Mark Richards

Research StudentMark Richards 2

Research Program: Speech and Language & Music Cognition and Action

Thesis Title

An investigation into the role of song in facilitating the acquisition of complex morphology in an Australian Aboriginal language.

Research Project

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

Contact Mark
Phone+61 2 9772 6107
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)