Volume 57, Number 02, 2021


Diverse Voices in English

This edition of Idiom is a jumping-off point for discussions around creating a more inclusive English classroom, recognising that we make sense of the world through the stories we tell, the stories we read, and the stories we hear. We hope that this issue of Idiom opens up useful conversations in our schools about diversity, representation and text selection.

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Volume 57, number 02, 2021

Diverse Voices in English

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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 - 'Starting out': 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 Thursday 30 September 2021. Please get in touch with your expression of interest in contributing, any queries about writing for Idiom, and your submissions. Email Josephine:

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Past issues

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Volume 54, number 01, 2018

2017 VATE State Conference

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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

Web issues
Volume 49, number 03, 2013

Teacher Narratives

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Australian Voices

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Volume 48, number 03, 2012

OK Computer

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