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 57, number 02, 2021

Diverse Voices in English

Volume 57, number 01, 2021

Removing the Mask

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