Macquarie at the English Australia conference
Melissa Reed, Higher Degree Research Student
The annual English Australia conference for the English language teaching sector was held in Melbourne from September 18 to 20, and Linguistics at Macquarie was there in force. Staff members Phil Chappell and Sandra Pitronaci and HDR students Yulia Kharchenko and Melissa Reed all staffed the Applied Linguistics and TESOL information booth, where we had many inquiries about course work and research degrees. Melissa Reed presented her Master of Research project to a large audience in the main hall, sharing her findings about teacher professional development in the English language teaching sector in Australia. This is always a popular topic and the findings were well received. Yulia Kharchenko and Phil Chappell ran a workshop on the role of English language students’ first language in formal classroom learning. This is a controversial topic that Yulia is pursuing in her PhD project, and it generated robust discussion. Sandra Pitronaci presented on getting your review of English language teaching materials published for the English Australia journal – Sandra has recently been appointed Reviews Editor for the journal. Sandra was also the NSW representative for the “Let’s Get Trivial” closing event.
Agi Bodis, in her dual role as English language teacher educator at Macquarie, and English language teacher and curriculum developer at the language college at UNSW Global, presented on integrating intercultural competence in ESL curricula. She also won the annual Award for Contribution to Professional Practice for her curriculum development work at UNSW Global.
Pamela Humphreys, Director of MUIC and the ELC at Macquarie, presented her work on engaging staff through developing teaching philosophies, a project she recently successfully implemented across the college, and for which she was a finalist in the Award for Contribution to Professional Practice.
Pamela Humphreys, Director, MUIC and ELC
Linguistics at Macquarie continues to be the “go to” department for Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the English language teaching sector in Australia, with its sponsorship of conferences such as this and its contribution to the conference streams.
Yulia Kharchenko, Higher Degree Research Student