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 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
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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