Research Program: Speech and Language & Music Cognition and Action
An investigation into the role of song in facilitating the acquisition of complex morphology in an Australian Aboriginal language.
As a language teacher of many years' standing - French, Latin and TESOL - in adult, secondary and primary contexts, my focus has always been on developing materials and teaching strategies to engage students and help them more effectively learn relevant language content. My M.Phil project in 1994 involved the development of language teaching materials for teaching Mangarrayi, an Aboriginal language from the Roper river area, at the Jilkminggan school in the Northern territory. In my current PhD research I am again working with the Jilkminggan community to investigate ways in which archival audio documentation can be repurposed to support language revitalisation.
Qualifications and Honours
- 1991-92, 1994 University of Sydney Master of Philosophy (Department of Linguistics), Thesis: Developing Language Teaching Materials for Mangarrayi
- 1990 International House English College Certificate in Adult TESOL
- 1980-82, 1984 University of Sydney Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
- 1985-86 Sydney Institute of Education Graduate Diploma in Education (secondary). Teaching Areas: French and ESL