Teachers of Speakers of Languages other than English – a Journey to Trust and Professionalism

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Teachers of Speakers of Languages other than English – a Journey to Trust and Professionalism

Conference 21.16

Presented by

A/Prof Klaus Veil

Australian Council of Professions

Ruth Ferraro

Australian Council of Professions

Trust in and regard for teachers as professionals is high but differs across countries and cultures. As teachers of non-English speaking background students, we are privileged to join doctors and scientists as the third-most-trusted profession. Ruth Ferraro and Klaus Veil from Australian Council of Professions will reflect on how as leaders, teachers, practitioners, professionals and students our unique professional journeys nurture, maintain and merit this privileged position.

Presenter Bios

With 30 years professional experience and significant contributions, Klaus is internationally recognised as an expert educator in Health Informatics, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Systems Interoperability and eHealth Standards Development. A Adj. Associate Professor at the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University, Klaus has also taught at Sydney and LaTrobe universities as well as to industry and governments in the USA, the UK, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Germany and Bulgaria. Klaus currently serves as president of the Australian Council of Professions and led his professional association, the Australasian College of Health Informatics from 2009 to 2017.

With her early educator career in second language and ESL teaching and program management with TAFE and the NSW AMEP, Ruth’s interest in professions commenced in her two-year role as Executive Officer for the Australian Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ATE-SOL). She furthered her enquiry into the phenomenon of professions and professionalism between 2000 – 2015 alongside her 25 years in executive roles in education in membership bodies across multiple professional environments (education, medical specialisations, accounting, law and financial planning). Ruth brings a deep insight into the transformational nature of professional life.

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