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 ESL - 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 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 project I hope to
pick up on aspects of my previous work at Jilkminggan, investigating in
particular, the role of song as a means of facilitating the acquisition of the
complex morphology displayed by languages such as Mangarrayi.
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