2022 Idiom editions

Please find details below about the themes for the forthcoming 2022 editions of Idiom (Volume 58, Nos 2-3). If you have any queries, please get in touch idiom@vate.org.au. We welcome your interest and contribution.

Idiom No 2

'Lost and Found': The lasting legacy of COVID

In this second edition of Idiom, we take a step back and reflect on the significance of the last few years and the lasting impact of the enormous upheaval and change brought about by the pandemic on education, and in particular, on our English students and teachers.

  • What have we learned? What are we still learning?
  • What has changed, for better or worse?
  • While there is talk of 'learning loss', what have we also gained? 
  • How are English teachers negotiating and reframing their pedagogical practices to teach young people in a time of ongoing uncertainty, disruption and global turmoil?

We would like to hear from a range of different voices on this issue – classroom teachers of English, teacher educators, educational researchers, teachers working in the tutor learning initiative, pre-service English teachers, English educators interstate and overseas. We look forward to hearing your insights and experiences.

Date for submission

Submissions due Friday 19 August 2022.

Idiom No 3

New VCE Study Designs: English / EAL and Literature

The third edition of Idiom in 2022 will put the spotlight on the new VCE Study Designs published on the VCAA website for English / EAL and Literature. The aim of this edition of Idiom is to provide practical advice and insights for all VCE teachers about how to understand, interpret and successfuly implement the changes to these VCE English studies. We are particularly keen to hear from those educators involved in developing the new Study Designs, as well as VCE teachers adapting their courses to align them with the new Study Designs. We invite you to share your suggestions and strategies for the following: teaching ideas, classroom activities, lesson plans, assessment tasks, unit outlines, text selection, and exam preparation. We look forward to hearing from you!.

Date for submission

Submissions due Friday 18 November 2022.