Volume 57, Number 01, 2021


Removing the Mask

In this edition of Idiom, we share the journeys of some of the teacher teams who have participated in the last three years of the VATE Community of Practice: Teaching Reading project. We examine the themes that emerge from their stories and we also share some of the challenges for contemporary English teachers.

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Volume 57, number 01, 2021

Removing the Mask

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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. Each year VATE calls for member submissions relating to a range of issues pertinent to English educators. The contributions help to foster professional dialogue, renewal and growth. Contributions and editorial correspondence should be sent to the Managing Editor, Josephine Smith at

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Idiom Volume 57 No 3 - Early career English teachers

The focus of this edition of Idiom 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. We also invite beginning English teachers to share your stories and give us an honest insight into your experiences so that we can learn what works, what doesn’t, and the ways in which we can better support you in schools. Read the full theme here. All contributions due Friday 10 September 2021. Please email submissions to

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Volume 56, number 03, 2020

Nurturing a Writing Culture

Volume 56, number 02, 2020

Voices from the Middle

Volume 56, number 01, 2020

2019 AATE National Conference

Volume 55, number 03, 2019

Conversations about the original VCE English Study Design

Volume 55, number 02, 2019

Focus on Text

Volume 55, number 01, 2019

2018 VATE State Conference

Idiom V55 N1
Volume 54, number 03, 2018

Initial teacher education

Idiom Volume 54 No 3, 2018 - Initial teacher education
Volume 54, number 02, 2018

The inclusive English classroom

Idiom Volume 54 No 2, 2018 - The inclusive English classroom
Volume 54, number 01, 2018

2017 VATE State Conference

Idiom Volume 54 No 1, 2018 - 2017 VATE State Conference