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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Past issues

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Volume 53, number 03, 2017

Reading as an imaginative act

Idiom Volume 53 No 3, 2017 - Reading as an imaginative act
Volume 53, number 02, 2017

Literary Perspectives

Idiom Volume 53 No 2, 2017 - Literary Perspectives
Volume 51, number 02, 2015

Paradigm Lost

Idiom Volume 51 No 2, 2015 - Paradigm Lost
Volume 50, number 01, 2014

Web issues of IDIOM: 2014 - 2017

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Volume 49, number 03, 2013

Teacher Narratives

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Volume 49, number 01, 2013

Australian Voices

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Volume 48, number 03, 2012

OK Computer

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Volume 48, number 02, 2012

Anything but Mockingbird

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