Volume 57, Number 03, 2021


Starting out

The focus of this edition of Idiom, ‘Starting out’, is on early career teachers of secondary English and, in particular, the practical ways in which we can better support aspiring and beginning English teachers in our schools. The experiences of teachers in these important early years of their teaching careers are clearly crucial in supporting the development of the skills and strategies necessary to give them the confidence and inspiration to keep teaching and progressing as English educators.

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Volume 57, number 03, 2021

Starting out

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What is Idiom?

Idiom is the journal of the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English and is published online three times a year. Idiom provides an important space for members of the VATE community to share insights, expertise, experiences and practical advice for the benefit of our English teaching colleagues and to help foster professional dialogue and development. Contributions and editorial correspondence should be sent to the Managing Editor, Josephine Smith:

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Idiom Volume 58 No 1: 'Stepping Up' – Being an English leader

The focus of this edition is on leadership in English education. Following on from our last edition ‘Starting Out’, focusing on early-career English teachers, we shift our focus in this edition to exploring the experience of stepping up and taking on a leadership role in English education. This could range from managing the team of English teachers in your whole school community, as well as leading a year level or subject specific English teaching team. Stepping into the role of English leader can be both exciting and daunting – knowing that the work and the decisions of the English leader will have an impact on students from Year 7 through to VCE. Read the full theme here. All contributions now due Thursday 12 May 2022. Please get in touch with your expression of interest in contributing, any queries about writing for Idiom, and your submissions. Email Josephine:

Past issues

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Volume 48, number 03, 2012

OK Computer

Idiom V48 n3
Volume 48, number 02, 2012

Anything but Mockingbird

Idiom V48 n2
Volume 48, number 01, 2012

Finding a place for Falstaff

Idiom V48 n1
Volume 49, number 02, 2011

Best Lessons

Idiom V47 n2
Volume 47, number 03, 2011


Idiom V47 n3
Volume 47, number 01, 2011

To shout for joy

Idiom V47 n1
Volume 46, number 04, 2010

Draw the curtain, show the picture

Idiom V46 n4
Volume 46, number 03, 2010

Jubilee Edition

Idiom V46 n3
Volume 46, number 02, 2010

Bringing poetry with us

Idiom V46 n2