Event details: 2017 VATE State Conference

30/11/2017 to 01/12/2017 
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2017 VATE State Conference


Now, gods, stand up for bastards!        

Edmund in King Lear


Dates: Thursday 30 Nov and Friday 1 Dec

Venue: Deakin University, Burwood campus


Payments: You can book online with a school Purchase Order Number.

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to pay by Credit Card, please ring the VATE office and we will process your card payment over the phone.

You will need to pay first, then go online to book and we will give the instructions on how to fill in the online form.


Booking system: When you book online you should receive an email Confirmation/tax invoice within a few minutes. Please ring us immediately if this does not arrive.


Catering - we always have approximately 50% vegetarian food so you do not need to request this. You can indicate Gluten Free on the online form. For other requirements please email the office: events@vate.org.au

The caterers are Mary and Steve.


Now, gods, stand up for bastards!        


Edmund in King Lear

We use the word ‘bastard’ to describe something no longer in its pure original form; it is in some way debased. But to Australians, it is often a term of endearment; Lawrence Money defines an ‘amazing bastard’ as ‘a bloke who does stuff that other bastards wouldn’t try in a month of Sundays’. Our students search for, and discover a range of voices, just as we teachers do. As the world changes, so must our language and our use of it. Who would have thought that Bob Dylan would be a Nobel Laureate? The times certainly ‘are a-changing’.

In 2017 VATE celebrates those individuals who take the contrary line, who will not or cannot swim in the main stream, who view the world from a different perspective, who, with Shakespeare’s Edmund, question what is legitimate. In doing so, we also celebrate and further empower the language in which we work and live. We value the bastards, the contrarians, the iconoclasts, the dissidents and the marginalised, those for whom the status quo will not do.

When accepting the Gold Logie, actor and activist Samuel Johnson described himself as an ‘outlier’. This almost geographic term evokes a world which is capable of infinite extension, but at the same time which is capable of alienating its inhabitants. In 2017, when we as a society are excluding and punishing the innocent and deracinated, language is one of the few weapons we can wield in their defence. In his fourth year of detention, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani claims that ‘only in literary language can people understand our life and our condition’, as ‘where we are is too hard’ for the jargons and limitations of transactional language.

VATE 2017 wants to speak to and for the mavericks, we want to disrupt, challenge, experiment, innovate: we, like Oliver Twist, ask for more, as we search for space in the cracks of a rigid curriculum. After all, as Leonard Cohen says, ‘There is a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in’.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received at the VATE office in writing. Cancellations received between 5 and 3 working days prior to the event date will be charged a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations received less than 2 working days prior to the event will receive NO REFUND. If you do not attend and have not notified the office in writing according to the above policy, you will receive no refund.

Deakin University, Burwood

Event contact:
Linda Baron - Mon-Thurs events@vate.org.au (9411 8500) 
Supporting Documents:
Deakin Uni Burwood map
Supporting Documents:
Download the conference program booklet
Price details: Days Cost
VATE Individual member - one day 1 $245.00
VATE Institutional member - one day 1 $295.00
VATE Concession member - one day 1 $185.00
VATE Individual member - two days 2 $350.00
VATE Institutional member - two days 2 $400.00
VATE Concession member - two days 2 $300.00


Select each session you wish to attend and when you have completed your selection click 'Add to My Workshops'.

Event Extras: Office Booking  Date: Thursday 30 November, 2017
Office Booking $20 (Cost $20.00)
Thursday Guest Speakers  Date: Thursday 30 November, 2017 at 9:00am – 10:00am
GS1: Michael Anderson
GS2: Van Badham
GS3: Duncan Driver
GS4: Julian Sefton-Green
Thursday Workshops 1  Date: Thursday 30 November, 2017 at 10:10am – 11:15am
TW1.01 Accessing poetry
TW1.02 Being the storyteller: Embracing culturally diverse traditions of storytelling
TW1.03 Better reading for better analytical writing: Responding perceptively to texts in the middle years
TW1.04 Connecting and comparing Shakespeare to contemporary media
TW1.05 Creative response to text: How to make the most of this aspect of the course
TW1.06 Creative writing: Finding your inner self
TW1.07 Digital games and literary texts
TW1.08 eLearning strategies from The Brains Bunker
TW1.09 Engaging staff to engage students
TW1.10 Fostering a newfound literary engagement in the reluctant, modern reader
TW1.11 Maximising potential: The best teaching strategies for your EAL students
TW1.12 Our attempt to turn boys into writers
TW1.13 Personalising student learning
TW1.14 Podcasting for beginners: How to get students to read a text
TW1.15 Reading activities in the middle years
TW1.16 Reading the code: Revealing textual meaning through explicit language teaching
TW1.17 Rear Window: Critical perspectives
TW1.18 Solutions to encourage writing in disengaged and struggling students
TW1.19 Stand up for The Outsiders
TW1.20 Use language acquisition theory to boost achievement in the English classroom
TW1.21 Using Australian literature and biography to determine multiple concepts of Australian identity
TW1.22 VATE Literature Perspectives: The Passion
WTW1: Emily Bitto
Thursday Workshops 2  Date: Thursday 30 November, 2017 at 12:45pm – 1:45pm
TW2.01 A differentiated approach to preparation for the VCE English Language exam
TW2.02 A metacognitive approach to the teaching and assessment of reading
TW2.03 All bastards need A Room of One's Own
TW2.04 Beyond devices: Preparing students for analysing argument in VCE
TW2.05 Comparative analysis of texts in the VCE English exam
TW2.06 Computer games in the English classroom: Why, what and most importantly, how?
TW2.07 Disrupting the language of the classroom
TW2.08 Engaging middle years readers: Strategies that grow engaged readers
TW2.09 Never underestimate the power of your voice
TW2.10 Podcasts and the periphery
TW2.11 Raising the bar: Writing for NAPLAN
TW2.12 Reaching across the divide: Building a whole-school writing culture
TW2.13 Simple texts in greater depth
TW2.14 Spoken word poetry: Modelled writing in the secondary classroom
TW2.15 Teaching the 'skills' of English alongside the 'content' of the text
TW2.16 The power of posters as persuasive text
TW2.17 Troubling and troubleshooting texts
TW2.18 VATE Inside Stories: After Darkness
TW2.19 VATE Literature Perspectives: Ariel
TW2.20 VCE EAL Study Design 2016 - 2020: Challenges and learnings
TW2.21 Writing better rubrics
WTW2: Oscar Schwartz
Thursday Workshops 3  Date: Thursday 30 November, 2017 at 2:35pm – 3:45pm
TW3.01 5 Ways to use video games in your English classroom
TW3.02 Analysing arguments - what's the point?
TW3.03 Comparative analysis of texts in the VCE English exam
TW3.04 Curiouser and curiouser: Questions for the classroom
TW3.05 Developing student voice through writing production
TW3.06 EAL student needs in the English classroom
TW3.07 Exploring persuasive language techniques through poetry
TW3.08 I'm reading but I'm not understanding
TW3.09 M is for Mutiny!
TW3.10 Project based learning: Big business
TW3.11 Snow White and the seven basic plots
TW3.12 Teaching skills not text: Texts as vehicles for study
TW3.13 Teaching students to write creatively in response to texts
TW3.14 The combined Literature class: Teaching Literature to Year 11 and 12
TW3.15 The teaching of English and 21st century skills
TW3.16 VATE Inside Stories: Like A House on Fire
TW3.17 VCE Literature and English programs at NGV: Expand your students reading experiences in a dynamic and creative space
TW3.18 We want gender equality
TW3.19 What does it mean for students to have a voice?
TW3.20 What happens in our heads when we read? And why is it important that we talk about reading in classrooms?
TW3.21 Whose knowledge is it, anyway?
Friday Panels  Date: Friday 1 December, 2017 at 9:00am – 10:00am
P1: Choosing texts and teaching reading
P2: CRA(A)P detecting: 'Digital civics' in an era of 'fake' news and 'anything goes' social media
P3: 'poetry makes nothing happen'
P4: Write now: The place of creative writing in the English classroom
Friday Workshops 1  Date: Friday 1 December, 2017 at 10:10am – 11:15am
FW1.01 A creative appetite
FW1.02 Beyond Elie Wiesel's Night
FW1.03 Beyond engagement: Video games as text in the critical English classroom
FW1.04 Boys, books and bollocks
FW1.05 Ekphrastic poetry
FW1.06 Engaging vocabulary instruction
FW1.07 How to succeed painlessly with the oral component of VCE
FW1.08 Language and identity
FW1.09 Looking past the literal
FW1.10 Questioning, not simply applauding: Critical literacy in English and Literature classrooms
FW1.11 Reflections on growing up different in Australia
FW1.12 Solutions to assist disengaged and struggling students in the English classroom.
FW1.13 Staring into nothingness: Yasmina Reza's Art
FW1.14 STEAM: Incorporating the STEM strands in English
FW1.15 Teaching Respectful Relationships through text
FW1.16 Teaching through a postcolonial lens: Students mastering literary analysis
FW1.17 Unit planning for early career English teachers
FW1.18 VATE Inside Stories: In Cold Blood
FW1.19 VATE Inside Stories: Persepolis
FW1.20 VATE Literature Perspectives: Only The Animals
FW1.21 VCE EAL Units 1, 2 and 3 Listening to texts: An approach to preparing EAL students for the VCE SACs and exam
FW1.22 What's the point of asking questions if there are no answers?: Developing the inner voice in student reading
FW1.23 Writing the comparative response: Invictus and Ransom and The Dressmaker and The Great Gatsby
WTW3: Van Rudd
Friday Workshops 2  Date: Friday 1 December, 2017 at 12:45pm – 1:45pm
FW2.01 [A] bastard, a pauper, a servant: Creative approaches to Burial Rites
FW2.02 Challenging the NAPLAN norm: Let's get creative
FW2.03 Computer games in the English classroom: Why, what and most importantly, how?
FW2.04 Creating curious, connected and confident readers
FW2.05 Creative writing techniques for teachers
FW2.06 Desire and dystopia: Literary lenses
FW2.07 English Language units 1 and 2 for beginners
FW2.08 Feedback or feed forward
FW2.09 Fiction and testing the status quo
FW2.10 KAPOW: The graphic novel narrative
FW2.11 Poetry in Action: Bringing poetry to life through performance
FW2.12 Sharp as a tack: Advanced writing skills for senior students
FW2.13 Speaking truth to power: Developing a radically candid classroom to improve student outcomes
FW2.14 Teaching comparative at Year 11: Maestro and Whiplash
FW2.15 'To thine own self be true': How to encourage authentic writing
FW2.16 Using embodied pedagogies to teach complex texts in the English classroom
FW2.17 Using tarot cards for reading and writing
FW2.18 VATE Inside Stories: Stories We Tell
FW2.19 VATE Literature Perspectives: Voices From the margins: Foreign Soil
FW2.20 Vision boards for creative writing
FW2.21 Why flipping a bottle has more to offer than flipping your classroom
FW2.22 Work and creativity in English classrooms: Resisting policy and testing
Friday Workshops 3  Date: Friday 1 December, 2017 at 2:35pm – 3:45pm
FW3.01 Aboriginal languages for the English Language classroom
FW3.02 Building a culture of creativity in the middle school and VCE English classroom
FW3.03 Building a resistive culture: Engage in practices that reflect your values
FW3.04 Catering to the learning needs of gifted and talented writers
FW3.05 Engaging at risk students: a global solution for herding cats
FW3.06 Flipping the senior English classroom
FW3.07 Food for thought: Reflecting on comparative study at Year 12
FW3.08 Giving students a voice: Critical friends can do more than assess
FW3.09 Helping our high flyers soar: Teaching high abilty students in mainstream classrooms
FW3.10 Powerful sentence writing with perfect syntax and punctuation
FW3.11 Ransom and Invictus: Shall I compare the ways?
FW3.12 Reading and Comparing: an alternative perspective: Power, greed, destruction and feminism in Macbeth and Avatar
FW3.13 Strategies to support students with learning difficulties and disabilities
FW3.14 Taking the 'bastard' out of marking
FW3.15 Teaching the 'skills' of English alongside the 'content' of the text
FW3.16 Tried and true text activities
FW3.17 VATE Inside Stories: Extinction
FW3.18 VATE Literature Perspectives: The art of Art
FW3.19 VCE Literature Perspectives: The Anchoress
FW3.20 VCE Literature: Teaching Gogol short stories for the creative response
FW3.21 VCE oral presentations: What's new?