Kumamoto students who had already studied at Newcastle and also potential students for next year's program. In the audience were 2 exchange students from the University of Newcastle who also happened to be former Newstep students. Either side of Seamus in the photo below are Michaela Jean, Ann Mortomore and Rebecca Jane Saunders who are now undertaking undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of Education and Arts. 

Kumamoto University 2 


Contractors and WH&S

Over recent weeks, a number of external contractors have been undertaking work in the McMullin building, leading to a series of incidents which impacted the safety of staff and disrupted the work of the individuals concerned and the work of the centre.

As a result, please be watchful and aware of any work being conducted in your workplace vicinity. You are encouraged to speak to the contractors and enquire about the nature of the work being undertaken, and the duration and likely impact (if any) of the work.

If you have any concerns please contact Jo May (Deputy Director) or Jenny Williams (Executive Officer).

2015 ELFSC Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

KristenThe recipient of the 2015 ELFSC Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Kristen Allen was recently announced by the Director. 

Congratulations and well done Kristen.

Kristen was commended for her commitment to the continuous improvement of the student experience through innovative, reflective, holistic and research-driven curriculum development and teaching and learning practices, particularly the thorough, multi-faceted and inclusive redesign of EPHUMA137 which resulted in remarkable improvement in student satisfaction.

Kristen's award will be presented at the Ourimbah ROAC on Thursday 2 July 2015.

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Staffing News

 After just over a year as English Language Support Teacher, the ELFSC are saying 'laters!' to Dr Sally Baker as she leaves us for her new role with the CEEHE as Research Associate. Sally's time with the ELFSC has seen her instrumental in the inception of three significant research projects: a longitudinal study of Humanitarian Entrant Background students; a stocktake of Australia's enabling programs (for which she attracted an AALL grant); and an exploration of the way academic discourses are accessed via massive open online courses (accessMOOCs). 

Sally's new role will see her examining how equity is practised at UON, as well as contributing to other projects generated out of the four new Communities of Practice (which you are invited to join). While she will be kept busy with the UON/equity project and with supporting the research endeavours of the CEEHE, Sally will maintain her current research collaborations with ELFSC and continue to advocate on behalf of LBOTE and refugee Foundation Studies students.

We wish Sally all the best in this new role. 

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 For the Diary/ Upcoming Events


The Recognition of Attainment Ceremony (ROAC) for our 2014 completing Ourimbah students will be held on Thursday 2 July at 6pm on the Ourimbah Campus. 

The Occasional Address will be given by Ginny (Virginia) Gallegos. Ginny is a former student of the University, having completed the Intensive Open Foundation program at Ourimbah in 2005, and subsequently completing a Bachelor of Management with a major in Marketing in 2009. In October 2014 Ginny was one of the panel members and speakers at our Towards A Smarter Central Coast Symposium, part of the Open Foundation 40th anniversary events.  

Staff based at Callaghan who require transport to Ourimbah for the ceremony are asked to email enabling@newcastle.edu.au no later than 23 June. If there are insufficient number for the bus, staff will need to organise their own transport.

Please join in the celebration with our students and their families. 

Exam Meetings 
Monday 6 July - Callaghan Exam meetings: MCG61

10am to 12 noon - Open Foundation
12- 1pm- Lunch
1-3pm - Newstep
3-4pm - Yapug

Tuesday 7 July - Ourimbah Exam meetings: CS205

10-12pm - Newstep
12-12.30pm - Lunch
12.30 to 2pm - Open Foundation 

Intensive Open Foundation/ Newstep Semester 2 Orientation 

Friday 17 July – Callaghan Orientation – 10am to 1pm
Tuesday 21 July – Ourimbah Orientation - 10am to 1pm 

Venues to be advised.

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National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia (NAEEA)

The latest Newsletter from the NAEEA is available here

Read about the four NAEEA Conference at UWS in November and about the four Special Interest Groups which all allow members to engage with colleagues from many institutions.

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Biggest Morning Tea

Foundation Studies staff at Callaghan recently hosted a Biggest Morning Tea (in fact a Biggest Lunch) for the Cancer Council.
A big Thank you to Sharon for organising the event and for your generous donations and culinary delights. A great lunch for a great cause.

Big Morning Tea

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Language Centre News  

Sydney Campus Update

The Sydney relocation is now in the last 5 weeks of preparation. Our last day in Bathurst Street is Friday 26 June and we start classes in the new location on Tuesday 30 June just in time for the week 10 exams! We are looking forward to the move as by all accounts it is an excellent facility with state of the art technology and student friendly hang out spaces.

In other news, Sydney student intakes this year have been very strong which is encouraging as we prepare to move. Interestingly the student mix is rapidly changing and we are getting more Indian and Vietnamese students and significantly less Chinese. In the June block we will be running 10 classes on double shifts which will continue in the new centre. 


The Language Centre, Callaghan, had 63 students start their ELICOS program in late April/ early May with around 15 different nationalities making up the cohort.

UECA (University English Language Centres of Australia) PD Fest Sydney 2015

The UECA PD Fest was held at Macquarie University this year and Sydney sent 4 teachers along to take advantage of the workshops and networking opportunities. The Convenor attended the NEAS Management Conference earlier this month and in June the Deputy Convenor will attend 2 NEAS workshops to be held in Sydney. The Sydney ELICOS centre holds regular in house mini PD sessions every 10 weeks and staff who have attended conferences and workshops are then invited to share their experiences at the session with other staff. 

Sue Hodgson, from the Language Centre, conducted a workshop at the annual University English Language Centres of Australia (UECA) PD Fest held at Macquarie University on May 2nd. The theme of the conference was Creative People: Creative Spaces. Sue's presentation, Enhancing student learning using online tasks, showcased a number of innovative and motivating activities being used at the Language Centre to engage students using online material for both classroom and homework based tasks. These include WebQuests, TED Talks, Discussion Groups and Group Journals on Blackboard, and the voice recording software Audacity. Sue's presentation featured lesson examples to convince even the greatest luddites in the audience that online activities can be fun and require little computer knowledge. Other members of staff from Callaghan and Sydney campuses also attended the conference. Attendees included (left to right) Louise Noell, Agi Bodis, Lee Richards, Helen Askie, and Jacky Worsdell, and Anne Burnett (not pictured).

UECA PdFest 1          UECA PdFest 2

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