ACTA International Conference 2018


Types of Presentations

The following types of presentations will be presented:

  1. Paper (25 minutes)
    Papers provide a brief summary of an issue and a perspective on that issue, supported by evidence from practice, empirical research data, or theoretical analysis. Presenters should expect to present for about 20 minutes, to allow some time for questions and discussions involving the audience. It is essential to minimise the amount of time spent on describing context, to allow maximum time on the issue itself.
  2. Workshop (55 minutes)
    Workshops provide information on a technique or strategy related to classroom practice, program implementation or issue of professional interest. It is expected that workshops will involve initial presentation by the presenter of 15 to 20 minutes, followed by 25 to 30 minutes of collaborative task completion by participants, and conclude with 10 minutes reporting back from groups and discussion.
  3. Symposium (55 minutes)
    Presenters may organise a collection of similar themed papers for a symposium (for 2-3 papers, plus discussion). Proposals should be submitted by the chair of the symposium (i.e., 'contact person'), and if the symposium includes a discussant, this should be noted in the proposal. The chair, in consultation with the other presenters, is responsible for organising the timing and order of papers, being mindful to also allow time for wider discussion and debate. Prior acceptance of all parties must be arranged by the symposium chair.
  4. Poster presentation
    These are visual presentations that provide a report on or analysis of an issue. They may be interactive posters made available through the use of mobile technology. Or they may be on B1 size paper or card (1 metre x 707mm – equivalent size to 10 A4 sheets). Print and illustrations, charts or diagrams should be easy for the audience to read from a distance of about 1 to 1.5 metres. Access to posters will be throughout the day allocated by the programming committee, while a presenter is expected to be in attendance during the lunch break to discuss or answer questions from conference delegates on Wednesday and Thursday. Please set these up from Tuesday 3:00pm, ready for the Welcome Function at 6:00pm.

Getting ready for oral presentations

  1. All oral presentations should be made using Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx).
  2. The screens at the Adelaide Convention Centre are 16:9 (Widescreen), however you may use a PPT slide deck that is 4:3
  3. Paper presentations should not exceed 25 minutes, including 5 minutes for questions. Workshops should not exceed 55 minutes, including 5 minutes for questions. e.g. If your paper presenation starts at 4:00pm, you will present until 4:20pm, take questions until 4:25pm and then leave 4:25pm until 4:30pm for attendees to move between rooms for the next breakout session starting at 4:30pm.
  4. Each breakout room will be equipped with a projector, screen, wireless presenter to click through your slides, a laptop, sound system, Internet from the lectern, WiFi for delegate access and 2 lapel microphones. There will be two audio-visual technicians floating between the 6 breakout rooms to assist with any technical issues.
  5. Your presentation file must be provided on a USB memory stick to the speaker support desk located next to registration outside the Panorama Ballroom. For morning sessions, please load your talk the day before; for afternoon sessions, please load your talk before noon of that day. The speaker support will be open from 3:00pm Tuesday until 6:30pm, then again from 8:00am Wednesday.
  6. The filename should be:
    Example: Smith_thursdayAM_riverbank5.ppt
  7. Please ask a member of the audience to manage the time cards for your session. These time cards will notify 5 minutes remaining, 1 minute remaining and "Times Up". All presenters will be required to self-introduce at the beginning of their presentation.

    Please do your utmost to follow these instructions to avoid technical and logistical problems.

TESOL in Context – our journal

TESOL in Context is a journal produced by the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA). ACTA is the national association comprising representation from each of the Australian state and territory TESOL associations.

TESOL in Context has been published since 1990 and the back issues form a rich source of information about TESOL in this country and issues pertinent to both when they were published, as well as many still having resonance today. We encourage you to browse through back issues of TESOL in Context, freely available via the link to the Informit database on the ACTA website at:

The journal TESOL in Context is now fully online with our first issues in this format currently being prepared. TESOL in Context accepts papers for potential publications from authors. Further information is at:

The TESOL in Context Journal Coordinator, Carly Minett, will be attending the ACTA Conference in Adelaide and is interested to meet with presenters to discuss future submissions for potential publication in TESOL in Context. Carly can be contacted by emailing:

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For further information please contact:

Melanie Moffatt
ACTA Conference 2018 Event Manager
Adelaide Onsite Event Management