Saturday, 6 May 2017


Research Seminars in TESOL and Language Studies
The University of Sydney TESOL Research Network
The NurD Project: Documenting and teaching the genre of ‘receiving/admission notes’

Ahmar Mahboob and Educational Linguistics students (LNGS 7102)

The University of Sydney

Date: Monday 15th May 2017

Time: 17.00 – 19.00 pm

Venue: Education 323, The University of Sydney

The presentation will introduce the NurD (Nursing Documentation) Project, a five month long intervention designed to support nursing students’ English language and literacy needs at a private English-medium nursing school in Pakistan. The nursing students enrolled in this program come from a diverse range of language backgrounds and have varying levels of English language proficiency. The minimum English language requirement for admission into this program is B1 (CEFR) and many of the current students meet only this minimal requirement. The goal of the NurD Project was therefore to help nursing students draft concise and precise ‘receiving/admission notes’ using genre appropriate language. ‘Receiving/admission notes’ are one type of nursing documentation where nurses are expected to write open notes based on their interaction with and observation of a patient. These notes are legal documents and are crucial in handover of cases between nurses (and doctors). Current research suggests that between 25-40% of hospital errors can be attributed to problems in handover. Thus, understanding how ‘receiving/admission notes’ are written and developing an effective pedagogic approach for teaching how to write these is of critical importance to nursing schools, nurses, doctors, patients, hospitals, and indeed the rest of the community. In this presentation, after providing a broad overview of the NurD Project, we will focus on the material development aspect of the project and discuss why, how and what material we designed for this project.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Research Seminars in TESOL and Language Studies

Teacher Identity in Language Teaching
Jack C. Richards
The University of Sydney

Date: Monday 10th April 2017
Time: 17.00 – 18.30 pm

Venue: Education 323, The University of Sydney

This paper reviews notions of identity and teacher identity, how these relate to the specific characteristics of language teaching, and how teacher identity can evolve or be developed through experience and teacher education. The notion of teacher identity stresses the individual characteristics of the teacher and how these are integrated with the possibilities and potentials provided in the institutional identity of teacher and the content and methods of a specific field, as these are realized in specific contexts of teaching. The elements of a teacher identity in language teaching are derived from a review of literature on teacher identity and described in terms of the foundational and advanced competences required for language teaching, as illustrated by excerpts from teacher narratives. The paper concludes with recommendations for teacher education and professional development with a focus on identity.
Enquiry: Aek Phakiti (aek.phakiti@sydney.edu.au). This is a free seminar.



12th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium

12th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium

In conjunction with the Centre for English Teaching (CET), University of Sydney
and the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University
A Free Colloquium
Saturday 9 September, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

The University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium aims to provide a forum to discuss and share research in the area of TESOL as well as explore possible future research collaborations in the area. The Colloquium is a place for networking, for both established and new TESOL researchers. The Colloquium includes presentation sessions on a wide range of TESOL and TESOL-related research, both in progress and completed. It also includes a networking session for people working in the area of TESOL research. The aim of this is to provide the opportunity for TESOL researchers to talk to each other about their research and to explore possible future research collaborations.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Diane Percorari, City University of Hong Kong, “How unique is plagiarism?
  • Professor Peiying Ji, Fudan University, China, “English Curriculum in Transition: Moving Beyond General English to English for Specific Purposes in China”

Proposals are invited for:

  • 25-minute paper presentations (20 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions/discussion)
  • 90-minute symposia (80 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions/discussion)

Instructions for submissions:

  • Individual papers: A title, a 250-word abstract plus a 50-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).
  • Symposia: A title, a 500-word abstract plus a 200-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).
  • Submission deadline: Friday 30 June, 2017
  • Notifications on the acceptance of papers and symposia: Monday 17 July, 2017
  • Proposal submission at: http://faculty.edfac.usyd.edu.au/limesurvey/index.php?sid=16498&lang=en

Free Pre-Colloquium Workshops on Friday 8 September, 2017:

  • Workshop (9.00am - 12.00 pm): Professor Diane Percorari, City University of Hong Kong, “Examining intertextuality in second-language writing
  • Workshop (1.00pm - 4.00 pm): Dr Marie Stevenson, The University of Sydney, “Multilingualism and TESOL

Registration for the Workshops (register by Friday 25 August, 2017):

Registration for the Colloquium (register by Friday 25 August, 2017):

Inquiries

Contact Aek Phakiti (aek.phakiti@sydney.edu.au) for inquiries about the Colloquium and Workshops.


TESOL Research Network Colloquium 2016 Events

11th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium
In conjunction with the Centre for English Teaching (CET), University of Sydney
and the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University

A Free Colloquium
Saturday 10 September, 2016