Volume 56, Number 02, 2020


Voices from the Middle

This edition gives voice to English educators who develop and deliver English curriculum at Years 7-10, highlighting ideas, issues and innovation at the middle years. It also captures a unique period in history – a global pandemic! – providing insight into the experiences of both teachers and students in rapidly shifting to remote teaching and learning and the ensuing challenges and rewards.  

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Volume 56, number 02, 2020

Voices from the Middle

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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 Vol 56, No 3 – Focus on Writing

The VATE Curriculum Committee is exploring the issue of writing in the next edition of Idiom (Vol 56, No 3) and is inviting your contribution. Read more here. We would like to hear from VATE members about your strategies, programs and contexts for encouraging and nurturing writing.

Please email your contributions to by Monday 19 October 2020. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss the focus and length of your possible contribution: We look forward to hearing from you!

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Past issues

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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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Volume 49, number 01, 2013

Australian Voices

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Volume 49, number 01, 2013


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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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Volume 48, number 01, 2012

Finding a place for Falstaff

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Volume 49, number 02, 2011

Best Lessons

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